Giancarlo Perini

Giancarlo
Perini
Correspondent,
WardsAuto

Giancarlo covers the European auto industry from his base in Turin, Italy.

Articles
VW Sets Ambitious Targets for New Passat for Europe
Although its overall dimensions are virtually unchanged, the revamped Passat rewrites the rules in its segment by sitting on a longer wheelbase, allowing for a much roomier cabin.
VW Beginning Design Management Transition, Insiders Say 
Design chief Walter de Silva has had a lot on his plate as manager of a huge empire, and it is unclear whether a direct replacement will be groomed or responsibilities divided more strategically among the bevy of brands in the VW Group.
2014 Paris Auto Show: Scenes From the Floor
Key new-product unveils and some people watching from the floor of the bi-annual Paris show.
Renault Eolab Concept a Fuel-Efficient Tour de Force
Volkswagen reportedly has been working on similar technology and may show off a similar concept in Paris. But Renault wants to be the first automaker to offer a B-segment compact family car that delivers 235 mpg and can carry four people.
PSA to Unveil 118-MPG Citroen Concept at Paris Show
The outstanding fuel economy comes from a unique hybrid powertrain that uses air instead of electricity. The technology combines a 3-cyl. PureTech gasoline engine with a compressed-air energy-storage unit that powers the automatic transmission.
Quartz Concept Crystallizes Peugeot Design Know-How
The Peugeot Quartz combines the space, style and comfort of the Exalt 5-door sedan with the capability and look of a high-performance SUV.
Renault to Unveil New-Gen Espace MPV at Paris Show
Through the years the family van has matured into a large, sophisticated utility meant to appeal to buyers with a strong design and modular, highly flexible interior.
Ferrari Could Be Safety Valve in Fiat-Chrysler Investment Plans 
Without solid backing on Wall Street, FCA may have trouble securing favorable credit for the estimated €50 billion needed to reach aggressive volume targets set last May for the Chrysler, Jeep and Alfa Romeo brands.
Peugeot Concept Shown at Beijing Tweaked for Paris
The Exalt comes with the HYbrid-Kick concept moped, a foldaway electric scooter stowed below the trunk floor that allows drivers to easily reach their final destination.
Citroen Concept Sedan Nothing Short of Divine
Up to now most DS designs have been derived from various Citroens, but the Divine owes nothing to any existing model. The Audi A4 is considered the benchmark.
Ferrari, Pininfarina Crafting Six One-Off Supercars 
The six bespoke copies are derived from the Pininfarina Sergio Concept built over the architecture of the Ferrari 458 Spider and displayed at the 2013 Geneva auto show.
Land Rover Unveils New Discovery Sport 
Land Rover says the exterior design showcases “unprecedented care for details and refinement,” with a goal of offering an affordable premium SUV.
Suzuki Vitara Headed for Paris Debut
The ’15 model grows some in size and adds a little styling panache to better take on segment entries from Jeep, Fiat, Ford, Nissan and Opel.
Toyota-BMW Engine Collaboration Spins Off Sports Cars 
BMW reportedly is leading the development of the cars’ chassis, banking on its experience with aluminum, carbon fiber and high-strength steel to create a lighter and stiffer composite body structure, while Toyota is focusing on high-performance hybrid technology.
Hyundai Set Sights on Style in New-Generation i20
Renderings released by the European Design Studio show the i20 shedding its conservative design in favor of a more sporty, sophisticated look.
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