Giancarlo Perini


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

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.
Italdesign-Giugiaro May Unveil Dream Limo at Geneva
The supercar may be a challenger to Maserati, an answer to the Pininfarina BMW Gran Lusso Concept or even something along the lines of a new Bugatti sport limousine.
Hyundai to Bring CUV Coupe to Geneva
The Intrado wears Hyundai’s new design language, dubbed “Fluidic Sculpture 2.0.” Highlights include a more disciplined exterior surface, as well as fewer gadgets and more color and light inside the passenger compartment.
Student Designers Rise to Hyundai Challenge
Clearly using the Alfa Romeo 4C as a benchmark, the students were asked to create the ultimate sports car for Generation Y, putting themselves in the shoes of both the potential car buyer and the designer.
Fiat Adds Top Panda Cross to Range
The new model gets 15-in. 5-spoke wheels and restyled bumpers with integrated fog lights. LED daytime running lights are incorporated into the skid plate, finished in a trendy satin titanium color and perforated with big holes.
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