2006 Chrysler PT Street Cruiser Route 66
The alternative ending to April’s review on the PT Cruiser is this: The PT Cruiser was a car that jump started the craving in the average consumer for cars that did more than just serve to take you to and fro. In 1999, when it was released, there was not another car on the road like this car that took its styling cues from the wagons of the ‘30s and ‘40s. In short, it was different and even better it evoked style that people hadn’t seen on a car for several decades. It is my hunch that the Prowler was the market testing to see if early adopters would by into the retro styling. Then came the car for the masses and ten years later it is still sell just like the VW New Beetle (we question its longevity here).
2002 Chrysler Cali Cruiser concept
Bottom line—The PT Cruiser is going to make it until the end of 2011, but then what? Maybe Chrysler will come up with the next generation that will be styled after the ‘50s to ‘60s era models. I think the key to the PT Cruiser is that it is interesting and isn’t a wind tunnel jellybean like some other cars on the market.
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