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Chrysler made it official this morning: the PT Cruiser will cruise on -- for at least another year. Earlier this spring, the PT Cruiser was one of several products slated to get the axe as Chrysler madly tried to boost it's bottom line in a failed attempt to stave off bankruptcy. However, shortly after Chrysler Group LLC was born out of the ashes of DaimlerChrysler and Cerberus, a report came out that PT Cruiser production would continue for a while.

Chrysler's Toluca Mexico plant has been building the Cruiser since 2000 and will continue production, although Chrysler isn't saying for how long. Since the tooling is long since paid for, we'd assume the PT will keep rolling off the line until sometime in late 2010 when new Fiat-based cars are expected to replace the Cruiser in Chrysler's revamped line-up. We recently had a chance to drive a "fresh" PT for a week, so stay tuned for a review.


Cruisin' On

Chrysler PT Cruiser will continue production

Chrysler Group LLC announced today that production of the Chrysler PT Cruiser will continue. The Chrysler Group Toluca (Mexico) Assembly Plant-the exclusive home of Chrysler PT Cruiser-will continue to build the quality-proven, versatility packaged and "too cool to categorize" small car.

"The heritage-styled Chrysler PT Cruiser continues to be a global success story," said Peter Fong – President and Chief Executive Officer – Chrysler Brand and Lead Executive for the Sales Organization, Chrysler Group LLC. "With more than 1.3 million PT Cruisers sold in more than 60 countries since 2000, we're excited to announce we're re-energizing the iconic and award-winning PT Cruiser."

The Chrysler Group changed the landscape of the automotive market when it introduced the segment-busting Chrysler PT Cruiser nearly 10 years ago. Its one-of-a-kind exterior styling and Swiss Army knife-like interior flexibility, offered at a compact car price, redefined the small-car segment and became an instant hit with consumers.

High-quality, craftsmanship, performance and functionality continue to give the award-winning Chrysler PT Cruiser a leg up on the competition. For years, leading consumer magazines and third-party studies have recommended the PT Cruiser for its consistently high levels of quality and refinement-tying for first place in J.D. Power's Initial Quality Survey (IQS) this July.

Some of the Awards the vehicle has won are the following:
• 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser, Consumer Reports "Recommended"
• 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser, Consumer Guide, "Best Buy - Compact Cars Category"
• 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser, Consumer Reports, "Recommended"
• 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser, Edmunds.com, "Most Significant"
• 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser, AutoPacific, "Top Vehicle customer satisfaction"
• 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser, North American International Auto Show, "North American Car of the Year"
• 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser, African Americans on Wheels and Latinos on Wheels, "Car of the Year"
• 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser, Strategic Vision, "Compact Car Segment"
• 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser, Industrial Design Excellence, "Gold Award"
• 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser, Automobile Magazine, "Best Small Car"

Since production of the Chrysler PT Cruiser began in February 2000 (as a 2001 model), the PT Cruiser lineup has been a continuous hit. The latest flavor, the 2009 Chrysler PT Dream Cruiser 5 marked the 14th customized version of the segment-busting small car. The Chrysler PT Dream Cruiser Series 5 joined the Flames, Woodie, PT Dream Cruiser Series 1, 2, 3 and 4, PT Turbo and Chrome Accents models, the Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible, the refreshed 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser, the Chrysler PT Street Cruiser Route 66, Street Cruiser Pacific Coast Highway Edition and Street Cruiser Sunset Boulevard Editions.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I love my pt cruiser 2003. The only thing I dislike about the new ones is the interior center console and the big grab handle on the passenger side. I think they need a interior refurbish. PT cruiser is the only car that can have 3 levels of storage in the back. Providing you have an extra shelf. I made one out of wood with 2” sides for groceries. Bottom level for hats, maps, umbrella, gloves, snacks and other emergency stuff. Top level is for overflow and light stuff just in case it need to fly in the air in an accident. Back seat + head rest keep stuff back there fairly well. The other thing I wish it had would be the Phoenix motor 3.3L MDS so it could be a 1.65L and save fuel and be a 3.3L with low end torque when needed. Sad part is Saturn Vue gets better fuel mileage and it’s bigger. Even the Dodge 4.0L caravan 6sp gets the same fuel mileage and it’s bigger. I still love Fat Fenders of the late ‘30’s early ‘40’s look. I also like the removable back seats.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If it sells, why kill it?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Or better yet, how about bring back the Magnum for one last year and make it available with the 6 speed from the Challenger?
        • 5 Years Ago
        6 speed Magnum SRT8 = super duper niche, but amazing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Had one last fall for a rental. What a piece of crap. Seating was so bad it caused my shoulder to hurt. Slow and a gas hog on top of that. Put it out of its misery.
      • 5 Years Ago
      its a dodge neon stationwagon don't tell me they duped you into thinking it was a "cruiser"
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car should of died in 2003.
        • 5 Years Ago
        General Failmasters....

        I mean if it sells I guess it should be kept but seriously it should have died before its inception.
      • 5 Years Ago

      I thought the PT Cruiser had died along with the Death Star?!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I owned an 03 PT Cruiser and have since moved moved on to much higher end vehicles, but every time the fancy cars are in the shop I get a rental PT and enjoy every minute of it. The low roof line is a blessing here in phoenix where the sun can sear your skin in less than 15 minutes. No small car made to date can compare to a PT. They are a little slow but well built and reliable to no end. more cargo space than most SUV's. neat little cars I am glad tyhey will live in for another years. Hope they decide to update it with a redisigned model that continues the wonderful design elements of the current.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love the acute business sense displayed by those who believe Chrysler should kill a profitable product because it's a stale design.
      • 5 Years Ago
      my 2002 PT is a great little car. it's the first car i've had that I would never want to replace. it'll some day wind up as valued a classic as the original beetle. unfortunately like one of the above writers mentioned, the newer models are not as nice as my 2002. once i pay if off, i'm planning on jazzing it up with some aftermarket parts. Chrysler has badly ignored it. if it has been so popular even without being promoted, can you imagine how many more would have been sold if it had been given as much promotion as those land yachts people like to call trucks. you can't go into any parking lot without seeing at least one or more.
      • 5 Years Ago
      this car needs to be killed off.
      all the ones you see on the road are old ones that have been driven a couple years already. this is another FAIL move by the Chrysler heads.

      just terrible foresight.
      they seriously need to look at GM and Ford for inspiration.

        • 5 Years Ago
        can you say: fleet vehicle ?
        i don't think people are going out of their way to consider the PTC when there are lots of other higher quality options for the same price.

        and yes i understand it's a good business move, but it's a terrible automotive strategy. locking yourself into an outdated vehicle is not good for public image.
        let's just hope management doesn't drop the ball again and leave Chrysler in another hole to climb out of.
        • 5 Years Ago
        GM??? How stupid is that! The PT will sell very few and all of them will be cash for Chrysler. Maybe they are trying to keep the plant going tell next year when the 500 and others are made there.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Chrysler sold over 50,000 PT cruisers last year, and over 100,000 the year before. Clearly, someone is buying them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Are you kidding me? Let this thing die already. I'm tired of seeing grey hairs driving PT Cruisers around with fake woodgrain siding already!
        • 5 Years Ago
        So, you're tired of seeing people drive around in something that makes THEM happy? What the hell is up with that? And just what do YOU drive, Ray? Cuz I'm sure EVERYONE must love whatever it is that you've put your butt into, right? And as for those "gray-hairs", just how old are you, and would your grandparents continue to send you checks if they knew your opinion of the older generation? Jerk.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And what do YOU drive, Ray, since you think it's damaging your vision to see someone driving something that makes THEM happy! Jerk.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually I drive a grey Mazda 3s sedan, one of the top cars in it's class back when I made my purchase.

        My Grandparents never had to send me checks, they would never drive a PT Cruiser and they'd most likely laugh at being called "grey hairs" because they have a sense of humor!

        I have a feeling Deborah drives a Woody Cruiser. She also needs to relax a little.
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