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Week in photos: An old pony’s new tricks

  • Mustang must gallop globally

    On 5 December, Ford Motor held simultaneous press conferences in six cities to introduce its 2015 Mustang. The US automaker has global aspirations for this iteration of its marquee muscle car, having softened its exterior design, eschewed its trademark solid rear axle in favour of a modern multilink setup, and earmarked some right-hand-drive examples for the UK market. Ford will officially celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Mustang at the 2014 New York auto show. (Photo: Ford Motor)

  • Paul Walker, star of racing-film franchise, dies at 40

    The US actor, who died following a car crash on 30 November in southern California, protagonised the Fast & Furious series, one of the highest-grossing film franchises of all time. Walker was killed when a Porsche Carrera GT in which he was a passenger clipped a utility pole and a tree, and shortly thereafter burst into flames. The crash occurred in Valencia, roughly 30 miles north of Hollywood. The Porsche was driven by an accomplished racer and business partner of Walker’s, Roger Rodas, who also died in the crash. Authorities were still working to understand what caused Rodas to lose control of the V10-powered supercar. (Photo: Ryan Miller/Getty)

  • Chevrolet bids farewell to Europe

    General Motors (GM) said that its volume-oriented Chevrolet brand would begin to wind down operations in Europe in 2016. The company cited poor sales in the region, as well as a desire to push Cadillac and its long-standing Europe-oriented brands Opel and Vauxhall. Chevrolet has not publicly commented on whether the withdrawal would affect its sponsorship of the Manchester United football club, or other partnerships with sport franchises in the UK and mainland Europe. (Photo: Chevrolet Europe)

  • McLaren P1 achieves sub-seven-minute Nürburgring time

    Not three months after the Porsche 918 Spyder claimed an unofficial lap record with a time of 6 minutes 57 seconds, McLaren Automotive claimed a sub-7-minute run around the 20.8km (12.9 mile) German circuit in its P1 hybrid hypercar. The McLaren, which accelerates from a stop to 62mph in a manufacturer-claimed 2.8 seconds and from zero to 124mph in 6.8 seconds, draws power from a 727bhp twin-turbo V8 engine and a 176bhp electric motor, for combined system output of 903bhp. McLaren did not, however, reveal the P1’s specific lap time around the track. (Photo: McLaren Automotive)

  • Return of a Swedish icon?

    Two years after its parent filed for bankruptcy, Swedish automaker Saab has restarted its production lines, building the 9-3 sedan. The model lacks the trademarked griffin logo – which the company’s new Hong Kong-based owner, National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), does not control – but it otherwise is every bit the Saab 9-3 that was built in Trollhattan, Sweden, until mid-2011. NEVS said it would build 200 of the gasoline-powered cars before switching to an electric powertrain that it intends to market heavily in Asia. (Photo: AFP/Getty)