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Chrysler Unveils new model at Woodward

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Chrysler rolls out special edition of PT Cruiser
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Josee Valcourt | Link to Original Article @ The Detroit News


ROYAL OAK -- Chrysler today rolled out its newest special-edition PT Cruiser with design cues that pay tribute to the famous Sunset Boulevard.

The latest edition, unveiled in the parking lot of Duggan's Irish Pub on Woodward Avenue, joins the Route 66 and Pacific Coast highway versions, which were launched the previous two years about the time of the Dream Cruise. The new PT Cruiser will hit the market this summer.

Chrysler will produce 500 units of the 2008 Sunset Boulevard model, which will come in amber hue and will be accented in chrome.

The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the manual transaxle version will be $16,650; the automatic transaxle will be $17,475. A $640 destination charge is included in both prices.

Although the PT Cruiser is the oldest model in Chrysler's lineup, the vehicle has accounted for sales of more than 1.2 million since its introduction in 2000.

"It still has this alluring look about it," said Larry Lyons, vice president of Chrysler's front-wheel-drive product team.

California, a trend-setting state, is the lead market for sales of the PT Cruiser, he said.

David Rooney, director of Chrysler Marketing and Global Communications, said the vehicle partly attracts buyers because of its customization appeal.

Stephanie Brinley, an analyst with marketing research firm AutoPacific in Southfield, said the PT Cruiser's retro look is no longer the main reason why it continues to sell.

"The reason it works well is the package is right," Brinley said. "It's easy to get in and out of. You've got plenty of cargo space in the back and it's priced nicely."
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This constitutes a "new" model...?

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Yawn.

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*is suspicious*

that new model looks like the old PT Cruiser. A LOT! :spin:

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Yeah, what the article refers to as a 'new model' is really just a new trim package.

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The latest edition, unveiled in the parking lot of Duggan's Irish Pub

That sounds so bad.

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Those wheels look like ugly cheapo aftermarket wheels... yuck.

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Those wheels look like ugly cheapo aftermarket wheels... yuck.

In 1995 I bought a set of 4 wheel covers JUST like that for $20 at K-Mart.
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"I *am* big. It's the *pictures* that got small."

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"I *am* big. It's the *pictures* that got small."

Do they want us to think of Gloria Swanson or Divine Brown?

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QUOTE(Flybrian @ Aug 14 2007, 11:32 AM) *

The latest edition, unveiled in the parking lot of Duggan's Irish Pub

That sounds so bad.

That's actually a pretty big deal. The Woodward Dream Cruise is a huge deal for car enthusiasts, and Duggan's is pretty much the headquarters.

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It's just a paint, wheel, and trim package. At least they kept it under $20K. Not a bad vehicle for someone who wanted a PT anyway, and can get this 1 or 500 edition for a very small price premium.

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Pics prop of wkjeeps.com

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As far as I know, the PT is one of Chrysler's most trouble-free vehicles. The local Chrysler-Jeep dealership closed their bodyshop several years ago, so they send those customers to us, and every time I ask a PT owner, the answer is the same: "I love my PT." It's true, the thing is very easy to get in and out of, and it is versatile. It has one of Chrysler's nicer-trimmed interiors. The price is right, too. What's not to like? It's an innocent little car.

I don't care for those wheels either, but I like the color. No harm done.

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Looking at that head on pic, I really miss how the PT Cruiser's grille used to go all the way to the bottom. It really lost something with the refresh.

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Yeah, the new bumper does take away a measure of the car's retro appeal. It doesn't fit as well thematically as the older bumper, although I prefer the body-color older bumper to the gray one.
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ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ....huh? what? Oh Chrysler released another p.o.s. model....ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

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Looking at that head on pic, I really miss how the PT Cruiser's grille used to go all the way to the bottom. It really lost something with the refresh.

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YES! Thanks for noticing, I feel the same way!!!

The 2006 refresh SUCKS!

If anything they should have made the grille more tall & narrow than before.

This car is supposed to be 1930s retro... not stupidly ambigous.

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This is the BEST the PT Ever looked.... circa 2004/2005

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And the ugliest edition was probably the Sigourney Weaver's "ALIENS EDITION" :P

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This is the BEST the PT Ever looked.... circa 2004/2005

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Agreed. It had a better interior, too. The refreshed one got a downgrade in quality to match the new Chryslers.

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The 2006 refresh SUCKS!

+1, the new front bumper pushed it more toward "boring small car" looks and away from the retro that makes it halfway interesting.

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I too like the lower bumper/grill of the pre-refreshed model...it looked better that way, but the newer model's interior looks better. I like the color...it's a very nice hue.

Those wheels are nothing special, there's a black one in the dealer showroom with the same exact wheels.

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I too like the lower bumper/grill of the pre-refreshed model...it looked better that way, but the newer model's interior looks better.

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Can I have some of what you're smoking? Please? :P

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