Chrysler California Cruiser Makes Public Debut In Paris

Chrysler California Cruiser


The first vehicle in the next wave of trend-setting Chrysler concept cars looks set to stun the crowds at next week’s (26 September) Paris Motor Show.

Called Chrysler California Cruiser, this all-new concept builds on the uniquely American blend of style and practicality seen in the successful Chrysler PT Cruiser.

An all-around versatile vehicle with two large doors, an innovative rear hatch and multi-functional interior, the Chrysler California Cruiser amplifies what owners love about their PT Cruiser. The concept has ample space for four people and their travel needs, yet can be transformed into a hotel room for two. The exterior of the California Cruiser concept stays true to the landmark design of PT Cruiser, while conveying a possible evolution in its styling theme.

Jim Schroer, Executive Vice President Chrysler Group Global Sales and Marketing said: "With PT Cruiser, we created a whole new segment and virtually redefined the blend of design and versatility in the small vehicle market. Now, we bring you a concept of what might be next, the Chrysler California Cruiser."

Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President – Design added: "This concept introduces the new face of Chrysler to the PT Cruiser. California Cruiser’s scalloped headlamps, chrome accented grille and integrated bumper reflect a direction that we started with the Chrysler Crossfire and Pacifica. The more crisp and precise styling themes of those vehicles also influenced the profile and rear design of the California Cruiser."

The Chrysler Group presented the first concept leading up to the Chrysler PT Cruiser in the spring of 1998 at the Geneva Motor Show with Pronto Cruizer. It was followed in 1999 by the Company’s most short-lived concept car – the PT Cruiser – since the production version was rolled out within five minutes at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser is manufactured at Chrysler Group's Toluca Assembly Plant in Mexico. From its launch as a production vehicle in February 2000 through to August 2002, more than 460,000 Chrysler PT Cruisers have been sold world-wide.

The full list of Paris Motor Show exhibits on the Chrysler Group stand (Hall 1, number 541) is as follows:

  • Chrysler Crossfire
  • Chrysler California Cruiser Concept
  • Chrysler PT Cruiser Cabrio Concept
  • Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring 2.2 CRD
  • Chrysler 300M 3.5
  • Chrysler Sebring Cabriolet V6
  • Chrysler Grand Voyager CRD Limited
  • Chrysler Voyager 3.3 V6
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee 2.7 CRD Overland
  • Jeep Cherokee 2.8 CRD
  • Jeep Wrangler 2.4

Published 19 September 2002 Melanie Carter

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