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Chrysler Kicks Off Woodward Dream Cruise In Style By Unveiling New 2005 Convertible PT Dream Cruiser

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Awash in Deep Lava Red paint, a maroon cloth convertible top and powered by a 220-horsepower high-output turbocharged engine, the latest version of the Chrysler PT Cruiser was unveiled today on Woodward Avenue in Detroit. The new 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser Dream Series 4 will be available this fall as a limited production version of the Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible.

"The Chrysler PT Convertible Dream Cruiser sizzles," said Jeff Bell, Vice President—Chrysler. "Painted in a stunning Deep Lava Red, this PT Cruiser is hotter than a volcano both inside and out." 

"The Chrysler PT Dream Cruiser Series 4 has plenty of power burbling under the hood," added Larry Lyons, Vice President—Front Wheel Drive Product Team. "Powered by the PT Cruiser Convertible GT's 2.4-liter 220-horsepower high-output turbo engine with a Getrag five-speed manual transaxle or an optional four-speed automatic with AutoStick®, the PT Dream Cruiser Series 4 leaves the crowd behind."

Announced in conjunction with Detroit's famed Woodward Dream Cruise, the Chrysler PT Dream Cruiser Series 4 will begin production this month. For North American markets, each vehicle will have a reserved, sequenced Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), as well as a special owner's manual holder in Light Pearl Beige, embossed with the Dream Cruiser Series 4 shield logo. For international markets, the vehicle will be called "Chrysler PT Street Cruiser Series 4."

The U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2005 Chrysler PT Dream Cruiser Series 4 will be $30,260 for the manual transaxle version and $30,700 for the automatic transaxle model. Both prices include $590 for destination. 

Lava Red Accents Flow From the Outside In

In addition to its unique exterior paint and matching cloth convertible top, the Chrysler PT Dream Cruiser Series 4 will feature chrome grille accents and 17-inch Satin Silver-painted 15-spoke wheels with a smooth silver center cap. Dream Cruiser Series 4 badging, complete with Deep Lava Red accents, is featured on the decklid.

A Light Pearl Beige convertible boot coordinates with Light Pearl Beige leather performance seats. Complementary maroon accents appear throughout the interior. Leather seats feature perforated leather inserts in Light Pearl Beige and "half moon" accents in maroon. Front seat head restraints include an embossed Chrysler brand winged logo; and Dark Taupe floor mats feature an embroidered Dream Cruiser logo in a contrasting Light Pearl Beige thread. The instrument panel has Deep Lava Red accents with a prismatic foil PT Cruiser graphic on the passenger side of the dashboard.

The PT Cruiser Convertible Dreams Are Made Of

New for 2005, the Chrysler PT Dream Cruiser Series 4 comes with a standard premium Infinity® audio system that was designed specifically for the Dream Cruiser. It has 368 watts peak system power and dual voice-coil rear 6 x 9-inch speakers. It's the first usage in the PT family of the eight-channel digitally amplified system that is acoustically tuned to the vehicle interior, maximizing audio output and clarity while minimizing distortion. The audio system has speed dependent bass boost that automatically elevates the bass as the vehicle's speed increases. The Infinity audio system will also be available as an option on the 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible Touring and GT Models.

Designed to be the ultimate PT Convertible, standard features on the Dream Cruiser Series 4 include heated front seats, AM/FM radio with an in-dash six-disc CD changer and a chrome shifter bezel on automatic transaxle equipped vehicles. All this is in addition to the vast array of standard features found on the top-of-the-line PT Cruiser Convertible GT model, including new-for-2005 bright accents on the pedals, chrome door lock knobs, leather-wrapped steering wheel with satin silver spokes and HomeLink® universal garage door opener, along with power windows, locks and mirrors, remote keyless entry, solar-tinted "Smart" glass, compass/temperature display rearview mirror, driver seat power height adjuster and manual lumbar adjuster, fog lamps, theft alarm, Sentry Key® theft-deterrent system, rear glass window with electric defroster, air conditioning, rear 50/50 split fold and tumble seats, a pass-through cargo area, a sport-tuned suspension with ABS four-wheel disc brakes and low-speed traction control, and driver and passenger side air bags.

Peak Power Pours from PT

The high-output 2.4-liter turbocharged engine that powers the 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser Dream Series 4 produces 220 horsepower (164 kW) at 5100 rpm and 245 lb.-ft. (332 N·m) of torque from 2400 to 4400 rpm. A five-speed Getrag manual transaxle is standard on the Dream Cruiser Series 4; a four-speed automatic transaxle with AutoStick is also available. 

Chrysler PT Cruiser Lineup Continues to Grow

The Chrysler PT Dream Cruiser Series 4 marks the ninth factory-customized version of the segment-busting PT Cruiser since its launch in 2000. The Chrysler PT Dream Cruiser Series 4 joins the Flames, Woodie, PT Dream Cruiser Series 1, 2, and 3, PT Turbo and Chrome Accents models, as well as the Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible, which went on sale earlier this year.

Chrysler PT Cruiser Production

Chrysler PT Cruiser and Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible vehicles are built at the Toluca Assembly Plant in Mexico. From its launch as a production vehicle in February 2000 through July 2004, 722,862 Chrysler PT Cruiser vehicles have been sold worldwide.

2005 Chrysler PT Dream Cruiser Series 4 STANDARD FEATURES

Exterior Color—Deep Lava Red Pearl Coat – unique and exclusive to Dream Cruiser Series 4 in the PT Cruiser lineup

Power folding top with insulated headliner, single handle release and serviceable glass back light

Cloth Convertible Top Color—Maroon

Dream Cruiser Series 4 decklid badge – color keyed

Reserved, sequenced block of VINs, exclusive to Dream Cruiser Series 4

Interior Color—Light Pearl Beige leather sport seats with perforated leather inserts and smooth leather half moons in Maroon

Front head restraints include embossed Chrysler brand winged logo on front surface

Heated front seats

Light Pearl Beige vinyl boot

Deep Lava Red instrument panel accents with prismatic foil PT Cruiser graphic on passenger air bag door

AM/FM/6-CD changer radio

New Infinity ® premium sound system with 368 watts peak system power and dual voice-coil rear 6 x 9-inch speakers

Luxury floor mats with Dream Cruiser logo embroidered on front mats

Chrome ATX shifter bezel (so-equipped)

Unique owners' manual cover in Light Pearl Beige with embossed Dream Cruiser Series 4 shield logo

2.4-liter, 16-valve, DOHC, SMPI intercooled high-output turbo 4-cyl. engine (220 hp/245 lb.-ft. torque)

5-speed Getrag heavy-duty manual transmission (four-speed electronic automatic transmission and AutoStick ® optional)

Unique 17-inch cast-aluminum wheels – 15-spoke design, painted Satin Silver

Performance 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and low-speed traction control

Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible GT model


• More interior volume than any of the competitors in or near the segment (84.3 cu. ft. vs. Beetle, 79.6 cu. ft., and Mustang, 79.0 cu. ft.)

• Pass-through luggage volume of 13.3 cu. ft.

• Nine different seat configurations

• Fold and tumble 50/50 rear bench seats

Quietness—"Picnic table" conversation levels with convertible top up or down. Wind noise limited using extensive wind tunnel testing, acoustic treatments, weather stripping and unique design of the Sport Bar. Also features the "Smart" glass system

Easy entry system on passenger side—Pull one handle to tilt and slide passenger seat to create wide opening to spacious second row. Seat has a "memory" so it returns to the same track position and seatback angle

A true four-passenger convertible—Rear seat leg room is more than 10 inches greater than the Beetle convertible, 13 inches greater than the Mustang convertible

New-for-2005 bright accents on the pedals

Chrome door lock knobs

Leather-wrapped steering wheel with satin silver spokes

HomeLink® universal garage door opener

Power windows

Power locks

Power mirrors

Remote keyless entry

Solar-tinted "Smart" glass

Compass/temperature display rearview mirror

Driver seat power height adjuster and manual lumbar adjuster

Fog lamps

Theft alarm

Sentry Key® theft-deterrent system

Rear glass window with electric defroster

Air conditioning

Supplemental side airbags