The Final Edition of the iconic PT Cruiser, which is now on sale, has been confirmed as the last shipment for this market.
When the last of the 50 special versions has been sold, the chapter on this most unusual vehicle will come to an end, with its replacement at least another year away as Chrysler works with its new ally Fiat to create an equally impressive successor.
Automotive buffs are now eyeing the PT Cruiser Final Edition as a collector's item and the vehicles are not expected to remain in dealership for long.
"Interest in the Final Edition has been strong and it is a fitting way to say goodbye to what has become a modern automotive icon," says Todd Grove, Divisional Manager, Chrysler Group at Sime Darby Automobiles NZ.
"Few cars have made a style statement in quite the same way as the PT Cruiser and it still looks as different on the road today as it did ten years ago. It will be sad to see it finally disappear from our model range, but the good thing about the Chrysler Group is that we have other vehicles that are equally individual in their styling, including a model that can take the place of the PT Cruiser - the Dodge Caliber."
The 2.4-litre-powered PT Cruiser Final Edition is available only in a 'brilliant black' paint finish and deep tint sunscreen glass, set off with a solid billet chrome aluminium front grille, chrome body side trims & door handles, and 17-inch SRT design alloy wheels. Special features of the cabin include premium cloth trim with heated front seats and 6-disc CD audio system with Boston Acoustics® premium speakers and 368W amplifier. Each vehicle is sold with a personalised plate covering PT 001 to PT 050.
The PT Cruiser has been an incredible international success story since it was first shown as an audacious concept car in the late 1990s. The car was put into production in a new factory at Toluca in Mexico in 2000 and for much of the first year supply was unable to match demand.
The combination of its one-of-kind exterior styling and Swiss Army knife-like interior flexibility and space struck a chord with buyers looking for something different, yet still practical.
With 1.3 million PT Cruisers built and sold into more than 60 countries around the world the PT Cruiser has clocked up numerous international design and Car of the Year awards and continues to win accolades, including mostly recently when highly respected quality agency JD Power placed the Chrysler PT Cruiser equal first in its class in the annual Initial Quality Survey (IQS).
To maintain on-going interest in the model, Chrysler has released occasional special editions in limited numbers, including the Route 66, Dream Cruiser and Sunset Boulevard. A convertible also sold in New Zealand.