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Week in pictures: A Bond car in the balance

  • Bond’s aweigh!

    Prior to the opening of Bond in Motion at the London Film Museum, an Aston Martin DB5 used in 1995’s Goldeneye is placed in situ – very, very carefully. The exhibition opened to the public on 21 March, having been installed previously at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, Hampshire. It comprises the largest assemblage of original Bond cars in the world. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty)

  • Toyota’s i-Road meets public roads

    Toyota is making good on its promise to bring the futuristic i-Road urban runabout to public roads. On the heels of a limited shakedown on the streets of Toyota City, the Japanese automaker is poised to initiate a more extensive trial in Tokyo. The test, which kicks off on 24 March and runs through early June, will put 10 vehicles in the hands of 20 participants, a mix of auto-industry experts and members of the general public, who will offer opinions on such factors as driving feel and user friendliness. The tandem two-seater, revealed in concept form at the 2013 Geneva motor show, features an articulated front suspension that allows it to lean into corners for stability. It is powered by two 2.7-horsepower electric motors, one in each of the front wheel hubs. And if driving the future of urban mobility wasn't interesting enough, Toyota has taken a page out of the Apple playbook to sweeten the deal, delivering its three-wheeler in five colours: white, blue, yellow, green and something akin to hot pink. (Video still: Toyota Motor Sales)

  • A (swiftly) moving history

    Britain’s National Transport Museum has completed the installation of former land-speed-record-setting racing cars. The final edition to the foursome, the 350hp Sunbeam piloted most famously by Sir Malcolm Campbell in the 1920s, emerged in January after an extensive mechanical restoration. The other cars on display are the later 1,000hp Sunbeam, the Golden Arrow and the Bluebird CN7, which was driven to records in the ‘60s by Sir Malcolm’s son, Donald. (Photo: The National Transport Museum, via Newspress)

  • What price well-used treasure?

    The 1939-40 Aston Martin Atom prototype, one of few UK-built cars to be registered for road use in the early days of World War II, will be auctioned 27 June in conjunction with the Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, England. Bonhams, which consigned the car, noted that given the prototype’s importance to the Aston Martin narrative, and its extensively documented ownership history, the car could achieve an auction record for the marque. The Atom was commissioned by Sir Arthur Sutherland during his ownership of the company, and Bonhams claimed he logged 100,000 miles in the driver’s seat. No pre-auction estimate was disclosed. (Photo: Bonhams)

  • Bentley teases SUV – again

    Continuing a tightly choreographed rollout for its first SUV, Bentley released a teaser image of the car, due to enter showrooms in 2016. Bentley’s SUV aspirations were first previewed with the EXP 9F at the 2012 Geneva motor show, a concept that polarised show-goers with its bulbous haunches and top-heavy stance. The single-headlamp design of the concept has given way to a dual-headlamp layout, but otherwise the SUV, whose name has not been publicly revealed, continues to hold its cards close. (Photo: Bentley Motors)