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128 The Shop November 2015 \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ f you've ever wondered what a child's dream car might be like, a worldwide contest from Toyota shows some imaginative possibilities. What if cars could spread the benefits of education, alter the surrounding environ- ment on an atomic level, or even break down language barriers? Most adults would dismiss such notions as wishful thinking, but sometimes it pays to think with the boundless imagination of a child. After all, it's not so long ago that a car fueled by water or a plane powered by the sun were consid- ered science fiction. Who knows when the gap between fan- tasy and reality could be bridged next? Since 2004, Toyota has asked children f ro m a ro u n d t h e world to put their creativity to work in creating their Dream Cars. The results range from the impressively practical to the downright unusual, but most importantly they all show abundant imagination, and they are all unique. "Not only do they give inspiration on what new cars to make, they also remind Toyota the kind of responsible global cit- izen it should be: whether it be helping little girls learn to read in Romania or con- serving the environment in Paraguay," the company notes. Toyota received a record total of over 875,000 artworks from 81 countries and regions this year. National contests were held through March, with selected entries progressing to the World Contest in May. World contest entries were judged by Akio Toyoda, Toyota president, and a panel of outside experts in art and automotive science, and winners were invited to Japan for the award ceremony in August. This year, gold awards were given to children from Sri Lanka, Romania, and Paraguay across three age categories. In addition, the newly-created Engineering Inspiration Award (selected by Mitsuhisa Kato, executive vice president) and a special award selected by Toyoda were presented to exclusive winners. In addition to one gold award, Toyota selected two silver, three bronze, and four Best Finalist awards for each age category, Toyoda summarized his President's Award winner, and the contest in general, when he stated: "This artwork really con- veys a sense of caring for one's family and having love for one's community. It has a lot in common with Toyota's desire to contribute to society by making cars. I hope we will keep making better cars that make our customers smile." Entries are now being accepted for the 10th Toyota Dream Car Art Contest. Dream Cars i one More Thing... Mitsuhisa Kato, Toyota executive vice president, selected the Engineering Inspiration Award—the "Ecofix Car" by Minhal Adnan Sami, 9, of the United Arab Emirates. The design was converted into a 3D clay model by Toyota's Prototype Production Division at the ninth annual Toyota Dream Car Art Contest Award Ceremony in Tokyo. (Photos by Ken Ishii/Getty Images for Toyota Motor Corp.) National winners from around the world were invited to Tokyo for the ninth annual Toyota Dream Car Art Contest Award Ceremony. (Photo by Ken Ishii/Getty Images for Toyota Motor Corp.)

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