Lancia has announced its intention to build a new Lancia sports car, in the mould of its mid-engined Stratos and Beta Montecarlo models, for low-volume series production in 2011.
Lancia CEO Olivier Francois told Autocar, that the brand is seeking to boost its image and re-establish itself as a maker of "upmarket, masculine, fun-to-drive cars". "A sports car is a great way to do this," Francois said, "and I hope to convince [Fiat Group head Sergio] Marchionne that it’s a good idea."
It is possible for a concept version to be launched in 2009 at the Geneva show: "We are working on a show car for Geneva that will really surprise people; it’s something new," he said, although this is more likely to be a preview car for a smaller C-segment car – a ‘Delta coupe’.
Remember the Lancia Fulvia Concept unveiled back in 2003? According to sources in Italy this concept will go into production under the name of "Aurelia" and a first preview of the production version will be made this September at the Paris Motor Show.
The design will be inspired by the concept, but the production version will be built on Mk2 Fiat Punto platform, same used for the Alfa Romeo’s Mito hatch. Although this chassis is based on the current Punto, its A-pillar design has been expensively re-engineered to make cleaner rooflines more feasible.
Regarding its body, there are two kind of rumors: some say will be engineered with a folding hard-top; others say it will be a regular coupe. But, we will need to wait and see.
Lancia today officially revealed the 2009 Delta, a car with a name that represents one of the pinnacles of Lancia’s motoring history, but also a mathematical symbol that stands for change, progress.
The 2009 Delta will be offered in more than 1000 personalised combinations created by cross-matching 3 specifications, 4 different seat trims, 3 interior colour schemes, 4 types of alloy wheels, 12 body shades and 12 two-tone body options.
It is powered by a 120 bhp and 150 bhp 1.4 Turbo Jet (both petrol-driven) and a 120 bhp 1.6 turbodiesel MultiJet (Euro 5) that will also be combined with an advanced robotised gearbox. These will be joined later by two brand new products: a 165 bhp 2.0 Multijet and a 190 bhp Twin Turbo Multijet. The engines will be mated to a 6-speed gearboxes (manual, robotised or automatic).
The range will then be complemented by another innovative power unit: a 200 bhp 1.8 Di Turbojet (a direct injection petrol engine paired with an up-to-date 6-speed automatic gearbox). These power units, all Euro 5, confirm the Lancia brand as a benchmark in terms of technology and innovation throughout the entire automotive scenario.
The original Delta HF Evoluzione was launched in 1991. With design elements from the 2008 Lancia Delta HPE, Infomotori imagined how a future Delta HF will look like.
The dimensions have been shortened, as the original size was near the 4,50 meters. But ,uch of the details remind of the original HF: the front lights are round and double, but adaptative bixeno. Three huge air intakes “charge” the hood, in addition with the large radiator grill at the front. And adding the 20” alloy wheels, the design looks classic and sporty.
Under the hood there might be a turbo direct injection fuel 1.8 litres unit, capable of developing until 230 hp, thanks to the Multiair System: it is the great 1.8 JTB, which will powered the future Alfa Romeo cars.
Lancia will unveil the 2009 Delta in March at the Geneva Motor Show. The 2009 Delta is the production version of the Delta HPE Concept unveiled in 2006 at the Paris Motor Show. It is based on the Fiat Bravo’s platform.
Compared to the Bravo, the 2009 Delta has grown in sizes to offer more interior space. The Delta is 4.5 metres long, 1.8 metres wide and 1.5 metres high, measurements that combine with a wheelbase of 2.7 metres to guarantee an extraordinary amount of roominess for this category.
Under the hood there will be a range of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines with power deliveries extending from 120 bhp up to 200 bhp, and a choice of 6-speed transmissions – manual, robotised and automatic.
From January 17 to 27, 2008, the 86th edition of the Brussels International Motorshow will exhibit what is new in the world of automobiles and motorcycles. Together with the New Musa – recently presented at Frankfurt and Bologna - Lancia will introduce the New Phedra, the best example of the “Italian art of living” now offering revised looks for vehicle exterior and interior, a more comprehensive range and above all a new 2.2 Multijet 170 HP powerplant coupled to a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission (the latter coming on stream next Spring).
We already have a lot of info about the Fiat’s future models, but at an Investor Meeting held on London from 15 to 16 November, Fiat released a document that confirmed future models until 2010.
The New Musa will make its debut with a world preview in Venice. Successor to a winning model that in three years has won the hearts of many European motorists (in 2006 and 2007 it was Italy’s best-selling compact MPV), the new car will again be a winner by offering the motoring world all the values of true Italian friendliness. It sets out to recreate a typical Italian atmosphere shape and content-wise, a mix of elegance and informality, punctilious yet disarming, luxury with a naturalness that makes everyone feel at ease. In short, the New Musa is the Italian option in the modern European compact scene, embodying concepts of good taste, warmth and generosity.
Lancia today unveiled the Ypsilon Sport MomoDesign, a model powered by the most powerful diesel engine in its class. The new Ypsilon is a new version with a split personality (a dynamic look and innate elegance), which opens a new chapter in the collaboration between two brands that are famous throughout the world for their contribution to Italian industrial design.