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Dubai’s all-terrain police car

  • Brabus G-Wagen, on desert patrol

    Formally introduced at the Dubai motor show, a Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG tuned by Brabus became the latest exotic bauble to enter the emirate’s formidable police fleet. The tuning package brings Mercedes’ 5.5-litre V8 engine horsepower total from 536 to 700, and the body receives a special lighting package for patrol duty. Dubai already counts a Ferrari FF, a Nissan GT-R and a $2m Aston Martin One-77 among its patrol cars. (Photo: Brabus)

  • If a Porsche and a Citroën met at a bar...

    BrandPowder, a satirical website that lampoons the worlds of product design, branding and fashion, published a remarkably well rendered vision of a Porsche 911-Citroën DS hybrid, which it called the 911 DS. Replete with faithful early-1970s Porsche lettering on its flanks, the mockup – which may or may not actually exist (the designers are coy on that point) – is said to amalgamate “the sexiest babes on wheels that ever happened to roam the planet”. Indeed. (Photo: BrandPowder, via Autoblog)

  • Range Rover Sport blazes to a desert speed record

    In an unmodified 2014 Range Rover Sport SUV, Dakar Rally veteran Moi Torrallardona completed the fastest crossing of a notorious section the Arabian Peninsula. At 527 miles across, the largest sand desert on earth – known among rally drivers as the Empty Quarter – was crossed in under 11 hours, at an average speed of 51.87mph. The Range Rover Sport was fully redesigned for the 2014 model year, receiving the same all-aluminium skeleton as the flagship Range Rover. (Photo: Jaguar/Land Rover)

  • At Kia’s SEMA stand, Soul music... and food

    Built in collaboration with the US publication Popular Mechanics, a heavily modified Kia Soul was introduced at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show (SEMA) in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Vans Warped Tour Soul derives its name, and much of its look, from the punk-centric touring rock festival, wearing eight-inch Infinity speakers on its flanks and a slide-out grill behind its liftgate. There are, however, no plans to offer a Vans Warped Tour package for the five-passenger compact utility vehicle. (Photo: Newspress)

  • Ford chief on Microsoft’s short list

    Alan R Mulally, the former Boeing executive who has led a dramatic turnaround at Ford Motor, has been short-listed to succeed Steve Ballmer as chief executive of Microsoft, Reuters reports. Mulally has committed to staying at Ford through 2014, and speculation has coalesced around Mark Shields, currently the automaker’s chief operating officer, as his likely successor. Joining Mulally on Microsoft’s short list is former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, former Skype CEO Tony Bates and Microsoft cloud and enterprise leader Satya Nadella, according to Reuters’ sources. (Photo: Ford Motor)