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Renault will invest $1.2B in French EV production

June 14, 2018 16:05 CET
Renault will invest more than 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) to increase EV production capacity in France and add new models.

Car-sharing service Autolib under political pressure in Paris

June 12, 2018 15:04 CET
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.

MAY SALES

French May sales flat despite strong gains by Jeep, Hyundai, Skoda

June 1, 2018 11:40 CET
French new-car registrations rose 0.2 percent in May, with Jeep, Hyundai, Skoda, DS and Dacia recording strong gains following the launch of new SUVs and crossovers.

PSA's decision to move Opel Grandland X production angers French unions

May 30, 2018 16:11 CET
PSA's decision to move production of the Opel Grandland X from France to Germany has angered French workers' representatives.

France pledges strategic contract with automakers, suppliers in EV push

May 24, 2018 13:50 CET
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.

Mercedes will build compact EV at Smart factory in France

May 18, 2018 14:13 CET
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.

Nissan seeking better terms in Renault merger talks, report says

6:44 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2018
As Nissan and Renault discuss ways -- including a possible merger -- to strengthen their ties, Nissan is resisting a combination unless the company gains more clout in key areas, Bloomberg reported.

APRIL SALES

Hyundai, Fiat, Dacia gain as French sales rise 9%

May 2, 2018 12:34 CET
French registrations rose 9 percent in April, led by strong gains at Dacia, Hyundai, Kia, Fiat and DS.

Ride-hailing, car-sharing apps thrive during French rail strike

April 5, 2018 11:30 CET
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.

MARCH SALES

Volvo, Seat show strong gains as French sales rise 2%

April 3, 2018 11:35 CET
French new-car sales increased 2.2 percent in March with Volvo, Seat, Kia and Hyundai recording strong gains from SUVs and crossovers.

Ghosn seeks Renault-Nissan deal for when 'mere mortal' steps in

6:09 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2018
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.

Germany could offer concessions to stop U.S. tariffs on steel, aluminum

7:40 am U.S. ET | March 27, 2018
Germany is willing to offer the U.S. concessions in order to stop President Donald Trump from imposing tariffs on European steel and aluminum.

Renault said to shift more Clio production to Turkey

March 16, 2018 18:00 CET
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.

NEWS ANALYSIS

Nissan, flush with cash, may get chance to weaken France's grip on Renault partnership

11:08 am U.S. ET | March 8, 2018
After years of opposing France's influence on its partnership with Renault, Nissan may have a chance to deepen ties with its French counterpart if the government agrees to sell its 15 percent stake.

Renault-Nissan cross-shareholding ratio will remain the same, Nissan says

March 8, 2018 09:25 CET
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.

Nissan in talks to buy France's Renault stake in merger prelude, report says

12:35 pm U.S. ET | March 7, 2018
Renault and alliance partner Nissan are discussing plans for a closer tie-up in which the Japanese carmaker would acquire the bulk of the French state's 15 percent Renault holding, Reuters reported.

France looks to help industry adapt to diesel decline

Feb. 27, 2018 12:10 CET
France's finance minister will meet with industry leaders in early April to discuss ways to save 12,000 diesel-related jobs after diesel-car sales plunged across Europe.

2018 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Lexus readies BMW X1 rival

Feb. 14, 2018 06:01 CET
Lexus said it will not build its planned BMW X1 competitor in France. The production version of Lexus' compact premium SUV is expected to debut at the Geneva auto show.

MONTHLY SALES

France sales increase nearly 3% in January

Feb. 1, 2018 14:37 CET
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.

Toyota will build new model at French plant, paper says

Jan. 19, 2018 17:45 CET
Toyota will announce a second model for its factory in Valenciennes, France, on Monday, a paper said. Toyota builds the Yaris at the plant.

PSA wins union backing for 1,300 domestic job cuts

Jan. 19, 2018 14:54 CET
PSA said it has won the backing of several unions for plans to eliminate 1,300 jobs using a new form of voluntary cuts introduced by President Emmanuel Macron.

Bosch to meet French gov't over diesel injectors plant

Jan. 19, 2018 11:51 CET
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 plans 1,300 French job cuts under new law, union says

Jan. 9, 2018 11:58 CET
PSA plans to eliminate 1,300 French jobs using a new form of voluntary cuts introduced by President Emmanuel Macron, an official for the CFTC union said.

PSA expands van production at French factory

Jan. 5, 2018 13:38 CET
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 2017 sales rise nearly 5% but diesel share falls below 50%

Jan. 2, 2018 11:25 CET
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.

 
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