The Chrysler PT Cruiser, an automotive icon that’s used up 10 of its 9 lives, will finally hit the end of its production run on July 9, reports Autoblog. One of the vehicles that prompted the recent retro craze, the PT Cruiser even had its own bowtie badged copy, the Chevrolet HHR (although GM denies that the PT Cruiser influenced their design). Offered in as many special editions as a Thomas Kincade painting, the PT Cruiser debuted to good reviews and helped established Chrysler’s reputation as a leader in automotive styling.
Chrysler had planned to phase out the PT Cruiser on several occasions, but consumer demand kept the retro crossover in production. Prior to their bankruptcy, Chrysler had announced plans to halt PT Cruiser production, but the need for a compact crossover kept the car in production for another year.
Ever see a PT Cruiser run the 1/4 in 11.96 @121 mph? Now you have.
The demise of the PT Cruiser is actually good news for the assembly line workers in Toluca, Mexico. The plant will retool to begin production of the Fiat 500 for North American customers. The retro baby Fiat should hit Chrysler showrooms in late 2010 or early 2011.