Chrysler to Expand PT Cruiser Lineup
Chrysler will add two new offerings to its PT Cruiser lineup in 2002: the Chrysler PT Dream Cruiser Series 1 and the Chrysler PT Cruiser “Woodie” edition.The 2002 Chrysler PT Dream Cruiser Series 1 is a limited-edition model that will be available in Chrysler dealerships by February 2002. This edition is the first in a series of factory-customized Dream Cruisers to be introduced on an annual basis.Chrysler will begin production on Jan. 7 and will build only 7,500 units in North America, with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $23,170 for the manual transaxle version and $23,995 for the automatic transaxle version (prices include $565 for destination).The 2002 Chrysler PT Dream Cruiser will be painted Inca Gold, an evolution of the color first shown on the Chrysler Pronto Cruizer concept car revealed at the 1998 Salon de l’Automobile in Geneva, Switzerland. This color, exclusive to this series of PT Cruisers, is a chrome-yellow gold with a metallic sparkle. In addition to Inca Gold paint, the vehicle will feature a “Dream Cruiser, Series 1” chrome badge on the liftgate. The car will also sport 16-inch MOPAR chrome wheels with customized gold center caps and bright PT Cruiser graphics.For the 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser “Woodie” Edition, a wood-grained graphic appears on all four doors, the quarter panels and liftgate. The graphic is a linear medium oak woodgrain framed with light ash surround moldings. Unlike aftermarket wood accent applications, this vehicle will have a full factory warranty.The Chrysler PT Cruiser “Woodie” option will be available on all Chrysler PT Cruiser models including base, Touring, and Limited models. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the option is $895.Chrysler has sold more than 220,000 Chrysler PT Cruisers worldwide since the vehicle first went on sale in April of 2000. To help meet increased demand for PT Cruiser, Chrysler recently announced its second production increase. By the fall of 2002, Chrysler will have the capacity to build PT Cruisers at a rate of 310,000 vehicles per year, up from the current capacity of 180,000 vehicles per year.With the addition of the Chrysler PT Dream Cruiser Series 1, the price range for a Chrysler PT Cruiser is $16,765 to $23,995. Chrysler PT Cruisers are built in Toluca, Mexico and Graz, Austria.