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The week in pictures

  • Mini previews evolutionary design

    The BMW Group subsidiary offered a glimpse of its styling direction for the next generation of its cars. The Vision concept introduces a more sculpted front fascia and broader grille, as well as pronounced haunches below the rear window glass. Mini said the Vision presaged the evolution of the entire product portfolio. (Photo: BMW Group)

  • A Rolls-Royce homecoming, 105 years in the making

    One of the world’s oldest Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts completed a 1,800mi rally across the Alps, finishing at the company’s headquarters in Goodwood, West Sussex, England. The 1908 model, known as the Silver Dawn, was a competitor in the 2013 Centenary Alpine Trial, an untimed heritage rally in which 42 Silver Ghosts participated, commemorating an Alpine rally from the early 1900s. (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

  • Bentley green-lights first production SUV

    Previewed in concept form at the 2012 Geneva motor show, the as-yet-unnamed Bentley SUV received the official go-ahead this week. With its bulbous, top-heavy proportions, the EXP 9F concept shown in Geneva was a polarising vehicle, but Bentley has defended the design, emphasising heritage cues such as the mesh grille and rounded headlamps. SUV sales have buoyed premium brands in the last decade, and Bentley is investing £800m to ready its factory base in Crewe, England, in anticipation of the SUV’s 2016 projected delivery target. (Photo: Newspress)

  • Mercedes engines for Aston Martin

    In a joint statement, Mercedes-Benz and Aston Martin announced their intention to form a technical partnership in which Mercedes’ AMG performance division would supply Aston with engines for its sports cars. In turn, Daimler, Mercedes’ parent, would receive a 5% stake in the boutique British automaker. AMG has a long history of supplying racing engines to privateer teams and production engines to supercar manufacturers. (Photo: Daimler)

  • Ford profits surge on strong US sales

    Ford Motor reported a second-quarter profit of $1.2bn, underpinned by robust sales in North America. The region led with $2.3bn in earnings, offsetting losses in western Europe, where consumer demand continued its prolonged retreat. North American sales closely resembled their pre-financial crisis mix, with highly profitable trucks and SUVs leading the charge. (Photo: Ford Motor)

  • Porsche tops JD Power owner survey

    Owners of new cars ranked Porsche vehicles the most enjoyable to own in JD Power’s latest satisfaction survey. The industry analysis and forecasting firm queried US owners 90 days after making new-car purchases, and asked them to gauge their satisfaction in various areas, such as performance, design, content and fuel economy, on a numerical scale. It was Porsche’s ninth consecutive year atop the ratings. (Photo: Porsche Cars North America)

  • BMW i3 starts at $42,275 in US

    The compact EV, the lynchpin of BMW’s electrification strategy, will be priced from $42,275, inclusive of $925 destination charge, when it goes on sale in the US in spring 2014. Built around a carbon-fibre-reinforced-polymer (CFRP) “cell”, the i3 is available as a pure EV or with a range-extending two-cylinder gasoline engine aboard. Its official debut will take place in simultaneous events planned for London, New York and Beijing on 29 July. (Photo: BMW Group)