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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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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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