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Week in pictures: Lights, camera, demolition

  • The Maserati mash

    René Pérez, the front man of the Grammy-winning hip-hop group Calle 13, has put his money where his bat is. Pérez, commonly known by his emcee name Residente, is depicted in Calle 13’s music video for the single Adentro striking his Maserati Quattroporte sedan with a baseball bat. The hapless four-door eventually plunges off of a cliff, igniting on impact. In a statement, Pérez said that the stunt was conceived in part to mark a break from the “ostentatious excess” that defined his early experience with fame. (Video still: Sony Music)

  • Apple iOS acquires Swedish accent

    Though Geneva motor show attendees would be forgiven for missing it, given it was tucked away in the stunning Concept Estate, Volvo introduced a new multimedia interface built in collaboration with Apple. Though many carmakers, Tesla Motors most prominently among them, have been rumoured to be readying an in-car touch-screen controller based on Apple’s iOS mobile platform, Volvo was first out of the gates. The user experience closely mimics that of the tech company’s iPod, iPad and iPhone products. Voice commands and functions accessed via the steering wheel will also feature when the interface enters production. Its first stop is the redesigned XC90 SUV, which is expected to be unveiled at the Paris motor show in September. (Photo: Volvo Cars)

  • Martini livery graces Williams’ F1 car

    Having already undergone pre-season tests, Williams’ 2014 Formula 1 car was unveiled in Geneva wearing its final racing livery. The blue and red stripes of the Martini spirit company, which have been worn by some of the most successful machines in motorsport, will grace the Williams car, internally known as the FW36. Williams drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas will campaign the FW36 in 2014. (Photo: Williams F1)

  • Land Rover Defender surveys ‘Pole of Cold’

    In conjunction with the Royal Geographical Society, a modified Defender 110 travelled more than 35,000km (21,748 miles) on an overland expedition spanning states near or above the Arctic Circle. From Denmark, the team drove as far as Oymyakon, in central Russia, and observed still air temperatures as low as -59C (-74F). The Defender featured revised suspension, auxiliary heaters, a long-range fuel tank and underbody cladding. Team members plan to present photography and objects from the trip in an exhibition that will tour Britain. (Photo: Land Rover)

  • A very precious Mercedes

    At the Geneva motor show, German customiser Carlsson debuted its latest novelty, the CS50 Versailles, based on the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan. Gold leaf is applied to the body and sealed in clear coat, with various interior trim pieces and fittings also receiving the golden touch. Carlsson is producing 25 models, all of which destined for the Chinese market. No pricing for the package was disclosed. (Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty)