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DB5 Junior is the two-thirds scale EV for discerning, young Aston Martin enthusiasts

The Aston Martin DB5 Junior is designed for well-heeled junior drivers.

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The DB5 is one of the world's most iconic vehicles. From being the best supporting actor in early James Bond films to earning a spot on the list of the best British cars ever made, the Aston Martin DB5 is a beloved page in automotive history.

Now, a junior car model of the DB5 will usher in a new generation of Aston Martin enthusiasts. The brand has teamed up with The Little Car Company to create the DB5 Junior, a two-thirds scale electric junior car. The model too over 15 months to develop and utilized a 3D scene of the original DB5 to complete accuracy and authenticity.

Aston Martin DB5 Junior The car is made to fit an adult and a child.Photo courtesy of Aston Martin

The DB5 Junior is about 3 meters long and 1.1 meters wide. It's designed to accommodate an adult and child side by side in a bucket seat, allowing for a multi-generational driving experience. It has a honeycomb chassis and a weight under 270 kg.

The car's electric powertrain delivers five kilowatts and 6.7 bhp to the rear wheels. It has a 30 mph top speed, which is regulated by billet aluminum accelerator and brake pedals.

According to a release, the DB5 Junior sports the same iconic Aston Martin 'wings', 'shield' and DB5 badges as the original 1963 model. "Like its big brother, the dashboard features functional Smiths instruments, which have been updated for the modern era. The fuel gauge has been converted into a battery meter, while the oil temperature now monitors the motor temperature. The same Smiths clock as seen in the original 1960s car sits proudly in front of the passenger seat.

Aston Martin DB5 Junior The car wears the same badging as the original.Photo courtesy of Aston Martin

A two-thirds scale steering wheel sits in front of the dash, but now has a racing-style quick release to make entry and exit easier for the driver. There are working headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and a horn.

The DB5's iconic Silver Birch paint job is standard on the junior-sized car, with a black leather interior.

Like the original, the pint-sized car has a double wishbone suspension. There is also a period-correct live axle, with authentic upper and lower trailing arm suspension and Panhard rod.

The rig rides on 10-inch wire wheels, complete with four-wheel ventilated disc brakes that offer regenerative braking.

Power is transmitted to the ground through 10" wire wheels with four-wheel ventilated disc brakes, complemented by regenerative braking. A rally-style handbrake is included.

Aston Martin DB5 Junior Ten-inch wheels are standard.Photo courtesy of Aston Martin

Under the hood is a removable battery pack that delivers 10 to 20 miles of driving range, depending on driving style. A second battery can be added, and each pack can be swapped for a replacement in a matter of seconds.

The junior car also has three integrated selectable driving modes. Novice, Expert, and Race modes deliver a varying degree of power.

As with their modern Aston Martin, buyers of the DB5 Junior buyers can customize their model with an option to match their full-size version of the car. Each model will be available with a number of accessories including flight cases, additional batteries, covers, toolkits and custom number plates.

Aston Martin DB5 Junior The junior edition was created using the measurements of the original DB5.Photo courtesy of Aston Martin

Every DB5 Junior owner will receive automatic membership of the respected Aston Martin Owners Club, three complete registers of the individual specification of all 1059 vehicles will be created for future provenance and authenticity. One copy will be held at Aston Martin's Gaydon Headquarters, one at Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell (where the original DB5s were built) and one at The Little Car Company's headquarters.

In addition, all clients will receive complimentary membership of The Little Car Club which allows them to take part in exclusive events where they, their children and grandchildren can drive their DB5 Juniors on the most prestigious racetracks.

Aston Martin DB5 Junior A customizable number plate is available.Photo courtesy of Aston Martin

Prospective buyers who wish to secure one of the limited-edition DB5 Juniors can visit www.thelittlecar.co/db5junior to place a fully refundable deposit on a first come, first served basis. When these build slots are full, a waiting list will be put in place.

Pricing for the DB5 Junior begins at £35,000 plus local taxes.

Aston Martin DB5 Junior The junior car has working taillights.Photo courtesy of Aston Martin

Production commences in the UK in 2021, with deliveries taking place worldwide over the next two years.

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The Lamborghini Urus Graphite Capsule adds new interior and exterior color choices for buyers.

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Expressions in color and trim meet at the Urus Graphite Capsule, a collection of SUVs produced by super luxury automaker Lamborghini. The Urus itself sits at the intersection of performance and practicality, and is the best-selling model in the Lamborghini lineup.

The Urus Graphite Capsule lets buyers push the limit in a pick-and-choose fashion. Lamborghini will offer the Urus Graphite Capsule in four new exterior matte colors including white Bianco Monocerus, black Nero Noctis, and grey Grigio Nimbus and Grigio Keres. The lower parts of the car, the front, rear, and side sills, are all finished in the color.

Lamborghini Urus Graphite Capsule

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From there, buyers are able to choose from four tiny accent colors: orange Arancio Leonis and Arancio Dryope, yellow Giallo Taurus, and green Verde Scandal. Those accent colors are shown on the front splitter, door inserts, and rear spoiler.

The cabin of the Urus sports the same traditional design the SUV has had during this, its initial generation. The Urus Graphite Capsule check box adds dark, anodized aluminium trim on the dashboard and door panels, with new matt-finish carbon fiber inserts. The buyer's choice of exterior colors are carried over to the inside where upholstery is contrast stitched. Q-citura stitching and the embroidered Lamborghini logo reside on the headrests.

The ventilated Alcantara seats are an exclusive option only available on the Urus Graphite Capsule and the recently launched Pearl Capsule.

"The new Graphite Capsule endorses the inimitable versatility of the Lamborghini Urus as the original Super SUV: its color and styling is as adaptable and versatile as its presence in every high-performance and lifestyle environment." said Automobili Lamborghini Chief Commercial Officer Giovanni Perosino. "The inherent design of the Lamborghini Urus, with the DNA of our super sports heritage, lends itself to virtually limitless potential for personalizing color and trim. The Urus Graphite Capsule is the latest collection to offer our growing clientele the opportunity to stamp their individuality and way of life on their Lamborghini."

The Urus Graphite Capsule is available on Urus model year 2021. It has a starting MSRP of $218,009 in the U.S.

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The front of the concept is very EV in its design.

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The Honda SUV e:concept debuted in China this week signaling what's ahead for a future mass-production model of the Honda brand's first electric vehicle to be introduced in China. While what's sold in China doesn't always make it to American shores, there are a few things to be learned by taking a closer look at the concept.

We know that the vehicle's powertrain is electric. How many motors? What type of battery? How much power? In a nutshell, we have no idea. However, that could be where Honda's relationship with General Motors kicks in. A recent agreement to share platforms and co-build future vehicles builds on the electric vehicle platform sharing agreement the two automakers signed in April. In the first agreement agreement, Honda agreed to work with GM to develop two new electric vehicles based on GM's global EV platform powered by Ultium batteries.

Honda SUV e:concept The sloping roofline of the concept is indicative of another Honda model.Photo courtesy of Honda

The concept's sweeping looks are more crossover than SUV. While there's plenty of doubt that the model will be a two-door vehicle when it arrives in showrooms, its overall aesthetic is new for Honda, though it has hints of the current-generation CR-V and Accord in its nose.

The roofline of the SUV and side profile look a lot like the 2020 Honda Avancier, a true crossover that got its start as a station wagon and now sits as the company's flagship in China. If indeed this model is an electric Avancier, it means that the U.S. market is unlikely to see it.

From a business perspective, this makes sense. Electric vehicles are not nearly as popular in the U.S. as they are in China and Europe, where they have been regulated into residents' lifestyles. Additionally, the U.S. electric vehicle charging infrastructure leaves much to be desired.

2020 Honda Avancier

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Cars built for the Chinese market also do not have to meet the same strict safety testing standards as American vehicles so they can be made for less and sold for less. Upping to U.S. standards costs more and, when shipping and taxes are added in, the model may be priced out of sensibility for American Honda customers.

Wherever it's destined to go, the Honda will be a mass-production electric vehicle.

The company is committed to equipping the car with a number of safety technologies including omnidirectional advanced driver assistance systems, the next-generation Honda SENSING safety and driver-assistive system with improved recognition, predication and decision-making performance, as well as the next-generation Honda Connect, which features an AI assistant interface, smartphone link, and wireless updates.

Honda SUV e:concept The model features a unique black end with slim lights.Photo courtesy of Honda

Expect to see the next steps in the evolution of this concept in the coming year, even if it's just in spy photos.

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