Giancarlo Perini


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

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.
Jag’s Aluminum-Intensive XE Sedan to Bow in London
The Jaguar XE is the first car in the world to use a new grade of high-strength aluminum called RC 5754, which features a high percentage of recycled metal.
Owners Can Dress Daihatsu 2-Seat Mini-Convertible 
Following the concept of Daimler’s Smart minicar, Daihatsu rejects the notion it is difficult to alter a car’s design after it is bought, and instead is enabling customers to make post-purchase changes in line with their preferences.
It’s Official: Stile Bertone Bankrupt
The reaction to the Court decision has been nearly universal, with industry insiders still expressing hope a white knight will emerge to keep the storied operation alive.
For Would-Be Buyers, Mini Selections Maxing Out 
The next-generation Mini has been engineered by parent BMW to be synergistic with the new family of BMW front-wheel-drive cars led by the 2-Series Active Tourer due in showrooms in coming months.
Updated Mercedes CLS at Home on Tech, Design Edge
The updated models blend contemporary luxury with a strong sport character, aiming at rivals Audi for detailing and BMW for sportiness.
Design Student in U.K. Honored for ’20 Qoros Concept 
The concept is a fresh interpretation of Qoros’ New Premium philosophy, featuring several design cues from the Qoros 3 Sedan on sale in China and Slovakia and the Qoros 3 Hatch arriving in showrooms in China in mid-2014.
Mini Unveils Superleggera Vision Concept
The concept roadster was developed by Mini and Italian design house Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera.
Fiat Chrysler A-Segment Car to Replace Uno Mille in Brazil, Sell in India 
The car’s development reportedly has been sped up under the project codenamed X3C. Mules seen undergoing testing around the FCA plant in Belo Horizonte suggest the new model will make do with the platform from the first-generation Panda.
Fiat Execs Snap Up Stock
It’s unclear whether the two officials were taking advantage of the drop in share price since Fiat Chrysler Automobiles unveiled its 5-year strategy on Tuesday or if it was an attempt to prop up the stock’s value.
Italy Offers Green-Car Incentive, But Spiffs Won’t Last Long
Half the budget is reserved for fleet customers and business use. Another 35% is to support individual sales of cars with carbon-dioxide emissions of 95 g/km or less. The final 15% is pegged for vehicles with CO2 ratings of 50 g/km or less.
Volvo Autonomous-Car Research Hits Gothenburg Streets 
Volvo calls its technology application Autopilot to suggest the driver will be able to relinquish control of the vehicle. Designers and engineers envision a car of the future that operates like an aircraft.
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