It's a Plymouth; even D/C says so
The new Chrysler PT Cruiser will be a smash hit. The kids will love it, and so will the empty-nesters who want something small, utilitarian and cute. If anything, it reminds me of the sedan-deliveries of the late 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.
If there is anything to criticize, it should be badged Plymouth, not Chrysler. Just look at Page 126 of your Feb. 8 issue - the box headed 'How DaimlerChrysler defines its car lines.' That's why it should be a Plymouth; DaimlerChrysler even explains why.
The writer buys and sells discontinued, obsolete and antique auto literature.
Car is a knockout; price will be, too
The PT Cruiser is another knockout from DaimlerChrysler - a retro-rod the whole family can enjoy. As the owner of a Neon and a Voyager, I can appreciate a package the size of a PT Cruiser with the performance and handling of a Neon.
The look may be something like a Chrysler Airflow, but I'm also reminded of the old Volkswagen Beetle with a custom hood that was supposed to turn it into a Rolls-Royce or a 1940 Ford.
Unfortunately, I'll probably never be able to afford a PT Cruiser. Chrysler has been overly optimistic about the prices of concept cars. The Viper was going to be 'affordable,' and the Prowler was going to be in the $15,000 to $17,000 range.
Robert Eaton claims the PT Cruiser will be significantly under $20,000. I have no idea what the current exchange rate is, but perhaps he was thinking in euros or some other currency.
Also, I don't see a Chrysler 'signature' vehicle going out the door at that price. I realize that the Chrysler name is used on a broad range of vehicles throughout the world, but in the United States, Chrysler is a luxury model. Maybe Eaton meant well under $200,000. Oh, well!
The writer is sales manager for Hunter Manufacturing Co. of Cleveland, a maker of accessories for the heavy-duty aftermarket.
to count 'em
Regarding the continuing story of who won the luxury-segment sales crown for 1998:
From a historical standpoint, calendar-year sales are bogus because they contain both 1998- and 1999-model vehicles.
The only numbers that really count are the number of 1998-model-year Cadillac-brand vehicles produced vs. the number of 1998-model-year Lincoln-brand vehicles produced. Based on that reasoning, who's the real winner - Cadillac or Lincoln?
JEFFREY I. GODSHALL
Member, Society of
Automotive Historians Inc.
Royal Oak, Mich.