Here in the United States, we're slowly reaping the benefits of the Chrysler-Fiat partnership. The adorable little 500 is starting to find homes across the country and much of the rest of the Chrysler lineup is about to get a healthy dose of Italian injection. Too bad, then, that we aren't exactly returning the favor to our European friends. After all, this new Lancia Flavia Cabriolet is just a Chrysler 200 Convertible with a bit of Italian frosting.

Still, the 200 Convertible is improved over the "I'll take the bus, thanks" Sebring convertible it replaces, and as it is in America, we can see it being a hot commodity among rental car companies throughout Europe. The much-improved 200 sedan will not be joining its topless Flavia kin overseas.


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      Ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Isn't the new Maserati SUV an example of returning the favor (and its at the same show...)?
      Tony Montgomery
      • 3 Years Ago
      I dunno about the car, but I sure prefer "Flavia" to "200" as a name. I wish car companies hadn't done away with all the names. Catera, DeVille, Seville, Zephyr......to name a few.
      chickenflauta
      • 3 Years Ago
      Do you really think this will be a hot commodity among rental car companies in Europe? I mean... I don't want to sound like a troll but... in Europe rental car companies usually have full fleet of Volkswagen Eoses (Eoii?), and very nice looking convertibles from Peugeot and Renault. Hell, even Ford has a fairly nice convertible version of the Focus for sale over here. Unlike the US, the economy convertible is a crowded market in Europe, and I"m just not convinced this vehicle has a strong selling point. But I'd love to be proven wrong!
      Peter
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sorry but I must be missing something here...I find the 200 no more offensive than the current Toyota-etc. range so I question what the problem is with this car? Yea, it's badge engineering but it may help get the 200 more improvements.
      bacondouble
      • 3 Years Ago
      These pictures are a waste of digital film.
      billfrombuckhead
      • 3 Years Ago
      Better looking than a Camry
      _I_I_II_I_I_
      • 3 Years Ago
      badge engineering is back, worse than ever
        JayH
        • 3 Years Ago
        @_I_I_II_I_I_
        dude, this is NOT what badge engineering is...
          Basil Exposition
          • 3 Years Ago
          @JayH
          I'll field that. Badge engineering is when the same vehicle is available with 2 different badges in the same market. Since the 200 and the Flavia are not available in the same market, it's not badge engineering - at least not the bad kind.
          _I_I_II_I_I_
          • 3 Years Ago
          @JayH
          I would have said yes, but how would you define badge engineering?
      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      worst decision ever. how could you damage a classic brand like lancia more?! so sad!
      Johnnie
      • 3 Years Ago
      now the slogan "imported from detroit" starts to make sense... and for the anal retentive, sterling heights, whatever...
      Making11s
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think we may owe Europe an apology for this one.
      Bill Burke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anti- Chrysler dudes calm down. This Lancia is only a start to the Chrysler/Lancia product integration. Take a look at the Maserati Kubang to preview the future of Chrysler's integration into the Fiat family and visa versa for Chrysler. If this Kubang is any indication, LOOK OUT ! Negativity dudes, the next Flavia may just be your next ride.
        chickenflauta
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bill Burke
        Lol. I think it's funny how apologetic Chrysler crazies are. If the next Flavia is a great vehicle, fantastic! I'd love to own one. But that doesn't excuse the many faults of this iteration.
      reattadudes
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish we could get a Sebring convertible that looks this good here in the USA. the wheels and interior look fantastic. ...and to all of the "armchair experts" here who just "know" this is a mistake; please name how many mistakes and missteps you've seen Sergio Marchoinne make. a little history lesson for those who either weren't yet conceived, or were in diapers in the late 80s-early 90s: Chrysler began agressively marketing cars internationally about this time. guess what was one of the best sellers? the LeBaron convertible (yes, still a rental car favorite even back then), especially the top line models with white leather interiors. these were a favorite of wealthy French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Swiss women. of course, what does Marchionne know? I'm sure a lot of you 20 year olds driving clapped-out Hondas could make a lot better decisions on what sells internationally that some guy running Chrysler and Fiat!
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @reattadudes
        Please provide a source to this so called success of the fantastic LeBaron that was sold so well in Europe. That car was a piece of garbage. There has never been a truly successful, designed for the US and sold in Europe vehicle in all of our history.
          JayH
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          ford model T.
          Frank
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          NightFlight, You can look up the numbers on Allpar, but Chrysler was closing in on 200,000+ sales in the UK and Europe before Daimler happened. Those numbers were going to go up because of the introduction of the 300M (not C) the LH based "5 meter" car, designed to fit in European sized garages. And let's not forget minivan sales were doing very well. As for the LeBaron, I've seen pics of them in France, Germany, Norway, and the UK (they are not even right hand drive!), and they are all privately owned and loved. Just a few days ago I saw a You Tube clip of white convertible owned by a British couple. They were quite proud of the now 15 year old car.
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