The 2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser
The 2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser has been simplified to one model - the PT Cruiser Classic. The PT Cruiser Classic has outstanding content, with a standard automatic, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, sixteen-inch aluminum wheels, tinted windows, and cruise control standard. Chrome trim is now standard on the interior and exterior of the vehicle including a body colored grill with chrome accents, and chrome body side moldings.
Options include a sunroof and convenience group; the latter is stain-repellant cloth, six-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, and fold-flat passenger seat. The introductory base price for the 2010 PT Cruiser Classic will be $18,000 plus $720 destination charge. (Info from oh20)
Fiat was happy about the idea of introducing the PT to new markets. It may continue as a niche vehicle for some time — perhaps not in the United States.
2011 Chrysler PT Cruiser projections
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As Chrysler dropped fleet sales and made the PT’s end clear, while dropping the GT and convertible, PT sales fell by 30%-40% in 2008, more than most other Chrysler vehicles, and most PTs sold were the base model.
Those who predicted that the PT would fail, and who tried to cancel the program, may have been responsible for the conclusion of so many analysts (since 2000) that it was a fad car and a failure. GM’s production of the Chevy HHR, which was similar in many ways, could hardly have helped.
The PT only falls short in a small number of areas, the biggest ones being gas mileage and the new “cheap seats.” The PT could sell succeed for many more years as a niche vehicle, as it was originally meant to be, with production of an unsupported-by-incentives 40,000 per year and the use of either a small diesel or the 2.4 liter “World Engine” retuned for better responsiveness.
This appears to be the end of the road for the PT, at least in North America.
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