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Peugeot 508 surprises with strong EU sales

9 Jul 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Only one of Europe's top five brands saw rising sales for the year to the end of May. As the new models keep coming, Peugeot has pulled away from Ford and closed the gap to Renault to fewer than 17,000 passenger vehicles. Now the new 508 SW is helping Peugeot to regain share in the D segment too.


ANALYSIS - Megane Renault Sport 280

3 Jul 2019 | Glenn Brooks

The depth of engineering excellence in Renault's Mégane R.S. derivatives prove that the basic car is deserving of a lot more success than it enjoys.


Groupe PSA future model plans - DS

19 Jun 2019 | Glenn Brooks

DS Automobiles remains a troubled division of Groupe PSA. Sales have slid to minimal levels in China and in May were only 4,192 for all of Europe. Things might be about to improve though, with the 7 Crossback starting to find relative favour in EU countries and deliveries of the 3 Crossback commencing. But what to do about China?


Groupe PSA future model plans - Citroën

18 Jun 2019 | Glenn Brooks

For a long time, Citroën was in trouble in many European markets. No longer. Its French market sales in particular are surging, which will come as a relief to parent firm Groupe PSA. In common with DS and Peugeot though, things are not so good in China.


Groupe PSA future model plans - Peugeot

12 Jun 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Thanks to the 208, 3008 and 2008 (in that order) Peugeot is holding on to a strong third position in its largest regional market behind Renault and Volkswagen. A new version of its best seller, revealed three months ago but not yet available, has strong looks and has generated a large bank of orders. In contrast to that good fortune in Europe, the picture in China is much darker, however.


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Renault records H1 volume falling 6.7% to 1.9m vehicles

16 Jul 2019 | Simon Warburton

Renault has posted first half volume down 6.7% with 1.9m vehicles sold, in a global market which fell 7.1%.


PSA H1 sales down 12.7% to 1.9m vehicles

15 Jul 2019 | Simon Warburton

PSA has posted first-half sales down 12.7% to 1.9m vehicles with China experiencing particular challenges in the face of falling demand.


PSA and Vinci Autoroutes team on autonomous tests

11 Jul 2019 | Simon Warburton

PSA and Vinici Autoroutes have tested new autonomous vehicle features in Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines, France, following the trial in 2017, which led to the crossing of a toll-gate in full autonomous mode for the first time.


Renault inks deal with global unions

11 Jul 2019 | Simon Warburton

Renault has inked a social dialogue agreement with ten trade union federations or labour bodies represented in the Group Works Council.


JLR OEM SIM data card deal expands in Europe

9 Jul 2019 | Graeme Roberts

A deal that puts SIM cards into Jaguar Land Rover models so owners can use mobile data services has been launched in six new European countries in the second phase of the project.


Renault Cléon 4.0 award from World Economic Forum

8 Jul 2019 | Simon Warburton

Renault has secured an 'Advanced Lighthouse' award from the World Economic Forum for Industry 4.0 implementation at its Cléon plant in the Seine-Maritime region of France.


Hutchinson creates JV with Hiroshima Kasei

8 Jul 2019 | Simon Warburton

Hutchinson has created a new joint venture with Hiroshima Kasei, located in Fukuyama, Japan.


Volvo Cars selects Capgemini on 'digital transformation'

4 Jul 2019 | Dave Leggett

Capgemini has announced a three-year Master Services Agreement with Geely-owned Volvo Cars to 'digitally transform its operating model and modernise its IT landscape.'


PSA names Dassault Systèmes as preferred digital partner

1 Jul 2019 | Simon Warburton

PSA has named Dassault Systèmes as its preferred digital partner deploying the 3Dexperience platform.


Faurecia starts France hydrogen centre

28 Jun 2019 | Simon Warburton

Faurecia is creating a global centre of expertise for hydrogen storage systems at its R&D facility in Bavans, France.



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