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PSA will invest 150 million euros in French plant

Dec. 11, 2014 12:05 CET
PSA has agreed to invest 150 million euros ($187 million) over the next three years to add models such as upscale compact car at its plant in Poissy, France, unions said....
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BRUCE GAIN

France is hurting its domestic automakers with diesel policy shift

5:55 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014
For environmental and public health reasons France is ending a government policy that has long promoted the purchase of diesel cars, but the move will hurt domestic automakers Renault and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen....
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Renault, PSA criticize France's about-face on diesels

Dec. 2, 2014 12:23 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and Renault have criticized the French government's plans to end its diesel-friendly policy for new cars. PSA/Peugeot-Citroen said the policy change will hurt its competitiveness against German rivals....
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French car sales fall 2% in Nov. on dim market outlook

Dec. 1, 2014 11:13 CET
French car registrations fell 2 percent in November amid a continued weakening of consumer confidence. Demand will remain weak next year, industry association CCFA said....
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France will rank cars for pollution, seek diesel phase out

Dec. 1, 2014 10:02 CET
France wants to gradually phase out the use of diesel fuel for passenger cars and will put in place a system to identify the most polluting vehicles, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said....
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French sales dip 4% on economic gloom

Nov. 3, 2014 10:44 CET
French car sales fell 4 percent in October as consumers put off big purchases amid weakening economic confidence. The CCFA industry body says it will review its 2 percent full-year growth forecast....
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Toyota tests car-sharing in French city

Oct. 16, 2014 10:08 CET
Toyota has launched its first car-sharing service outside Japan in the French city of Grenobles. Consumers can hire EVs using a smart phone app in a scheme that may be expanded to other cities after a three-year trial....
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Renault stake sale not a priority for French gov't

Oct. 16, 2014 11:12 CET
The French government has no plans to sell its 15 percent stake in Renault, Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said. The government is selling off assets as part of a privatization drive....
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Renault design boss aims to 'seduce' buyers with French flair

Oct. 14, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault design boss Laurens van den Acker wants the brand's cars to "seduce" customers with their French styling. The styling chief explained his strategy in an interview with Automotive News Europe....
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ANALYSIS

UK's foreign-owned auto industry rebounds to top French production

Oct. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Britain last year produced more cars than France for the first time in decades, mostly for foreign-owned automakers including BMW, Nissan and Tata Motors....
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British automakers, in foreign hands, overtake France

11:36 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11, 2014
Britain last year produced more cars than France for the first time in decades. And in a dramatic turnabout, the value of British car exports has doubled in the past 10 year....
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Germany joins France, Italy in reporting car-sales rebound in September

Oct. 3, 2014 11:23 CET
Germany joined France and Italy in reporting a rebound in new-car registrations last month after poor results in August. Sales in Germany rose 5 percent in September helping to lift nine-month registrations by 3 percent....
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Tavares brings PSA back in the race

5:56 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
PSA CEO Carlos Tavares is already achieving positive results with his turnaround plan at the money-losing automaker. So much so, that one analyst believes the operating targets Tavares has set for the automaker to hit by 2018 are way too conservative....
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PSA leads 6% gain in French car sales in September

Oct. 1, 2014 10:56 CET
PSA led a 6 percent gain in French car sales last month as registrations at the automaker jumped 17 percent. Sales were also boosted by an extra selling day, the CCFA industry association said....
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Renault recalls Clio, Kangoo on brake problems

Sept. 25, 2014 11:04 CET
Renault has recalled about 402,000 units of its top-selling Clio subcompact and 64,000 Kangoo vans because of brake problems. The Renault-built Mercedes Citan also has been affected, resulting in the second recall for the van since May 2013....
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Peugeot heirs return to making pepper grinders after losing car legacy

Sept. 12, 2014 15:41 CET
The heirs of PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's founder are returning to the business of making pepper grinders -- among the first of the family's 19th century industrial activities -- in their latest move to diversify away from auto manufacturing....
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Renault will build Bollore's electric Bluecars

Sept. 9, 2014 09:51 CET
Renault signed a partnership deal to build electric cars for French billionaire Vincent Bollore's car-share programs. The companies will also carry out a feasibility study for Renault to make a new three-seat EV to be sold to consumers, companies and municipalities....
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German, French and Italian car sales fall in August

Sept. 2, 2014 11:25 CET
New-car sales in Germany, France and Italy all fell slightly in August, a seasonally weak vacation month, while Spain's subsidy-led recovery continued....
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French car sales drop 3% on weak August demand

Sept. 1, 2014 10:45 CET
French car sales fell 3 percent last month, led by an 11 percent drop at Renault. PSA sales fell in line with the market, while VW deliveries rose 11 percent, boosted by gains at Skoda....
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Strong UK car sales in July part of improving European trend

Aug. 6, 2014 12:33 CET
New-car sales in the UK rose by 7 percent in July, as the country's credit-backed growth continued. The increase follows volume growth last month in Germany, Italy and Spain....
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Renault, PSA lose ground as French July car sales fall

Aug. 1, 2014 11:31 CET
French car sales fell 4 percent in July as economic problems weighed on demand, the country's CCFA industry body said....
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Renault will build Fiat Scudo successor

Aug. 1, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault will build Fiat's replacement for its Scudo commercial van starting in 2016, taking over production of the model from PSA/Peugeot-Citroen. The Scudo successor will be based on the Renault Trafic....
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Valeo raises 2014 profit forecast

July 25, 2014 06:01 CET
French car parts supplier Valeo has raised its full-year earnings forecast following a 21 percent rise in first-half profit, due mainly to overseas expansion and increased demand for fuel-saving technologies....
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German car market slows as France, Spain, Italy continue recovery

July 1, 2014 15:43 CET
French, Spanish and Italian car sales rose in June while the German market slowed down, held back by fewer working days as the European market rebound remained intact....
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PSA seeks 500 job cuts at French plant

June 25, 2014 16:27 CET
PSA will offer workers at its plant in Rennes, France, early retirement benefits to reduce headcount at the site by about 10 percent. PSA builds the Peugeot 508 and Citroen C5 in Rennes....
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