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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser 'Route 66' Edition
2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser 'Route 66' Edition

ON 30/12/05
OF 2005

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13th December, 2005

One of the coolest vehicles in modern motoring has received a boost to its status with the introduction of the 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser and the addition of a limited edition ‘Route 66’ model.

Restyled on the outside and sporting the “face of Chrysler”, the charismatic 2006 PT Cruiser also boasts an all-new interior.

The new PT Cruiser gets visual enhancements with smoother front and rear fascias – including a distinctive front grille with chrome accents and the Chrysler winged badge – and re-styled headlamps that feature a scallop along the bottom edge, plus fresh-look circular front fog lamps. A new discrete body-colour spoiler on the sedan’s tailgate roof reduces drag and improves aerodynamics.

Gerry Jenkins, Managing Director, Chrysler Jeep Australia, said: "The exterior of the latest PT Cruiser has been freshened up for 2006 but our designers have made sure that we haven’t lost the car’s unique looks."

“Nearly all PT Cruiser customers tell us that one of the key reasons they buy a PT is the stunning design."

“And many a customer is sure to get their kicks with our special edition ‘Route 66’ model, which makes an even stronger visual statement with bright yellow paint, a large spoiler and big alloy wheels."

"The new exterior is only part of the story though – the all–new interior is quieter and boasts a host of improvements. And all of these changes have been made without increasing the price from 2005!"

“Starting from $29,990, the PT Cruiser is packed with value,” said Jenkins.

PT Cruiser Route 66 limited edition
The limited edition ‘Route 66’ Chrysler PT Cruiser is based on the Grand Touring model and is only available in Black or Solar Yellow. Additional features include 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, firmer suspension, large rear spoiler, body coloured grille and solar yellow coloured brake callipers. The ‘Route 66’ is priced at $31,390 for the 2.4-litre, five-speed manual and is $33,390 for the four-speed auto.

All-new interior highlights, refinement and class on 2006 PT Cruiser
The 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser model receives an all-new interior to add refinement to the well-known versatility and cabin space of the vehicle. This interior includes new seat trim and a new three-dial instrument panel with satin silver finish and larger, more visible graphics, while the dashboard features a total of four new flush shut-off circular air vents and a round analogue clock. The glove box also has an increased capacity.

For 2006, the centre stack is all-new, with the radio mounted higher for easier operation, just below the power window switches and twin air vents. Beneath the stack, the front cup holders on the Limited and Route 66 models feature bright accents. Mounted behind the new centre stack is a completely revised heating and ventilation system that gives as much as 20 per cent more airflow, while reducing operating noise.

A new tall centre console with a sliding armrest and covered storage space replaces the previous seat-mounted armrests and front passenger seat storage bin. This console includes a standard battery-fed power outlet for mobile phone charging and, at the rear, two fold-out cupholders for rear-seat occupants, who also will find the powered rear window switches easier to operate now that they are positioned higher on the back of the centre console.

New radio options for 2006 include a Boston Acoustics premium sound system that features six speakers and a subwoofer, as well as a 368-watt amplifier – available on Touring, Limited and Grand Tourer models. The 2006 model also has rear door speakers for improved bass response.

New convenience features for the Chrysler PT Cruiser include courtesy map lamps, a six-way power adjustable driver seat with manual lumbar adjuster and an available new Electronic Vehicle Information Centre (EVIC). This system displays compass headings, temperature, audio information, fuel economy, distance to empty, elapsed time and personal settings in the lower half of the fuel/engine temperature dial.

Enhanced refinement across the range
The new Chrysler PT Cruiser benefits from improved noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) measures, which cut road noise by 2–5 decibels and include a host of improvements throughout the vehicles that reduce road, wind and powertrain noise. All doors have additional lower seals, the A-pillars have extra foam filing and the front doors have redesigned inner seals for reduced wind noise.

New for 2006, two exterior colours – marine blue and magnesium – join the existing colour line-up of electric blue, linen gold, inferno red, bright silver, black and cool vanilla. New interior colours include pastel slate grey and pastel pebble beige.

Space and functionality
The Chrysler PT Cruiser is extremely versatile. Its tall profile contributes to its command-of-the-road seating and flexible interior space. The interior can be arranged in 32 different seating configurations, and the versatility continues to expand when the rear shelf panel is included in the count.

Safety and security
The 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser range offers even more occupant protection with advanced multistage driver and front passenger airbags now standard, along with a host of carry over standard safety and security features:

  • Brake/Park interlock (on vehicles equipped with automatic transmission)
  • Four-wheel disc brakes with Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) and low-speed traction control
  • Child seat anchor system (ISOFIX)
  • Front seat-mounted side air bags
  • Lap and shoulder seat belts in all three rear seat positions
  • Rear door child protection locks
  • Rear liftgate release latch
  • Sentry Key engine immobiliser

Model range and pricing
The Chrysler PT Cruiser is available in four versions - Classic, Grand Touring, Limited and the new special edition Route 66.

Even with the enhancements the price of the PT Cruiser remains unchanged starting from $29,990 for the Classic model.

PT Cruiser Classic
2.4L five-speed manual $29,990
2.4L four-speed auto $31,990
PT Cruiser GT
2.4L five-speed manual $31,390
2.4L four-speed auto $33,390
PT Cruiser Route 66 Limited Edition
2.4L five-speed manual $31,390
2.4L four-speed auto $33,390
PT Cruiser Limited
2.4L five-speed manual $33,990
2.4L four-speed auto $35,990

Sales success and manufacturing
More than 875,000 PT Cruisers have been sold around the globe since its introduction in 2000, including over 5,000 in Australia, testifying to the world wide appeal of the retro styling and one of a kind motoring and raising the profile of the Chrysler brand.

All Chrysler PT Cruiser vehicles are manufactured exclusively at the Chrysler Group’s Toluca Assembly Plant in Mexico. Since starting PT Cruiser production in 2000, this facility has become one of the corporation’s most efficient plants.

Standard features by model
Classic model
New standard features on the Chrysler PT Cruiser for 2006 include: sport contour bucket seats with new Bauhaus feature seat fabric, 6-way power driver’s seat, an AM/FM radio with single CD player, chrome front grille accents, a centre console with sliding armrest and internal storage, plus an analogue clock topping the new centre stack.

Carry-over standard features include seat-mounted side airbags, air conditioning, courtesy map lamps, power outlets in the centre console and rear cargo area, interior assist handles, Sentry Key® engine immobiliser, speed-sensitive power locks, power windows with auto-down function on both front windows, a 65/35 split fold/tumble/removable rear seat, a fold-flat front passenger seat, power mirrors, remote keyless entry with illuminated entry, body-colour bodyside mouldings, a shelf panel in the cargo area, 15-inch steel wheels and tyres, floor mats and anti-lock braking system (ABS) with four disc brakes and low speed traction control.

Grand Touring model
The higher specification Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring models incorporate the Classic features and add: an Electronic Vehicle Information Centre (EVIC), illuminated visor mirrors, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 17-inch aluminium wheels, cruise-control and optional front fog lamps.

Additional options include: a powered sunscreen-glass moon roof with sliding sun shade, security alarm and an audio upgrade package featuring six-disc in-dash CD changer and Boston Acoustics premium sound system.

Limited model
In addition to the features on the Touring model, standard features on the Limited include: leather seats with heat and lumbar adjust (lumbar: driver’s seat only), 16-inch chrome-clad aluminium wheels, chrome exhaust tail pipe and bright cupholder surround rings.

2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser
2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser

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Mitsubishi’s Grandis people-mover has had a luxury make-over as part of a model upgrade, and now offers even better value for money in its new guise ..... more

Ford Equator Concept
11th October, 2005
Ford Motor Company has announced that a world premiere concept - the Ford Equator - will join the all-new Focus and Explorer at the 39th Tokyo Motor Show ..... more

Suzuki Jimny Receives Minor Upgrade
11th October, 2005
Suzuki’s popular 4WD, the Jimny JLX, will receive a minor upgrade, further enhancing the vehicle's appearance ..... more

Aston Martin wins 2005 Luxury Briefing Award
11th October, 2005
Aston Martin was recognised in the annual Luxury Briefing Awards with the 2005 ‘Award for Excellence’ in the luxury arena ..... more

Porsche Secures Stake In Volkswagen
11th October, 2005
After already purchasing 10.26 per cent of VW’s common stock, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, has now secured another 8.27 per cent of the common stock of Volkswagen AG ..... more

Mitsubishi Announce 380 Pricing
10th October, 2005
MMAL has announced the pricing for its new 380 range, and to compliment the stylish 380’s extensive range of features and industry leading 5/10 warranty, Mitsubishi is adding another industry first to the 380 range – the provision of 5 years' roadside assistance as standard with all 380 models ..... more

Viva is Holden's Big News
10th October, 2005
Holden has launched Viva – a new nameplate, for the Holden brand ..... more

America's Avanti For 2006
10th October, 2005
The legendary and resilient Avanti Motors will make its mark this month with the redefined and redesigned coupe and convertible models ..... more

Dodge Nitro For Australia
10th October, 2005
At the California International Motor Show on Thursday, the Chrysler Group confirmed production of the Dodge Nitro mid-size SUV ..... more

Subaru and GM Walk Away From Each Other
7th October, 2005
Fuji Heavy Industries, the maker of Subaru cars, released its plan of their alliance changes ..... more

Peugeot at Sydney's Motor Show
6th October, 2005
The 2005 Australian International Motor Show will prove to be one of the biggest ever shows for the Peugeot brand in Australia ..... more

Audi launches new TDI engine for A4
5th October, 2005
Next week’s 2005 Australian International Motor Show, in Sydney, will mark the Australian launch of Audi’s latest hi-tech turbo diesel engine for the best-selling A4 ..... more

I'm Always Dreamin'
20th September, 2005
Codenamed ‘Project Tempest’, development work on a core range of affordable, high performance cars, is now at an advanced stage ..... more

Volkswagen Golf GTI road test

Volkswagen Golf GTI

This car excites and delights on every outing!
12th September, 2005
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Chrysler's PT Street Cruiser Honours 'Route 66'
17th August, 2005
America will see a limited-production Chrysler PT Cruiser dedicated to Route 66, which is affectionately known to Americans as “The Mother Road” ..... more

Chrysler Says 'Yes' To 2007 Dodge Caliber
9th August, 2005
Confirming production of the all-new 2007 Dodge Caliber, the Chrysler Group has announced that the powertrain choices for the vehicle will be engineered to meet the demands of global customers ..... more

Peugeot 407 SV road test

Peugeot 407 SV

Stylish European Luxury
At A Very Competitive Price!

18th July, 2005
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Audi A6 3.0 road test

Audi A6 3.0

We drive the inaugural "World Car of the Year"!
19th May, 2005
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