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Fans of Italian cars should prepare to dry heave, as Lancia has just released an image of their new Flavia Cabrio, looking like a poorly rebadged Chrysler 200.
The only engine available is a 175-horsepower 2.4-liter V6 mated to a 6-speed automatic. Thrilling. Lancia will also get a re-badged Chrysler Town & Country, known as the Voyager as part of their rejuvenated, Chrysler-infused lineup. You can check back for AutoGuide’s for live Frankfurt coverage starting on September 13th.
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The Chrysler 200-based Lancia Flavia, unveiled at March’s Geneva Auto Show, may never see the light of day beyond the auto show floor, according to the latest reports from a Dutch publication.
Parent company Fiat was apparently concerned that the Flavia would not be profitable enough to sell as a Lancia, and would not sell in large enough volumes. European consumers were never fans of the Chrysler Sebring, the 200′s predecessor, and a simple re-badge is unlikely to win them over.
Lancia will apparently wait until 2013 for an all-new 200 to debut, one designed with European consumers in mind. In the meantime, Lancia will sell a re-badged version of the Chrysler 300, a poor seller, but one flashy and competent enough to make a splash in the marketplace.
[Source: Left Lane News]
Lancia’s version of the Chrysler 200, likely dubbed the Flavia, will debut at the Geneva Auto Show in March. While the idea of a Lancia-badged Chrysler is unpalatable to many enthusiasts, the fact that Chrysler has decided use the much vilified 200 will surely make it the automotive equivalent of the Antichrist.
Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne rubbed salt in the wounds of Italian car fans everywhere with his announcement, also confirming that the 200 convertible will be a part of the Lancia lineup. The Flavia will get a new front end, a diesel engine and a manual transmission as part of its adaptation for Europe.
Brighter news for Lancia comes with the announcement that the Chrysler 300 will be sold as the Lancia Thema, and the new Lancia Ypsilon will be based off the highly lauded Fiat Panda. A 5-door version will also be offered for the first time in the car’s history.
[Source: Automotive News]
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