Toronto, Ontario – Three Canadian university teams will compete in the EcoCAR Design Challenge Finals in Toronto this week, alongside 14 American student teams attempting to take the first-year competition Design Winner trophy for their innovative green vehicle designs and virtual models.

Student teams from the University of Waterloo (Ontario), the Ontario Institute of Technology, and the University of Victoria (B.C.), along with the U.S. competitors, spent the first year of the three-year challenge learning real-world automotive engineering practices through the use of model-based design and graphical system design technologies. The EcoCAR challenge was established through a partnership of the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors, along with other high-level sponsors.

The competition finals, held in Toronto from June 7 to 12, will bring together more than 350 students, faculty, team mentors, competition organizers and sponsors for a dozen technical and public relations events. The top three teams decided this week will embark on the second phase of the program, turning their design simulations into reality by modifying Saturn Vue vehicles provided by GM.

For more information, visit EcoCAR Challenge.

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