The Fiat group could start selling Lancia cars in the UK again – after an absence of 14 years.
What Car? has learned that the brand could return to Britain as soon as 2008, to rival affordable premium makes Saab and Volvo.
If approved, the plan is to build the next Delta, a Golf-sized hatchback due in three years’ time, in right-hand drive. As well as being sold here, it could be sold in Asian and Australian markets.
Another car destined for UK shores would be the attractive Fulvia coupe, recently previewed in the lovely show car pictured here, which arrives in 2008. Lancia will also build a compact 4x4, based on the forthcoming Fiat Sedici.
‘It’s true that we are looking at right-hand-drive production,’ said a Lancia spokesman. ‘If the figures are good and the cars are profitable, we will definitely do it.’
The decision on whether to build right-hand-drive Lancias will be taken in the next four months.
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