• Jun 17, 2009
We've been telling you that Chrysler's PT Cruiser is destined for death for years now, yet the little wagon continues to endure. Inside Line is reporting that the PT has yet again escaped the gallow's pole, and instead the Little Paddy Wagon That Could will soldier on until December 2010.

The move will reportedly keep Chrysler's Toluca, Mexico plant running until the Fiat 500 and Panda arrive to fill the space. Inside Line says the two models will be built at the site beginning summer 2011, and the six or so months between the final demise of the PT and the beginning of the Fiat era will be utilize to retool the facility.

With the PT Cruiser possibly around for another year and a half, we have no choice but to continue to "enjoy" its retro-ness. Heck, with an 11-year-old platform and a design that hasn't changed much since its inception, the little PT is practically a living, breathing classic car in its own right.

[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I dont know WHY they have to keep the PT CRUISER, Toluca is now assembling the Dodge Journey, so they shouldnt have any problem to mantain active that plant, besides the PT CRUISER is NOT selling well at all anymore, main reason could be its POOR MPG, and the engine is also weak, nisy, I dont see a true and positive reason to keep it.
      If they do it, they MUST change its engine and tranny, and give the PT a refresh. otherwise we will have many unsold PT CRUISERS at dealers lots.
      Why build a product that you already know it will not sell, you'll have to discount it very heavy.
      if Chrysler makes that MISTAKE it will be the FIRST ONE OF THE NEW CHRYSLER !!

      Just wish, they will think it over again, Italians are making a terrible mistake by keeping the PT, Enough is enough !!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The PT Cruiser is the bane of every valet driver's existence. The only thing worse than sitting and having to drive in a PT Cruiser is having to drive/sit in a Sebring.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I loved this car, 11 years ago.

      It's not so much the design/look that I don't like anymore, its the total lack of advancement/refinement. The 1st gen was also a much better car; better seats, better interior, the front didn't look like a kid pulling his/her mouth to make a funny face --

      Well, it's a profit machine (despite sharing few parts with any other vehicle in their portfolio). But the sales have slid off a cliff, so I wouldn't be surprised if this new date is moved up a few months still.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Daimler let this sales winner slide into oblivion. It is too bad they did nothing to really substantially update this car throughout it's life. Another example of a lost opportunity.
        • 5 Years Ago
        MemphisNET:

        "The 1st gen was also a much better car; better seats, better interior..."

        Yep, it was. And then Dumbler came and before you could say wunderbar!, they cheapened it and never allowed it to be refreshed. Thanks for nothing Dumbler!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh I totally agree, and even with massive rebates they still make money. Again, a little more refinement would have helped to keep it fresh.
      • 5 Years Ago
      With how well the PT has sold, they should keep it. Well, the name and styling. Put it on a new platform or whatever, but keep the same basic style and size and price. Should still sell really well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The PT Cruiser is one of the most functional and solid small cars made back then. It's heavy and not aerodynamic and the automatic transmission sucks in it which all leads to poor power and economy. It is classified as a truck because it is built like one. I'm 6'5" tall and it was the only small car I could fit in comfortably, otherwise I'd have to buy a truck.

      Yes, Chrysler (DaimlerChrysler actually) made a big mistake by not updating the powertrain and cheapening the interior, They made diesel versions for Europe which would have helped here. Another big mistake is not making the panel cruiser. It's a much better work platform than the HHR ever will be.

      All the people that think Fiat based platforms are going to be head and shoulders above Chrysler ones in quality are going to be sorely disappointed. Hopefully the Chrysler engineers that are left will have some input into the designs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They could also make a commercial van variant for florists, pizza boys etc.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, there are sure a lot of bashers here.
      I prefer the first generation PT's and to hear all of the bad, there are also good things.
      First, I love 5 door hatches and I have three PTs, two GTs and one non-turbo.
      There is lots of room and I enjoy driving them, so much so that I drag race and have taken them out on road course events. I have hauled kids, stuff, work stuff, and just plain hauled.
      Since Chrysler does not have anything else to offer a customer at the 10k range and these are a pretty solid car, I think that it is a smart move.
      11 years is a long time. Someone got something right.
      Let's hope the new products coming out bring such love/hate relations and sales volume to boot.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I bought a 2006 PT for my mother-in-law and so far, it's been nothing but reliable. Better than the other cars we have in the 'fleet'.

      I think it's been to the shop once under warranty.

      If Ford can do it with the Ranger, why not the PT?
      • 5 Years Ago
      A PT Cruiser is little??! errrr..... ????
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's smaller than the Civic, Corolla, Focus, Cobalt, etc.

        Seeing that there is only one size class of vehicles in America that's smaller than those cars and the PT is right in between that class and the compact cars I'd listed above, I'd say yes. The PT Cruiser is little.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They still make these????

      I had an choice of my friends PT or his mini van when I moved....I choose the mini van.

      anyway, here's the possible Panda 500

      http://www.autoblog.com/2008/02/28/rendered-speculation-2010-fiat-panda-takes-retro-cues-from-500/
      • 5 Years Ago
      I agree the Interior is cheap, Chrysler should have stayed with the original plastics and cloth it was far better.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dumbler decontented it. They also kept Chrysler from refreshing it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe they should give it a Fiat Diesel engine and extend its life longer. A small retro Diesel hatch might still appeal to some buyers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thats a cool idea. With all the engineering paid for, maybe this car is ready for all manner of eco-improving engine swaps.
        • 5 Years Ago

        Well, they definitely have a diesel that fits in it:

        http://www.chrysler.it/pt_cruiser/features/performance/main.html

        • 5 Years Ago
        This car was ready for a diesel engine back in '01 when I had one.

        I don't think Fiat has any diesels 50 state ready though, much less any that would fit.
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