Snap Judgment: Could Chrysler Save the PT Cruiser?

Today, we learned that July 9 will mark the last day of production for the venerable Chrysler PT Cruiser. With more than 1.3 million units sold, the PT Cruiser represented one of the first executions of a modern retro car for the masses.

But having soldiered on with mostly cosmetic updates throughout its decade-plus life, the PT will drive off into the sunset less than two weeks from now.

Over the years, we’ve seen the PT Cruiser lineup grow from a single five-door hatchback to include a convertible as well as a turbo model. To keep the PT Cruiser fresh, Chrysler introduced countless special edition trim packages — see this year’s Couture Edition — for the midsize hatch, which was deemed the North American Car of the Year in 2001.

However, the PT Cruiser available for sale in 2010 is nearly identical, mechanically speaking, to the one previewed at the end of the last decade. Though yearly sales have crested the 140,000 mark in the past, Chrysler sold just over 5000 Cruisers in the first five months of 2010.

We’ve written about how we liked the PT Cruiser, and we even ran one as a Four Seasons tester. We wish, though, Chrysler had taken steps to continue the PT Cruiser’s initial popularity with something other than mild cosmetic makeovers.

Today’s Snap Judgment:
Could a reimagined PT Cruiser have a shot at production in the future?

Let us know what you think in the comments section.

Sales data source: Automotive News (Subscription required)


Buying Guide

2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser

Fair Market Price $7,024 Classic Wagon


19 City / 24 Hwy

Cargo (Std/Max):

NA / 62.7 cu. ft.