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Paris motor show world debuts list - 300hp RenaultSport Megane Trophy

19 Jul 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The public world premiere of the Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy will take place at the Paris Mondial de l'Automobile.


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.


Groupe PSA future models analysis - DS Automobiles

19 Jun 2018 | Mike Vousden

This chapter of our analysis series of the divisions of Groupe PSA covers DS Automobiles. It is the third of four features and follows examinations of the future models strategy of Peugeot and Citroën.


Groupe PSA future models analysis - Citroen

15 Jun 2018 | Glenn Brooks

In this second chapter of a series concerning Groupe PSA's divisions, the spotlight turns on Citroën. Unlike Peugeot, which was recently examined, this famous make remains distressed. Sales continue to fall in France even though new models have been steadily flowing during the last 12 months. The picture is equally concerning in many other countries, including China.


Groupe PSA future models analysis - Peugeot

12 Jun 2018 | Glenn Brooks

After some especially trying years, the brand with the lion logo has clawed its way back. As so often happens when a company slows or stops spending on new vehicles to preserve cash, things get a lot worse. Now though, the much admired 3008 and 5008 are not only selling up a storm across Europe but have even become the combined number one in France - almost unthinkable for a market where small cars have for decades been the best sellers.


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Faurecia records H1 net profit up 10% to EUR342m

20 Jul 2018 | Simon Warburton

Faurecia has posted first-half net income up 10% to EUR342m (US$399m), while sales also grew by double digits in the second quarter and first six months.


Pure EVs "final destination" for industry - Renault

19 Jul 2018 | Simon Warburton

Renault says pure EV vehicles will represent the "final destination" of the automotive industry as the sector continues to power ahead at around 50% per year growth of the market, although the manufacturer cautions on price.


Renault H1 sales up 9.8% driven by emerging markets

16 Jul 2018 | Dave Leggett

Groupe Renault sales volumes were up 9.8% in the first-half helped by the inclusion of the two brands Jinbei and Huasong (over 85,000 units combined). On a like-for-like basis Groupe Renault sales increased 5.3% in a global market up 4.2%.


PSA sets H1 record with global sales up 38% to 2.2m vehicles

12 Jul 2018 | Simon Warburton

PSA has established a record for the first-half of 2018, selling 2,181,800 vehicles, up 38% compared to this time last year. The total was boosted by the inclusion of Opel/Vauxhall sales numbers in this year's first-half figures (the acquisition took place last summer).


PSA and Inria establish AI OpenLab

10 Jul 2018 | Simon Warburton

PSA and Inria are creating OpenLab dedicated to artificial intelligence with areas studied including autonomous and intelligent vehicles, mobility services, manufacturing, design development tools, design and digital marketing as well as quality and finance.


Faurecia finalises proposal to acquire Parrot Automotive

9 Jul 2018 | Dave Leggett

Faurecia and Parrot have finalised a proposal concerning the take-over of 100% of Parrot Automotive by Faurecia, ahead of schedule.


FEAL - Faurecia and Valeo outline future thinking

5 Jul 2018 | Simon Warburton

Faurecia says it is developing its ‘Life on Board’ strategy as it looks to capitalise on the move to autonomous driving.


Renault outlines Level 2 to Level 4 autonomous thinking

4 Jul 2018 | Simon Warburton

Renault says the leap between autonomous driving levels is vast as the automaker wrestles with how to marry human activities with machine understanding.


PSA recognises 16 suppliers with awards

4 Jul 2018 | Simon Warburton

PSA has recognised 16 suppliers for their contribution to its Push to Pass and Pace initiatives, while also awarding 16 component factories, 'Best Plant of the Year.'


Renault and Paris team for electric mobility

4 Jul 2018 | Simon Warburton

Renault and the City of Paris are to gradually roll out a commercial offer of electric mobility for Parisians, Ile-de-France residents and visitors, starting in September this year.



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