Initially introduced in 1985 under the Autobianchi brand, using the FIRE engine in 1.0 and 1.1 L guises and Fiat's Brazilian built SOHC 1049 cc engine once used in the Autobianchi A112 Abarth and the Fiat 127's hottest version, this time turbocharged to produce 85 PS (62.5 kW) in the Y10 Turbo. Eventually, the Autobianchi badge was dropped in favour of Lancia's except in Italy; a textbook case of badge engineering. Along with the Autobianchi badge the turbocharged engine was dropped and a more refined, if slower, version topped the range, the 1.3 GT i.e., with 76 PS (56 kW).
It was pipped to the European Car of the Year for 1986 by the Ford Scorpio.
It sold rather well, especially to women, for its unique style, luxurious trim and the continuously variable transmission that equipped certain versions. Its excellent aerodynamics, characterized by very clean lines and a Kammback, also provided great fuel economy. Sales in the United Kingdom were not so strong, though it remained on sale until Lancia's withdrawal from the British market (and all other right-hand drive markets) in 1994.
[img height=122 width=180]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/cd/Lancia_Y10_front_20070502.jpg/180px-Lancia_Y10_front_20070502.jpg[/img][img height=131 width=180]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/36/Lancia_Y10_4WD_red.JPG/180px-Lancia_Y10_4WD_red.JPG[/img] [img height=134 width=180]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e7/Autobianchi_Y10_4WD.JPG/180px-Autobianchi_Y10_4WD.JPG[/img]