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Bologna Motor Show – Lancia Ypsilon Black & Red

Lancia Ypsilon Black & Red

With the occasion of this week’s Bologna Motor Show, the Italian automaker Lancia has decided to unveil the Black & Red version of the Ypsilon. The car will be sold in the United Kingdom starting with 2012 where it will have a Chrysler badge. This new version of the 5-door supermini is aimed to attract younger, male buyers. To be honest, I fit in this category but I’ve always considered the Ypsilon a lady’s car.

Lancia Ypsilon Black & Red

In Europe the Lancia Ypsilon is available in Silver, Gold and Platinum trim levels, except for the United Kingdom market where the car can be purchased in the S, SE or Limited trim. This new Black & Red trim level will be on par with the Gold one, without a bunch of the equipment oriented for comfort. Instead, this edition of the Ypsilon will come with 15-inch alloy wheels, an upgraded audio system and privacy windows.

Lancia Ypsilon Black & Red

Customers will be able to choose from one of the four body colors that will be available: black, two tones of red, along with a two-tone version that has a black bonnet and roof while the rest of the body is finished in red. Inside the cabin, the red & black theme will be continued on the dashboard, seats and on the door panels.

The Lancia Ypsilon Black & Red will be available with either a 1.2-liter turbodiesel engine that develops 69 hp or a more powerful turbodiesel 1.3-liter MultiJet II unit that churns 95 hp. The car is already on sale in Europe, while in UK it is expected to become available towards the beginning of next year with probably a slightly different specification.

Source: Lancia via Autocar

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Lancia Thema Arrives In Europe

Lancia Thema

Earlier this week, the Italian automaker Lancia has announced that its Thema model is now available in Europe. This would have to be the company’s first full-size sedan model after 2009 when they discontinued the Thesis. As you probably already know this by know, this is nothing more than a Chrysler 300 that has Lancia badges.

Lancia Thema

The Fiat Group plans on selling between 10,000 and 15,000 units of the model in Europe and the Chrysler 300 in Ireland and United Kingdom every year. The car measures five meters and has a RWD configuration, while customers will be able to choose from one of the three available engines.

Lancia Thema

The first one is a Euro 5-compliant V6 3.0-liter diesel engine which is available in two states of tune and it’s built by VM Motori and developed with Fiat Powertrain. Both of the configurations of this engine are mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission.

Lancia Thema

The entry-level variant of this power unit is an oil-burner that develops 190 hp @ 4,000 rpm and a peak torque of 440 Nm available between 1,600 and 2,800 rpm. With this engine, the Lancia Thema is able to do the 0-62 mph sprint in 9.7 seconds. The beefier unit churns 239 hp and a peak torque of 550 Nm (1,800 – 2,800 rpm), enough for a 0-62 mph sprint time in 7.8 seconds and a top speed of 143 mph (230 km/h). Both diesels are able to return 33.2 mpg (7.1 liters / 100 km).

Lancia Thema

The most powerful engine will be the V6 3.6-liter Pentastar unit borrowed from Chrysler which is capable of generating 286 hp (210 kW) at 6,350 rpm and a maximum torque of 340 Nm available at 4,650 rpm. Mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox, the Thema is able to reach 62 mph from start in 7.7 seconds, en route to a top speed of 149 mph (240 km/h). With this engine the car manages to return 25 mpg (9.4 liters / 100 km) while the CO2 emissions stand at 219 g/km so it’s not very eco-friendly.

Source: Lancia via Carscoop

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Lancia Flavia Cabrio Arrives At Frankfurt Motor Show

Lancia Flavia Cabrio

The Italian automaker Lancia has revealed its Flavia Cabrio model during this week at the Frankfurt Motor Show. You probably already know this, the car is nothing more than a rebadged Chrysler 200 convertible and it will make it into production thanks to the positive feedback the company received for a concept which was unveiled in March at the Geneva Motor Show.

The Italian convertible measures 4,900 mm long, 1,800 mm wide and it is 1,400 mm tall. Its wheelbase measures 2,760 mm and Lancia said that the interior cabin has been designed in order to offer “the ultimate in interior room” for the four people. It is powered by a 2.4-liter gasoline engine that develops 175 hp and is linked to a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The Flavia’s soft top is electronically operated while the cabin has a leather steering wheel, leather seats as well as a bunch of chrome inserts on the dashboard. As standard, the car comes with electronic stability control, multimedia system that has satellite navigation, ABS and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Source: Lancia

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New Lancia Ypsilon Commercial

Vincent Cassel stars in this new ad which tries to focus on elegance and power for the latest Lancia Ypsilon model launched this spring.

This italian 69 HP, 1.2 8V Euro 5 car can easily be spotted due to unique front shield and bright color palette and combinations. Over 500 custom accessories make the new Ypsilon fit for the most extravagant drivers.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnDlsjlNvT4&feature=relmfu[/youtube]

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Lancia Planning New Ypsilon, Thema Models

Lancia’s best-selling model, the Ypsilon, will be officially launched with the occasion of the Geneva Auto Show in March 2011, along with the Chrysler-based flagship which will most likely be called Thema. The new Ypsilon model is considered to be the key of the company in its attempt to triple sales in the upcoming four years; plan stabiles by the Fiat CEO, Sergio Marchionne.

The Lancia flagship model will be a re-badged version of the 2011 Chrysler 300 sedan. With the launch of the Thema, Lancia is hoping to increase the current low number of sales; however it will not be a volume seller with annual commercialization forecast of 10,000-15,000 units. The Thema will be available at dealers in the last quarter of 2011 and it will wear the Lancia badge in Europe and the Chrysler badge in the United Kingdom and Ireland, where Lancia cars are not sold.

In comparison to the Chrysler 300, the Lancia model will come with minor tweaks, like Europe-specific bumpers and a different grille. According to the estimates made, 80% of the Thema sales will most likely come from the cars equipped with the new version of the V6 3.0-liter that is capable of producing 230 hp. The turbodiesel powerunit was built by VM Motori, located in Italy. The gasoline engine offering available for the Chrysler 300 will also equip the Lancia. Both models (Chrysler 300 and Lancia Thema) will be manufactured at the Chrysler factory located in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.

The new model of the Chrysler 300 for the United States market will make its official debut in January 2011 at the Detroit Auto Show and will be available at the dealerships in the first quarter of next year. The updated model will replace the 6-year-old current car and will have the new Chrysler face, with the redesigned badge and grille.

The Italians at Lancia are targeting a sales increase to 300,000 by 2014, in comparison to only 112,000 cars sold last year. With the addition of the 5-door Ypsilon, based on the new model of the Fiat Panda, Lancia is hoping to increase the sales figures.

The current model of the Lancia Ypsilo was launched exclusively as a 3-door car in 2002 and is based on the past generation of the Fiat Punto. The production for this model will end in the last part of next year. According to Luca Napolitano, who is the head of the Lancia brand in Italy, “five-door cars cover 75 percent of subcompact sales in Europe.”

With the launch of the new Ypsilon model, Lancia is hoping to sell 130,000 units per year, in comparison to only 85,000 that were sold in 2004, and 60,000 in the last two years. The car will be officially on sale in June 2011.

Lancia manufactured the flagship Thema from 1984 to 1994 and it was well-received by customers, managing to sell 358,000 units until it was replaced with the K model, a car that didn’t do so well with just 117,000 cars sold between 1994 and 2001. The last flagship produced by Lancia, dubbed Thesis, was introduced back in 2002 and the last unit was manufactured in early 2009. The production ended due to poor sales. During the car’s lifecycle, Lancia produced only 16,000 Thesis units.

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A Living Legend – Lancia Stratos

2010 Lancia Stratos

Michael Stoschek is one of the few lucky (wealthy) people that owns a classic Lancia Stratos, but this wasn’t enough for him; so after having a serious conversation with the engineers at Lancia, they came up with a recreation of the 1970s rally legend, according to the specifications given by Michael and his son Maximilion and by using today’s modern technology and construction methods. Both of them took part in creating the design for a project known as Fenomenon and after that they commissioned Pininfarina to turn this project into reality.

The 1970s original Lancia Stratos HF was a legend in terms of design and racing, managing to win three consecutive rally championships (1975-1977). The car features a V6 DOHC 2.4-liter that was taken from the Ferrari Dino. The power unit was mounted transversely and mid-ship, right behind the compartment for the passenger. It was quick then, it still is now after almost 40 years, being able to reach 100 km/h in less than 5 seconds. The design of the original model was revolutionary at that time – the car looked very similar to a spacecraft, very different from the 70s rally cars that were box-shaped. The design of the original Stratos was done by Bertone.

2010 Lancia Stratos

The modern Stratos borrows Ferrari’s 430 drivetrain and platform. The wheelbase decreased almost 8 inches in comparison to the 430 due to the fact that the extruded aluminum frame was shortened. In comparison to the Ferrari, the Stratos is much safer and stiffer thanks to the FIA-Certified rollcage manufactured from a 1 ½-inch steel tubing.

As far as the exterior design is concerned, it keeps the same unique shape of straight lines and bulging arcs that made the original Stratos a legend. Absolutely all of the exterior components are made out of a high-strength sandwich structure of carbon fiber that is laid over low-density foam core. The car was tested in the rolling-road wind tunnel owned by Pininfarina, using the aerodynamic balance of the Ferrari 430 as a development baseline.

The original car had a powerful V6 engine that was capable of outputting 190 hp; it was one of the most advanced engines of those times. The new car borrows the 430’s engine, which is a 4.3-liter V8 that offers 510 hp. The power unit was tweaked and received a new engine management, high-flow catalytic convertors and exhaust manifolds. The acceleration from 0 to 200 km/h is done is less than 10 seconds, which makes the Stratos a vehicle worthy of the “supercar” title.

Other modifications the car received include new spring rates as well as electro-hydraulic dampers that were recalibrated. From a steering wheel-mounted control, the driver can choose different suspension modes. To efficiently brake the car, the engineers at Lancia equipped the Stratos with a modern Brembo system that offers 15.7-inch front rotors that have 6-piston calipers for the front wheels and 13.-8 inch rotors that have 4-piston calipers for the wheels in the back.

This modern Lancia Stratos is a one-off car at the moment, but with such a large fan base for the original Stratos, who knows what the future might bring us. We hope that more and more legendary cars will be brought back to life following the successful recipe of the Lancia Stratos, a legend that was brought resurrected after almost 40 years since the original model revolutionized the rally world and the entire automotive genre.

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New Lancia Stratos is real and based on the Ferrari F430


Before our website went on vacation for a bit, spy shots of a rumored Lancia Stratos prototype were making the rounds on the web and caused a lot of speculation.

Now, the project has been officially detailed and even has its own website called, what else, the New Lancia Stratos.

As was rumored, the project is currently a one-off model, built by Pininfarina and based on the Ferrari F430. As you can imagine, the new Stratos uses a different body, made completely out of carbon fiber. This means it will be extremely lightweight and have a near 50:50 weight distribution.


The car is being made for German enthusiast Michael Stoschek, who is really into racing old rally models.

No other details were revealed, but if more people will be interested in the project, there is the possibility of it being made into a limited series instead of the current one-off.

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Lancia Stratos prototype reportedly just a Pininfarina one-off


Last week Lancia fans became ecstatic when a couple of spy photos from a Fiat test track showcased what looked like a spiritual successor to the iconic Lancia Stratos model.

Seeing as how the car borrowed heavily from the 2005 Lancia Stratos Fenomenon, rumors immediately pointed to a revived sportscar, which would act as a halo model for the rest of the Lancia range.

Now, a new report from ItaliaSpeed has shed some light on the mysterious model. It seems that a very rich customer asked Italian design house Pininfarina to develop a special one-off model, in the vein of the Lancia Stratos.

According to the same report, the car is based on a shortened Ferrari F430, and might keep the massive V8 engine of the Italian sportscar. As you can imagine, big power, low weight and improved aerodynamics are some of the best ingredients for any car, so this model will honor the Stratos’ legacy.

Expect this Pininfarina one-off to appear at upcoming auto shows, before the Italian company sells it to its mysterious customer.

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Lancia Stratos prototype spied on the track


Almost all Italian car fans, as well as rally enthusiasts, fondly remember the iconic Lancia Stratos sportscar, which broke records and won hearts in the hectic 1970s. Sadly, it was discontinued, and models are now worth quite a lot of money.

Enthusiasts were treated to a huge surprise with the Fenomen Stratos concept, which was revealed back in 2005. Sadly, nothing came out of it, not even a limited series.

Now, it seems things might have changed. According to ItaliaSpeed, these two spy photos depict a Lancia Stratos prototype being tested out on a private Fiat track.


While the model does share most of its design with the Fenomen Stratos, a few things have been changed, for a better functionality, including the front fascia. Not much else was revealed, so do take these shots with a mighty huge grain of salt.

If it will revive the Stratos, we’re pretty sure Lancia is going to strike gold in the deep pockets of enthusiasts all over the world.

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Chrysler models to be badged as Lancia ones in Europe

Chrysler models to be badged as Lancia ones in Europe

Fiat‘s acquisition of ailing US carmaker Chrysler has opened the way for some very interesting collaborations between the two large groups.

The most interesting one, or at least the one that was covered the most by the media, is the merger of the Chrysler and Lancia brands. We’ve heard a lot of speculations and even some from Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne.

Now, Olivier Francois, the CEO of both Chrysler and Lancia, has revealed the new plan. In Europe, the Chrysler name will be erased, and all of its models will be badged as Lancia ones. The existing dealerships will also be merged, but some will be shut down.

Vehicles will still be sold under the Chrysler name in the UK, as Lancia hasn’t been present there since the beginning of the 1990s.

According to Francois, this new move will see sales increase for the two brands from 132,500 vehicles in 2009, to at least 300,000 in 2014.

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Lancia Delta Hard Black edition revealed, might save Chrysler eventually


Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed that Fiat compact models will definitely be hitting the US market badged as Chrysler cars around 2011. We’ve already seen a Chrysler-badged Lancia Delta in Detroit, so we know the Euro-styled hatch will arrive sooner or later.

For those who weren’t that excited to see the Italian model on US soil, the company released a special edition of the Delta, more than capable of making you reconsider your opinion, no matter the badge.

The Lancia Delta Hard Black edition, as you can obviously figure out, boasts a special matte black paint, in stark contrast with the chrome accessories like the grille or the 18-inch wheels (which can also be optioned in black paint). On the inside, the Italians added a mix of black leather and Alcantara.


The main selling points of this special edition and what will certainly get many people interested in this stylish hatch are the two engines: a 200 HP 1.8-liter direct injection turbocharged four cylinder or a 190 HP 1.8-liter turbocharged diesel. Throw in features like adaptive suspension, dual-zone climate control or the Blue&Me bluetooth system and this might even attract US customers, if it will ever go on sale anywhere outside Europe.

For those interested, the price starts at €31,300 (around $41,000).

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Fiat highlights 2011 plans: new Panda and Chrysler models rebadged as Lancia ones


2009 was largely crippled by the economic downturn, and because he wanted his corporation to withstand and not waste any big sums of money, Fiat’s CEO Sergio Marchionne imposed a spending freeze, which delayed quite a few models from being released on the market.

Now though, the freeze has been lifted, and Fiat is once again preparing new models for the European market like the upcoming Alfa Romeo Giulietta, which will premiere at the Geneva Motor Show this March.

Marchionne also seized the opportunity in a recent conference call to confirm that a replacement for the Panda is being prepared, alongside rebadged versions of the Chrysler 300C, Voyager, Sebring sedan and cabriolet, which will sport the Lancia name in Europe.

While up until now we were talking about seeing Lancia models get the Chrysler badge treatment, as it has happened already with the Delta hatchback, it seems Marchionne will also take from the US company and give to its Italian brand, in order to strengthen it.

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What Lancia models do you want to get the Chrysler badge?

What Lancia models do you want to get the Chrysler badge?

We reported earlier on Fiat’s CEO Sergio Marchionne’s statement that the Lancia and Chrysler brands will soon merge together in order to have a full lineup of models. This definitely makes sense, considering Lancia is specialized in small European cars, while Chrysler deals with the big American sedans.

We’ve already seen the Lancia Delta get the Chrysler badge treatment at the Detroit Auto Show, but now we want to ask you Chrysler fans which other models from the Lancia family should follow.

Hit the jump to see the current Lancia lineup and then share your thoughts with us.
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Fiat’s Marchionne: Chrysler and Lancia might finalize merger this year, will complete each other


Part of the joy of being the CEO of a large carmaker is that you can hook up your various brands with models from other ones, and in some cases even play matchmaker with some of them.

Such is the case with Fiat’s Sergio Marchionne, who has decided to merge the Chrysler and Lancia brands so that the two companies can benefit from each other’s models, in order to complete a lineup of cars. Said merger, according to Marchionne, might take place as early as the end of 2010.

“We could see the two converge as early as the end of the year. In Europe, Lancia is an undersized, underdeveloped brand, with nothing bigger than the Delta. Chrysler, which has a true global reach, has nothing smaller. Put them together and you have a full line-up,” revealed Marchionne.

The Fiat executive also said that the recently exhibited Chrysler-badged Lancia Delta might soon reach US showrooms, in order to see the public’s reaction, and revealed that there won’t be any conflict, as Lancia isn’t sold in the USA.

Do you think this merger will be the best for both brands? Leave a comment below.

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Detroit Auto Show: Chrysler-badged Lancia Delta shows off its new grille


Chrysler is in the middle of a Fiat-supervised reorganization, so the Detroit Auto Show didn’t exactly mandate a strong presence from the US company. Sure there are a couple of new editions with various cosmetic upgrades, but one of the few new products is this: the Chrysler-badged Lancia Delta hatchback.

I’m quite fond of the Delta myself, as it is a stylish car to say the least, but slapping a Chrysler badge doesn’t really increase the value all that much. Luckily, true car fans will know what’s lurking beneath, but for the average consumer, in my view, it’ll just look like a weird and expensive Chrysler.


Hopefully it will be marketed in an original way and might herald the rebadging of other models (hopefully Alfa Romeo ones) and their release on US soil. What do you think? Share your thoughts below.

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