As ever, the only place in Jutland with interesting cars for sale is EZ Biler, near Silkeborg.
The same old friends are there: the unsold Lybra, Kappa and XM Prestige. I notice they also have a 1984 Nissan Laurel for sale. Alas, I was with my brood and they did not want to
look at a bunch of old cars, no matter how interesting they were.
It was all I could do to drive around the lot where I saw a newcomer, a fetching 2003-2011 Lancia Ypsilon with beige paint and a tan interior. It also had automatic transmission. My wife is supposedly interested in a more user friendly car than our languishing XM. I think this might be something I could tolerate even if it is just a Fiat Punto in nicer clothes.
The interior is as fine as the exterior – and it stands in marked contrast to the notable lack of lux apparent on similarly-sized cars which these days are black and grey throughout. I exclude Hyundais which are setting the small car standard on colour and trim. Citroen have the tan interior option on the C-Airbump. Hyundai though has some pale blue plastic and tan which is bolder than grey and tan, note.
Back to the car:
If only Lancia has thought to invest the car with say, a 1.5 or 1.6 litre engine and turbo’d it. And perhaps rear discs would have been a pleasant detail (this one has drums). Such a car would not have stood on anyone’s toes among the other Fiat group cars. It would also have been closer in spirit to Lancia’s higher-quality image. Despite this lack of extra distinction, the Ypsilon has been a constant best-seller inasmuchas that for a little investment Fiat Group captured 60,0000 annual sales for years with this formula of a nice car for ladies-about-town.
I suspect the Ypsilon is the same to drive as any other small Fiat when it really ought to be a cut-above: better steering, brakes and performance. It’s done well for a glorified trim level.
EZ Biler haven’t listed this car yet. I don’t know if it has been on sale for long. Ominously there are black streak running down the side, a sign of a car that has sat about for a while.