One motor show simply isn’t enough for the Lancia Musa. At the beginning of the year, Lancia introduced the Lancia Musa as a showcar at the Geneva Motor Show and now Lancia will be bringing a special edition of the hatchback to the Paris Auto Show at the end of September. The Musa’s exterior will be distinguished by a two-toned body (Angelico white and Masaccio black top), specific logo, privacy windows, 16" two-tone wheels, and an original New York skyline screen printing on the pillars. The interior will get top-quality Poltrona Frau leather trim chosen for the dashboard and seats.
The new Musa 5th Avenue will be offered with three engine options: 95 HP 1.3 MultiJet, 95 HP 1.4 petrol (both with Start&Stop as standard) and 77 HP 1.4 bi-fuel (petrol-LPG) power units.
The list of standard equipment will include seats and dashboard in Poltrona Frau leather, dual zone climate control, privacy windows, radio CD MP3 player with steering wheel controls, fog lights, ESP, rain and brightness sensors, Cruise Control, parking sensor, GranLuce sunroof, electric rear windows, and 16" alloy wheels.
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Lancia is the brand that perpetuates the stereotype of mid-priced Italian cars more than any other brand. Historically, its designs are the most likely to make your heart flutter; its engine and handling will make your adrenaline rush; and its tendency to rust while still in the showroom will make your blood boil. The last reason is why it is no longer sold in the U.S.
But Lancia is poised for a comeback, including sales to England again, and so they are going after car-lovers hearts once again. It will present version of its Ypsilon small car at the Paris Auto Show a model built in collaboration with the Versace Group brand. The car will be limited to only 500 units and will go on sale from March 2009.
The car features special Bronzino Bronze body color that bears a screen-printed ‘Versus’ logo on the roof. The exterior also boasts bronze 16" alloy rims. The original bronze chrome finish is also repeated on the grille, handles, molding on the doors and rear bumpers and tailgate handle, sporting the Versus logo.
The same personality is evident inside, as borne out by special upholstery produced with a band in a cloth that recalls the world of fashion – and a central area in brown leather with a ‘Versus’ logo heat-printed in relief, just as on the accessories produced by the fashion brand.
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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.