IAA 2011: Lancia Displays its Stars and Stripes in Frankfurt

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If anything else, and with a few exceptions such as the Ypsilon supermini, the aging Musa and the Delta compact hatchback, Lancia's range is beginning to look eerily similar to that of the Chrysler brand.

At this week's 64th International Auto Show in Frankfurt, the Italian company displayed its entire lineup including the Thema sedan, Flavia Cabrio and the Voyager MPV, which are rebadged versions of the Chrysler 300, 200 Convertible and Town & Country respectively.

The rear-wheel drive Thema will go on sale in Europe in October with a choice of V6 diesel and gasoline units. The Voyager will also reach dealerships at the same time with buyers having the option of either a 287HP 3.6-liter V6 petrol linked to an automatic transmission or a 163HP 2.8-liter Multijet diesel with a manual gearbox. .

Lancia has not yet clarified when the Flavia Cabrio will enter production, but it is believed that it will go on sale in Europe early next year. The roofless model shown in Frankfurt is equipped with a 175HP 2.4 litre petrol engine matched to a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

Even though Lancia exhibited a sedan variant at the Geneva Show earlier this year, the company decided against offering it in Europe due to the high cost of adding a necessary diesel engine option.


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