Lancia offers such motorists the Thesis, a new car designed to meet new needs.
Discussing the interior, Horrell went on to say: "The effect is redoubled within. They're even better when the stress is lateral; considering the pillowy straight-line character, cornering roll is amazingly well-controlled." The main criticism was the steering which was considered by Horrell to be too light, and the slight tendency to understeer leading to intrusion of the ESP system.
The cabin is truly rich, and walks the right side of that line in Italian style dividing the perfectly proportioned minimalism from their bling-bling rap-star Versace vulgarity. In conclusion, CAR's Horrell summed up the Thesis as being "far more accurate and even agile than it has any right to be." CAR's view was that the Thesis was a dignified expression of Lancia's brand values, then.
The car is equipped with beige leather interior and electrically adjustable rear seats.
The car has also a minibar with refrigerator, multimedia system with GPS navigation system, internet access, fax machine and a DVD player.
These trends are indicative of a more general movement to re-appropriate the art of living, a more personal and intimate form of gratification and a quest to be at peace with oneself.
This is the philosophy that represents the feelings of the new managerial class.Concerning the design, Lancia's chief designer said "People will be looking for excuses not to buy this car.So, we wanted to be damn sure we didn't give them anything to hook onto.The interior was trimmed with leather or the suede-like Alcantara material long favoured by Lancia.CAR's verdict was that "If Lancia can be turned around this is the car for the job." Despite its very comprehensive equipment level and the improved fit and finish, sales remained well behind its predecessor, the Kappa, quite far behind the competition and finally the model was discontinued at the beginning of 2009, after only 16,000 units built.This is made up of the higher-segment, big élite saloons into which all Manufacturers pour the cream of their technology and design skill.In Europe, these account for a little over one million cars per year from a few prestigious brands."Look at that extravagant front end, like a row of chrome-decorated sand dunes.The whole form is plump and carries telling details of bi-xenon headlights and multi-LED blades of tail-lamp - a comfortably fed and well-jewelled car like the folk who'll drive it". Yet there's no heaving in distress; the adjustable dampers keep body motion in check.Its appearance was based on the 1998 Diàlogos concept car.The production car premiered at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2001 and its interior was displayed for first time at the Frankfurt Motor Show.