Tuesday, 9 November 2010
Top Gear - Lancia Thesis
Lancia was founded by Vincenzo Lancia in 1906 and was run by his wife, son and Vittorio Jano upon Vincenzo's death in 1937. The company was taken over by Fiat in 1969 and has been run as a Premier Fiat brand ever since.
The Thesis was powered by a variety of straight 5 and V6 engines with horsepower ranging from 170hp to 230hp, the top speed of the 230hp V6 is around 150 mph.
Lancia ceased trading in the UK in 1984 after their Ferrari powered Thema failed to sell beyond double figures, so it is always a surprise to see a contemporary Lancia in the UK. The Thesis was in production from 2002 - 2009.
Amongst Lancia trademarks is the use of the letters of the Greek alphabet for the names of it's models. Lancia like Alfa Romeo also make a variety of commercial vehicles rarely seen outside Italy.
Innovations introduced by Lancia include the first mass manufactured monocoque vehicle which dispensed with the separate chassis a type of construction prevalent in the motor industry today, they also introduced V6 and V4 engines along with the first 5 speed gear box's as options for their vehicles.
I was surprised to learn when researching the Lancia Thesis that Lancia was named the greatest car company of all time by the presenters of the 14th series 'Top Gear' a motoring TV show produced by Britain's impartial public broadcaster the BBC.
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