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TORRANCE, Calif., March 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --In the future, there is nowhere cars won't go. From underwater to outer space, cars will not only provide transportation, they can help people in need, they can monitor air quality, and they can provide entertainment. Those are the visions for cars of the future by nine U.S. youth announced today as the national winners of the annual Toyota Dream Car Art Contest.

Now World Contest Semi-Finalists, the artwork by these nine youth advances to represent the United States in competing against entrants from over 80 countries. In August 2017, the top 30 World Winners will win an all-expenses-paid trip to Toyota City, Japan, and participate in an awards ceremony, which includes a tour of a Toyota manufacturing plant. The nine 2017 U.S. Winners were chosen by a national panel of nine judges who viewed artwork by 35 U.S. finalists; the latter of which had been selected by nearly 1,000 Toyota team members nationwide from a pool of 90 U.S. semi-finalists. The judges were:

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U.S. Winners of the 2017 Toyota Dream Car Art Contest National judges show their favorite artworks after voting for U.S. winners of the 11th Toyota Dream Car Art Contest: (l to r) Mark Simmons of Toyota Financial Services (TFS), Chung Lee of Calty Design, James McKeone of NoBraking.com, Susan Sanborn of Toyota USA Automobile Museum, Kyle Hyatt of CarStories.com, Cheech Marin, Dave Kunz of KABC7, Karen Ideno of Toyota Financial Services (TFS). Cheech Marin with museum director Susan Sanborn and automotive designer Chung Lee were among the judges who chose the U.S. winners of this year's Toyota Dream Car Art Contest. Journalist Dave Kunz interviews Toyota Financial Services executive Karen Ideno at the national judging event for the U.S. presentation of Toyota Dream Car Art Contest. Cheech Marin,Actor, Comedian, Director, and Art Collector
Karen Ideno,Vice President of Product and Marketing, Toyota Financial Services
James McKeone and Kyle Hyatt, automotive journalists and co-hosts, CarStories.com podcast for Petersen Automotive Museum
Susan Sanborn,Curator & Director, Toyota USA Automobile Museum
Dave Kunz, Eyewitness News Automotive Specialist, KABC 7
Mark Simmons, Corporate Mgr., Communications, Government Affairs and Community Relations,TFS
Chung Lee, Sr. Lead Designer, Calty Design Research, Inc.
Patti Lou Richardson, Artist and retired school teacher

"As a collector, when I view art, in addition to noticing artistic quality and techniques, I am often drawn to the emotions conveyed by the artist, which stir my own feelings," said actor and art collector Cheech Marin. "With artwork themes ranging from global warming to world hunger, it's evident that these kids are keenly aware of what's happening around them everywhere today."

"These young people have given me so much hope for the future in our profession," said automotive designer Chung Lee. "I was not only blown away by the talent and creativity of their artwork, but the awareness of social responsibility in these young kids."

"After six years of hosting the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest in the United States, I'm still amazed by these kids," said Mike Groff, President and CEO of Toyota Financial Services."It's so inspiring to see children from diverse backgrounds construct such an array of beautiful works of art. These young artists put an incredible amount of thought, creativity, and talent into their visions of what the car of the future will look like. They make me optimistic about the future– and how we can change in the world for the better."

The Toyota Dream Car Art Contest is a worldwide contest presented annually, designed to inspire creativity in youth and imagine the future of mobility. Winners of the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest in participating countries worldwide are chosen from three age categories (under 8 years old; 8-11 years old; and 12-15 years old), with judging based on three criteria: artistry, uniqueness, and execution of concept. The first international contest was held in 2004 by Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan. This is the 6th year of the U.S. contest.

Here are thenine U.S. winnersof this year's national contest:

U.S. WINNERS-CATEGORY 1 (Under 8 Years of Age)
Gold:The Hope Carby Caleb Joshua Kuo, age 7; Montclair, CA
Silver:Our Adventure Carby Leon L. Du, age 7; Holmdel, NJ
Bronze:Toyota: World Food Truckby Grace Sun, age 6; Livingston, NJ

U.S. WINNERS-CATEGORY 2 (8-11 Years of Age)
Gold:Toyota-Stop Global Warming Carby Lynn Sun, age 8; Livingston, NJ
Silver:Gift from Skyby Leah Choi, age 10; Los Angeles, CA
Bronze:Multipurpose Space Carby Xiang Han Rocia Han, age 9; Rowland Heights, CA

U.S. WINNERS-CATEGORY 3 (12-15 Years of Age)
Gold:All-in-One Carby Timothy H. Kim, age 13; Glendale, CA
Silver:Without Music, the World Would be Flatby Christina Marie DeRosa, age 15; Tonawanda, NY
Bronze:Imagination Rabbit Carby Molly Alicia McBride, age 15; Reedsburg, WI

VIEW or DOWNLOAD ARTWORK IMAGES USING THESE LINKS (more at www.TFSintheCommunity.com):

FY17 U.S. Winners (9)

FY17 U.S.Finalists (35)

FY17 U.S.Sem-Finalists (90)

PHOTO CAPTIONS (all photos should be credited to Rick Mendoza)

PHOTO #1: National judges show their favorite artworks after voting for U.S. winners of the 11th Toyota Dream Car Art Contest: (l to r)MarkSimmons of Toyota Financial Services (TFS), Chung Lee of Calty Design, James McKeone of NoBraking.com, Susan Sanborn of Toyota USA Automobile Museum, Kyle Hyatt of CarStories.com, Cheech Marin, Dave Kunz of KABC7, Karen Ideno of Toyota Financial Services (TFS)

PHOTO #2: Cheech Marin with museum director Susan Sanborn and automotive designer Chung Lee were among the judges who chose the U.S. winners of this year's Toyota Dream Car Art Contest.

PHOTO #3: Journalist Dave Kunz interviews Toyota Financial Services executive Karen Ideno at the national judging event for the U.S. presentation of Toyota Dream Car Art Contest.

ABOUT TOYOTA: Toyota (NYSE: TM), creator of the Prius and the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, is committed to advancing mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. Over the past 60 years, we've produced more than 30 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 44,000 people (more than 34,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold almost 2.6 million cars and trucks (2.45 million in the U.S.) in 2016 – and about 85 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 15 years are still on the road today. Toyota partners with community, civic, academic, and governmental organizations to address our society's most pressing mobility challenges. We share company resources and extensive know-how to support non-profits to help expand their ability to assist more people move more places. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.

TOYOTA DREAM CAR ART CONTEST TOP 35 U.S. FINALISTS BY STATE

CALIFORNIA

GOLD AWARD – Category 1 The Hope CarCaleb Joshua Kuo, age 7Montclair, CA

GOLD AWARD – Category 3All-in-One CarTimothy H. Kim, age 13Glendale, CA

SILVER AWARD – Category 2Gift From SkyLeah Choi, age 10Los Angeles, CA

BRONZE AWARD – Category 2Multipurpose Space CarXiang Han Rocia Han, age 9Rowland Heights, CA

U.S. Finalist – Category 1Unicorn Dream CarElaina Choi, age 6Los Angeles, CA

U.S. Finalist – Category 1Rescues CarSeowon Choi, age 7San Jose, CA

U.S. Finalist – Category 1Camouflage Camping CarMatthew Jaemin Hong, age 6Menlo Park, CA

U.S. Finalist – Category 1Jube CarEmily Tran, age 7Arcadia, CA

U.S. Finalist – Category 1Park Inside CarJessie Zhou, age 7Arcadia, CA

U.S. Finalist – Category 2Homework CarOlivia Yelin Kong, age 10Los Angeles, CA

U.S. Finalist – Category 2Toyota Dream Car Hopping, Running and Walking Through NatureAnika Ahyoung Chungage 10Los Angeles, CA

U.S. Finalist – Category 2Fast as LightningTamur Chen, age 9West Covina, CA

U.S. Finalist – Category 2Toyota Omni Gen Sun PowerDavid Ha, age 8Los Angeles, CA

U.S. Finalist – Category 2Peace Dream CarHeather Choi, age 9Los Angeles, CA

U.S. Finalist – Category 2Home CarTiger Hua Ji, age 9Arcadia, CA

U.S. Finalist – Category 3My Dream CarChristopher Hayden Wuage 15Chino Hills, CA

U.S. Finalist – Category 3Accessible CarSarah Arim Kong, age 14Los Angeles, CA

U.S. Finalist – Category 3Doggie Car!? Pet Car!Kristy Lee, age 13Los Angeles, CA

FLORIDA U.S. Finalist – Category 2The Dream GuardianElizabet Davarachvili, age 11Orlando, FL

MICHIGANU.S. Finalist – Category 3Tactical Biorefinery in MotionCharla Tang, age 13Northville, MI

NEW YORKSILVER AWARD – Category 3Without Music,The World Would be FlatChristina M. DeRosa, age 15Tonawanda, NY

NORTH CAROLINAU.S. Finalist – Category 1Toyota KingdomAvni Choudepally, age 6Morrisville, NC

TEXASU.S. Finalist – Category 3The Peace MakerAnya Ive Chai, age 13Plano, TX

WISCONSINBRONZE AWARD – Category 3Imagination Rabbit CarMolly Alicia McBride, age 15Reedsburg, WI

VIRGINIAU.S. Finalist – Category 2Flying Vacation CarRyan Jae-suh Chun , age 10Vienna, VA

U.S. Finalist – Category 3Next Gen Mobile HospitalJaden Youngwoo Yunage 12Leesburg, VA

WASHINGTONU.S. Finalist – Category 1Space TravelKatie An, age 6Mukilteo, WA

U.S. Finalist – Category 3Spreading Love to the WorldCeline Lee Min, age 12Bellevue, WA

NEW JERSEYGOLD AWARD – Category 2Toyota: Stop GlobalWarming CarLynn Sun, age 8Livingston, NJ

SILVER AWARD – Category 1Our Adventure CarLeon L. Du, age 7Holmdel, NJ

BRONZE AWARD – Category 1Toyota: World Food TruckGrace Sun, age 6Livingston, NJ

U.S. Finalist – Category 1Community Helper CarEvan A. Wang, age 7Edison, NJ

U.S. Finalist – Category 2The TimelinesAndy Chen, age 11East Brunswick, NJ

U.S. Finalist – Category 3Magnetic Solar CarAnni Yi, age 13Plainsboro, NJ

U.S. Finalist – Category 3Wish Giver CarEden Quan, age 14Livingston, NJ

For details on the contest, please visit www.TFSintheCommunity.com.

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SOURCE Toyota Financial Services

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