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Renault Pulse unveiled in India, looks very similar to Micra

     Renault today unveiled its small car for India named ‘Pulse’. The Renault Pulse looks very similar to Nissan Micra, and why not both Pulse and Micra has been built on the same Renault-Nissan JV developed V-platform.

     However we expected to see some change in the body panels between Micra and Pulse. What we see is the Pulse has just some changes to the front and rear bumper will some modifications to the headlamps. The interiors of Pulse seem to be borrowed directly from the Micra.

     Having built a new car very similar to an already existing car on Indian roads, it is very interesting to see how Renault prices its Pulse.

     Stay tuned for more details of Renault Pulse….

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Renault small car for India is Pulse, unveil on 29th October

     Renault’s much awaited small car for India will be 'Pulse' (codename B58). In our earlier post we had mentioned that the Renault’s mall car for India will be ‘Modus’ as Renault Modus was spied testing in India. But the small car from Renault for India will be an entirely new car based on Renault-Nissan V (versatile) platform. Renault’s global partner Nissan has also built a small car ‘Micra’ on this V platform. So expect to see lot of component sharing between Nissan Micra and Renault Pulse.

     Since there is sharing of platform, the Renault Pulse will also be powered by the same petrol and diesel engine from Micra. The 1.2L 3 cylinder petrol engine produces Ps while the 1.5L diesel motors produces 63 Ps. To differentiate from Micra, Renault will give a brand new styling to the Pulse which is expected to have the French essence. The odd shaped grill with Renault’s diamond logo will be the highlight of the car. Interiors and some mechanical switches are likely to be borrowed from Micra.

The Renault Pulse will be unveiled at the beginning of Indian Grand Prix at Buddh International Circuit. Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn will be present at the unveiling of the car and beginning of Indian Grand Prix to show the company’s solidarity towards India’s first Formula 1 race. However the car will be commercially launched at the Auto Expo 2012 in January 2012.

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Maruti Suzuki's new MPV (R3/Ertiga) will be launched in Japan before India

     Of late we have been seeing car manufacturer’s developing country specific vehicles especially for India and developing countries. To name a few Toyota Etios, Hyundai Eon and Honda Brio as the best examples.

     Maruti Suzuki had showed an MPV condemned R3 which was developed specially for India. We have showed you many spy pictures as well as some clear pictures of Maruti’s R3 MPV which will officially be called Ertiga. Now according to latest new, the Ertiga or R3 MPV will be first launched in Japan before its India debut.

     The R3/Ertiga MPV is based on extended Ritz platform which seats 7 persons. Powering the MPV will a new 1.4L petrol engine and a 1.3L DDiS turbo diesel. The R3/Ertiga is a potential MPV to take on the market leader Toyota Innova. Expected to be priced around Rs. 7-8 lakh it will surely create a new segment and who know might dominate it for a long time as well. We are waiting for it Maruti! Of course we will not see it in India before the January Auto Expo 2012.

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The next generation Mitsubishi EVO will be a hybrid!

     Mitsubishi EVO being a sedan is not just an everyday car. It is the car with full of adrenaline, and no doubt has won many cross-country rallies. It is one of the powerful four wheel drive saloons in the world and is known for its lighting speed and nimble reflexes.

     The next generation EVO series will have a hybrid technology powering it. The car will feature a diesel-electric hybrid technology and is likely to make the world debut in 2014.

     Mitsubishi will find it hard to keep up the reputation of EVO with a hybrid powertrain. The company has already started developing the powertrain which will basically consist of a diesel engine coupled to an electric motor. Having to keep the same zeal, we guess Mitsubishi have to fit in a powerful diesel engine with a high kilowatt motor in the EVO hybrid. The way automotive world is heading in terms of technology and innovation, the Mitsubishi EVO is the latest one. 

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Bajaj Auto to unveil new Pulsar in December 2012

     The Pulsar is the house hold name in India and it is the bike which changed the fortunes of Bajaj Auto Ltd. When launch the Pulsar caught lot of attention by youth with its muscular design and powerful engine. Since its launch the Pulsar has undergone numerous changes, first it was Pulsar 150, then 180 and later on 200 and 220cc variants. The latest one to add is the Bajaj Pulsar 135LS which has style, performance and yet affordable.

     Bajaj Auto will unveil the new Pulsar (can we call it the next generation Pulsar) in December this year. The new Pulsar will be built on a new platform expected to be that of the KTMs. The new Pulsar might also feature the latest technologies from the KTM motorcycles, which later on will be transferred to commuter bikes such as the Discovery series.

     Then new Pulsar will be launched in January next year, probably at the Auto Expo 2012. Expect the new Pulsar to be more powerful and performance oriented as compared to the current one. Finally Bajaj Auto is attempting to rival the Japanese in terms of power and performance in a segment which it once dominated.
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Land Rover to make current Defender till 2017

     Land Rover recently showed two concepts of the next generation Defender named DC100 at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show. According to the sources the next generation Defender will make its appearance on the road in next 4 years. Having said this Land Rover has maintained that the current Defender which dates back to the original Land Rover series launched in 1948 will not be discontinued any time soon. The current Defender will be made and sold till 2017 or perhaps more than that.

     The Land Rover Defender is an iconic SUV which changed the world of offroading. The Defender has been a major part of the British army and even today the Defender is supposed to be one of the best offroading vehicle.

     Souces from Land Rover has said that there are number of changes to the legislation, which means that the current Defender can be keep under production for longer time. The current Defender might not meet the EU6 emission norms in the future, but Land Rover has an option to fit the Defender with company’s 2.2L turbodiesel currently powering the latest generation Land Rovers.

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Maserati SUV to be named Cinqueporte

     Maserati’s new SUV which takes on the likes of Porsche Cayeenes, Audi Q7s, BMW X5s and Range Rovers will be named as Cinqueporte. The company has registered the name ‘Cinqueporte’ in Italy.

     The new SUV from Maserati was showed at the recently concluded Frankfurt Motor Show. The SUV caught huge attention at the motor show. The SUV concept showed at the motor showed has the ‘Kubang’ name which the Maserati has dumped and Cinqueporte will the new name of the SUV now.

     Maserati is known for its Italian design and high performance sports and luxury cars. Cars like GranTurismo, GranCabrio and Quattroporte are highly appreciated cars worldwide. With the launch of Maserati Cinqueporte SUV a new benchmark in high performance SUV will be created for sure.

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Mahindra working on a mini SUV along with Ssangyong

     We had mentioned earlier that Mahindra is developing a mini SUV to be priced under Rs. 4 lakh. We have got more information about the mini SUV which is codenamed as S101 and Mahindra is working on this project along with the Ssangyong Motors of South Korea.

     Mahindra wants its S101 mini-SUV to be an off-roader along with better fuel efficiency; hence the vehicle is being called as ‘Nano SUV’ by some workers at Mahindra’s shop floors. The S101 mini SUV will be powered by a 1-1.2 liter petrol engine and a 1.5 liter diesel engine. Work on the S101 project began a year ago and the vehicle will roll out of the Mahindra’s Chakan plant in 26-28 months.

     The price factor is the major issue as the other mini SUVs in the international markets such as Jeep Wrangler, Nissan Juke and Skoda Yeti are positioned in premium segment. However the S101 will be the first mini SUV under Rs. 4 lakh in India as well as the world over.

     A Team of over 100 engineers are working on the S101 project. The project is in its middle stage with styling and customer research work going on at present. According to the company sources, the S101 will be a monocoque vehicle and the plan is to develop different body sheels for Mahindra and Ssangyong vehicle. It is now evident that like the XUV500 Mahindra is planning to internationally with the S101 mini SUV but with a Ssangyong name.

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Discounts on Cars this Diwali

Ford - October - 2011
Scheme on Ford Cars in October 2011
Ford Figo Petrol - Free Insurance
New Ford Fiesta Petrol - Discount upto Rs. 40,000
Ford Endeavour 4x2 - Rs. 20,000 worth cash discount
** Terms Apply - Dealer Schemes in Delhi on select variants for limited period. Subject to Change with change in schemes.

Toyota - October - 2011
Festival Offers on Toyota Cars
Toyota Etios (Petrol) - Free Insurance + Accessories worth Rs. 5000
Toyota Etios Liva (Petrol) - Free Insurance +Accessories worth Rs. 5000
** Terms Apply - Dealer Schemes in Delhi on select variants for limited period. Subject to Change with change in schemes.

Volkswagen- Best Offers on Volkswagen Cars in October 2011
Volkswagen Polo Petrol (All Models) - Rs. 40,000 worth comprehensive package
Volkswagen Vento Petrol (All Models) - Rs. 35,000worth comprehensive package
Volkswagen Vento Trendline Diesel - Rs. 35,000 worth comprehensive package
Polo Diesel - NIL
Vento Highline Diesel - NIL

Honda - October - 2011
Discount on Honda City in Festival Season of October
Honda City VMT - Rs. 80,000
Honda City VAT(Automatic) - Rs. 80,000
Honda City SMT - Rs. 75,000
Honda City EMT - Rs. 20,000
Honda Accord - Rs. 1,00,000
* Terms Apply - Dealer Schemes in Delhi .Subject to Change with change in schemes . Gift Cheque is applicable only if booking is done through preferred vendors and delivery taken latest by28th October'11 . Same can also be redeemed as Cash Discount* - *Terms apply

Hyundai - October - 2011
Discounts on Hyundai Cars in Festival Season
Hyundai Santro GL/GLS - Insurance + Rs. 5000
Hyundai I10 Era - Rs. 23,500
Hyundai I10 1.1 Magna - Rs. 23,000 + Loyalty Discount
Hyundai I10 1.2 Magna, Sportz - Rs. 25,000 + Loyalty Discount
Hyundai Accent- Rs. 6,000 + EW + Loyalty Discount
Hyundai I20 Petrol - Rs. 13,400 + Loyalty Discount
* Loyalty Discount is for previous Hyundai customer buying a new Hyundai car and ranges at Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 20,000 on select models and variants
+ Additional Corporate Discount of Rs. 3000 if you work with MNC
* Terms Apply - Dealer Schemes in Delhi .Subject to Change with change in schemes . Gift Cheque is applicable only if booking is done through.

Maruti Suzuki - October - 2011
Discounts on Maruti Cars in Festival Season
Maruti Alto Petrol - Rs. 10,000 worth MGA Music System with MP3 Player + Rs. 12,000
Maruti Alto K10 Lxi Petrol - Rs. 10,000 worth MGA Music System with MP3 Player + Rs. 10,000
Maruti Alto K10 Vxi Petrol - Rs. 10,000 worth MGA Music System with MP3 Player + Rs. 7,000
Maruti Alto LXI CNG only - Rs. 10,000 worth MGA Music System with MP3 Player + Rs. 8,000
Maruti Wagon R (Lx, Lxi) - Rs. 10,000 worth MGA Music System with MP3 Player + Rs. 14,000
Maruti Wagon R Vxi - Rs. 17,000
Maruti Wagon R CNG - Rs. 10,000 worth MGA Music System with MP3 Player + Rs. 8,000
Maruti Zen Petrol - Rs. 10,000 worth MGA Music System with MP3 Player + Rs. 25,000
Maruti Zen CNG - Rs. 10,000 worth MGA Music System with MP3 Player + Rs. 25,000
Maruti A Star - Rs. 30,000
Maruti Ritz Petrol - Rs. 15,000
Maruti Sx4 Petrol - Rs. 25,000
Maruti Sx4 CNG - Rs. 20,000
Maruti Eeco - Rs. 5,000
Exchange Discount is Additional on all car and rangesfrom Rs. 15,000- 30,000
+ Additional Corporate Discount of Rs. 3000, if you work with MNC
+ Additional Gift Cheque worth Rs. 1500 if you do a Car Booking through us as a Gesture of thanks for being preferred customer
Encashment for Music System is available at 75% ofstated price. * - Terms Apply

Tata Motors - September - 2011
Discount Scheme on Tata Cars in coming Festive Season:-
Tata Indica Ev2 - Rs. 12,000 + Exchange Discount
Tata Indica Vista - Rs. 10,000 + Exchange Discount
Tata Indigo Manza - Rs. 15,000 + Exchange Discount
Tata Indigo Cs - Rs. 12,000 + Exchange Discount
Tata Safari - Exchange Discount worth Rs. 12,000
* Terms Apply. Dealer Schemes in Delhi, NCR based on select color, variants. Subject to Change with any change in offer/schemes

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Premier Rio petrol introduced in Indian Market

     After the launch of diesel version, Premier Automobiles Ltd. has launched a petrol version of its mini-SUV Rio in India. The Rio petrol powered by a 1173 engine with 77 Bhp of power will be available across major metros and select Tier 2 cities. The Rio petrol starts at Rs. 4.7 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi) and is available in GX and GLX variants.

Premier Rio petrol Specifications

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Chevrolet Tavera facelift spied

     Chevrolet had announced that it will give a facelift to its MPV Tavera with an engine change. The facelifted Tavera was spied by while testing under cold weather conditions at Manali.

     The facelifted Tavera will have a new front bumpers, new grill along with clear lens headlamps. The major change will be under the bonnet which will have Sonalika souced 2.0L TDCi diesel engine which produces 100 Bhp of power. However there will be no change in the rear and interiors as well. 

     The Tavera facelift will be launched by the end of this year with a marginal hike in the price. 

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Ford introduces Endeavour 4x4 Hurricane Limited Edition in India

     Ford has introduced a Limited Edition Endeavour in India which it names it as Hurricane 4x4. Ford Endeavour 4x4 Hurricane is priced at Rs. 20,13,244/- (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The Limited Edition Endeavour 4x4 Hurricane features a new muscular front nudge bar, specially designed chrome exhaust, Hurricane body decals and 5th door convex mirror.

     In the inside, the Limited Edition Endeavour 4x4 has a touch screen based entertainment system with a built 9n DVD player which supports all popular file formats. The unit also has a USB Input and Aux in port that allows the users to connect to MP3 players such as Apple iPod. However the Limited Edition Endeavour will be powered by the same 3.0 Liter Duratorq TDCi common rail diesel engine with 156 Ps of power and 380 Nm of torque at 2500 rpm.

Michael Boneham, president and managing director of Ford India -
“The introduction of the Endeavour 4×4 Hurricane Limited Edition offers value for money coupled with distinct class and safety features for our customers during this festive season. This special variant offers aggressiveness, adventure and agility with features that improves safety, adds style and class’’.

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Hero MotoCorp launches Impulse motorcycle priced at Rs. 66,800/-

     Hero MotoCorp has launched Impulse motocycle, its first motorcycle under its new brand name. The Hero Impulse is priced at Rs. 66,800/- (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The deliveries of the motorcycle will be done before this Diwali.

     The Hero Impulse is powered by a 150cc eninge which produces 13.2 PS of power at 7500 rpm and 13.40 Nm of torque at 5000 rpm. The motorcycle will be available in 5 colour shades – Black, Vibrant Blue Metallic, Sports Red, Leaf Green Metallic and Vibrant Orange.

Hero Impulse Features:
  • Nitrox-gas filled mono-shock rear suspension
  • Knuckle guards
  • Mount muffler
  • Large and raised durable fenders
  • Straight pull spokes
  • Motocross seat
  • High ground clearance
  • Stud-type tread pattern tyres
  • Large front disc brakes

Anil Dua, Sr. Vice President, marketing and sales, Hero MotoCorp - 
“Impulse – the first model to be launched under our new brand identity. It also introduces an entirely new segment within the motorcycle market. With the attractive price tag, we are sure ‘Impulse’ is going to bring a lot of cheer and added excitement for our customers this festive season. We have planned to make Impulse available for test rides and purchase at several locations across the country ahead of Diwali.”

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Force Traveller spied with new LED lights

     Force Traveller was spied with new LED light while testing on road. This is the second facelift Force is giving its highly successful bread winner.

     It is powered by a 2.6 L TCIC (Turbocharged InterCooled) engine with 82 Hp of power at 3,200 rpm.

     Force Motors is planning to launch Merecedes Viano in near future. The company is consolidating its product portfolio and aims to become a major player in medium sized mass mobility segment.

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BMW 6 Series coupe launched in India

     BMW has launched the new 6 Series coupe in India priced at Rs. 74.99 lakh (ex-showroom). BMW had launched the soft top version of 6 Series in India in March this year.

     The BMW 6 Series coupe will be available in both petrol and diesel (650i and 640d) engine options. The 640d is priced at Rs. 74.99 lakh and 650i is priced at Rs. 84.99 lakh (both ex-showroom prices). The 6 Series 650i convertible is priced at Rs. 95 lakh.

The 6 Series coupe is available in wide range of colours which include Alpine White and Imola Red (non-metallic) and Titanium Silver, Black Sapphire, Havanna, Space Grey, Deep Sea Blue, Mineral White, Vermilion Red, Orion Silver (metallic). Host of other features are also available which will cost another Rs. 20 lakh extra. The 6 Series coupe is also available with the ‘M Sport’ package.

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Peugeot to make B-plus, C & D segment cars in India

     In our earlier post we had showed you spy pictures of Peugeot cars testing in Indian conditions. French car maker Peugeot will start its factor work at Sanand next month which will see investments of Rs. 4000 crores.

     Peugeot will make B-plus, C and D segment cars in its Sanand plant which will be launched in phase wise manner. Peugeot will launch its first model 508 sedan in India by 2014 followed by a hatchback and a luxury sedan. Peugeot has already planned for certain changes in its cars to suit the Indian conditions.

     Peugeot also has plans to bring in hybrid and electric vehicle to India in future. The company has tied up with Ford India for diesel engines and with BMW for gasoline engines. 

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After Chennai, is Sanand the next automobile capital of India?

     Tamil Nadu has many automobile manufacturing companies in India and it would not be wrong to say Chennai is the automobile capital of India. Now Sanand, the permanent home for Tata Nano is the hot designation for automobile companies in India to set up its plant.

     French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen will start works for its plant in Sanand next month. Peugeot is re-entering into Indian market after 10 years and plans to invest Rs. 4000 crores in its plant. The other major car manufacturer Ford India has already started work on its second plant in Sanand which too will see investment close to that of Peugeot’s. Ford will roll out its first car from Sanand plant in 2014.

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Hyundai Eon launched in India, price starts from Rs. 2.69 lakh

     Hyundai today launched its small car Eon in India with prices starting from Rs. 2.69 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi) for the base D-Lite variant. The Eon is available in six variants – D-Lite, D-Lite(O), Era, Magna, Magna(O) and Sportz.

     The Eon is powered by an efficient 3 cylinder 814cc petrol engine with 55.2 Bhp of power. The engine is mated to a five speed manual transmission. Fuel efficiency as certified by ARAI is class leading with 21.1 Kmpl.

Prices of Hyundai Eon variants (ex-showroom, New Delhi)

  • Hyundai Eon D-Lite - Rs 2.69 lakh
  • Hyundai Eon D-Lite (O) - Rs 2.91 lakh
  • Hyundai Eon Era - Rs 3.12 lakh
  • Hyundai Eon Magna - Rs 3.36 lakh
  • Hyundai Eon Magna (O) - Rs 3.46 lakh
  • Hyundai Eon Sportz - Rs 3.71 lakh
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Mahindra Xylo facelift spied

     It is barely 2 years old and Mahindra has tried to give a facelift to its MPV Xylo. This is the magnitude of the competition taking place in all the segments in India. The best seller and market leader Honda City is also getting a facelift just after its launch 3 years ago.

     We manage to get the spy pictures of the Xylo facelift from which mentions that the new Xylo could be a special edition variant. The Xylo spied has clear lens blinkers on the tail lamps, orange coloured indicators on the headlamps and a rear spoiler. In the interior there is steering mounted controls and added new features such as cruise control, voice controls, steering mounted audio and phone controls. There was also an E9 badging on this vehicle as mentioned by Currently Mahindra Xylo comes with a top end E8 variant.

     We feel these changes would bring in fresh look to the boring & boxy designed Xylo. Mahindra Xylo received good response when launched but Mahindra could not carry on the hype for too long as it did with the Scorpio. Now with Maruti Ertiga (R3) to be launched soon the Xylo has some serious competition.

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Long Wheel Base Tata Indica spied, or is it LWB Indigo CS?

     Tata Motors when launched the Indica car had announced it will develop different variants on the Indica platform. This happed way back in 1998 and since then Tata Motors has been developing different variants on Indica platform. Honestly speaking nobody had guessed Tata Motors will create so many variants based on a single platform.

     To count, till now Tata Motors has created close to a dozen variants on the Indica platform which are Indica, Indigo, Indigo Marina, Indigo XL, Indigo CS, DICOR engines on Indica, Indigo and Indigo XL, XETA petrol engine (1.2 and 1.4) on the Indica prior to which a 75PS petrol engine was used, CR4 engines across the lineup and the XL model has a 100PS petrol engine on introduction, CNG and LPG models on various cars at different timelines, EV version that made it to many international shows and formed the basis for the Vista EV, Indica Silhouette concept having a 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 330PS.

     Now Tata Motors is readying a stretched Indica. This is not a joke but true. The spy pictures of stretched Indica have been taken, thanks to Indianautosblog. From the picture we could deduce that it is not the stretched Indica but a stretched Indigo CS doing the test runs. What do you guys say? Tata Motors to mask and mislead the spy photographers has added some extra stuff on the boot which looks like the vehicle is a station wagon.

     Tata Motors with the development of long wheel base Indigo CS is targeting the fleet operators who are looking for better rear seat comfort with the limited boot space. The LBW Indigo CS might not compete with modern latest entries in Rs. 6 lakh bracket, but surely it will find a niche for itself in taxi segment.

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Next Generation 2013 Porsche Panamera spied

     Panamera is the first 4 seater saloon from the Porsche family. It was launched just two years ago and went on to become the fasted sedan in the world. We found some spy pictures of the next generation 2013 Panamera at leading automotive website.

     The spy photos reveal new headlamp cluster and new front fascia. The headlamp cluster with an array of LED lights can be seen. The front fascia has been newly sculpted that resembles the new 2012 Porsche 911.

     Engine options of 2012 Panamera is likely to remain same but could be tweaked for improved performance and fuel economy.

Source: worldcarfans
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Mahindra Verito Executive Edition launched

     Mahindra has launched a special edition of its mid-sized sedan Verito called Verito Executive Edition. The Verito Executive Edition features Blue vision headlamps , Special alloy wheels with wide spokes, Genuine leather interiors, Stereo with USB and Bluetooth, Special badge and New body graphics. The Verito Executive Edition is available only in top end D6 variant is priced at Rs. 7.09 lakh ex-showroom New Delhi.

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