Auto Service World
Feature   April 1, 2001   by CARS Magazine

Toyota Vehicles Benefit Educators and Students

Toyota Canada Inc. and CARS have teamed up once again to provide colleges, commissions scholaires and high schools across Canada with a donation of 27 vehicles. These cars, vans and trucks will provid...


Toyota Canada Inc. and CARS have teamed up once again to provide colleges, commissions scholaires and high schools across Canada with a donation of 27 vehicles. These cars, vans and trucks will provide students, technicians and their instructors with samples of current technology to enhance the learning experience.

The primary beneficiaries of this round of donations are CAMPE members. The Canadian Association of Motive Power Educators represents some 24 colleges and institutes across the country that deliver the bulk of automotive training including apprenticeship. Several other colleges and high schools that have had difficulty obtaining training vehicles also had their ‘dreams come true’. Several Toyota dealers got involved in their communities to formally present these vehicles to their local schools. These donations have provided another opportunity to showcase industry efforts in support of the public education system. Canada’s motive power industry provides millions of dollars worth of this type of support annually but rarely stands up to be recognized for it.

Over the years, CARS has provided a number of manufacturers with assistance in distributing vehicles and other samples of technology to support Canada’s education and training system. These donations play an important role in introducing young people – prospective industry employees – to automotive technology. Some of the donated vehicles and equipment are set up with cutaway panels that expose the inner workings of vehicles and components. Vehicles types ranging from the front-wheel-drive Tercel to all-wheel drive trucks are used to demonstrate the operation of these popular driveline configurations.

Last year, CARS provided a large number of colleges and institutes with OBD-II trainers built using Toyota supplied engines. These training units, equipped with built-in faults, are providing important updating experience to faculty and students alike. With the universal adoption of OBD-II technology, the importance of providing these units to training deliverers cannot be understated.

Toyota plans to continue its support of schools through CARS. At time of writing, another group of vehicles was being assembled for distribution across the country.