Thursday, December 31, 2009

Chrysler/Fiat Boneheads Ending PT Cruiser!

Alert! The PT Cruiser Final Addition will launch in the fourth quarter 2010 for sale in 2011 — most likely the final year of the PT. (November 4, 2009)

In an Automotive News interview, Bryan Nesbitt said, “I didn’t like the update they did when they [altered] the headlights. But I find it interesting that Chrysler decided to keep it in production. I believe it is the most profitable small car in Chrysler’s history. ... I’ve always liked the way it looks. I think it looks better when it is lowered two inches with 18 inch wheels.”

As of September 1, 2009, there were under a thousand PT Cruisers available across the United States — less than two weeks’ supply.

According to, they have attained confirmation that 2011 is the final year for the PT Cruiser. At a time when expensive sticker prices on cars are killing the market, and smaller cars are in demand, Chrysler and FIAT have exemplified why they are not market leaders and are allowing the suits who sit in offices, pinching pennies, decide the future. The PT Cruiser is one of the highest quality, popular, and well designed cars that Chrysler has ever created. Shame that the suits don't actually drive the cars they make, opting for large Hemi V8 engines is cool, but an economical alternative for families and fleet sales made the PT one of the most popular cars ever in Chrysler history. They ended the Convertible in 2008, then ended the GT version that actually performed, in 2009, and seems that in 2010 there is just one model option left to purchase. This undoubtedly will kill off the PT Cruiser like the suits want. I guess Chrysler deserved to go under, instead of getting bailouts, when they are unable to make the correct critical decisions to keep good vehicles, and continue to dump money into vehicles that don't sell. How about some of the Jeep models!

PT only needed more performance (keep the turbo), a better larger seat that tracks back more for longer legs, and a larger gas tank.

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