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Week in pictures

  • Smart plans Fourjoy for Frankfurt

    The Daimler subsidiary previewed an urban runabout ahead of the car’s official debut at the Frankfurt motor show. The Fourjoy Concept is intended to preview the styling direction of the next Fortwo, which has undergone few changes in its 15 years. Lacking doors and a roof, the purely electric Fourjoy looks suited to beachside resorts (electrical skateboards fastened to the roof pillars heighten the impression), but Smart positions it as a vehicle for city centres. (Photo: Daimler)

  • McLaren celebrates 50 years

    Starting as a tiny racing outfit in Surrey, England, McLaren has matured into one of the premier teams in Formula 1, in addition to spawning a street-car manufacturing arm responsible for the definitive hypercar of the 1990s, the F1. It enters its next half-century struggling on the race circuit, but excelling in the hypercar realm, as it readies its $1m P1, pictured above, for sale in coming months. (Photo: McLaren Automotive)

  • All eyes on Mulally in Germany

    Alan R Mulally, Ford Motor’s chief executive, introduced the S-Max Concept MPV and delivered the keynote address on 6 September at the IFA 2013 consumer electronics show in Berlin. Reuters reported that the former Boeing executive, 68, who has overseen a sustained period of growth at Ford, may step down sometime in 2014. Mulally responded in an email to Bloomberg News that he intended to retain the office through 2014, if not beyond. Speculation around his successor has settled around Mark Shields, currently chief operating officer at Ford. (Photo: Newspress)

  • Citroën’s Cactus is Frankfurt-bound

    In keeping with its tradition of outré crossover concepts, Citroën released details on its Cactus show car, to be revealed in Frankfurt on 10 September. The four-door crossover, which borrows its name from a concept originally shown in 2007, previews the C4 Cactus, a production car that is scheduled to make its debut in March 2014 at the Geneva motor show. With an emphasis on youthfulness and versatility, the Cactus concept is distinguished by its pillar-less, “floating” roof design – a trait not expected to make the transition to production. (Photo: Citroën)

  • New Jersey GP absent from draft 2014 F1 calendar

    A proposed Formula 1 race in New Jersey does not appear on a tentative 2014 F1 race calendar circulated this week. The Grand Prix of America initiative, launched with great fanfare in 2011, faced a number of challenges, including executive shuffling, financial constraints and less-than-charitable public comments by F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone. Though organisers hoped to resurrect the plan for 2014, the new calendar suggests Ecclestone still does not consider the race viable. Above, multiple F1 champion Sebastian Vettel posing along the proposed course in 2012. (Photo: Red Bull Racing)