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Carspondent has held the Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year awards for the past 10 years, celebrating the cars that best fit people who live active lives. But this year, the Active Lifestyle Vehicle Challenge hosted by Local Motors was added to the mix, which featured vehicle designs submitted by the general population and judged by professional athletes and active-lifestyle advocates.

On Saturday, three winners were picked: 1) CLIMAX by John Bukasa; 2) Hero by Lucian Nicolae Acatrinei; 3) Workshop by Xavier Gordillo. (The winners, in order, are the first three pictures in the photo gallery.) The winner gets $1,500 in prize money, second place receives $1,000 and third place gets $500.

There wasn't much to guide designers, except for a set of general requirements. The vehicles had to feature the following: ability to load one road bike inside; easy-to-clean interior; night lighting system, especially around the cargo areas; cargo area for gear; ability to do light off-roading; and the ability to camp in.

We're not sure every vehicle on the submission list met all of these requirements, but some of them were impressive - and/or impressively named ("Audi Uphill," "Catch-a-Boat," and "Haikir," were a few standouts). Take a look at them in the photo gallery, and watch the introduction and awards videos below.




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      methos1999
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow some of these are just awful illustrations - as in can barely even make out what the concept is supposed to be. It looks like some people just drew some circles and jagged lines and call it a concept! Others look much more realized as if the designer had a pretty solid idea of what it should look like rather than some nebulous automotive emotion.
      Cool Disco Dan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like the idea behind this company. Crowd sourcing design is a good cost effective way to get things done.
      waetherman
      • 1 Year Ago
      So, the challenge is to reinvent the Honda Element? Seriously though, I'm not that impressed with the designs, given the challenge. Seems like there are too many that fail to meet at least part of the requirement. The first place winner is a looker, and maybe a good starting point for refinement by the LM community, but it still falls short and functionally isn't much different than the Rally Fighter. I like the one with the tilting bed that accommodates jet skis, motorcycles and atvs a lot - I think that would have made a better starting point.
      BryanGx
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why don't they give awards for designing a good, attractive station wagon that combines good driving performance with space and utility? I have two kids. That sure as heck an "active" lifestyle.
      Jasonn
      • 1 Year Ago
      Crowd sourcing is a good idea but when your "crowd" is producing Nissan Juke/Honda Element/Subaru Baja/Mars Rover - like vehicles, it says you are using the wrong crowd.
        creamwobbly
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jasonn
        Maybe you could join in then to produce the "Sedentary Lifestyle" model you always dreamt about?
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