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Crisis-hit French dealership offers €1 car

With sales slumping due to the economic crisis, one French car dealership has used its imagination, offering a brand new car for just one euro, it emerged on Thursday. As always, however, there are some terms and conditions…

Crisis-hit French dealership offers €1 car
A crisis-hit dealership in the southern French city of Nîmes is offering a new Hyundai Hyundai I10 for just €1. File photo: Emilio Labrador

The auto dealer in the southern city of Nîmes has taken drastic measures to give his business a badly-needed boost.

The Mourier dealership on rue John Macadam is offering customers a brand new Hyundai I10, list price €10,120, for the staggering price of just one euro.

As might be expected, however, there are a couple of terms and conditions attached to the promotion,

The special deal is limited to anyone first investing in a Hyundai iX35 diesel SUV, priced at €29,618, and willing to trade in a vehicle more than eight years old.

Beyond that, though, there’s nothing sneaky about it, according to Philippe Adment, head of marketing.

“The second vehicle really does cost €1, and no more. There’s nothing hidden,” he told French television TF1 on Thursday.

“The client gets both cars with all the same services as any new vehicle: a five-year guarantee with assistance, updated GPS, the Hyundai customer agreement, and so on,” he added.

Anyone tempted by the offer, however, should move double quick, as there are only ten SUVs left at time of writing.

Sales of new cars have been particularly badly-hit by France’s continuing economic crisis in recent times.

Earlier in June, The Local reported how new car registrations had plummeted by 10.3 percent in May, compared to the same period in 2012.

To make matters worse for the French economy, the iconic Gallic brands Renault and Citroën suffered 16.5 and 14.5-percent drops in sales, respectively.

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France extends its winter sales as shops struggle with impact of 6pm curfew

France has extended its winter sales period by two weeks after a request from shops struggling with the loss of revenue due to the 6pm curfew.

France extends its winter sales as shops struggle with impact of 6pm curfew
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The winter sales – pushed from their original start date at the beginning of January – had been due to end on Tuesday, February 16th.

However the French finance ministry has announced the extension of the sales period until March 2nd.

The decision “compensates for the impact of the 6pm curfew by allowing customers to spread out their purchases” and comes after a request from retailers, such a spokesman.

Retailers have reported the sales have been much less busy than usual as customers opt to avoid crowded places.

Also impacting on stores is the closure, from January 31st, of shopping centres and department stores more than 20,000 square metres and the 6pm curfew, which has curtailed the usually busy evening shopping period.

Sales in France are strictly regulated and the summer and winter sales take place on dates set by the government.

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