Chrysler has confirmed that it’ll build the long-running PT Cruiser through until the end of 2009 but has made no promise that a next-gen model will be built or whether the current model will be produced beyond that date. Since its introduction back in 2000, the PT Cruiser has been a sales success for Chrysler but a recent slump in performance means that it may be time to put it out to pasture.

New competition from the increasing number of wagon-like crossovers and the introduction of the retro-styled Chevrolet HHR has seen sales start to slow, but there remains enough demand for the PT Cruiser to remain for a couple more years, Chrysler exec Frank Klegon told The Associated Press.

More than a million PT Cruisers have been sold in the US alone but markets have changed and Chrysler is preparing to unveil several all new models that fit in similar categories as the PT. In the meantime, the PT Cruiser will continue to sell with new editions such as the new Sunset Boulevard line (pictured) carrying the car until the end of the decade.