In Reply to: Re: I've seen it at car show - a love it or hate i posted by J.D. on June 07, 1999 at 11:28:55:
I agree the Neon is not a bad platform (especially among <$15K cars) and the bigger body would make it still a decent buy IF it were well under $20K. GFL getting one for that! Street prices might be closer to $30K than $20K fully loaded with V6 and AWD (my understanding is that base models will have neither).
The PT was deliberately built to just barely meet truck specs so it would help their truck CAFE rating. I would call it more of a micro-minivan than a SUV since even with AWD it will not be aimed at people who intend to go slogging through the wilderness. What will make it a hot seller is the fact it doesn't *look* anything like a minivan and avoids the frumpy image associated with them.
: The PT Cruiser isn't just an oversized Neon. It'll include AWD, a much more refined engine, and is larger in the inside than an LHS! Other than the platform, the PT shares few parts with the Neon. It's engine is larger, quiter, and smoother than the Neon's 2.0 L. There is also a possiblity of a V-6. The Neon's platform really isn't that bad either--probably the best thing about the Neon. It should offer great handling and ride for an SUV.