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2002-06-11 12:19
The world's best-known retro MPV - the Chrysler PT Cruiser - gets a new model with the introduction of the limited edition Street Cruiser Series 1, first in a series of factory-customised PT Cruisers to be introduced on an annual basis.

Adding to the successful Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring and Limited editions, a limited run of 100 Street Cruiser Series 1 special edition models will be available in South Africa.

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Available with the four-cylinder 2,0-litre DOHC 16-valve petrol engine and a choice of manual or "autostick" automatic transmission, this new model has an equipment level that matches and exceeds the PT Cruiser Limited version.

Street Cruiser Series 1 (available in North America as the -Dream Cruiser Series 1) - is painted in Inca Gold, an evolution of the colour first shown on the Chrysler Pronto Cruizer concept car revealed at the 1998 Geneva Motor Show. This special colour, exclusive to the new Street Cruiser Series 1, is a chrome-yellow gold with a metallic sparkle.

In addition to Inca Gold paint, the vehicle will feature a "Street Cruiser Series 1" shield-shaped liftgate badge in Inca Gold with a chrome outer edge and chrome lettering. The car also sports 16-inch chrome wheels with customised centre caps in Inca Gold with bright "PT Cruiser" graphics.


"Visually, the Inca Gold monochromatic appearance unifies the Chrysler PT Cruiser?s dramatic form," says Trent Barcroft, Divisional Manager for Chrysler and Jeep South Africa.

"With its colour-keyed grille, bumpers and body-side mouldings, the vehicle takes on more of a customised look."

Matching Inca Gold coloured accents appear throughout the interior - on the instrument panel, including the passenger-side airbag door, and instrument cluster bezel. Door bolsters are a matching gold grain vinyl.

Seats are light pearl beige leather with gold leather inserts. "Axis" perforated leather is used on the seat cushion and seat back inserts, while a unique textured leather, called Matrix leather, is used on the steering wheel and gear lever.

"Without question, Chrysler PT Cruiser has become an icon for the Chrysler brand," says Guy Franken, Chrysler and Jeep Division Marketing Manager.

"By offering the Street Cruiser, we're broadening the appeal for PT Cruiser while keeping the brand and nameplate fresh in consumers' minds. Look for the Chrysler brand to continue to launch models similar to these in the future."

Chrysler Street Cruiser manual R221 900, automatic R228 900

The Chrysler PT Cruiser has been a sales success in the USA and international markets. For the calendar year 2001, more than 157 000 PT Cruisers were sold in North America, and almost 31 000 were sold outside the NAFTA region. Since launch, over 310 000 PT Cruisers have been sold worldwide, with over 47 000 sold in international markets.

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