Online Fans Select Five Grand Prize Winners in the Cub Cadet 'Future Vision Contest'

Top Five Finalists Take Home $5,000 and a Spot in Popular Mechanics

Sep 30, 2011, 09:29 ET from Cub Cadet

CLEVELAND, Sept. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cub Cadet continues to commemorate its 50th year Celebration by announcing five grand prize winners in its Future Vision Contest. In keeping with Cub's forward-looking attitude and drive for innovative solutions the contest challenged participants to describe their vision for the future of outdoor power equipment – all for a chance to win $5,000 and see their work featured by Cub Cadet and Popular Mechanics. After judges had narrowed down more than 2,000 entries to just 50 semi-finalists, fans were asked to choose their favorite in a six-week, online voting period. When the nearly 10,000 votes were tallied five grand prize winners emerged. Those five grand prize winners and their entries are:  

  • Zheng Xu – Mini Power 2020
  • Seph Anderson – The Ultimate Weekender
  • Dana English – Scorpion XLM
  • John Wright – Video Remote Control Mower
  • Shannon Larson – ATV Work Horse

To see more about each of these entries, visit

"Over the last 50 years Cub Cadet has  earned a reputation for  progressive and visionary thinking that delivers better product s, a better experience and better results," said Jeff Salamon, Cub Cadet director of marketing.  "The Future Vision Contest was inspired by that vision – and we wanted to invite people to celebrate with us by showcasing their own ideas of what the next generation of innovative outdoor power equipment could look like. We'd like to congratulate the top five winners and thank all of the judges, entrants, loyal fans and dealers for helping to make our entire 50th celebration a tremendous success."

Of the top five winners Zheng Xu, a college student, received the most votes for his Mini Power 2020 compact wheel loader concept. The design featured roughly three pages of sketches, calculations and research along with detailed descriptions on each particular feature. Xu's concept promoted versatility and efficiency offering a solution for a wide range of users including home gardeners, urban farmers and small commercial businesses.

Like the Mini Power 2020, the four other winning ideas were also geared towards doing more with less. Both the Ultimate Weekender and Scorpion XLM feature different variations of built-in attachments ideal for trimming, edging, blowing debris and fertilizing.

The Video Remote Control Mower concept included a remote with dual joystick controls allowing the operator to navigate steep terrain or tight spaces from afar. The final concept – the ATV Work Horse – utilized several attachments, a generator and working electrical outlets.

For more information on Cub Cadet or to see the five grand prizes ideas from the Future Vision Contest visit, or check out the November issue of Popular Mechanics. For updates, tips and information on upcoming promotions, become a fan of Cub Cadet on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

About Cub Cadet

A leader in the outdoor power equipment industry, Cub Cadet has been engineering innovative, premium quality products for more than 50 years.  Through a dedicated and extensive network of dealers and retailers, Cub Cadet delivers a full line of high performance equipment and services that cover all aspects of grounds care for professional and residential customers – including innovative all wheel steer, zero turn riders; application equipment; utility vehicles; lawn and garden tractors, lithium ion- and gasoline-powered handheld and chore products, snow throwers and more.  Based in the U.S., the Cub Cadet brand is globally-recognized for its legacy in engineering excellence and its progressive dedication to exceeding owner expectations with better products, a better experience and better results.  For more information on all Cub Cadet products, visit

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