PT Cruiser Refuses to Die

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

The PT Cruiser tooling in Toluca, Mexico couldn’t be pawned off to an unsuspecting Chinese firm, so they’ll just keep selling the things to unsuspecting Americans (or die trying), reports Inside Line. Originally set to be axed or updated in 2004, the PT Cruiser (hated by many, loved by at least one) will live on until the summer of 2011 when production at Toluca will switch to the Fiat 500 and a Fiat Panda-based Jeep product. That means the PT will have been produced for 11 years by the time it finally, mercifully dies.

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  • Whatsanobeen Whatsanobeen on Jun 18, 2009

    The PT Cruiser is a decent economy car but a VW Golf/Rabbit/GTI would clearly be a better buy. Cant wait until Fiat brings over the Panda though. That car would be best suited to take some of the market share lost from dissatified Scion xB owners. The Fiat Panda 4x4 would also make an awesome Jeep.

  • Mopartscrub Mopartscrub on Jun 18, 2009

    clearly? hmmm.

  • Daryn Daryn on Jun 18, 2009

    I kind of inherited my wife's '05 Cruiser when the second kid came and she needed the space my SUV provided. It's not the car I would have chosen for myself, but it's been growing on me over the past couple of years. I think of it as a really big small car. Meaning the car is pretty small, but it can do the job of a fairly big car because of the way it's laid out. Decent leg room in the back seat and I can haul some pretty big items with the flick of the seat backs. I'd say the thing I like least with being associated with the car is that I have seen some terrible custom over-dose jobs out there and this car seems to be a prime target for people with no taste and a Pep-Boys gift card. The other day I saw a gold example with the fake wood sides, fake fender vents, back door-edge trim on every surface, a fake hood scoop, curb feelers, visor and a bunch of other crap slapped on it.

  • Getacargetacheck Getacargetacheck on Jul 09, 2010

    The last PT Cruiser rolls off the line in Toluca today. Looking forward to TTAC's obituary...