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1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage worth over $1.32 million stolen in broad daylight

A 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage has gone missing.

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This may be a case for Bond, James Bond. A 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage has been stolen in broad daylight in Wilmslow, England, about 30 minutes south of Manchester. The car went missing July 18.

The silver car is synonymous with James Bond films, having been driving by Sean Connery in the 1964 movie "Goldfinger", among other Bond films. It's so popular with enthusiasts that Aston Martin recently began producing the DB5 Continuation Car based on the one in the film. The luxury automaker is also releasing a new Bond-themed Vantage and DBS Superleggera.

1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage The missing car was registered with a "HJB 753C" numberplate.Photo courtesy of AX

Anti-fraud and theft specialist AX has launched an appeal for the safe return of the missing DB5 to its rightful owner.

There are currently only a few hundred DB5s left in the world. Seeing one is a rarity. The public is being encouraged to report any sightings of the vehicle, which went missing when parked on Hawthorn Lane in the Wilmslow area of Cheshire. Anyone with information which leads to the safe recovery of the vehicle could receive a reward of £1,000.

The owner of the Aston Martin has given the DB5 a unique appearance. In addition to its usual kit, it has a yellow-tinted front fog light and "vintage" badging on its side panels.

Director of Investigative Services at AX, Neil Thomas, said: "This is a highly unusual theft in broad daylight and one we felt is of national significance. Old and young people alike have an affiliation with this classic motor which will forever be synonymous with James Bond.

1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage The model has a unique yellow fog light.Photo courtesy of AX

"This vehicle certainly stands out and we are keen to preserve a little piece of British history and hope for its safe return. The DB5's official chassis number, DB5/2058/R, is specific to the vehicle and we want to hear from anyone who has knowledge of its location. That is why we launched this appeal to help find this iconic car. You may even know the person who took the vehicle – we ask that you do the right thing and get in touch.

"Our AX Protect service advises all clients to install covert security devices. Unfortunately this vehicle did not have one, but we also rely on our many years of experience and expertise to trace and recover vehicles, and this time we are calling on the British public to lend their support and find this national treasure DB5."

Members of the public who have any information about the suspected theft can click here. That could include CCTV or dashcam footage, photographs of the vehicle, or even a simple sighting of the DB5. A reward is being offered for verified information leading to its safe return.

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Hyundai Motor Group, the parent company of Hyundai, has announced the formation of a new unit - New Horizons Studio. The new venture is focused on the development of what Hyundai calls Ultimate Mobility Vehicles (UMVs).

New Horizons Studio is part of Hyundai's larger focus on the future of mobility. Unit workers will work to envision vehicles that wander with "unprecedented mobility". These products will focus on target customers that have unconventional travel needs whether it be to access places they have never been or adapt their mobility limitations to their surroundings.

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New Horizons Studio is led by Vice President Dr. John Suh, who has held several leadership roles at Hyundai Motor Group since 2011. He served as founding director of Hyundai Ventures, and then led Hyundai CRADLE (Center for Robotic-Augmented Design in Living Experiences) as its founding director based in Silicon Valley. He brings over 35 years of expertise in the automotive and emerging technology sectors, including roles at Stanford University, Palo Alto Research Center (PARC; formerly, Xerox PARC), and General Motors Company.

"We aim to create the world's first transformer-class vehicle, also known as the Ultimate Mobility Vehicle," said Dr. Suh.

Dr. Ernestine Fu will move to New Horizons Studio as Director of Product Management. She has led research on human operator and autonomous vehicle interactions at Stanford University's Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab, as well as scaled emerging technology companies for over nine years as a venture capital partner at Alsop Louie Partners.

The Hyundai Elevate is the first vehicle being developed by the Studio. It debuted at CES 2019 and does not rely solely on wheels to makes it way across urban, suburban, and rural landscapes. The unit sees the Elevate as being able to respond in emergency situations like natural disasters or assist with persons who do not have access to an ADA ramp.

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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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