Giancarlo Perini


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

Qoros to Unveil Second Model at Geneva Show
The 3 Hatch looks even better-balanced than the 3 Sedan, thanks in part to its unusually long wheelbase and wider stance that outdistance competitors such as the Volkswagen Golf and Mercedes B-Class.
Renault Revives Rear-Mounted Powertrain in New Twingo
Renault’s Twin’Z and Twin’Run concepts have been displayed at several events since March 2013, but the successor to the 20-year-old Twingo will be revealed in its production-ready form at next month’s Geneva auto show.
New Turbocharged Ferrari California Headed for Geneva
The new Ferrari California T will feature a 3.8L V-8 that generates 559 hp at 7,500 rpm and peak torque of 557 lb.-ft.
Toyota to Begin Test of Wireless Inductive Charging
The automaker is employing magnetic resonance methodology, using two coils tuned to resonate at the same frequency in order to conduct electrical energy wirelessly. Charging time is said to take about 90 minutes.
BMW Claims First With Laser Lights 
The high-beam headlights with laser-light technology will be available on the new i8 plug-in hybrid at the end of the year as optional equipment and will come with their own distinctive design.
Citroen Targeting China With Upmarket DS Marque 
General Brand Manager Frederic Banzet expects growth in China to compensate for continued sluggishness in Europe.
BMW Plans New 2-Cyl. Modular Engine for Mini Hybrid 
One of the earliest applications of the 2-cyl. engine under development is for the next-generation Mini Hybrid, expected in 2015. The small mill eventually may migrate to other BMW Group hybrids.
BMW M Steps Up Technology With Upcoming Coupe, Sedan 
The new M4 Coupe checks in at less than 3,307 lbs., some 176 lbs. lighter than a comparably equipped outgoing M3 Coupe, providing obvious driving-dynamics and fuel-efficiency advantages.
Skeptics Doubt Reports Fiat Investing €1.5 Billion in Maserati SUV Output 
Industry insiders wonder how Fiat Group can afford to make such a risky investment when it is cutting costs on everything, including delaying development of vital products such as the Punto and Mito range.
Jaguar Designers, Engineers Share Stake in C-X17 Architecture
For engineers, the show car is a tool to test the limits of its new highly advanced modular aluminum platform. For designers, the concept is meant to determine whether traditional Jaguar patrons will accept a CUV.
View From the Floor Part 3: 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show
More new-vehicle unveils and other action at this year's Frankfurt show.
View From the Floor Part 2: 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show
More new model unveils and other action at this week's media opening of the Frankfurt auto show.
Volvo Future Products Driven by New Modular Platforms
Outlining Volvo’s strategy, R&D chief Peter Mertens says the new Scalable Platform Architecture is designed for an all-new family of FWD powertrains utilizing compact, lightweight 4-cyl. engines complemented by hybrid technology.
View From the Floor: 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show
A look at new model unveils and other action at Tuesday's media opening of this year's Frankfurt auto show.
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.
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