Monday, February 14, 2011

Lancia Flavia Sedan and Convertible: Concept-Tagged Versions of Chrysler 200

Lancia is going to be quite busy at next month's Geneva Salon as the Italian brand deepens its ties with Chrysler by incorporating the latter's models into its range. Next up on our list after the new Lancia Thema, are the Flavia concept saloon and convertible models, which pay tribute not to their historic ancestor of the 1960s but to art of badge engineering. The two Flavia studies are based on the respective body styles of the Chrysler 200.

The Italian automaker said both configurations of Lancia Flavia Concept are characterized by their luxed-up interiors in terms of materials and equipment features. According to Lancia, "[the Flavia]embraces the stylistic features of the Italian manufacturer, giving a unique interpretation of the Chrysler 200 model which could be launched on European markets in record time." And by record time, Lancia means that production of its D-segment competitor could start in just 6 months.

If all goes well, the Flavia will most likely be offered in Europe with a choice of gasoline and diesel engines.

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