DaimlerChrysler AG says its Mexican unit has begun production of the new PT Cruiser convertible. DC reportedly has invested about $45 million in tools and equipment for the new Cruiser model, which it hopes will spur sales of the once-hot vehicle. DC operates three Mexican manufacturing plants, which built 308,738 units last year, a drop of 18.9% from ’02 because of lackluster demand in the U.S.

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