The PT Cruiser. The car that really kicked off the retro-revival now enjoyed by a variety of cars including the Mustang and Camaro; and beloved by people both old, and….old, was slated to be discontinued this year. But new boss Sergio Marchionne, and now Chrysler itself has announced that for at least one more year, the shaggin’ wagon will live on.
We have to admit that despite the fact that the PT embodies pretty much every negative trait running through Pre-Fiat owned Chrysler, namely horrendous interior and construction quality, news that it has been given a stay of execution is actually welcomed around here. They HAVE sold 1.3 million of the suckers after all!
Although positive gestures towards “re-energizing” the car are flowing freely from Execs, little is expected to change for the PT in the coming year. It will continue to be built exclusively at Chrysler’s plant in Toluca, Mexico and is not expected to be updated in any sort of meaningful way. Now that previous plans to sell the plant to a Russian company appear to be gone, some believe that Fiat intends to ultimately tranfer production of another vehicle to that facility instead. It makes sense to temporarily keep producing the car, which despite rapidly declining sales, remains one of Chrysler’s most fuel efficient models on their books. (Which says all sort of things about them) If we haven’t talked down the car enough to dissuade you from considering to purchase one, we’d suggest opting for the Limited 2.4 liter, which comes with a much-needed turbo to assist performance and fuel economy. With wood paneling of course