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Week in pictures: BMW’s colourful snowbird

  • Priceless ‘bat winters in Florida

    BMW’s Alexander Calder-painted “Batmobile” CSL will protagonise the German automaker’s involvement at the Amelia Island Concours d’Élégance, scheduled for 7 to 9 March 2014 in northern Florida. Painted by the US abstract expressionist in 1975, the CSL earned the nickname “The Batmobile” on the endurance-racing circuit for its massive rear wing and ductwork. The Calder CSL was the first of BMW’s art cars, a series that has involved artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jenny Holzer and, most recently, Jeff Koons. (Photo: BMW Group)

  • AMG-powered Aston Martins

    Daimler, the parent of Mercedes-Benz, finalised a technical partnership with Aston Martin, whereby its AMG high-performance division will supply next-generation V8 engines to Aston Martin. The link-up has been in the works for some time, with both parties signing a memorandum of understanding in July 2013 for the future development of engines and engine components. The deal gives Daimler as much as 5% of non-voting shares in Aston. (Photo: Jonathan Schultz)

  • For McLaren fans, auction catnip

    Gooding & Company, the collector-car auction house based in Santa Monica, California, announced the consignment of a 1997 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail racecar for its coming sale in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Longtails were limited to 10 units, and the consigned example, campaigned in the FIA GT Championship by the Works BMW Motorsport Schnitzer team, logged four podium finishes. Gooding, which sold a road-going F1 earlier in 2013 for a record $8.47m, set a pre-auction estimate of $5m to $7m for the Longtail. (Photo: Gooding & Company)

  • An automotive David rises in the East

    Qoros, the Chinese upstart that intends to begin sales in Europe in coming years, and which earned a Euro NCAP five-star crash safety rating earlier this year, has opened its flagship showroom in Shanghai. The brand introduced its 3 sedan at the 2013 Geneva motor show in March, which was well-received by media in attendance. Qoros initially made headlines in the West for recruiting top executives from European automakers, including former Mini design chief Gert Hildebrand. (Photo: Qoros, via Newspress)

  • Toyota fuel cell concept en route to Las Vegas

    Having recently detailed its ambitious strategy for bringing hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles to market, Toyota will bring its FCV sedan concept to the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fuel-cell vehicle, which had its formal debut at the 2013 Tokyo motor show, has an estimated range of 300 miles and a refueling time of three minutes. Toyota intends to make a strictly limited number of FCVs available in 2015, although it has not disclosed pricing or lease terms. (Photo: Toyota Motor Sales)