Lancia Megagamma

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Lancia Megagamma
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Overview
Manufacturer Lancia
Production 1978
Designer Italdesign´s Giorgetto Giugiaro
Body and chassis
Class Compact MPV (concept car)
Body style 5-door minivan
Layout FF layout
Related Lancia Gamma
Powertrain
Engine 2.5 L 2484 cc Lancia H4
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,670 mm (105.1 in)[1]
Length 4,310 mm (169.7 in) [1]
Width 1,780 mm (70.1 in) [1]
Height 1,617 mm (63.7 in) [1]
Curb weight 1,040 kg (2,293 lb)[2]
Chronology
Successor Lancia Zeta

The Lancia Megagamma is a concept small van by Italdesign, designed in 1978 and introduced at the 1978 Turin Motor Show.[3]

Featuring a high seating h-point and a coefficient of drag of 0.34, the small van used a front engined, front-wheel drive layout based on the Lancia Gamma platform with a Lancia SOHC 2.5 litre flat-4 engine and Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection.

The design combined many attributes of the modern MPVs — notably a roomy, flexible cabin in a compact package[4][5] — not unlike its antecedents, the Volkswagen Type 2 (1950) and the DKW Schnellaster (1949-1962) and such notable successors as the Nissan Prairie (1981), Mitsubishi Chariot, Renault Espace, Honda Shuttle, Toyota Sprinter Caribbean, Dodge Caravan, Plymouth Voyager, Renault Scenic, Volkswagen Touran and Lancia Zeta and Phedra.

Lancia's parent company, Fiat, viewed the concept as risky[6] and despite not reaching production, the Megagamma was voted 1984 European Car of the Year.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Technical specifications of 1978 Lancia Megagamma". carfolio.com. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  2. ^ "Lancia Megagamma 1978". carsplusplus.com. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
  3. ^ "Megagamma". italdesign.it. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
  4. ^ Tumminelli, Paolo (2004). Car Design. teNeues. p. 66. ISBN 3-8238-4561-6. 
  5. ^ "30 Years of ItalDesign". Jack Yan & Associates. 1998. Retrieved 2008-01-03. 
  6. ^ "News". italiaspeed.com. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  7. ^ "Previous_Cars". caroftheyear.org. Archived from the original on 2007-05-23. Retrieved 2007-07-29.