U.S. Winners of Toyota Dream Car Art Contest Announced<7203.T>

Wed Mar 20, 2013 4:57pm EDT

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Actor and comedian Cheech Marin joins judging panel to help select nine youths
from across the U.S. to win a NOOK Tabletâ„¢ and a chance at a trip to Japan
TORRANCE, Calif.,  March 20, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota Financial Services
(TFS) announced today the nine winners of the U.S. segment of the worldwide
Toyota Dream Car Art Contest. The U.S. winners will receive a NOOK Tablet plus
an award certificate. The nine U.S. winners are now eligible to advance as World
Contest Semi-Finalists to compete among entrants from 70 countries for a chance
to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Toyota City,  Japan, to participate in the
World Contest awards ceremony and tour a Toyota plant in  August 2013.

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The nine eligible World Contest Semi-Finalists from the U.S. are:  Anthony
Forsythe  (age 15),  Jung Min Lee  (age 15),  Stephen Curtiss  (age 15),  Alyssa
Duhart  (age 12),  Kacey Kim  (age 10),  Sarah Kong  (age 10),  Lynette Kim 
(age 9),  Leah Choi  (age 6), and  William Lee  (age 6).  

Judges of the competition, held at Toyota headquarters in  Torrance, Calif.,
included:  

Cheech Marin,  Actor, Comedian, Director, and Art Collector
Frank Romero,  Artist
Olga Garay-English, General Manager, City of Los Angeles Dept. of Cultural
Affairs
Jasmine Marin,  Artist, Student at Art Institute of  Chicago
Tom Rudnai, President/General Manager,  Longo Toyota/Scion/Lexus
George Borst,  President & CEO, Toyota Financial Services
Ian Cartabiano,  Toyota's Studio Chief Designer, Calty Design Research
Karen Ideno,  VP of Product and Marketing, Toyota Financial Services

"It was no easy task to choose just nine winners from the hundreds of
submissions," said actor and avid art collector  Cheech Marin. "To see the
creativity, thoughtfulness, and sense of delight within each piece is truly
inspirational. We had young artists share their vision of vehicles that would
help their communities; others that would transition from land, to air, to sea;
and others that would be simply exciting to drive!" 

The Toyota Dream Car Art Contest is an annual contest designed to inspire
creativity in youth and imagine the future of mobility. From  Feb. 1  -  Feb.
28, youth across the U.S., ages 4-15, were invited to create and submit a
drawing of their idea of a "Dream Car."  

Winners of the worldwide Toyota Dream Car Art Contest are chosen from three age
categories (4-9 years old; 10-12 years old; and 13-15 years old), and judging is
based on three criteria: execution of concept; uniqueness; and artistry.

"As a designer, I'm always excited when Toyota fosters art and creativity in
today's youth," said  Ian Cartabiano, Chief Designer at Toyota's Calty Design
Center in  Newport Beach, Calif.  "These young people are using their ideas
through art to improve the world, and I feel privileged to witness our bright
future coming up with the next big, new idea."

To view the artwork and to learn more about the contest, please visit 
www.TFSintheCommunity.com.

History: Last year, World Contest winners included two entrants from  Thailand 
and one from  Romania. The first international contest was held in 2004 by
Toyota Motor Corporation in  Japan, with the dual goals of inspiring children to
understand the importance of having a dream while, at the same time, encouraging
them to become interested in cars by designing "Dream Cars" of their
imagination.

CUTLINE:  Actor and avid art collector  Cheech Marin  along with  Ian
Cartabiano, Chief Designer at Toyota's Calty Design Studio, critique artwork
submitted by youth from across the country for the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest,
 March 14, 2013, at Toyota's U.S. headquarters in  Torrance, Calif.  Nine
winners were selected to compete in  Japan  as World Semi-Finalists, against
entrants from 70 other countries. The grand prize winner will win an all-expense
paid trip to  Japan.

SOURCE  Toyota Financial Services


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