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One Millionth Chrysler PT Cruiser Manufactured

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DaimlerChrysler's Toluca Assembly Plant Marks 1 Millionth Chrysler PT Cruiser Manufacturing Milestone

Toluca, Mexico, Mar 8, 2006 -

To the cheers of a large crowd made up of DaimlerChrysler Toluca Assembly Plant employees and invited guests, Chrysler Group Chief Operating Officer Eric Ridenour announced that the Toluca facility recently reached a major milestone: the production of the 1 millionth Chrysler PT Cruiser. The Toluca Assembly Plant is home of the Chrysler PT Cruiser sedan and convertible models. Production began in March 2000.

The celebration came on the heels of a $1 billion joint investment announcement between DaimlerChrysler and its suppliers to modernize and re-tool its Mexican Manufacturing Operations and to create two industrial parks for suppliers.

"This significant manufacturing milestone reflects the global market demand for the Chrysler PT Cruiser," said Ridenour. "The Chrysler PT Cruiser set new world standards with its unique styling and interior roominess. The bottom line is that consumers are demanding more of our remarkable products, and our Toluca Assembly Plant employees played a key role in the success of this vehicle."

Other special guests at today's ceremony included Mexico President Vicente Fox; Joe ChamaSrour, President and Managing Director – DaimlerChrysler de Mexico; Roberto Gutierrez, Vice President of Manufacturing – DaimlerChrysler Mexico; Jose Chaparro, Plant Manager – Toluca Assembly Plant; Mexico Governor Enrique Pena Nieto; and Hugo Diaz, General Leader – DaimlerChrysler de Mexico Union.

"Six years ago, DaimlerChrysler launched a whole new generation of segment-busting vehicles when we began building the Chrysler PT Cruiser at this plant," said ChamaSrour. "From the beginning, these vehicles have won wide acclaim from automotive writers and from the global car-buying public. It's unique, it's popular and most of all, it's an important part of the DaimlerChrysler family."

Completely updated for the 2006 model year, the Chrysler PT Cruiser continues to lead the segment in style, versatility, quality and performance. In addition to many exterior upgrades, the 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser and Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible feature all-new interiors, improved performance and a boost of horsepower, giving the available High-Output Turbo engine a power boost for 2006, now rated at 230 horsepower (171.5 kW) and 245 lb.-ft. (332 N•m) of torque, up from the previous 220 horsepower. Chrysler PT Cruiser sales have also seen a boost. Sales of this one-of-a-kind vehicle were up 16 percent in the United Sates for the 2005 calendar year.

Since the launch of the Chrysler PT Cruiser, DaimlerChrysler has received more than 30 international awards for the innovative vehicle.

Awards the vehicle has won include:

2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser, Consumer Guide, "Best Buy - Compact Cars Category"

2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser, Consumer Reports, "Recommended"

2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser, Edmunds.com, "Most Significant"

2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser, AutoPacific, "Top Vehicle customer satisfaction"

2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser, North American International Auto Show, "North American Car of the Year"

2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser, African Americans on Wheels and Latinos on Wheels, "Car of the Year"

2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser, Strategic Vision, "Compact Car Segment"

2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser, Industrial Design Excellence, "Gold Award"

2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser, Automobile Magazine, "Best Small Car"

The Toluca Assembly Plant is the sole producer of Chrysler PT Cruiser. The vehicle is sold in 60 countries around the world.

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Most excellent!

Just curious, but compared with the New Beetle, which one has done better longer/overall?

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uh, I think it's pretty obvious! PT Sales are up this year, while who has even seen a 2006 'revised' NB?

All the naysayers who claimed the PT was "dying" and the HHR was "late to party" and will flop, where are they now???????

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Yesterday, in the National Post there was an article about a writer and his spouse going to the Auto Show and the remarks his wife made. Of all the vehicles that she saw, and the Bentley was mentioned, too - it was the PT that stopped her in her tracks and made her mouth gape.

Chrysler has been producing innovative products for the past 15 years. Keeping one step ahead of the competition has been the company's only saving grace. Their forward thinking is where GM was 25 years ago. Kudos to them!

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I get such pleasure out of the naysayers about the PT Cruiser dying out having to eat their own words. Sales are up this year, and the revisions make it better than ever. The new interior is way nicer than the old one, and the subtle tweaks outsider are just enough to show it's a revised. The revised beetle has nothing more than new headlights and tail lights as far as i know. It's a classy looking car, and probably the most graceful aging car on the road...well that and the Mini. Congrats PT and Chrysler!

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I get such pleasure out of the naysayers about the PT Cruiser dying out having to eat their  own words. Sales are up this year, and the revisions make it better than ever. The new interior is way nicer than the old one, and the subtle tweaks outsider are just enough to show it's a revised. The revised beetle has nothing more than new headlights and tail lights as far as i know. It's a classy looking car, and probably the most graceful aging car on the road...well that and the Mini. Congrats PT and Chrysler!

The revised New Beetle also has creases on the fenders to give it a more modern appearance.

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The revised New Beetle also has creases on the fenders to give it a more modern appearance.

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Oh i see them now, but they aren't all that noticeable. Does the Beetle get a new interior with the refresh?

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Oh i see them now, but they aren't all that noticeable. Does the Beetle get a new interior with the refresh?

no, it doesn't, but it needs one!

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