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The Dodge Grand Caravan Is a Lancia in Europe

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author photo by Doug DeMuro February 2017

Whenever you think of Lancia, you probably think of the Stratos, an amazing high-performance rally car made in the 1970s. Or perhaps you think of the Delta Integrale, an ultrasporty hot hatchback based on a different Lancia rally car. Of course, you may think of other models, like the crazy 037 Stradale or the high-performance Delta S4 Stradale.

You know what car Lancia also sells? The Dodge Grand Caravan. In Europe, it's sold as a Lancia.

For many Americans, their knowledge of Lancia ends in the 1980s: Lancia was selling cars in the States, occasionally, through the 1980s, and the famed Delta Integrale went out of production just as the 1980s became the 1990s. Many Americans -- including many car enthusiasts -- have no idea Lancia still exists. But indeed it does, and it's nowhere near as exciting as it was back then. As an example, well, there's the Grand Caravan.

Here's what happened: Once the Integrale went away, Lancia largely focused on the mainstream market, giving up its ultracrazy rally-bred sports cars for models that were largely indistinguishable from all the other gray hatchbacks you see driving around virtually every Italian city. Sure, they did the occasional sporty hatchback, but I mean like 175 horsepower and some distinctive wheels -- not the Integrale's rally-bred, wide-fendered, 0-to-60-in-under-6-seconds kind of "sporty."

These days, Lancia generally continues that trend. Its cars are now sold only in Italy, and its most popular vehicle is the tiny Ypsilon hatchback, whose sole relation to the Delta is that both are named after Greek letters. I say this because the Ypsilon doesn't even offer a performance version: The sportiest model uses a 94-hp turbodiesel, and two versions have less than 80 hp.

And the disappointment doesn't stop there. Since Lancia is owned by FIAT (and has been since 1969), the brand also has a few rebadged Chryslers: The 300 was sold as the Lancia Thema until 2014, and the Grand Caravan was sold as the Lancia Voyager until 2015. That means, yes, the brand that gave us the once-famous Stratos and the Delta Integrale now sells... a rebadged version of the Chrysler minivan.

On the bright side, at least Lancia is still around. Maybe someday we'll see a comeback.

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