Only 16,000 examples of the Lancia Thesis were made during its production life from 2002 to 2009. I´ve finally tested the car in its top level 3.0 24V guise and the review is coming soon. Rather than distract from the main article I am posting the ashtray assessments here.
For a car so large and so expensive, the driver´s ashtray is a disappointment. First, the gearlever gets in the way. It is a challenge to get your hand to the ashtray. Given that the car was designed in LHD and I was driving it in LHD this is hard to fathom. Second, the ashtray itself was tiny. The cover was, as shown, about 8 cm wide but the receptacle was no larger than a match box (3 cm wide). It would not hold the remains of ten cigarettes. The cigar lighter was positioned to the right, and was obscured by the gear lever. And finally, the ashtray mechanism was not easy to operate. It did not open with a small nudge, rather one had to tug a bit at the lid edge.
The ashtray was illuminated from the top. I was not able to assess the effectiveness of the lighting during night-time driving conditions.
I´d like to cross reference the Thesis with the Kappa coupe which also had a rather inadequate ashtray. This might be something of a Lancia failing, one which has been overlooked somehow.
Classification: integrated moving cover and receptacle type, with built-in cigar lighter. The unit moved through an arc from closed to open position.
The rear passengers´ ashtrays are described below.