William Diem

William
Diem
Correspondent,
WardsAuto

Based in France, Diem covers the European market.

Articles
Experts Share Visions of Autonomous Vehicles’ Future 
A panel of experts says the automation of both steering and adaptive cruise control is being achieved in cars such as the Mercedes S-Class. Fully autonomous urban cars could arrive as early as 2017 and as late as 2030.
JLR Business Gives Growing IAC Piece of Premium-Car Sector
At the supplier’s Halewood operations, production has gone from one shift with 80 workers in 2008 to three shifts and 500 employees, thanks in large part to hot sales of the Range Rover Evoque.
Valeo: Autonomous Vehicles to Keep Close Watch on Driver 
Future self-piloting cars will have to know whether the driver is ready – and in condition – to take back control, the French supplier says.
French Car Sales Slide 9.0% in June, Down 11.3% for First Half 
To end the year down 8% after the double-digit first-half loss, French consumers will need to buy 817,000 cars in the second half for an H2 decline of about 4%, compared with like-2012.
Ford to Teach Young Europeans Safe-Driving Skills
While young drivers make up 9% of the European population, those aged 18-24 account for 20% of the highway fatalities in the region. Some 76,000 people were killed on roadways between 2000 and 2009.
Auto Makers Mull Prospects of Fewer Cars in Future 
“There is a shift from car ownership to transportation services, integrated mobility, car-sharing, car-pooling and car-Web integration,” says advisor Peter Fuss of the Ernst & Young consultancy.
Analysts Say European LV Sales Near Bottom of Trough 
“Flat is the new up,” AlixPartners Stefano Aversa says. “The good news is that the decline will stop, but the bad news is that it will not get better anytime soon.”
Tesla Grows European Network Ahead of Model S Launch
Tesla’s expansion in Europe will be followed by its entry into Asian markets in the fall. CEO Elon Musk forecasts 21,000 worldwide Model S sales this year.
European Auto Analysts Foresee Only Modest Recovery 
Demographics, ownership trends and the age of the fleet all are working against a long-term European rebound, auto industry analyst Stuart Pearson says.
Biofuels Hit Political Snag, French Researchers Say
European Commission rules governing the source of biomass have damaged the profit outlook for early producers and chilled investment in second-generation biofuels that will make fuel from agricultural wastes.
PSA Spearheads Launch of Vibration Research Lab 
The laboratory is part of PSA’s Open Lab initiative designed to reduce the auto maker’s R&D costs while helping researchers move their ideas toward development.
Decline of Car Culture Under Scrutiny in France
Researcher Elisabeth Gouvernal says about 35% of 18- and 19-year-olds had drivers’ licenses in 1983, but in 2010 only 19% did. Of all segments of the population, only retirees are driving more now than earlier generations did.
French Car Sales Off in May, But Market Gaining Momentum 
PSA, the leading group in France, saw deliveries fall 8.2% in May compared with year-ago’s 15.4% drop. Volkswagen, Ford and BMW also suffered declines that were less than their like-2012 losses.
French Engineers Say 70% of EU Cars to Require Electrification by 2020 2
Mild hybrids use a small energy-storage system that can recover braking energy quickly and software that reuses it just as quickly to keep the internal-combustion engine working efficiently to meet Europe’s 95 g/km CO2 goal.
OECD Sees French, Spanish Car Industry Shrinking, Slow Growth in U.S., Canada
Only seven countries saw production above 80% capacity utilization last year, a commonly understood measure of good health: Indonesia, Japan, the U.S., Germany, Turkey, Mexico and Canada.
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