PARIS – France’s recently instituted bonus-malus system of taxing gas hogs to subsidize the purchase of fuel sippers is driving the market to smaller cars, says Jerome Perrin, Renault SA’s director of advanced environmental projects, but the change for the auto industry started earlier. A cascade of climate-change news followed the documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore in 2006, for which he subsequently won the Nobel Peace Prize. Then late last year, ...

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