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New 7 Crossback - good enough to rebuild DS?

2 Feb 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Groupe PSA's three-year old attempt to create a premium division has been struggling. In China, PSA and its partner Changan recently had to recapitalise their JV after a collapse in sales. Now comes a reboot: the first properly new DS. Is the 7 Crossback good enough to tackle the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Volvo XC60?


ANALYSIS - New Renault Kadjar TCe 165

8 Jan 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The Kadjar, a big seller across Europe, has always had one major weakness in its powertrain choices. The 1.2-litre petrol engine has a great CO2 number but lacks the torque that people switching from diesel are used to. So, supporting the TCe 130, in comes a new 1.6-litre unit, the TCe 165.


ANALYSIS - Renault Twingo GT

28 Nov 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Is any manufacturer making money in Europe's A segment? Surprisingly, some probably are. The key to success is either selling old cars at aggressive prices or collaboration in R&D and manufacturing. Renault chose the latter route for the Twingo.


ANALYSIS - Peugeot 308 SW and GTI

17 Nov 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Has the long-awaited recovery of the Peugeot brand finally begun? Even if things remain terrible in China with a year-to-date collapse of 30 per cent in a rising market, October was a good month for the brand across Europe. The 3008 and 5008 are major factors in the improvement but so too is the updated 308 range.


PSA outlines global mobility strategy

15 Nov 2017 | Chris Wright

Newly enlarged Groupe PSA faces challenges on a number of fronts as it looks to integrate Opel and Vauxhall to its operations. Like other OEMs, it also needs a strategy for a rapidly changing urban mobility landscape. Chris Wright was in Paris to hear more.


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Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi join D-Alliance

24 Apr 2018 | Dave Leggett

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi has announced it is one of the partners of DiDi Auto Alliance (the D-Alliance), which was formed by DiDi Chuxing ('DiDi'), the top Chinese mobile transportation platform.


PSA posts Q1 revenue up 42% to EUR18.2% after Opel buy

24 Apr 2018 | Simon Warburton

PSA Group has recorded first quarter revenue up 42% to EUR18.2bn (US$22.2bn) following the acquisition of General Motors' Opel/Vauxhall (OV) last year.


Plastic Omnium Q1 auto revenue up 3% to EUR1.9bn

24 Apr 2018 | Simon Warburton

Plastic Omnium has posted first quarter automotive revenue of EUR1.86bn (US$2.3bn) up 3.1% at constant perimeter and exchange rates.


Groupe PSA and Huawei unveil connected vehicle platform

23 Apr 2018 | Dave Leggett

Groupe PSA says the DS 7 Crossback is the first Groupe PSA vehicle using the IoT platform named "Connected Vehicle Modular Platform" (CVMP) and equipped with Huawei technology for new connected services.


Faurecia posts underlying Q1 sales growth of 9.3%

20 Apr 2018 | Dave Leggett

Faurecia has posted sales growth of 9.3% - versus last year, at constant currencies - in the first quarter and said that all regions significantly outperformed overall automotive production growth.


Valeo and NTT Docomo to partner on new mobility services

13 Apr 2018 | Dave Leggett

NTT Docomo, Japan’s leading mobile operator, and Valeo have agreed on a partnership to jointly develop and offer next-generation connected-cars and mobility services.


PSA warns against Chinese 'Trojan Horse'

5 Apr 2018 | Graeme Roberts

A top European carmaker could be brought "to its knees" by carbon dioxide emissions fines, allowing a Chinese buyer to step in with its own electric vehicle technology, PSA Group's chief executive has said, according to a media report.


PSA creates EV business unit

5 Apr 2018 | Graeme Roberts

PSA Group has created a business unit (BU) dedicated to electric vehicles to, it said, "respond to the challenges of the energy transition and to build an efficient and coherent offering of electric mobility solutions".


Nissan, Renault, said to be talking full merger

29 Mar 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Renault and Nissan Motor are talking about merging, souces have told Bloomberg News.


Ford updates European Mustang

26 Mar 2018 | Chris Wright

It's what helps athletes with disabilities stay stable as they snowboard and ski -  and it is being used on the new Ford Mustang for improved handling, particularly on tight European roads.



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