DaimlerChrysler Unveils Drop-Top Gorgeous Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible Styling Study

Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from Chrysler Group

    NEW YORK, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The attention-getting Chrysler PT
 Cruiser is going topless just in time for spring.  At the 2001 New York
 International Auto Show, Chrysler Group designers debuted their latest custom
 interpretation, with the drop-top gorgeous Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible
 styling study.
     "The PT Cruiser Convertible is a natural," said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice
 President - Product Design.  "In the same tradition as the Chrysler GT Cruiser
 and PT Panel Cruiser styling studies, this vehicle shows yet another
 personality for PT Cruiser.  Once again, we want to demonstrate the tremendous
 potential of PT Cruiser."
     Once designers lowered the header and roof and resculpted the rear wheel
 flares, this latest PT Cruiser styling study began to take on a new
 personality.  The two-door PT Cruiser Convertible features a new rear quarter
 panel to accommodate the newly designed longer doors.  To further enhance this
 study's exterior, body-colored bumpers and a chromed-accented grille were
 included to reinforce its customized look.  In addition, the vehicle was
 lowered by 1.5 inches (38 mm).
     "Based on the regular production Chrysler PT Cruiser, the convertible's
 design emphasizes its free-spirited attitude," said Lance Wagner, Design
 Director.  "We created a more simplified form.  For example, the body-side
 molding recesses were filled in to strengthen its contemporary clean lines.
 There's purity in the convertible's design that respects the original styling.
 While its fresh appearance embodies a totally new character, it still retains
 and builds on the excitement of the PT Cruiser."
     The Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible is finished in a Deep-Shadow-Blue
 Pearl paint while the interior features a dark taupe and light pearl beige
 color scheme with cognac and body-color blue accents.
     Since the essential part of any cruising experience is taking your friends
 along, the PT Cruiser Convertible comfortably seats four passengers with
 theater-style seating.  In this configuration, the rear passengers sit higher
 than the front passengers giving everyone a command-of-the-road experience.
     "Even though the convertible roof was lowered by an inch (25.4 mm), the
 rear passenger compartment provides ample room and comfort," said Senior
 Design Manager Jeff Godshall, responsible for the interior.
     "Utility and convenience are added to the interior with a speaker and a
 mesh storage pocket completing the longer front door trim panels and a
 recessed arm rest and courtesy light in each quarter panel.  Equally
 practical, the rear and front passenger seats fold down for easy storage,
 providing pass-through for such things as golf clubs, skis or surf boards."
     Evoking classic drop-top design, the PT Cruiser Convertible's roof flows
 seamlessly and creates a "fastback" appearance when the top is up.  The top is
 power-operated.  No powertrain changes have been made to execute this styling
 study.  The vehicle is fitted with New York-themed "Empire" 19 inch cast
 aluminum wheels and custom-made B. F. Goodrich 225/35 ZR19 tires.
     "Many will say the Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible is two vehicles in
 one," said Creed.  "It has a certain modern look when the top is down, with
 its sport bar and long passenger compartment.  Yet when up, the top has a
 slammed-forward retro-position, much like a '30s custom chopped coupe,
 emulating the tension of an archer's bow being drawn back.  Lower, sleeker
 with even more attitude, the PT Cruiser Convertible styling study is the
 latest example of the sort of fun we can have with PT Cruiser.  And there's
 more to come."
 
     Preliminary Specifications
 
     The Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible styling study is based on a regular
 production Chrysler PT Cruiser
 
     Dimensions          Inch          mm
     Length             168.8         4288
     Width               67.1         1704
     Height              60.5         1537
     Wheelbase            103         2616
     Track Front         58.3         1481
     Track Rear          58.2         1478
 
     Wheels & Tires
     Wheels             19"x8"
     Tires              P225/35 ZR19
 
 

SOURCE Chrysler Group
    NEW YORK, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The attention-getting Chrysler PT
 Cruiser is going topless just in time for spring.  At the 2001 New York
 International Auto Show, Chrysler Group designers debuted their latest custom
 interpretation, with the drop-top gorgeous Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible
 styling study.
     "The PT Cruiser Convertible is a natural," said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice
 President - Product Design.  "In the same tradition as the Chrysler GT Cruiser
 and PT Panel Cruiser styling studies, this vehicle shows yet another
 personality for PT Cruiser.  Once again, we want to demonstrate the tremendous
 potential of PT Cruiser."
     Once designers lowered the header and roof and resculpted the rear wheel
 flares, this latest PT Cruiser styling study began to take on a new
 personality.  The two-door PT Cruiser Convertible features a new rear quarter
 panel to accommodate the newly designed longer doors.  To further enhance this
 study's exterior, body-colored bumpers and a chromed-accented grille were
 included to reinforce its customized look.  In addition, the vehicle was
 lowered by 1.5 inches (38 mm).
     "Based on the regular production Chrysler PT Cruiser, the convertible's
 design emphasizes its free-spirited attitude," said Lance Wagner, Design
 Director.  "We created a more simplified form.  For example, the body-side
 molding recesses were filled in to strengthen its contemporary clean lines.
 There's purity in the convertible's design that respects the original styling.
 While its fresh appearance embodies a totally new character, it still retains
 and builds on the excitement of the PT Cruiser."
     The Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible is finished in a Deep-Shadow-Blue
 Pearl paint while the interior features a dark taupe and light pearl beige
 color scheme with cognac and body-color blue accents.
     Since the essential part of any cruising experience is taking your friends
 along, the PT Cruiser Convertible comfortably seats four passengers with
 theater-style seating.  In this configuration, the rear passengers sit higher
 than the front passengers giving everyone a command-of-the-road experience.
     "Even though the convertible roof was lowered by an inch (25.4 mm), the
 rear passenger compartment provides ample room and comfort," said Senior
 Design Manager Jeff Godshall, responsible for the interior.
     "Utility and convenience are added to the interior with a speaker and a
 mesh storage pocket completing the longer front door trim panels and a
 recessed arm rest and courtesy light in each quarter panel.  Equally
 practical, the rear and front passenger seats fold down for easy storage,
 providing pass-through for such things as golf clubs, skis or surf boards."
     Evoking classic drop-top design, the PT Cruiser Convertible's roof flows
 seamlessly and creates a "fastback" appearance when the top is up.  The top is
 power-operated.  No powertrain changes have been made to execute this styling
 study.  The vehicle is fitted with New York-themed "Empire" 19 inch cast
 aluminum wheels and custom-made B. F. Goodrich 225/35 ZR19 tires.
     "Many will say the Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible is two vehicles in
 one," said Creed.  "It has a certain modern look when the top is down, with
 its sport bar and long passenger compartment.  Yet when up, the top has a
 slammed-forward retro-position, much like a '30s custom chopped coupe,
 emulating the tension of an archer's bow being drawn back.  Lower, sleeker
 with even more attitude, the PT Cruiser Convertible styling study is the
 latest example of the sort of fun we can have with PT Cruiser.  And there's
 more to come."
 
     Preliminary Specifications
 
     The Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible styling study is based on a regular
 production Chrysler PT Cruiser
 
     Dimensions          Inch          mm
     Length             168.8         4288
     Width               67.1         1704
     Height              60.5         1537
     Wheelbase            103         2616
     Track Front         58.3         1481
     Track Rear          58.2         1478
 
     Wheels & Tires
     Wheels             19"x8"
     Tires              P225/35 ZR19
 
 SOURCE  Chrysler Group