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This Ferrari F12 Takes The Whole ‘Tour De France’ Thing Very Seriously 17
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Ferrari, Ferrari F12berlinetta, France on 12 17th, 2017


Ferrari has been known to name its cars after places: FioranoMaranelloModena, Portofino…. Rarely does it draws its nameplate from a location outside of Italy, but that’s what it did with the F12 TdF. And this particular example evidently takes that theme very seriously.

Borrowing its handle from the Tour de France and the classic 250 named after it, the F12 TdF was the ultimate version of the twelve-cylinder supercar – taken to the extreme with 769 horsepower and a sub-3-second 0-62 time.

Ferrari only made 799 examples of the F12 TdF, resulting in values far above those of the “standard” F12 Berlinetta and the 812 Superfast that followed. This one was ordered in light blue with French racing stripes, hand-painted Scuderia shields on the fenders, and over $110,000 in optional extras.

Consigned to RM Sotheby’s for its upcoming sale in Arizona, Chassis No. ZFF81BFAXH0224563 is valued at around $1.3 million – and we won’t be at all surprised to see it sell for at least that much when the gavel drops at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix little over a month from now.

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Mercedes Is Going To Start Designing Its Cars In The South Of France 17
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in France, mercedes on 12 17th, 2017


Mercedes-Benz operates a number of design studios not only at its headquarters in Stuttgart, but in locations around the world. And now it’s adding one more.

The German automaker’s new Advanced Design Centre is opening in the new year on the Côte d’Azur in the South of France.

The cylindrical structure will serve as the workplace for some 50 designers focusing not only on interior and exterior styling, but on user experience and user interface design as well.

“At our new location, we will act like seismographs, tracking the trends and requirements between the digital and analogue worlds and integrating them in our automobiles in an interconnected way,” said Daimler’s chief designer Gorden Wagener. “The new Centre will be a perfect enabler of interdisciplinary cooperation between all design disciplines and will be unique in the sector.”

The facility sits in what’s described as “France’s Silicon Valley,” the Sophia Antipolis Science and Technology Park near Antibes. Some 36,300 employees already work at the location, between 2,230 companies including Hewlett Packard, SAP, and Huawei.

The Côte d’Azur location is just the latest in an array of remote Mercedes studios at Lake Como in Italy, Beijing in China, and two in California (Carlsbad in the south and Sunnyvale in the north). Its establishment along the French Riviera, however, is something of a homecoming for the company that got its name when Emil “Monsieur Mercedes” Jellinek entered Daimlers in races around his home town of Nice.

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New Alpine A110 To Cost Between €55,000 And €60,000 In France 15
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Alpine, Alpine A110, France, new cars, prices, Reports on 12 15th, 2017


All 1,955 units of the Alpine A110 Premiere Edition have been spoken for, but as the delivery date for the regular models is fast approaching, the French car marque has revealed their price.

Estimated to cost between €55,000 and €60,000 ($64,962-$70,867) in its homeland, tax included, it can already be reserved on Android and iOS smartphones and tablests, using the official ‘Automobiles Alpine’ app, found here and here.

For what it’s worth, the Premiere Edition sold for €58,500 ($69,096), with extra features applied to the exterior and interior, alongside a special plaque that reminds users of its limited build number.

You may want to pay extra care when choosing some of the optional extras, though, because one of its main rivals, thebase  Porsche 718 Cayman, starts from €55,040 ($65,009), whereas the ‘S’ guise comes from €67,790 ($80,068).

The Alpine A110 will be available in 12 European countries at first, including Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and UK. Its availability will eventually expand to other markets throughout 2018, and it will include Japan as well.

No matter where they live, customers will have to settle for the mid-mounted 1.8-liter four-cylinder turbocharged, which is the sole choice. Shared with the new Renault Megane RS, it delivers 252PS (248hp) and 320Nm (236lb-ft) of torque, thus allowing the French berlinette to reach 100km/h (62mph) in 4.5sec, from a standstill, before tapping out at 250km/h (155mph).

Note: Alpine A110 Premiere Edition pictured

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Renault Zoe Star Wars Edition Is French For The Millennium Falcon 14
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Electric Vehicles, France, Movie Cars, renault, Renault Zoe on 12 14th, 2017


If the idea of an entirely electric vehicle still seems like science fiction to you, wait ’till you get a look at this.

It’s the new Renault Zoe Star Wars edition, and it takes the little French EV to a galaxy far, far away.

Stemming out of the same partnership that yielded all those Nissan show cars in LA, this special-edition Zoe is being released in the spring to coincide with the debut of the forthcoming Han Solo movie.

It features special decals patterned after the Millennium Falcon on the hood, roof, and tailgate. There’s special badges as well, and the inside features special purple trim on the dashboard, air vents, speakers, gearshift, and floor mats.

The special edition is based on the Intens trim and comes standard with Bose audio, in-car wi-fi, reversing camera, and 17-inch wheels. Buyers will be able to choose between two shades of white as well as grey or black.

Only 1,000 examples will be made available exclusively in France. Pre-reservations start tonight before the order books open in March and the new movie debuts in May.

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Renault Zoe Star Wars Edition Is French For The Millennium Falcon 14
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Electric Vehicles, France, Movie Cars, renault, Renault Zoe on 12 14th, 2017


If the idea of an entirely electric vehicle still seems like science fiction to you, wait ’till you get a look at this.

It’s the new Renault Zoe Star Wars edition, and it takes the little French EV to a galaxy far, far away.

Stemming out of the same partnership that yielded all those Nissan show cars in LA, this special-edition Zoe is being released in the spring to coincide with the debut of the forthcoming Han Solo movie.

It features special decals patterned after the Millennium Falcon on the hood, roof, and tailgate. There’s special badges as well, and the inside features special purple trim on the dashboard, air vents, speakers, gearshift, and floor mats.

The special edition is based on the Intens trim and comes standard with Bose audio, in-car wi-fi, reversing camera, and 17-inch wheels. Buyers will be able to choose between two shades of white as well as grey or black.

Only 1,000 examples will be made available exclusively in France. Pre-reservations start tonight before the order books open in March and the new movie debuts in May.

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French Government Sells $1.4 Billion Worth Of Renault Shares 7
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in France, nissan, renault, Reports on 11 7th, 2017


The French government has sold off a 4.7 per cent stake in Renault for 1.21 billion euros ($1.4 billion).

France had owned a 19.7 per cent stake in the local carmaker but this move reduces its stake to 15 per cent. In total, 14 million Renault shares have been sold, 1.4 million of which were purchased by the company and will be offered to employees.

French President Emmanuel Macron spearheaded the stake purchase in April 2015 as economy minister. Following his election as President, Marcon promised to reverse the move. It is hoped that doing so will ease tensions between the French government and Renault chief executive Carlos Ghosn.

The country increased its stake in Renault to secure double voting rights and to prevent Nissan from having a say in its alliance partner. Despite the sale of 4.7 per cent of its stake, France still remains Renault’s largest shareholder, slightly ahead of Nissan.

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Paris Seeking To Eliminate Diesel And Gasoline Vehicles By 2030 13
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in diesel, Electric Vehicles, France, Reports on 10 13th, 2017


The streets of Paris could get a lot quieter as Mayor Anne Hidalgo is calling for the city to eliminate diesel and gasoline vehicles by 2030.
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Mini Blackfriars Edition Brings The Spirit Of London To France 11
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in France, MINI, MINI Hatch, new cars on 10 11th, 2017


Mini is offering a new special edition model named after a district in London. Unfortunately, it's only available in France.
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France To Hit Supercars With Luxury Taxes 10
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in France, Reports on 10 10th, 2017


French President Emmanuel Macron is set to propose a tax which will affect supercars, luxury yachts, and precious metals.
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Renault Captur Gains Limited Iridium Edition But Only In France 21
Sep
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in France, new cars, prices, renault, Renault Captur on 09 21st, 2017


The new Renault Captur Iridium is the first limited edition model of the facelifted version that debuted at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, this spring.
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Sbarro’s Oddball Ferrari Tornado Concept Shows Up At Chantilly 16
Sep
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Chantilly, Ferrari, Ferrari 456, France on 09 16th, 2017


Even among Ferraris, some are more rare than others. Like this one that popped up at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance concours this past weekend in northern France.
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Ferrari 812 Superfast Kicks Off Its Tour de France In Cannes 14
Sep
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Ferrari, Ferrari 812 Superfast, France on 09 14th, 2017


Ferrari is in the midst of rolling out its new 812 Superfast in markets around the world. The latest is France, where the new front-engined V12 supercar made its national debut – in yellow, no less – at the glamorous Mediterranean coastal city of Cannes.
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French Manufacturer Bringing Its Autonomous Shuttles To North America 23
Jul
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Electric Vehicles, France, Reports on 07 23rd, 2017


A French manufacturer of all-electric shuttles is planning to open its first North American production facility in Michigan.
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President Macron Gets A New Peugeot 5008 For Bastille Day 14
Jul
Posted by Carscoops Staff in France, PEUGEOT, Peugeot 5008 on 07 14th, 2017


Earlier this month, both Canada and the United States celebrated their respective independence days. Now it’s France’s turn.
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France Will Ban The Sale Of Petrol And Diesel Vehicles By 2040 6
Jul
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, France, Hybrids, Reports on 07 6th, 2017


France's environmental minister, Nicolas Hulot, has announced the country will ban the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040.
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