Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky presented Lexington's Eastside Technical Center with a Christmas present Wednesday: a shiny new 2010 Toyota Avalon.
Bluegrass Towing transported the car from Toyota's Georgetown plant to Eastside for free.
Toyota also is giving Eastside a new Camry engine, which will be delivered next week.
The car and the engine will serve as learning tools for students enrolled in Eastside's various automotive technology classes, Principal Joe Norman said. Eastside has about 10 cars for students to practice on, but it didn't have a 2010 Toyota model until now, Norman said.
"It's an important addition for us," he said. "This will be the newest car we have, and we want our students to be able to train on the newest and latest technology that's out there."
About 150 students are enrolled in automotive classes at Eastside, which is operated by Fayette County Public Schools.
Charles Page, who teaches automotive classes, said Toyota gave him the option of choosing an Avalon or a Camry.
"I got greedy and chose an Avalon, and they said it's yours," Page said. "The students will be able to run tests on the engine and different controls; they can take parts off, put parts back on. It will be a real learning tool for the students."
Toyota spokesman Rick Hesterburg said the Georgetown plant has been providing cars, engines and other equipment for educational purposes for more than a dozen years. It has given such items to public schools and to the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, he said.
The cars and engine are prototype units that Toyota has built to test manufacturing procedures, so they can't be sold or operated on the road.
"We could just scrap them," Hesterburg said. "But they do have a potential educational benefit, so we try to make them available to schools."
Eastside will be expected to scrap the items when they're no longer of any use to students, he said.