VENICE - Lancia's recovery plan includes four all-new models to be launched before 2002.
'In 2001, we will see a new premium model to succeed the Kappa,' said Roberto Testore, Fiat Auto's president and chief executive, at the launch of the new Lancia Lybra here. That year Lancia will also launch a successor to the Zeta minivan. 'That car will again be produced in a joint venture with PSA, but with a greater aesthetic identity,' Testore said.
The current joint venture has spawned four similar-looking minivans: the Zeta, together with the Fiat Ulysse, Peugeot 806 and Citroen Synergie.
In 2002, a new Lancia model for the lower-medium segment is planned. But it won't be a direct successor to the Delta.
'It will be a more specialized vehicle, with much technical innovation,' said Duilio Falcione, product development chief for the Lybra.
At the end of 2002, the successful Ypsilon supermini will be replaced.