Lancia / Autobianchi Y10
One of the first attempts at building luxury mini. It was based of the
first Panda. The last car to carry the Autobianchi badge:
For example, the T4 has a floor that is fairly distinctive in that the fuel tank is under the front seats and the floor in the cab is therefore raised a few inches relative to the rear cabin and the fuel filler is behind the driver's door. In the V-class/Vito the fuel filler is much farther back (and I bet the fuel tank is farther back as well). If they have significantly different floors, I think it's safe to say they're not related.
It is true that the V was available with VW's 2.8 VR6 too but it wasn't even the same one (in terms of the state of tune) as in the T4. The V got the 172hp version, the T4 got the 140hp version.
The Morris Mini was made under several different names.
Morris Mini-Minor (the original name)
Morris Mascot (Denmark Only)
Austin Partner (Denmark only)
Innocenti Mini (Lisenced production in Italy)
The Italian version, the Innocenti Mini was even rebodied for 1975, still keeping the original chassis of the Morris Mini. It received Daihatsu engines in the early 80s. A DeTomaso performance version of the Innocenti was even sold in Canada in the mid 80s.
1972 Innocenti Mini Cooper 1300
The Eagle Vision (Eagle not being a brand recognized outside of North America) also was sold as the Chrysler Vision overseas, most likely as it was more "Euro" already than any of its NA siblings with its EU-friendly amber rear signals.
I am pretty sure that some Euro markets got the Vision branded as an Eagle, I'm not totally sure though.
Some Chryslers were rebranded as Talbots, like the Omni.
T4 VW (front cabin step is very visible in the 2nd pic):
Totally different floor structure (VW's is raised for the front seats). Don't see how something like that would be different if the Benz used a VW T4 body.
The Omni was originally a French Talbot adopted to the North American market.Some Chryslers were rebranded as Talbots, like the Omni.
The history of Chrysler's attempt to enter the European market in the late 60s is not very well known, but the wiki article sheds some light. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysler_Europe Things did not go well with Chrysler at this time, and brand recognition was something they hade trouble with. The fact that the cars were named Simca, later Talbot in France, and Sunbeam in UK did not help. Then they threw in the Dodge, DeSoto and Fargo names on top of commercial vehicles made by Commer and Karrier, both well known names, and the insanity was complete.
The funny thing is that it seems that Chrysler has never had any steady flow in Europe. As I said in the earlier post, CHrysler tried to get into EUrope in the late 60s/early 70s, but withdrew from Europe in 78, and sold everything to Peugeot for $1. Then they made a comeback in the early 90s with cars such as the Saratoga, Voyager and Vision, and later the Neon and Stratus, before things went quiet again. Fast forward to the late 00's and they are back again with the Caliber, this time trying the Dodge name via Jeep dealers. And now the Dodge name is dropped, and we got weird Fiats and Lancias instead.
I know nothing about the Korean derivatives. I also did NOT know that the Pony was based on the horrible Marina-interesting.
I came across one I've never heard before. The Mazda 323/Protege was using an old AUstin name in Colombia, it was called the Mazda Allegro.
Another one from Australia. This late 70's 3rd generation Mitsubishi Galant was sold as the Chrysler Sigma. I believe it was sold as Dodge Colt in USA? Can anyone confirm this?