Friday, April 19, 2024

Lancia revives iconic model name

The nearly extinct car brand Lancia is trying to rise from the grave by ditching an old but iconic model designation.

When was the last time you saw a Lancia HF – or High Fidelity to be precise. No, right? There is a good reason for that.

The HF name, which originates from the 1960s, disappeared together with the death of the original Delta model in 1994. Since then, it has been a long time between shots at Lancia, so to speak.

In fact, there hasn't really been anything. Many years ago, the brand disappeared completely from Denmark, and since 2015, no one other than the Italians has been able to buy a Lancia.

This is stated by the Stellantis group, which owns Lancia today, in apress release .

But it must be over soon. The next Ypsilon is an Opel Corsa, which is actually a Peugeot 208, Citroën C4 and DS3.

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But what these cars don't have is the nickname HF. Lancia will now revive that on a future top model of the Ypsilon. So Ypsilon HF. Or if we have to cut everything out of cardboard: Ypsilon High Fidelity.

Unfortunately, the car just completely bypasses Denmark. But we can still see the logo. So the new logo.

All that remains is to hope for a small parallel import without the Lancia importer, which does not exist in Denmark anyway.

Having said that, the new Ypsilon HF certainly has something to live up to. The predecessor Delta Integrale was an instant hit due to Lancia's participation in the World Rally Championship, WRC.

The car won everything there was to win in the so-called Group A between 1987 and 1992. That is, 46 lobs and a total of six world championships.

If you've forgotten how dominant the little Italian was, we've found some footage on YouTube. PS : Lancia also made a handful of street cars to compete in the WRC.

In fact, they did a little more than that. Between 1993 and 1994, the Lancia folks built 2,481 street editions of the Delta Integrale Evoluzione II. Just a decade ago, Audi had fun with 214 examples of the Quattro Sport for street use. Bad for Audi fans, good for Lancia people.

However, this does not mean that you will get an Integrale Evoluzione II thrown in your neck. On the German car website, an EVO II starts around 90,000. That is, euros. This corresponds to 671,000 Danish kroner.

Read more news from and about Lancia right here!

Lancia revives iconic model name
Photo: Lancia


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