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Perfect Automotive Union: Saab and Lancia

Posted in Fiat, Lancia, Saab by Dustin Driver | October 17th, 2010 | 1 Response |

Yes, it's a Saab.

In the ’80s, two of the world’s most wonderfully quirky car companies had a tryst. Saab and Lancia (Fiat) locked eyes across Europe and fell madly in love. Or maybe Lancia had too much brännvin at a bar in Stockholm and took Saab back to its hotel room. Either way, the two swapped engineering expertise and design to create a platform that underpinned hundreds of thousands of European cars. The venture was known as the Type 4 Project and the resulting chassis was used in the Saab 9000, Fiat Croma, Lancia Thema, and Alfa Romeo 164. As part of the deal, Saab got to sell Lancia Deltas in Sweden, rebadged as the Saab 600 (pictured above). Saab designer Björn Envall also worked with legendary Italian automotive designer Giorgetto Giugiaro to pen the Saab 9000. If only the relationship could have extended beyond that one-night stand. Just think of the incredibly awesome and explosively unreliable automobiles we’d have today.

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  1. PhilipD says:

    you are trying to be funny in your writing but the last sentence, ‘Just think of the incredibly awesome and explosively unreliable automobiles we’d have today’ is totally out of taste and obviously quite ignorant of at least Lancia’s modern products. I’ve continuously owned Lancias since 1984 in Switzerland and I have never ever been let down by one and my current one, a Lybra 2.0 SW has now covered over 250K km and still runs like the proverbial Swiss watch.