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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.

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2012 LA Auto Show Design Challenge asks automakers for futuristic highway patrol vehicle

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Hollywood and the automobile have had a long and storied relationship together. Iconic vehicles routinely appear on the silver screen, and end up earning a place in the hearts of millions of fans. When you see a highland green Mustang, you think McQueen and San Franciscio. A Delorean will push your throttle foot down until you're driving 88 miles per hour, while a black Audi S8 will remind you to know how to walk out of the place you're walking into.

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Nissan iV Design Concept – Click above to watch video after the jump

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Nissan iV Design Concept – Click above to watch video after the jump

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Cadillac Aera Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Cadillac Aera Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

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We don't need to remind you that saving weight in vehicles is pretty much the same thing as saving fuel. The hard part, of course, is building a vehicle that comes from the factory with as little excess weight as possible while still providing all the safety features and other options that people expect in their cars today. Maybe young designers can help us figure out the best way to thread this needle.

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Nissan V2G -- Click above for high-res image gallery

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Mazda Souga Concept from LA Design Challenge 2009 - Click above for high-res image gallery

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Mazda Souga Concept from LA Design Challenge 2009 - Click above for high-res image gallery

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The annual LA Auto Show Design Challenge entries have been revealed and we'll be showing off the entire series today on Autoblog. The challenge's theme this year is "Robocar 2057" and we think each team tells a story with their design of how that particular automaker views the future in 50 years. We'll tell you those stories, which are entirely fictional, written by us and not associated with the actual automakers involved in any way, as we introduce you to the cars, and at the end of the day we

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var digg_url = 'http://www.digg.com/design/Hummer_O2_concept_brings_shame_to_the_nature_terrorizing_brand'; For the second year in a row, the General Motors West Coast Advanced Design Studio has won the LA Auto Show Design Challenge. Last year the General landed on top with the futuristic party van called the GMC Pad. This year's winning entrant was the HUMMER 02, a tread-lightly concept that not only met the challenge of the contest's theme this year, Enivoronmental Sustainability, but surpa

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