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Cruiser takes a cue from classic American style

THE revolutionary Chrysler PT Cruiser will enter UK showrooms in summer 2000 after right-hand drive production models roll off DaimlerChrysler's Mexican production line. The five-door PT Cruiser, with its design cues taken from classic American cars, features both contemporary and nostalgic design ideas.

Managing director of Chrysler Jeep Imports UK Richard Mackay said: 'There's a hint of mean and cool American hot rod with the curvaceous styling of the body and the retro touches on the inside. It's unique in many ways - not least the way it combines versatility and efficiency, wrapped in a distinctly American design, blending many characteristics to create an all-new segment in the market.'

PT stands for personal transportation and while the overall exterior of the car is similar in size to a small car, interior design makes it almost the size of family saloons. Front and rear seat configurations mean the vehicle can be used as a saloon, estate car, MPV or a light van with the 65/35 split rear seat folded in several ways or removed to reveal a flat load floor. The front seat can be folded and used as a table top.

Powered by a 2.0-litre 16v engine the PT Cruiser will be available with manual or automatic transmission. A common rail, direct injection turbodiesel engine will also be available at a later date. Prices will be announced closer to launch but Fleet NewsNet would expect on-the-road prices to be around £14,000-£15,000. About 3,000 units are expected to be available.

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