Giancarlo Perini


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

Ferrari Breaks Cover Early on 488 GTB Mid-Engine V-8 1
The supercar this year will replace the Ferrari 458 Italia and continues a tradition that originated in 1975 with the Ferrari 308 GTB, the automaker’s first mid-engine V-8.
Kia Slovakia Plant Breaks Production Records in 2014 
The Zilina facility’s performance reflects the market success of the Kia Sportage compact SUV, which represented 55% of last year’s output.
Mercedes Concept Designers Render Luxury in Motion 
‟The design had to appeal equally to the intellect and to the emotions and its exterior had to signal its visionary and pioneering character at first glance,” Mercedes-Benz design chief Gorden Wagener says of the F 015 self-driving concept car.
VW Group’s Egger to Head Interbrand Design Studio 
Wolfgang Egger has spent the past year with the VW-owned Italdesign Giugiaro design and engineering studio following six years with Audi and Lamborghini.
BMW M Models to Blend Right in at L.A. Show
The new X-Series from BMW M offers more torque and power from their turbocharged 4.4L gasoline V-8s.
VW Sets Ambitious Targets for New Passat for Europe
Although its overall dimensions are virtually unchanged, the revamped Passat rewrites the rules in its segment by sitting on a longer wheelbase, allowing for a much roomier cabin.
VW Beginning Design Management Transition, Insiders Say 
Design chief Walter de Silva has had a lot on his plate as manager of a huge empire, and it is unclear whether a direct replacement will be groomed or responsibilities divided more strategically among the bevy of brands in the VW Group.
2014 Paris Auto Show: Scenes From the Floor
Key new-product unveils and some people watching from the floor of the bi-annual Paris show.
Renault Eolab Concept a Fuel-Efficient Tour de Force
Volkswagen reportedly has been working on similar technology and may show off a similar concept in Paris. But Renault wants to be the first automaker to offer a B-segment compact family car that delivers 235 mpg and can carry four people.
PSA to Unveil 118-MPG Citroen Concept at Paris Show
The outstanding fuel economy comes from a unique hybrid powertrain that uses air instead of electricity. The technology combines a 3-cyl. PureTech gasoline engine with a compressed-air energy-storage unit that powers the automatic transmission.
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.

Jan 18, 2018

2018 Wards 10 Best Engines Editorial Roundtable Part 2

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