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Passionate Hearts and Creative Minds Of Young Canadians Design Dream Cars

Apr 22, 2014

Nine Entries Selected To Represent Canada In Toyota's Global Dream Car Art Contest

TORONTO, ON., (April 22, 2014) - Toyota Canada asked Canadians to encourage their children to dream, and they have once again demonstrated their creativity and automotive insight with inspiring artwork submissions for the 2014 Toyota Dream Car Art Contest. Whether it was care for the environment and people, or a desire for fun-filled cars, young Canadians showed how a little creativity and a bit of innovation can inspire future dreams.

"This is the second year Toyota Canada has held the Dream Car Art Contest, and again we were very impressed by the creativity and inspiration of Canadian youth," said Seiji Ichii, President and CEO, Toyota Canada Inc. "It's inspiring to see how these talented young artists combine their love for art with their dreams of how to make our world a better place."

From the selection of entries, the judging panel for this year's contest selected nine submissions to represent Canada in the global competition. The work of the Canadian finalists will now be judged against the top entries of more than 70 countries, with a select group of world contest finalists to be chosen. Winners of the top 30 global entries will be invited to participate in an all-expenses paid awards ceremony held in Japan in August. Last year, a Canadian winner was chosen and invited to Japan as a finalist in the global competition.

The nine winning Canadian entries of this year's Toyota Dream Car Art Contest are:

Under 8 years:

  • Adrian's Energy Provider Car (BC)
  • Jaimar's Handy Car (BC)
  • Natasha's Helper Car (AB)

8-11 years:

  • Brooke's Pollution Eraser Car (ON)
  • Noelle's Toyota Senior Smart Car (BC)
  • Noreen's Flying Rescue Car (BC)

12-15 years:

  • Lucy's "Exploring Everywhere With Toyota" Car (NS)
  • Rachelle's Toyota Earthquake Search and Rescue Car (BC)
  • Yoon's "Why Waste? What About Reusing!" Car (ON)

Winners will be awarded with a prize from Toyota Canada, a 7-inch 8GB tablet device (with Wi-Fi), at local ceremonies being held as follows:

Winner(s) Dealership Date and Time
Adrian, Jaimar, Noelle, Noreen and Rachelle Jim Pattison Toyota Saturday, April 26 at 4 PM
Natasha Gateway Toyota Wednesday, April 23 at 4 PM
Brooke Jackson's Toyota Thursday, April 24 at 3:30 PM
Yoon Performance Lexus Toyota Thursday, April 24 at 4:30 PM
Lucy Best Toyota TBD

With the contest designed to inspire innovation and encourage the importance of having a dream among youth, entries were judged on originality, creativity and relevance to the "Dream Car" theme. This year's judging panel included:

  • Brandie Weikle, parenting and relationships editor and editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine;
  • Jacques Goldstyn, award-winning children's book illustrator; and,
  • Seiji Ichii, President and Chief Executive Officer, Toyota Canada Inc.

"I love the way the young artists worked so far outside the scope of what cars can do today," commented Brandie Weikle. "Most of the dream cars used some sort of alternative energy. It was heartening to see so much creativity and ingenuity."

Echoing those sentiments, Jacques Goldstyn added: "I was often brought to imagine cars from the future or vehicles powered by new energies. Being a judge in this contest gave me the chance to see the same kind imagination in all participants in the Toyota Dream Car Contest. We can rest reassured; the new generation of car engineers and designers is guaranteed."

To view the winning Canadian entries and learn more about the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest, please visit www.toyota.ca/dreamcarartcontest.

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