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September 03, 2015

Toyota Awards Ninth Dream Car Art Contest Global Winners

Toyota Alpha-Bird Car - The Universal Language Car
Sethumdee Dulanya Dewagamage (age 7)
Sri Lanka

Since 2004, Toyota's Dream Car Art Contest has invited children from all corners of the globe to share ideas about the future of mobility by drawing their dream cars. The annual contest gives children around the world the opportunity to develop an interest in cars and helps them feel the joy and importance of having a dream.

This year's entries ranged from the impressively practical to the downright unusual, but most importantly they all showed abundant imagination, and they were all unique. Not only do they give the company inspiration on what new cars to make, but they also remind Toyota of the kind of responsible global citizen it should be: whether it be helping little girls learn to read in Romania or conserving the environment in Paraguay.



 The response to this year's contest was overwhelming: Toyota received a record total of over 875,000 artworks from 81 countries and regions. National contests were held until March 2015, with selected entries progressing to the World Contest in May 2015. World Contest entries were judged by Toyota President Akio Toyoda and a panel of outside experts in art and automotive science, and the top 30 young artists selected worldwide were invited to Toyota City, Japan, for the ninth award ceremony in August. The all-expenses trip also included a tour of a Toyota manufacturing plant.

Toyota Robo-Fly for girls in need
Ada Maria Ciontu (age 11)

Winners of the worldwide Toyota Dream Car Art Contest are chosen from three age categories (under 8 years old; 8 to 11 years old; and 12 to 15 years old), and judging is based on three criteria: execution of concept, uniqueness, and artistry.

This year, gold awards were given to children from Sri Lanka, Romania, and Paraguay: Sethumdee Dulanya Dewagamage from Sri Lanka won in the under-8-years-old group with artwork entitled "Toyota Alpha-Bird Car - The Universal Language Car," Ada Maria Ciontu from Romania won in the 8- to 11-year-old group with artwork entitled "Toyota Robo-Fly for girls in need," and Azul Paz Servin Rodas won in the 12- to 15-year-old group with artwork entitled "Nano Car." Click here to view the artwork of all the World Dream Car winners.

In addition, the newly created Engineering Inspiration Award (selected by Executive Vice President Mitsuhisa Kato) and a special award selected exclusively by President Toyoda were presented to exclusive winners.

“Toyota is proud to support our communities by providing our nation’s youth with this outlet for their imagination and talent,” said Mike Groff, President & CEO of Toyota Financial Services. “These young artists represent our future leaders and designers, who will help shape the automotive industry in the years to come. To see their self-expression through art is truly exciting.”

Azul Paz Servin Rodas (age 13)

Save the dates for next year’s contest! Artwork submissions will be accepted from September 1, 2015 through January 9, 2016. For more information on the American Dream Car Contest (winners of which are then entered into the World competition), visit

For more information about Toyota’s World Contest, visit the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest official site.




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