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DaimlerChrysler's GEM Takes Top Spot In Electric Vehicle Market  

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 3/ -- Global Electric Motorcars, LLC, begins its seventh year in business as the top manufacturer or electric vehicles at a time when the market for these vehicles continues its strong growth. 

The company, part of DaimlerChrysler is the maker of GEM neighborhood electric vehicles, which are street-legal in most states where they can be driven on roadways posted up to 35 mph.  The vehicles have a top speed of 25 mph and meet all safety standards established by the Federal government.  About 28,000 GEMs are in use across the United States and internationally, with California being the top market.


MSN and Lexus to Continue Co-Branded Website  

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 4/ -- MSN and Lexus today announced the renewal of their co-branded Web site,, for another year.  

Embracing the growth of broadband and the online audience's desire for richer content, will offer users a broader experience with streaming video segments and stories complementing its luxury lifestyle content. Additional editorial content includes a new Luxury Travel and Luxury Shopping area for users to explore.  

The site, which delivers upscale, professional and lifestyle content as well as information on Lexus vehicles, has proved hugely successful since its launch in February 2003, attracting 8 million unique visitors through December. 


Toyota Reports Best-Ever January Sales  

TORRANCE, Calif., Feb. 3/ -- Toyota Motor Sales reported best-ever January sales up 15.8 percent over the same period last year.  Toyota Division reported record-breaking January sales of 123,895, up 15.3 percent over the same period a year ago.  The Lexus Division enjoyed its best-ever January with sales up 19.1 percent from last year. 

The Camry was the sales leader up 9.4 percent; the Corolla, which adds an XRS model this spring, posted sales that were up 12.0 percent over last January and Prius, the "2004 North American Car of the Year," reported best-ever January sales that were up 75.1 percent over last year. 


'Miller Bike,' Featured on American Chopper, Celebrates Miller Electric's 75th Anniversary  

APPLETON, Wis., Feb. 3/ -- To help commemorate the 75th anniversary of welding leader Miller Electric Mfg. Co.  Orange County Choppers designed and built the "Miller Bike." The 75th anniversary Miller chopper embodies a patriotic "Welding America" theme, sporting red, white and blue colors and features a welding helmet morphing out of the gas tank.  The Miller Bike will be featured on the Discovery Channel’ American Chopper series on February 9th and 16th

Miller is the only manufacturer that builds all its arc welders and plasma cutters in the United States. An estimated five to seven million Americans weld professionally or as a hobby.




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