William Diem

William
Diem
Correspondent,
WardsAuto

Based in France, Diem covers the European market.

Articles
Domestic Brands Sustain French Car-Sales Recovery 
For the first half, the French market was up 2.9% but non-French brands languished in negative territory, down 4.5%.
Domestics Continue to Perform Well in May As French Market Recovers 
The overall market for passenger vehicles, at 148,573 units, basically was a wash in the month, up 0.1%, dragged down by the weak results posted by foreign brands.
French Sales Up in April; Domestics Lead Way Again 
French makes accounted for nearly all the country’s growth both in March and April, industry data shows.
European Auto Sales Running Well Ahead of Forecasts 
Registrations grew 10.6% in March and, although the increase came against prior-year’s low result, were well above the 2%-3% increase forecast by many analysts at the end of 2013.
Home-Grown Brands Lead French Sales Resurgence 
The March results pulled the French market, Europe’s second-largest, ahead for the year 2.6%. While sales are rising, they still are low historically, and 2013 was France’s worst year in two decades.
European Sales Continue Climb 
Volume remained low at 861,058 units, as 10 of the past 11 Februarys have scored higher results, a clear indication the market reached its bottom last year and consumer optimism is returning.
Experts See Autonomous-Car Revolution as Evolution 1
Whereas the pioneering driver-assistance technologies such as lane-keeping mainly offer safety benefits, systems now under development also feature more comfort for drivers.
January Registrations Up Across Europe 
Gains in Germany and the continued turnaround in France, Spain, Italy and Portugal are considered good signs for the year. Southern Europe has suffered the most in the current economic climate, while Germany, the largest market, declined in 2013 as well.
New Electric Motor Drives Renault PHEV Project
The target price for the Megane-size C-segment car likely will include the Li-ion battery. With its four EVs, Renault leases the battery to customers.
Automakers Say Simpler Better in Testing Market With Concept Cars 
The Opel Monza and Renault Initiale Paris are among the latest show vehicles signaling a trend by designers to zero-in on a few advanced features, rather than overwhelm consumers with more complex models.
Small Steps Toward Self-Driving Cars Big Business
A Continental Automotive study shows U.S. consumers saying they would pay a premium of $1,500 for features such as automated driving on freeways and in heavy traffic, while Germans would pay twice as much.
German OEMs Anxious for Free-Trade Deal With U.S. 1
The biggest effect of the treaty would be harmonization and mutual recognition of standards so cars approved in one market automatically would be approved in the other.
Corvette Mill Gets Under Fiskers’ Skin
The company has 10 chassis without EV powertrains that came directly from bankrupt Fisker, 15 it bought itself to gut and Karmas owned by individuals who want to change from electric to V-8 power.
Stylish Concept Enhances Volvo’s Commitment to Safety
“By 2020 we will create cars in which no one will be killed or seriously injured,” Senior Vice President Alain Visser declares.
Porsche 911 Tops Itself With New-Generation Targa
Unlike models introduced in 1965 and since then, this 911 Targa opens its rear hatch like a boa constrictor’s unhinged jaws to swallow the roof that slides backwards at a touch of a button.
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