The Chrysler PT Cruiser (PT standing for "Personal Transportation") is a retro styled entry-level car launched by Chrysler as a 5-door hatchback in early 2000 (for the 2001 model year) and as a 4-door convertible in January 2004 (added to the 2005 model lineup).
Originally conceived as a Plymouth model, the PT Cruiser received the Chrysler nameplate on introduction in anticipation of the 2001 discontinuation of the Plymouth brand. The PT Cruiser was designed by Bryan Nesbitt, who later also styled the Chevrolet HHR.
A two-door, four passenger convertible model with integrated structural bar was added for model year 2005. Convertible production ended December 21, 2007, with the last 2007 convertibles marketed as 2008 models. On January 12, 2009, Chrysler LLC, under the private equity firm of Cerberus Capital Management Group, announced the gradual discontinuation of the main model.
On July 6, 2009, after corporate reorganization, the company announced discontinuation solely for Canadian and Mexican markets, ending all production on July 9, 2010. Worldwide production totaled 1.35 million vehicles.