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10Future of EV battery production shines bright in France

France's plug-in vehicle market remains firmly in its infancy, but when it comes to making the batteries that power those cars, the country's prospects are tres grande, according to at least one report. The home of Renault has an electric-vehicle battery industry whose market value will surge to $7.2 billion in 2020 from $380 million last year, marking a compound growth rate of more than 44 percent a year, Hybrid Cars says, citing a study from Research and Markets. In fact, by the end of the dec

AddCiting "public health," French minister calls for higher diesel taxes

France's environment minister says diesel fuel, which powers about 80 percent of the country's light-duty vehicles, should be taxed at higher levels for the sake of public health, Bloomberg News reports.

212012 plug-in vehicle sales top 5,000 units in France

Proud to be an American? Perhaps not so much if you're an electric vehicle advocate comparing our new EV sales to those of France (and try to forget Norway).

65Scion targeting heavy metal, headbanger demographic

Marketing to younger buyers can be a funny thing. Sometimes, the more you try to sell Generation XYZPDQ on a car, the more it ensures you will sell to older buyers looking to feel young again. Scion has been toying with this concept ever since it was founded in 2002. The Toyota offshoot's latest target? The heavy metal enthusiast scene.

13French government announces plans to order 50,000 electric vehicles, offers incentives to buyers

Several countries have already announced major plans to put electric vehicles on the road soon. Most of the deals we've heard about start with the government agreeing to buy (X) amount of electric vehicles (EVs) as a sign of support and belief in the battery-powered technology. Then some incentives are rolled out to sweeten the deal for potential buyers, followed by talk of an infrastructure to support the charging needs of the EV. Well, France is certainly following the plan, but has taken it t

22Lumeneo Smera, new French electric car, on sale for 24,500 euros

Lomeneo Smera - click above for high-res image gallery

6Renault says electric cars won't happen without government help

click above image for a high-resolution gallery of the Renault Z.E. concept

12Stress reliever: Peugeot/Citroen adopts new plans to prevent suicide

With six employee suicides in the past 18 months, PSA/Peugeot-Citroen thinks it may have a stress problem. While experts have found no direct link between the suicides and work stress, one in five PSA employees has reported feeling extreme pressure at work, and many feel that there isn't enough time in the day to get their work done.

9Volvo found guilty of manslaughter, fined

Two children tragically lost their lives when French driver Catherine Kohtz lost control of her Volvo 850. The 1999 incident, which Kohtz blamed on a loss of braking ability in her Volvo, has led to French courts handing down a finding of manslaughter. The guilty verdict against Volvo also carries an €200,000 fine, though Volvo holds that there wasn't anything wrong with the car's braking system and will likely appeal. Driver Kohtz was fined €300 and also sentenced to a six-month jail

AddVideo: Jeremy Clarkson reviews G-Wiz

Below the fold is a video of Jeremy Clarkson, of the TV show Top Gear, reviewing the all electric G-Wiz. The review of the G-Wiz starts at 2 minutes 45 seconds after Jeremy makes fun of French sport cars. Highlights from the review of the G-Wiz include a race between the G-Wiz and a table, which ends very much like Top Gear's race between Jason and the Th!nk electric car.

8France set to invade Germany

Renault and Citroen are winding up to launch a frontal assault on the German car market. Germany is Europe's largest automotive market, filled with über-drivers that demand cars that set the performance and luxury standard for the rest of Europe, and arguably the world. The French automakers want a larger piece of the German market, as well as further global expansion, too. Renault is bringing the fight to Germany with their new Laguna. The Laguna was designed specifically to appeal to the

6Citroen 2CV ala Picasso

The Citroen 2CV is already a unique-looking car, with Citroen's distinct mid-century-modern style and flair. The French auto could be considered the opening salvo in a styling onslaught that led to such heights of style as the DS. A regular 2CV could be considered a piece of art, and Andy Saunders saw his French runabout as a canvas for further experimentation. Inspired by Pablo Picasso, pieces of the CV were sliced, diced, moved hither and yon, and repainted to mimic the artist's 1937 portrait

9It must be fast, look at all the stickers

From the too much time on his hands file, we bring you this unfortunately customized Renault Clio. The owner of this little French runabout has a serious sticker fetish, and a hankering for knicknacks, too. This car is just bristling with stuff and we're surpised that it passes any kind of safety inspection. The outside is covered in more logos than a race car with actual sponsors, and looking underhood reveals zip-tie mania. There's either a small nuclear plant providing electricity, or lots of

10eBay Find of the Day: 1988 Citro´┐Żn CX

We wonder if this thing tells you "Now go away, or I shall taunt you a second time!" whenever you shut it off. Hilarity aside, this long-wheelbase CX Prestige looks like it's made out of the same material that fashioned Darth Vader's mask. Maybe the hydro-pneumatic suspension even makes the same kinds of breathy noises. Probably not, as the seller claims the spheres are in good shape. Citroëns are pretty rare in the US, and the CX's are funk-tastic executive expresses.

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