NZ to say goodbye to PT Cruiser

AutoTrader NZ
Published 3 September 2020

It’s been 10 years since the unique Chrysler PT Cruiser first appeared in New Zealand, and now the Final Edition of the iconic PT Cruiser has been confirmed as the last shipment for this market.

Chrysler says that after the last 50 special versions have been sold, its replacement will be at least another year away, as the compnay works with Fiat to create a successor.

Automotive buffs are now eyeing the PT Cruiser Final Edition as a collector’s item and the vehicles are not expected to remain in dealership for long.

“Interest in the Final Edition has been strong and it is a fitting way to say goodbye to what has become a modern automotive icon,” says Todd Grove, Divisional Manager, Chrysler Group at Sime Darby Automobiles NZ.

“Few cars have made a style statement in quite the same way as the PT Cruiser and it still looks as different on the road today as it did 10 years ago. It will be sad to see it finally disappear from our model range, but the good thing about the Chrysler Group is that we have other vehicles that are equally individual in their styling, including a model that can take the place of the PT Cruiser – the Dodge Caliber.”

The 2.4-litre-powered PT Cruiser Final Edition is available only in a ‘brilliant black’ paint finish and deep tint sunscreen glass, set off with a solid billet chrome aluminium front grille, chrome body side trims and door handles, and 17-inch SRT design alloy wheels.

Special features of the cabin include premium cloth trim with heated front seats and 6-disc CD audio system with Boston Acoustics® premium speakers and 368W amplifier. Each vehicle is sold with a personalised plate covering PT 001 to PT 050.

The PT Cruiser has been an international success story since it was first shown as a concept car in the late 1990s. The car was put into production in a new factory at Toluca in Mexico in 2000 and for much of the first year supply was unable to match demand.

1.3 million PT Cruisers have been built and sold into more than 60 countries around the world.

See new and used PT Cruisers for sale.