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Chevrolet is Set to Party at the 19th Annual Daytona Beach Motorsports Expo Feb. 11-13 

DAYTONA BEACH, Feb. 10/--The 19th Annual consumer and trade Show includes new and highly customized vehicles Chevrolet, as well as manufacturer’s displays, the Motorsports garage, and engine-building contest a Playstation 2 Touring attraction, Barstool Racing and NASCAR Driver signings. 

It all takes place Wednesday, February 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, February 12 from 5-10 p.m. and Friday, February 13 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ocean Center: 101 North Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach, 32118. 


Toyota Jumping into NASCAR with Tundra Entry 

TORRANCE, Calif., Feb. 11/ -- Toyota is looking to garner both racing wins on the NASCAR circuit and a larger portion of the lucrative pickup truck market.  Toyota's historic entry into the racing ranks of NASCAR's Craftsman Truck Series, which takes to the track for the first time Feb. 13 at Daytona International Speedway, will include four race teams, seven drivers and pit crews.  

In 2003 Toyota accounted for about 11 percent of all vehicles sold in the U.S., including America's most popular car, the Toyota Camry.  Toyota trucks, but for only about four percent of the total large truck market. 


2004 Philadelphia International Auto Show Smokes Attendance Records 

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 11/ -- Auto Shows are popular events, especially in Philly.  The Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia (ADAGP) today announced a record total of 279,854 show-goers to the 2004 Philadelphia International Auto Show making it the largest attended show in Pennsylvania Convention Center history.  This record breaking total represents more show-goers than any in the Auto Show's 102-year history and breaks the previous record set in 2002 with 234,690 people. 

The Show also broke a Pennsylvania Convention Center record for single-day attendance bringing in 57,060 show-goers on Saturday, February 7. 


Canadian International Auto Show: Chrysler Group Begins Production of 2005 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Magnum 

TORONTO and AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Feb. 11/ -- The Chrysler Group launched a new phase of manufacturing at its Brampton (Ontario) Assembly Plant to accommodate production of the all-new 2005 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Magnum, the company's family of rear-wheel drive sedans. 

"Our manufacturing operations in Canada are a significant part of our product offensive this year," said Wolfgang Bernhard, Chrysler Group Chief Operating Officer, from the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.   "Three of the nine products being launched are made in Canada, accounting for almost two-thirds of the total expected volume for those products."




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