France

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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PSA will move out of Paris headquarters

Jan. 7, 2015 14:26 CET

PSA will move out of its Paris headquarters in 2017 to a location in the city's suburbs as part of a cost-cutting drive under its new part-Chinese ownership structure....
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Car sales slump in France in December, but rise in Spain and Italy

Jan. 4, 2015 10:53 CET

France's floundering economy pushed car sales 7 percent lower in December, while Spanish sales jumped by 21 percent, helped by a subsidy scheme. Sales rose 2 percent in Italy....
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Faurecia vows to appeal $2.4M fine for market breaches

12:47 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 23, 2014

French auto parts maker Faurecia said today it would appeal against a 2 million euro ($2.44 million) fine imposed by the country's AMF stock market regulator for alleged selective disclosure of financial information to stock analysts in 2012....
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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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BLOG: 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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BLOG: 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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