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PT Cruiser Not Dead Yet

Fiat looks to extend production in order to sell retro model in foreign markets

 |  Jun 17 2009, 10:41 AM

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Can you hear that? It might sound a lot like Monty Python’s John Cleese, but it’s actually Chrysler’s PT Cruiser screaming, “I’m not dead yet.”

That’s right, despite plans to scrap the retro-styled economy car, production will continue on. Pre-bankruptcy Chrysler had announced that it would cease production of the PT at its Mexico plant this summer, but under new Fiat ownership the U.S. automaker will extend the car’s life until 2011. The PT has, however, already lived well beyond the average life span of a modern auto and as of 2011 it will have been in production, mostly unchanged, for 11 years. 

According to a report on Edmunds, it is possible that Fiat is hoping to sell additional units of the car in international markets like Fiat’s European home turf, as well as in Brazil.

After the last PT’s roll out of the Toluca, Mexico facility in December of 2010, the plant will be retrofitted to produce the new Fiat 500 and the Fiat Panda (which will be badged as a Jeep) for the U.S. market.

[Source: Edmunds]