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Week in pictures

  • Sebastien Loeb breaks Pikes Peak record

    Loeb, the nine-time World Rally Champion, set a mark of 8m 13.878s in his ascent of the 14,110ft (4,300m) Colorado peak in a purpose-built, 875hp Peugeot, shaving more than 90 seconds off of the previous record. The race has seen a flurry of sub-10m finishes since the route’s paving was fully completed in 2012. (Photo: Newspress)

  • Non-profit calls for Jeep testing

    Two weeks after giving in to demands to recall 2.7m Jeep vehicles for a fire hazard, Chrysler is facing pressure from the Center for Auto Safety, the US non-profit that led the recall push, to submit the Jeeps to independent testing. The organisation expressed scepticism that the automaker’s fix, which involved installing a trailer hitch to guard the gasoline tank, adequately addressed the fire hazard. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Butler, Wooten and Fryhofer, LLP)

  • Cadillac cancels flagship

    The Ciel convertible concept, which debuted in 2011 and was said to presage a new flagship vehicle for the American luxury brand, will not enter production, Automotive News reported. The publication’s unidentified source said work would continue on a rear-wheel-drive sedan to combat the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class, however. (Photo: General Motors)

  • Rosberg wins retirement-marred British GP

    Mercedes-AMG Petronas driver Nico Rosberg secured his second Formula 1 victory of the 2013 season on 30 June, seeing off a strong charge by Red Bull driver Mark Webber to win the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. An unusual number of tire failures knocked some top drivers out of contention, among them Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez. The tour next moves to Germany’s Nürburgring for the German GP on 7 July. (Photo: Wang Lili/Rex Features)

  • Vintage Alfas join Goodwood Festival of Speed

    As part of its participation in the annual festival of all things fast, Alfa Romeo announced on 3 July that it would bring a number of historic vehicles to Lord March’s estate in West Sussex, England. Among them will be a 1938 8C 2900B Speciale “Le Mans” and the pictured 1967 33 Stradale prototype. The Goodwood Festival of Speed runs from 11 to 14 July. (Photo: Newspress)

  • Nissan previews the new Datsun

    Two weeks before its formal debut in New Delhi, India, on 15 July, Nissan released a rendering of a subcompact hatchback that will wear the Datsun name. Nissan resurrected the nameplate in March 2012, vowing to produce a family of affordable, efficient cars to be sold in emerging markets. The as-yet-unidentified vehicle is scheduled to reach Indonesia, India and Russia in 2014, with South Africa to follow later in the year. (Photo: Nissan)