Giancarlo Perini


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

Articles by Giancarlo Perini
VW CEO Reveals Bold Offensive for Electric Mobility
The key to rolling out electric mobility swiftly and efficiently across all brands and vehicles is the modular toolkit systems that have been designed for assembling electric powertrains.
BMW Aims for 1 Million FWD Cars
Current production of 300,000 front-drive Mini models per year is not profitable enough, the German auto maker says.
Volvo Concept Reflects Drive for Design Renaissance
The Concept Coupe plug-in hybrid features classic notchback architecture and a silhouette that openly refers to the iconic 1961-1973 Volvo P1800.
Mercedes to Unveil High-Performance PHEV at Frankfurt
The auto maker will display the show car in Frankfurt ahead of a production-ready version expected to go on sale late next year.
Audi Gets Bold With Quattro Sport Concept at Frankfurt
The bodywork is ultra-light-weight carbon-fiber plus aluminum, and its design, exterior and interior, is both emotional and fully committed to communicate the concept’s technology and potential in a stronger-than-usual Audi style.
Volkswagen to Debut Electrified Golf, Up! at Frankfurt Show
The 5-seat e-Golf has a driving range of 118 miles on a fully charged battery pack, while the Up! can travel 99 miles.
Yaris Hybrid-R Concept to Roar at Frankfurt Show
The car’s muscle comes from Toyota Motorsport’s 1.6L 4-cyl. global race engine that delivers 300 hp to the front wheels. Two 60-hp electric motors power the rear wheels, which also enjoy an extra boost from regenerative braking.
BMW to Unveil Concept X5 eDrive at Frankfurt Show
The Concept X5 eDrive does away with 6- and 8-cyl. powerplants in favor of an all-new 4-cyl. engine featuring BMW’s TwinPower Turbo technology that is mated to an electric motor developed and built within the BMW Group.
Jag F-Type Coupe Rumored for Frankfurt Show
The unveiling will mark a return to the birthplace of Jaguar’s compact sports car, which made its debut at the same exhibition two years ago in the form of the crowd-stopping C-X16 concept.
Hyundai Ups Ante in City Car Segment With New i10
Standard equipment includes cruise control, six airbags, electronic stability control, tire-pressure monitoring and emergency-stop signal, “bringing new and higher levels of features and functionality to the segment,” the auto maker says.
New Mini to Be Revealed at Tokyo, L.A. Shows, Not Frankfurt
The new Mini, which represents the third generation since the re-born brand and model debuted in 2000, goes on sale worldwide in first-quarter 2014.
Jaguar Shows Off Design Study Built for Speed
Called Project 7, the car is a lightweight single-seater capable of 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds.
BMW Shows ‛Outdoor’ Version of Tourer Concept
The CAT Outdoor concept, which is designed to transport two bicycles in a special carrier integrated into the rear compartment, will roll out to the public at the 2013 OutDoor Friedrichshafen (Germany) fair tomorrow.
Test of BMW’s Connected Drive Shows Road Bumpy 
The auto maker’s new Concierge Service is spotty, and not all new infotainment features are ready, but the Online Entertainment feature is nice.
Studiotorino to Build Handful of Porsche Cayman S Conversions
The car makes extensive use of carbon-fiber panels and eliminates the Cayman’s rear side windows for a sleek appearance.
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