Journey's end for the Chrysler's PT Cruiser

Don Sherman

A two-door convertible arrives with four seats, a basket-handle structural member, and a manually folding soft top. Production of the rag top runs only three years.

A minor facelift brings a fresh front-end design, interior improvements, and a 230-hp high-output engine option. A Route 66 special edition features way too much yellow paint.

A Pacific Coast Highway special edition is finished in pearl-blue paint.

A Sunset Boulevard edition is painted 'sunset crystal.' In total, there were 14 special editions of the PT Cruiser.

Struggling under witless Cerberus management, top Chrysler officials announce that PT Cruiser's end is nigh. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the car a poor rating for a weak performance in side and rear collision tests.

July 9, 2010
The last ever Chrysler PT Cruiser rolls of the Mexican assembly line.

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I owned one, it was a piece of junk, I'm GLAD to see it's final demise.
Edward A. Sanchez
A 10-year run isn't too bad, all things considered. I'm frankly surprised it lasted as long as it did. A full re-design based on the Caliber/Compass platform might have helped, though.

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