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No more Voyager, Compass in Austria (updated)

by David Zatz on

According to our correspondent in Austria, FCA has stopped ordering of the Lancia Voyager and Jeep Compass in that country. Patriot has not been available for some time.

Lancia Grand Voyager

Along with the non-renewal of Lancia Flavia, or Chrysler 200, this may indicate that Sergio Marchionne is planning to simply drop rebadged Chryslers in Europe, restricting Lancia to its most popular model, the Ypsilon — which was a Lancia before the pairing of Chrysler and Lancia — and may not do a Fiat version of the Town & Country, as Allpar had previously speculated it might do (based on the success of Fiat Freemont, a restyled Dodge Journey).

The Lancia Thema, or Chrysler 300, remains available.  Voyager remains in the United Kingdom Chrysler web site, but that might be due to existing dealer inventory.

While the Voyager had been moderately popular in Europe for many years, increased competition may have caused it to be economically unviable, at least in some countries. It’s possible that Voyager may continue in other countries, or may be restarted later, once the new version is available. To sell in Europe, the minivan is equipped with a VM diesel engine which greatly boosts fuel economy.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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