August 20, 2002

Chrysler previews two-door “California Cruiser”

California Cruiser
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Pebble Beach, California – Chrysler previewed another PT Cruiser concept vehicle at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this week. The “California Cruiser” has two large doors, an innovative rear hatch and a multi-functional four passenger interior that can be transformed into a hotel room for two.

“This concept introduces the new face of Chrysler to the PT Cruiser,” said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President – Design. “California Cruiser’s scalloped headlamps, chrome accented grille and integrated bumper reflect a direction that we started with the Chrysler Crossfire and Pacifica. The more crisp and precise styling themes of those vehicles also influenced the profile and rear design of the Chrysler California Cruiser.”

The Chrysler California Cruiser will make its public debut at the 2002 Paris Motor Show. At that time, more details will be made available.

The Chrysler Group presented the first concept leading up to the Chrysler PT Cruiser in the spring of 1998 at the Geneva Motor Show with the Pronto Cruizer. It was followed in 1999 by the Company’s most short-lived concept car, the PT Cruiser, since the production version was rolled out within five minutes at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Chrysler GT Cruiser and Panel Cruiser concepts made their world premier in 2000, while in 2001 the Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible Styling Study made its debut at the New York Auto Show.

The GT Cruiser concept foreshadowed the recently launched 2003 Chrysler PT Turbo, while production plans for the Chrysler PT Convertible were announced at the 2002 New York Auto Show. This convertible will be available at Chrysler dealers by spring of 2004.

The 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser is manufactured at Chrysler Group’s Toluca Assembly Plant in Mexico. From its launch as a production vehicle in February 2000 through July 2002, nearly 444,000 Chrysler PT Cruiser vehicles have been sold worldwide.

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