French billionaire Vincent Bollore started one of the world's first electric car-sharing services seven years ago in Paris. Now, amid widening losses and criticism that the vehicles are poorly maintained and dirty, Autolib has emerged as a political hot potato for the city's mayor.
The French government has pledged to work with automakers and suppliers to increase sales of EVs sharply and build up the network of charging stations, as part of a new "strategic contract" with the automotive sector.
Daimler will invest $589 million into its plant in France to start producing a compact electric car for Mercedes. The new car, which will be part of Mercedes' EQ electric subbrand, will be built alongside the battery-powered Smart ForTwo.
A handful of ride-hailing and car-sharing apps in France, including BlaBlaCar and Drivy, are reporting a surge in customers after rail workers began a wave of strikes over government reforms this week.
Carlos Ghosn has revived two troubled automakers and he's in the midst of doing so with a third. Now, he's poised to undertake what might well be his final act: A full merger of Renault SA and Nissan Motor Co.
Renault plans to move more production of its Clio subcompact to Turkey, Reuters reported. The shift is likely to be the start of a French manufacturing phaseout for the brand's top-selling model, a move that would be politically sensitive in France.
Nissan says the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance has no plans to change cross-shareholding ratios of its member companies. The response follows a Reuters report saying that Nissan was in talks with Renault over a closer tie-up that would lead to a merger.
New-car registrations in France rose 2.5 percent in January, with sales helped by strong gains at Peugeot, Mercedes, Hyundai and Skoda. Sales increased to 156,151, industry group CCFA reported. French automakers' sales rose by 12 percent.
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire will hold talks with Bosch to address concerns about the future of the supplier's diesel injectors factory in Rodez, which is heavily exposed to a downturn in diesel sales.
PSA is expanding production at its light-commercial vehicle factory in Hordain in northern France in a response to increased demand. The plant builds the Peugeot Expert and Citroen Jumpy midsize vans, along with their passenger-vehicle variants, as well as the Toyota ProAce.
French registrations rose by nearly 5 percent in 2017, led by increases of more than 10 percent at Seat, Toyota, Skoda and Kia. The market share of new diesel cars fell below 50 percent last year for the first time since 2000.