Giancarlo Perini

Giancarlo
Perini
Correspondent,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
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.
BMW Vision Future Luxury Shows Style, Technology Advancement
Although officials won’t say the concept will be built, it is a safe bet that at least elements of the design will make it on a production car by 2018, likely as BMW’s answer to Mercedes’ upcoming top-of-the-line Maybach S-Class.
VW to Show Off New Touareg in Beijing
Powertrains include V-6 and V-8 turbodiesels, a gasoline V-6 and, in Europe, a hybrid system that combines the gasoline engine with a 38-kW (52-hp) electric motor.
FCA’s New Brazil Plant to Build Jeep Renegade 
Job One is expected by year’s end and initial 2-shift capacity is planned at 250,000 units per year.
New CUV Continues Citroen’s Upmarket Push in China
The JV is targeting the brand at the fast-growing luxury segment of the world’s biggest automotive market.
Peugeot Exalt Concept Tests Market for New Flagship
The Exalt’s hybrid powertrain consists of a 266-hp 1.6L turbocharged gasoline engine borrowed from the RCA R sports car and a 50-kW (67-hp) electric motor driving the rear axle.
BMW Expected to Unveil Flagship Concept at Beijing Show
The new sedan will position above the 7-Series and below the Rolls-Royce Ghost from BMW’s ultra-luxury brand.
Bugatti to Show Stunning ‛Black Bess’ Vitesse Legend in Beijing
As with all models in the Legends series, the new car is limited to a production run of three copies and is available for a net price of €2.15 million.
Mercedes SUV Coupe Concept Headed for Beijing
The new model is expected to fit at the top end of the segment and compete against the Audi Q7 and upcoming BMW X7.
Cayman-Derived Studiotorino Moncenisio Revealed
Cost is an additional €145,000 on top of the price of the Cayman, a sum that pays in part for the exclusive Studiotorino fuel cap on the hood and a new front bumper made of top-quality carbon-fiber/Kevlar with three new grilles and daytime running lights.
New Maserati Ghibli Triumph for Trident Marque
Maserati deliveries last year spiked to 15,400 units, up 148% compared with year-ago, following the launch of the new Ghibli and updated Quattroporte.
Shift to Fiat for Roadster as Much Business as Brand Decision, Sources Say 
The small size of Alfa’s worldwide dealer network means it is unlikely FCA would have been able to purchase enough vehicles to make the supply deal work for Mazda.
2014 Geneva Auto Show: View From the Floor
New model introductions and more from the floor of the 2014 Geneva auto show.
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