Introducing The Chrysler PT Corsa

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
introducing the chrysler pt corsa

When Chrysler revealed its Five Year plan last year, product plans showed the PT Cruiser dieing off after 2010 with no planned replacement. Then, earlier this year, Chrysler rebadged a Lancia Delta and brought it along to the Detroit Auto Show without saying much about it. Now, Motor Trend says a production version of the Chryslerized Delta Concept will be shown at the next Geneva Auto Show, raising the possibility that the Lancia could come to the US… and soon. Sure, it’s possible that the Delta will simply be for other markets where the Lancia/Chrysler two-face will show its Chrysler side (the UK and Brazil come to mind), but Chrysler needs to beef up its US volume to keep the turnaround turning around. And that means not only replacing the PT, but bringing customers in with something new and fresh. Could a PT Corsa fit the bill?

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  • TriShield TriShield on Nov 25, 2010

    The Fiat 500 is a more of a PT Cruiser replacement than this is. In fact it's being assembled in the former PT Cruiser plant if I'm not mistaken.

    • Jimmy7 Jimmy7 on Nov 25, 2010

      And as soon as it's 15% bigger and 15% cheaper it'll sell like the PT Cruiser first did.

  • CutlassSupreme CutlassSupreme on Nov 27, 2010

    I think this car is perfect for the new Chrysler. It fills a hole in their line-up with a relatively pedigreed entry-level hatch that is fairly upscale (where Chrysler is heading) and more importantly has nothing to do with the atrocious Caliber. It also resembles a modern interpretation of the PT Cruiser (to my eye at least). So I would rebadge it as the PT Cruiser and maybe change the front end to look a bit more like the outgoing Cruiser, although the back actually resembles the Cruiser's rear. It would effectively replace the PT Cruiser in Chrysler's line-up, give Chrysler some new blood, cash in on some continuity from the PT (as it was loved and an icon) and help point the brand upmarket

  • Jdt65724922 How can a Chrysler E-Class ride better than a Chrysler Fifth Avenue?
  • Lorenzo This series is epic, but I now fear you'll never get to the gigantic Falcon/Dart/Nova comparison.
  • Chris P Bacon Ford and GM have decided that if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Odds are Chrysler/Cerberus/FCA/Stellantis is next to join in. If any of the companies like Electrify America had been even close to Tesla in reliability, we wouldn't be here.
  • Inside Looking Out China will decide which EV charging protocol will become world wide standard.
  • Chris P Bacon I see no reference to Sweden or South Carolina. I hate to assume, but is this thing built in China? I can't help but wonder if EVs would be more affordable to the masses if they weren't all stuffed full of horsepower most drivers will never use. How much could the price be reduced if it had, say, 200hp. Combined with the instant torque of an EV, that really is plenty of power for the daily commuter, which is what this vehicle really is.