The only Lancia currently on the market is the absolutely hideous Ypsilon yet somehow, the dated hatchback is actually out-selling Alfa Romeo’s family of models across the European Union.
Sales figures uncovered by Fiat Group’s World reveal that a total of 34,691 Lancia Ypsilons have been sold in the first half of the year. By comparison, figures from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association reveal that Alfa Romeo only managed to sell 27,702 of its vehicles in the EU in the same time period. What makes sales of the Ypsilon all the more surprising is that it is only available in its home country of Italy. To say this is bizarre would be an understatement.
Alfa Romeo currently sells the Giulia, Stelvio, 4C MiTo, and Giulietta across Europe and each of these vehicles have their own appeal and charm. By comparison, the Lancia Ypsilon is a car that many people scoff at and use an example of what happens when an iconic car manufacturer loses its way.
Lancia has been selling the Ypsilon in its current form since 2011 and has recently seen its sales bolstered by the introduction of generous rebates to entice buyers.
Buyers in Italy looking to pick up a Lancia Ypsilon have a number of different powertrain options available, including two petrol engines and one diesel powertrain. Both petrol engines displace 1.2-liters and the entry-level model delivers 69 PS (68 hp) with a manual transmission while the higher-spec model has 85 PS (83 hp) and an automatic. The diesel is the most powerful of the trio with 95 PS (93 hp.)