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France reshapes automotive scrappage program

30 Jul 2020 | Calum MacRae

Earlier this week, France's environment ministry announced subtle changes to scrappage program it implemented in June.


PSA in good shape for merger with FCA

29 Jul 2020 | Dave Leggett

PSA Group has posted a positive profit result for the first half of the year despite the heavy impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and much reduced revenue.


Tesla who? Renault Zoe becomes Europe's best selling EV

23 Jul 2020 | Glenn Brooks

Last year, Renault gave the Zoe - then six years old - a minor exterior makeover. More importantly, the interior was completely revamped and a bigger battery plus more powerful motor became available. These changes have greatly improved what was already one of the most appealing EVs available in the European region. Now, as a result of lavish government incentive programmes, sales are surging.


Value and future prospects drive Volkswagen interest in Europcar

25 Jun 2020 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen Group is said to be interested in acquiring French car rental firm Europcar. Why would VW be interested in such a buy? The answer lies in a mixture of the timing of the opportunity and an eye on long-term industrial trends.


Groupe PSA future models - Citroen and DS

17 Jun 2020 | Glenn Brooks

Groupe PSA sees Citroën as a mere brand and one which must not challenge Peugeot. The lion logo marque is in turn supposed to be near-luxury in the style of how Volkswagen is perceived in most parts of the world. The double chevron symbol make is also sub-DS, a name still battling to gain any traction outside France six years since it was invented.


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PSA's Free2Move can start to court new outside investors

6 Aug 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Free2Move, the car rental and car-sharing business developed by PSA Group, now has the capacity to start to court new outside investors, its chief executive Brigitte Courtehoux has said.


Michelin posts first-half net income loss of EUR137m

30 Jul 2020 | Simon Warburton

Michelin has reported a first-half net income loss of EUR137m (US$161m) and a 20.6% contraction in sales.


Renault records first-half net income loss of EUR7.4bn

30 Jul 2020 | Simon Warburton

Renault has posted a first-half net income loss of EUR7.39bn (US$8.69bn), with the result "heavily impacted" by Nissan's negative contribution of -EUR4.8bn.


PSA's Free2Move becomes full-fledged company

30 Jul 2020 | Graeme Roberts

PSA has set up Free2Move as a standalone company.


PSA introduces new EV platform

29 Jul 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Between this year and 2025, PSA Group will move gradually from two multi-energy platforms to two 100% electrified platforms to support e-mobility development.


Gilles Vidal to join Renault Design team

29 Jul 2020 | Simon Warburton

Renault says Gilles Vidal is to join the Group's Design team, starting in November, 2020.


PSA remains profitable in first half 2020 despite COVID-19

28 Jul 2020 | Dave Leggett

PSA Group has posted a positive profit result for the first half of the year despite the heavy impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and much reduced revenue.


Faurecia records H1 operating loss of EUR114m

28 Jul 2020 | Simon Warburton

Faurecia has posted a half-year operating income loss of EUR114m (US$134m), including EUR20m of COVID-19-related one-offs, while sales fell from EUR8.97bn to EUR6.17bn


Renault appoints Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos to Group Design

28 Jul 2020 | Simon Warburton

Renault has appointed Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos to its Group's Design team starting 1 October, 2020.


Valeo posts H1 loss of EUR1.22bn

22 Jul 2020 | Simon Warburton

Valeo has reported a first-half net attributable loss of EUR1.22bn (US$1.41bn), which includes EUR622m in non-recurring items.



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