• Jan 4th 2009 at 6:36PM
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Click above to view the Lancia Thesis in high resolution

You'd be forgiven for not knowing much about the Lancia Thesis. Or perhaps mistaking it for something like a SsangYong. The range-topping luxosedan from Fiat's quirky cousin was never sold in North America, and even in the European market has remained something of an anomaly. We had a chance to ride in one on the way to the airport after driving the Alfa MiTo in Italy and were generally impressed, but with its homely, oddball styling and less-reputed badge, it never really stood a chance against class-leaders like the Mercedes E-Class, BMW 5 Series or Audi A6. Now, after less than seven years on the market, Fiat is reportedly set to pull the plug.

As it is, the Thesis is only made on demand, which has been relatively ( and understandably) low. Until the introduction of the Maserati Quattroporte in 2004, the Thesis was the largest and most luxurious sedan in the Fiat Group portfolio, but with dismal sales amidst difficult economic times, the Italian auto giant can no longer justify its continued production. Despite having no replacement in the pipeline, Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne reportedly announced the model's discontinuation for this past year, but production is now tipped to drag out until the Spring. The Lancia Thesis may have its small cadre of fans, but by and large it's not likely to be especially missed as it rolls towards the sunset. To commemorate its passing, we've assembled the gallery below.

[Source: Autoblog.it]

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      • 6 Years Ago

      WTF !

      What happened to cars like the Lancia Delta Integrale and Stratos ?

      Did a blind person design this car ?

      • 6 Years Ago
      Dear everyone,

      I'm from Belgium, Europe. The Lancia Thesis is sold here, and like the article states, not that much. On the other hand, the car has gotten almost nothing but very positive reviews, especially about the styling of the car. The reason it didn't sell is the brand name and the whopping price tag of $ 62.000. I think the reason for your comments is the difference between the American and European taste in cars. A lot of imported US cars are frowned upon here in Europe, because they are 'too American inspired', altough not by me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Meh. I'm not even sure why Lancia exists with Alfa Romeo in the picture.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thesis? Will there be a special edition called Jane Schaffer?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hold on! I was just about to buy one!

      maybe not.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like a Mitsuoka. Now kill it already please...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Anyone of you, who actually seen this car in real life??

      This car is absolut fabulous. The back of the car is probaly my all time favourite, and the front end is "just" quite ok. Its a classic Lancia, which I like very much. Compared to other euro boxes like E-Class, A6 and the 5series this design does have personality and soul.

      And how could anyone call it a SsangSung??

      The engines is (was) a 2,2 commonrail diesel and a 2,0 turbo inline four and a 3,0 V6 gasoline engines.
      • 6 Years Ago
      have seen a few on the road in Germany.
      butt-ugly from the front, drop-dead gorgeous from the rear.

      Haven't driven one, but have driven a Lancia Ypsilon, which had the same styling problem .. once you sit in it, though, you forget, because it's really nice inside and drives well. From what I've heard the Thesis was/is the same.

      Still, the person who came up with the current brand-image grill for Lancia should be shot. Twice.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What engines did it offer?

      Either way I don't really care...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sorry, I was busy drooling over the Genesis...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Simply Luxurious Car sedan
        • 6 Years Ago
        It is one of the best and beautiful cars ever made. In real life is totally different from the pics. It is lovely!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Love the tail lights. Everything else however...
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