France

PSA says anti-French backlash weighs on Iran talks

July 29, 2015 12:20 CET

PSA's talks on a manufacturing venture with Iran's biggest carmaker are being undermined by anti-French sentiment in the country, CEO Carlos Tavares said. Iranians are hostile because France took a tough line in talks to lift international sanctions against Iran....
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France to unify EV-charging networks

July 6, 2015 14:15 CET

The French government plans to make it easier for drivers of electric cars to charge their vehicles by unifying certain features of the country's various EV-charging networks by decree before the end of this year, a French newspaper reported....
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French car sales rise 15% in June on extra working days

July 1, 2015 11:14 CET

French new-car sales increased 15 percent in June as two extra working days helped to lift registrations to the biggest monthly gain in four years....
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Automakers slam French decision on clean diesels

June 26, 2015 06:15 CET

Sales of diesel cars in France may fall after the government excluded diesel engines from the cleanest classification of vehicle pollution. Euro 6 standard diesels will not be included in the Category 1 scheme that classifies vehicles according to how much they pollute. French cities may use the ranking system to decide whether they want to ban diesels....
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PSA will build Bollore electric car in France

June 17, 2015 10:43 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen will build the Bollore Bluesummer electric car at its factory in Rennes, western France. The boxy convertible, which has a basic design similar to Citroen's iconic Mehari, will be sold through Citroen dealerships....
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Porsche defeats Audi at 83rd Le Mans endurance race

June 15, 2015 12:32 CET

Porsche won the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race for the first time since 1998, defeating Audi, which triumphed in 10 of the 11 prior contests. Porsche's 919 Hybrid car took first and second places, while Audi's R18 e-tron came in third....
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Porsche, Audi, Nissan, Toyota hybrids battle at Le Mans

June 13, 2015 06:15 CET

Audi's R18 e-tron Quattro has won the Le Mans LMP1 race every year since the new hybrid powertrain rules were established in 2012, but this year it will face stiff competition from Porsche, Toyota, and Nissan....
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Faurecia to close French seat-frame plant

June 11, 2015 12:11 CET

French supplier Faurecia said today that it plans to close a plant producing seat frames in eastern France on falling demand from domestic carmakers....
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French car sales fall 4% in May on fewer working days

June 1, 2015 11:14 CET

New-car registrations in France fell 4 percent in May, mainly due to fewer working days. Sales rose 7.3 percent with the figures adjusted to include a comparable number of working days to May last year....
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Regulated France is fertile ground for car-sharing

May 30, 2015 06:15 CET

Drivy, a French firm that helps car owners rent out their vehicles, has bought a German rival in the latest sign that France is becoming a hub for the booming vehicle-sharing sector, with help rather than hindrance from the country's notorious red tape....
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Vive la Ford: French army picks Rangers

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

The French Army is buying 1,000 Ford Rangers to begin replacing its aging fleet of Peugeot P4 jeeps, The New York Times reported last week....
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French vehicle sales rise 1.8% in April

May 4, 2015 11:03 CET

French vehicle sales rose 1.8 percent in April with Renault's performance outpacing its peer PSA/Peugeot-Citroen. The figures confirm the positive trend so far this year, which led industry association CCFA to upgrade its annual forecast from flat to 2 percent growth....
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Peugeot family to meet over future of its PSA stake, report says

April 27, 2015 11:27 CET

The Peugeot family plans to hold a meeting in June to work out its differences over the future of its 14.1 percent stake in PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, a newspaper reported today....
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France completes move to increase Renault stake

April 22, 2015 11:01 CET

The French government has completed steps to increase its stake in Renault despite opposition from the company's alliance partner, Nissan, and Carlos Ghosn, who heads both automakers.....
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Renault wants France to back down on voting rights rise

April 17, 2015 11:07 CET

Renault urged France, its largest-single shareholder, to back down from plans to increase its voting weight in the automaker, warning that the balance of power within its alliance with Nissan was at risk. The Japanese automaker holds a non-voting 15 percent stake in Renault....
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France, Italy, Spain sales growth in March encourages European recovery hopes

April 1, 2015 12:12 CET

New-car registrations rose in France, Italy and Spain last month, adding to signs that the European auto market is recovering. France's auto industry body, the CCFA, raised its full-year forecast for the country to a 2 percent gain, close to many predictions for Europe as a whole....
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PSA picks France factory over Spain for engine production expansion

March 27, 2015 09:47 CET

PSA said it has chosen a French factory over a rival Spanish plant to expand engine production. PSA will upgrade its Tremery site to produce the turbocharged version of a three-cylinder engine already manufactured there. The plant beat out PSA's factory in Vigo, Spain, for the additional 200,000 engines a year....
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Foreign carmakers lead February sales growth in France

March 2, 2015 13:36 CET

French car registrations grew 4.1 percent in February compared with a year earlier, led by growth in sales of cars made by foreign-owned manufacturers....
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Faurecia N.A. boss Heneka to retire March 1; Stidham named new president

3:12 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2015

Mike Heneka, who led an immense expansion effort in the US as president of Faurecia North America, will retire on March 1, the seating and emissions systems supplier said today....
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Bollore wins backing for EV charging network

Feb. 6, 2015 13:45 CET

Bollore will invest 150 million euros ($172 million) to roll out a charging network across France after winning government approval for the plan. The company said it will install 16,000 new semi-fast chargers in the next four years....
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France offers up to 10,000 euros to encourage diesel drivers to switch to electric cars

Feb. 5, 2015 12:01 CET

France will gradually align taxes on diesel and gasoline and offer a bonus of up to 10,000 euros ($11,422) to consumers who buy an electric car to replace an old diesel vehicle....
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French car sales rise 6% in Jan. as foreign brands gain

Feb. 2, 2015 10:42 CET

French car sales rose 6 percent in January, halting a three-month decline. Volkswagen, BMW, Toyota and Nissan outperformed domestic carmakers Renault and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen....
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BLOG: Jeep uses Paris boat show to gain traction

6:34 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015

Jeep hopes its role as a marketing partner at the Nautic in Paris, one of Europe's biggest boat shows, will help it get a leg up in the fast-growing small SUV market. The U.S. off-road brand says it is considering partnering with the event this year after gaining “positive feedback” at last year's show in December....
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Vandalized Toyotas stall car-sharing program in France

Jan. 11, 2015 06:01 CET

Toyota's electric car-sharing experiment in Grenoble, France, hit problems after several of the carmaker's i-Road vehicles were vandalized. The difficult start illustrates some of the challenges automakers face as they enter the electric-car market, where local support for infrastructure is key....
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Renault, PSA halt production as France falls silent for terror victims

Jan. 8, 2015 20:51 CET

Renault and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen stopped production lines during a nationwide minute's silence in remembrance of the victims of a terror attack on a Paris-based newspaper....
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