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Week in pictures

  • This is what a £19.6m Mercedes looks like

    With a gavel price of £19.6m ($29.7m), a 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R Formula 1 single-seat racecar set a record for a car sold at public auction, at Bonhams’ Goodwood Festival of Speed sale. Powered by a fuel-injected 2.5-litre in-line eight-cylinder engine, the W196 was driven to victory by Juan Manuel Fangio in the 1954 Swiss and German grand prix. The previous auction record-holder, a 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa racecar, garnered a $14.9m winning bid at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach sale in 2011. (Photo: Bonhams)

  • Formula 1 supremo indicted

    Bernie Ecclestone, 82, the boss of Formula 1, was indicted by a German court on 17 July. The indictment was seven years in the making, as prosecutors built their case against Ecclestone for allegedly bribing a German banker to facilitate the sale of shares in Formula 1’s parent company to a British private equity firm in 2006. The banker, Gerhard Gribkowsky, was convicted of tax evasion in 2012, and is serving an eight-and-a-half-year prison sentence. Ecclestone’s trial date has not been disclosed. (Photo: Rex Features)

  • Wienermobiles united

    Kraft Foods brand Oscar Mayer has convened road-worthy Wienermobiles in the US for a social-media campaign called the Wienermobile Run. Via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, fans follow the progress of the rally, choosing favourites and submitting challenges for the participating driver teams to complete. The Wienermobile, conceived by US industrial designer Brooks Stevens, is among the most iconic promotional vehicles ever built. (Photo: Oscar Mayer, via Facebook)

  • Who’s afraid of Elon Musk?

    Bloomberg reports that executives at General Motors (GM), including chief Daniel F Ackerson, pictured, have convened a small task force to study how Tesla Motors, the electric-vehicle startup led by co-founder and chief executive Elon Musk, has fomented a culture of innovation. Sales of Tesla’s purely electric Model S sedan are on pace to exceed those of GM’s Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid this year – despite the S costing twice as much – leading GM to examine how it might learn from the small but disruptive California company. (Photo: General Motors)

  • Honda previews redesigned Fit

    The third generation of the four-door hatchback was previewed in a series of photos released by Honda. The Fit, sold as the Jazz in many markets, has been among the strongest-selling models in Honda’s portfolio since its introduction in 2001. Honda is expected to market a hybrid crossover variant in North America, as well as a sedan to slot alongside its long-running Civic. (Photo: Honda Motor)

  • Testing of autonomous cars receives green light in UK

    For the first time, the UK government has approved the testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads. Previously, the cars were only allowed to test on private grounds. The government, however, has only authorised the testing of semi-autonomous vehicles, in which an on-board driver can override the car’s systems and intervene. (Photo: Jeff Overs/BBC)

  • Detroit goes bankrupt

    On 18 July, the city of Detroit, Michigan, became the largest municipal bankruptcy case in US history. The city, which for decades has suffered fiscal mismanagement, corruption, depopulation and capital flight, is both the spiritual and de facto home of the US automotive industry. The so-called Big Three – General Motors, Ford and Chrysler – issued statements of support to the city and its residents. (Photo: Rex Features)