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Management briefing - 2018 Paris motor show preview

24 Sep 2018 | Glenn Brooks

It's going to be an unusual bienniel Paris Mondial de l'Automobile. European markets appear to be strong yet there is anxiety in the air due to worries about a correction in 2019. Not to mention some big names still waiting in line for their models to be checked for compliance with WLTP rules. Volkswagen, which is the worst affected, has also decided to sit out the Paris show.

Paris motor show world debuts list - Peugeot e-Legend concept

20 Sep 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Peugeot will be returning to the past at the Paris motor show but with a twist: the e-Legend concept looks like a new take on the 504 Coupé but is autonomous, electric and has four-wheel drive.

Interview - ex-Renault CEO Louis Schweitzer

31 Jul 2018 | Simon Warburton

Among a long list of French industrialists treading a familiar path through Paris' elite business universities, is Louis Schweitzer, whose storied and glittering career takes in a breathtaking canter through the rarefied air of the country's very top jobs. Simon Warburton spoke to him on the fringes of the recent Forum on the European Automotive Industry (FEAL) in Lille.

Leadership succession and the Renault-Nissan Alliance - COMMENT

26 Jul 2018 | Dave Leggett

The Renault-Nissan Alliance (Mitsubishi Motors was added in 2016) has been quite a success story. In an industry driven by the manufacturing economics of scale, companies coming together have shown mixed results.

PLANT FOCUS - Alpine's Dieppe sportscar factory

11 Jul 2018 | Graeme Roberts

The question comes to mind - why is Societe des Automobiles Alpine SAS in Dieppe, northern France, a straight shot across La Manche (the English Channel) and a popular ferry ride from Newhaven for thousands of holidaymakers? Turns out the town, where memorials to an unsuccessful 1942 Allied raid on Hitler's Fortress Europe abound, was home to one Jean Redele, a Dieppe garage proprietor who enjoyed motorsport success with the Renault 4CV and founded Alpine in 1955.

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Renault plans Europe's 'biggest energy stationary storage system'

26 Sep 2018 | Dave Leggett

Renault is announcing the launch of its "Advanced Battery Storage" program, which aims to build the biggest 'energy stationary storage system' using EV batteries designed in Europe by 2020.

Renault develops EV battery stationary storage

25 Sep 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Renault group has launched of Advanced Battery Storage, a stationary storage system for energy developed exclusively from new and recycled EV batteries.

Citroen names new head of design

25 Sep 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Former BMW, Kia and Great Wall designer Pierre Leclercq has been named head of design for the Citroen brand from 1 November.

Sogefi wins coolant module contract from German electric sports car manufacturer

24 Sep 2018 | Dave Leggett

Sogefi says its coolant module has been chosen for a new full-electric sports car from a German car manufacturer.

Peugeot launches new petrol PHEV powertrains

24 Sep 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Peugeot has switched from diesel and announced the launch of a new plug-in hybrid petrol engine range destined for the 3008 SUV and redesigned 508 and 508 SW (wagon).

Ford French transmission plant sale may be agreed in October

21 Sep 2018 | Graeme Roberts

A deal to sell a Ford gearbox plant in France is inching forward and may be concluded next month.

Renault promotes EV car sharing and energy saving on French island

21 Sep 2018 | Graeme Roberts

The Renault group, Morbihan Energie, Les Cars Bleus and Enedis have joined together to develop FlexMobile to manage energy on the French island of Belle-Ile-en-Mer, off the coast of southern Brittany.

PSA promises EV version of every new model

20 Sep 2018 | Graeme Roberts

PSA - the maker of Peugeot, Citroen, DS, Vauxhall and Opel brands - has reiterated its EV plans, promising an electrified version of every new model.

PSA trials Sochaux autonomous technology

19 Sep 2018 | Simon Warburton

PSA’s Sochaux plant is trialling automated technology on a portion of its logistics platform, with the TractEasy autonomous industrial tow tractor able to navigate the plant environment without human intervention.

Valeo and Wabco ink CV/pedestrian safety MoU

19 Sep 2018 | Simon Warburton

Valeo and Wabco have signed an MoU to bring active safety technology to the commercial vehicle market to protect pedestrians and cyclists in city traffic as well as enable autonomous driving features.

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