Napolitano has presented a 10-year plan to Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares to relaunch Lancia, based on three new models: the new Ypsilon in 2024, both hybrid and battery electric, and a compact crossover expected in 2026 followed by a compact hatchback in 2028, both full-electric models.
“Clearly volumes are important, but our targets are about profitability,” Napolitano said in an interview on Friday.
Lancia, which alongside Alfa Romeo and DS was grouped in the pool of Stellantis brands cooperating in the premium market, needed to continue on this high-end path, he added.
“We still need to work and need to look at a benchmark … which for us is Mercedes,” Napolitano said. “I don’t mean we want to fight against Mercedes, that would be naive, but that is an example of what we look at.”
While Alfa Romeo and DS are global brands, Lancia’s target is to move to Europe, initially targeting Germany and France, where electrification is moving faster, then adding countries including Spain, Belgium, Austria and the Nordics, he said.
Admittedly, a small platform means less space for batteries and so the range of the following cars will never match the potential of larger alternatives. But a small battery also means a lower asking price, and if we’re talking about urban runabouts that do only the occasional longer journey, it’s arguable just how many owners would need more than, say, 180 miles of driving range.
- Peugeot e-208
- Fiat 500 Electric
- Vauxhall Corsa-e
- Renault Zoe
- Mini Electric
- BMW i3S
- Honda E
- Mazda MX-30
- Volkswagen e-Up
- DS 3 Crossback E-Tense
Only two of these small EVs are available to the North America market, the Mini Electric and the Mazda MX-30.
The EV Rally of Scotland (EVROS) is a demonstration of Scottish EV charging infrastructure, combined with clean and innovative vehicle technology. The idea is to show that EV use across Scotland, and the rest of the UK, is not just ‘for the odd occasion’… It can be a ‘daily occurrence’… ‘the norm’!
The EVROS taking part during COP26. On Monday electric vehicles set off from Glasgow on a 5-day, 1200+ mile ‘e-Tour of Scotland’, taking in many of the beautiful landmarks in the country, but most importantly, showcasing the charging infrastructure across the region at the same time.
By the end of the week, the EVROS will have taken in every corner of Scotland, including a Western Isle, and will have completed more than 1900 km (1200 miles).
Four Kia electric vehicles are tackling the 1,200-mile ‘e-tour’ of Scotland as part of @TheEVROS, including the new EV6 and best-selling e-Niro proving the viability of fully electric road trips!
The EV rally set off from Glasgow on Monday and will continue until Friday. 🏞️🏴 pic.twitter.com/EtGrzsKhTO
— Kia UK PR (@KiaUKPR) November 10, 2021
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