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Retro PT gets the go-ahead

DAIMLERChrysler will take a wild drive back to the future when it builds a unique new all-purpose family car range in 12 months' time. In its first international motor show appearance, the giant Euro-American car firm stunned rivals at Detroit by giving the green light to the Chrysler PT (it means 'personal transportation') Cruiser.

Co-chairman Bob Eaton claims the PT will create a fresh vehicle segment in America and more than 40 other markets, including Britain in the millennium. Reminiscent of 1940s classic US boulevard cruisers, the car has an old-style radiator grille, separate front mudguards, and side sills which hint at running boards.

But beneath the yesteryear charm is the latest platform of its Neon stablemate. And though the exterior retro theme is reflected by a plain instrument binnacle featuring circular dials, the interior is air conditioned and has a CD system.

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