Giancarlo Perini


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

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.
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.


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