Chrysler Lancia Delta Production Version Coming to Geneva 2011

There are increasing rumors these days regarding the joint Fiat-Chrysler European operations, with the latest of them all being centered around the production version of the Chrysler Lancia Delta Design Study first shown at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at the beginning of the year.

According to Motor Trend, citing Fiat design chief Roberto Giolito, the car, as it will be launched on the market, will meet its European public at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show. The executive said the model will feature little changes compared to the concept, but that's not very hard to do.

The design study was in fact a plain old Lancia Delta, tweaked around the corners and adorned with a Chrysler badge. At the time, there was no word on the power options to be offered for the model, nor any hint to a possible production version.

That changed as 2010 progressed, with Fiat confirming a joint Lancia-Chrysler dealership network will be established in Europe.

Dealers in Europe will get Lancia versions of the following Chrysler models: the new 300C large sedan (2011), the restyled Voyager large minivan (2011), a U.S.-built compact sedan (2012) and a U.S.-built compact hatchback/station wagon (2012). The future European-built Chrysler Sebring will also be sold as a Lancia in Europe.

Separately, Fiat announced earlier today a plan to relaunch the plant at Mirafiori for production of larger segment passenger cars and SUVs for the Jeep and Alfa Romeo brands. This could be realized through a $1 billion investment made together with its American partner, Chrysler.
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