The biggest international auto show of the 2011 calendar year is getting closer and closer to opening its doors when the event kicks off on March 1st, 2011. Unlike recently concluded auto shows we’ve had since the calendar turned to 2011, the Geneva Motor Show is always the one that gets our juices flowing. Not that those other events weren’t any good, but Geneva brings out all the goods. All the big boys come out to play at this event, so much so that making this preview took more days than we expected because everyday, a new model was being announced as attending the event.
Now that the Geneva Motor Show is less than two weeks away, we feel like it’s time to give you a sneak peek on what cars to expect at the event. A lot of brands that routinely skip other auto shows will all be in attendance at the Geneva Motor Show, proving that without a shadow of a doubt, this Swiss spectacle is one of the most important - if not the most important - events in the automotive calendar.
Hit the jump to check out just who will be in attendance when the show opens its doors on March 1st, 2011.
It seems a little strange that it’s almost been eight years since a new Ypsilon rolled its way out of Lancia’s power plants. Apparently, though, it’s true.
Strange as it sounds, over the 25 years that it’s been around, the Ypsilon has only spawned three generations with the fourth and newest one scheduled to make its debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The new Lancia Ypsilon is completely different because it was built from the ground up and comes with much more aesthetic options to fit into the ’supermini’ segment that it hopes to get into. That means that you can expect nothing but surprises with Lancia’s new ride, including a five-door option for the model that’s never been done before in the Ypsilon’s 25-year, three-generation lifespan.
Whatever the case may be, you can expect good things for Lancia and the fourth-generation Ypsilon, a car whose debut certainly was a long time in the making.
Details on the Lancia Ypsilon after the jump, including the just-announced list of prices for the car.
The Chrysler 200 was nipped, pulled, and tweaked into something that Chrysler hopes will revive the model in the US market’s eyes, and now it’s going to get a different badge slapped on its backside for its European counterpart. Lancia is about to unveil the Flavia concept, a preview version of the European 200 that will be launched in about six months.
The Lancia Flavia Concept is characterized by clean surfaces and elegant lines, as well as a distinctive new grille with the original front headlights and fog lights. Adding to the stylish exterior are LED tail lights and a third brake light, both with LED technology. The concept will be presented in both coupe and convertible versions, with the convertible featuring a refined soft top with electric control.
The interior of the 200 wannabe will feature fine leather, electronic stability control (ESC), numerous airbags (multi-stage front, side and window bags), and electronic traction control. The steering wheel will get integrated controls to operate the radio, cruise control, and mobile phone, allowing for a safe and comfortable drive.
Lancia’s ticket to the Geneva Motor Show has been stamped and the brand is bringing with them a special-edition Delta. This exclusive Lancia Delta will come with a 1.6 Multijet 120 horsepower engine with a standard DPF as well as a Selectronic automatic transmission. Set apart by a two-tone body - white with matte black roof - and by Frau leather interior, this special edition Delta is unique for having a rather plush and comfortable back seat - an exclusive feature of the Delta’s Executive version.
As it stands now, the Gold and Platinum versions of the Lancia Delta will joi the Executive version in having these cozy and comfortable seats, which, as Lancia describes, provides the same comfort as an armchair in business class on an intercontinental flight. In addition to that, the seats also come with a reclining backrest that creates lots of legroom, an especially useful feature for those that always seem to find themselves in the middle of long trips.
This exclusive treatment at the rear of the Lancia Delta makes it a real modern alternative to bigger, heavier, and more expensive sedans with higher fuel consumption levels. While those brands may have an edge in terms of popularity and brand recall, this special edition Lancia Delta is as good as it gets as far as space and comfort are concerned.
Lancia will present in Geneva the "Angels and Demons" collection created to celebrate the presence of Lancia’s models in the Columbia Sony Pictures’ Angels and Demons, a film based on the bestseller of the same name by Dan Brown. This is a follow-up to The Da Vinci Code, also directed by Ron Howard and with Tom Hanks in the role of Professor Langdon.
The participation of Delta in the film seems natural as it summarizes the characteristics of the Lancia range: “Angels for emissions and Demons for performance”. In this sense, then, it is possible to see a very strong parallel between the dualism expressed in the title of the film and the characteristics we find in the cars in the Lancia range – Delta, Musa and Ypsilon – whose advanced engines (1.9 liter 190 HP Twinturbo Multijet, 1.3 liter 95 HP Multijet and 1.3 liter 105 HP Multijet) are at the top of their respective categories for low C02 emissions and the high power delivered.
Press release after the jump
Lancia will bring two models with dual fuel (LPG and gasoline) at5 the Geneva Motor Show: the Musa and Ypsilon Ecochic. The Ecochic package adds an extra 2000 euro to the standard price.
Produced in collaboration with FPT – Fiat Powertrain Technologies - and Landi Renzo, the Lancia dual-fuel models use a 1.4 liter bifuel engine producing 77 HP, specially designed for maximum integration and reliability in association with the LPG system, which is installed in the factory.
The engine for the LPG versions uses a cylinder head with valves and seats manufactured with geometries and materials optimized for LPG operation.
Press release after the jump.
Lancia will bring in Geneva the new Delta Executive, the new Lancia flagship which exactly matches the requirements of a refined customer who is alive to technological developments but knows the value of tradition, who wants a solid product but also exclusivity and prestige.
Delta Executive is powered by the powerful 1.8 liter Di TurboJet engine developing 200 HP and Euro 5 compliant, coupled with a new 6-speed automatic transmission. In addition, from the outside, the Delta Executive is distinguished by its two-tone bodywork (body in Light Bronze and “Eclipse” gloss black roof), the special two-tone diamond-edged alloy rims, the gold “D” logo on the door pillar and the word “Delta” on the rear window as well as the special trims.
Press release after the jump.
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’.
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.
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.
Press release after the jump.
The stand also hosts a Lancia Thesis Sport, the latest evolution of the flagship which combines sportiness and elegance with unique, exclusive styling. The version on show features very refined two-tone bodywork (light grey and dark grey) that enhances the car’s beautiful lines, and 18” spoked alloy wheels that highlight the sporty look of this particular version.
Lancia revives the habit of organising the world premiere of its new products at the Geneva Show. The star of the stand is undoubtedly the new Ypsilon Sport by MomoDesign, a decidedly self-assured but nonetheless fashionable version of this model, born out of collaboration between Lancia and the MomoDesign Styling Centre, two Italian industrial entities famous the world over for innovation in design, the use of cutting-edge materials and attention to detail.
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