2012 Lancia Ypsilon Teaser

2012 Lancia Ypsilon Teaser

2011 Geneva Auto Show

2011 Geneva Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • Ypsilon is a redesign of Lancia's long-running small car.
  • It's one of three new Lancias planned for the Geneva auto show.
  • The Ypsilon may be joined by a resurrected Thema flagship sedan.

TURIN, Italy — Fiat's struggling Lancia brand has released a teaser sketch of its redesigned Ypsilon minicar as part of an online New Year's greeting card.

The sketch shows a small five-door hatchback whose overall styling theme doesn't appear to deviate dramatically from the current model.

Lancia's animated online greeting included the cryptic message: "A new horizon, three new Lancia models."

The new Ypsilon is slated to reach European dealers next summer.

The brand also is said to be working on a new Thema flagship sedan based on the reworked 2011 Chrysler 300.

Corporate parent Fiat eventually wants to combine the Lancia and Chrysler brands into a single entity, sharing most platforms, powertrains and sheet metal, with choice of brand depending on market.

Edmunds.com says: The Geneva display could signal Lancia's last hurrah. — Paul Lienert, Correspondent

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