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Speculation Grows Over Possible New Renault Duster Camper Version Following Image Release

Speculation Grows Over Possible New Renault Duster Camper Version Following Image Release

Renault’s Dacia, one of Europe's top brands, might be considering a lifestyle appeal by developing a camper version of the new Duster, sharing the same powertrain and 4x4 equipment with the standard model. Dacia is renowned for its wide range of popular vehicles, and Duster is no exception. The recently debuted new Duster model has introduced a fresh design language, hinting at what could be a new Duster camper version in development. This speculation arises from an image that has surfaced of a scale model. Featuring in one of <a href="https://www.cartopnews.com/anticipating-the-global-launch-of-the-new-renault-duster-on-november-29th.html#gsc.tab=0"> Dacia's</a> advertorials as part of its new brand debut, the image is not of a full-scale vehicle. Dacia has recently undergone a radical rebranding that has re-energized its image in target markets. The new Duster expected to reach under- Renault branding, is reflective of this rebranding. This ignited a discourse around the anticipation of a Duster Camper model. Dacia had previously launched a camping kit as an official accessory for the Jogger model in 2023, suggesting their interest in accommodating customers with adventurous lifestyles. Considering the significant rise in the popularity of campervans post the Covid-19 pandemic, the conception of a Duster Camper model fits perfectly. The image showing the proposed camper model presents a robust and commanding vehicle. It features a short bonnet and a steeply inclined windscreen, giving room for extra space. The glass between the C and D pillars is replaced with sheet metal, which could potentially house a portable restroom space or shower area. Additonally, it has significant ground clearance with large wheels and robust bash plates, radiating the appeal of an off-roader. In comparison to other Dacia products, the Duster stands out in aspects of sheer presence. Marketing the camper under the sub-brand of Duster would be logical, capitalizing on its established popularity and off-road capability. Dacia previously sold a Duster single-cab pickup truck under the Renault brand in some European markets. With the new striking design language, the large DC logo, <a href="https://www.cartopnews.com/commencement-of-rolls-royce-spectre-deliveries-in-india.html#gsc.tab=0"> impressive LED DRLs </a> , and <a href="https://www.cartopnews.com/reimagining-the-tata-sumo-an-in-depth-look-at-the-potential-electric-suv.html#gsc.tab=0"> large alloy wheels </a> , it adds an SUV-like allure to the minivan-looking vehicle. The black cladding around the vehicle offsets the visual weight and enhances its rugged appeal, measuring over 5 meters in length and a wheelbase of over 3 meters. This new Renault Duster Camper model could accommodate a modular living space, with arrangements for sleeping and kitchen amenities. The powertrain and 4x4 equipment are likely to be borrowed from the new Duster model, yet to be launched in several markets. This feature would ensure the camper's suitability for various terrains.

Spy Photos Reveal Jeep Meridian Facelift and Advanced Safety Technology Upgrade

Spy Photos Reveal Jeep Meridian Facelift and Advanced Safety Technology Upgrade

Jeep shifts focus to launch the facelifted Jeep Meridian in India, with recent sightings hinting at advanced safety features

The American automobile manufacturer, Jeep, is diverting its attention towards the launch of the facelifted Jeep Meridian in India after the successful launch of the Jeep Wrangler facelift. The 2024 Jeep Meridian was recently spied, revealing detailing and indicating an imminent launch. The most significant reveal was the presence of a radar in the front bumper, suggesting the inclusion of advanced safety tech. Jeep_Meridian_facelift_spy Talking about what one can expect in terms of design alterations, there are prospects of noticeable revisions in the grille and a redesigned front bumper with a hint of silver finishing. Other potential changes could feature an innovative headlight assembly with built-in daytime running lights (DRLs). The fact that the test mule equipped a radar in the front bumper is suggestive of some advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). The new model could also come with updated alloy wheel designs, a revamped tail light configuration, and a refined rear bumper. Jeep_Meridian_facelift_spy Moving on to the interiors, a significant modification is not foreseen in the Meridian SUV's cabin except for the new seat covering. But, Jeep may introduce some basic accessories borrowed from the Compass' Night Eagle edition such as a Dashcam unit and rear window blinds contributing to rear rider comfort. Upgrades may also include a 10.2-inch infotainment screen, connected car tech, dual-zone climate control, wireless phone charging, and a nine-speaker audio system tuned by Alpine. From a mechanical perspective, the Jeep Meridian facelift will continue to utilize the same 2-litre diesel engine coupled with a six-speed manual and nine-speed automatic torque converter unit, ensuring no change. This engine generates 170 PS and 350 Nm. As in the ongoing model, the four-wheel-drive (4WD) system is likely to be a feature of only the top-end automatic models. Jeep_Meridian_facelift_spy Price-wise, the Jeep Meridian facelift is expected to come at a higher price than the ongoing model, which ranges from Rs 33.60 lakh to Rs 39.66 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The Meridian would continue competing with cars like the Toyota Fortuner, MG Gloster, and Skoda Kodiaq. In conclusion, the upcoming Jeep Meridian promises much to car enthusiasts in terms of design, functionality, and advanced features. The introduction of the facelift is expected to strengthen Jeep's foothold in India's market with an infusion of fresh elements and improved capabilities.

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Extended Wait Time for Toyota Innova Hycross Hybrid Leads to Halt in Bookings Again

Extended Wait Time for Toyota Innova Hycross Hybrid Leads to Halt in Bookings Again

Toyota pauses bookings for Innova Hycross hybrid ZX and ZX(O) due to a year-long wait. This marks the second half, following a similar pause in April 2023

Toyota has once again temporarily ceased the booking process for its Innova Hycross hybrid variants, the ZX and ZX (O). As the waiting period for these models has shot up to over a year, the company has decided to pause the booking process, re-opening it once the waiting period decreases. This is the second time Toyota has paused bookings for these models, having previously done so in April 2023, before re-opening a year later in April 2024. However, less than a month after resuming bookings, the waiting period has once again soared. the Toyota Innova Hycross Despite this, other versions of the Innovar Hycross, including the petrol-only variants as well as VX and VX (O) hybrids, are still available for booking. In addition, to the convenience of customers aspiring to own an Innova Hycross, Toyota is continually monitoring the waiting period and aims to resume bookings for the top hybrid variants as quickly as possible.

The ZX and ZX (O) variants of the Toyota Innova Hycross come with a 2-litre petrol engine and feature an automatic transmission in both its hybrid and petrol-only versions. The pricing for these two premium models ranges between Rs 30.34 lakh and Rs 30.98 lakh. The other variants, however, come with a more modest price tag, ranging from Rs 19.77 lakh to 27.99 lakh. the Toyota Innova Hycross Coming to featured amenities, these high-spec variants are equipped with a wide range of attractive features, including a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, 7-inch digital driver's display, ventilated front seats, dual-zone climate control, panoramic sunroof, and a wireless phone charger. In addition, the safety kit includes six airbags, a 360-degree camera, tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), front and rear parking sensors, and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) offering lane-keep and departure assist, adaptive cruise control, and auto-emergency braking. the Toyota Innova Hycross As for the power specifications, the Innova Hycross comes with two options: a strong 2-litre hybrid engine that delivers a maximum power of 186 PS and a max torque of 188 Nm (engine) / 206 Nm (motor); and a 2-litre petrol engine capable of generating 175 PS of power and 209 Nm of torque. The hybrid version comes with an e-CVT transmission, while the petrol version features a CVT transmission.

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Ford Launches New Equator SUV Upgrading Global Line-Up

Ford Launches New Equator SUV Upgrading Global Line-Up

The all-new Ford Equator SUV, positioned above the Everest, debuts with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Manufactured in China at the JMC-Ford JV plant

The much-awaited renewal of the Equator SUV by Ford has made its appearance overseas. This all-new SUV is positioned higher than the existing Ford Everest (also recognized as Endeavour) in Ford's global offering. The most significant modification to this grand SUV is the inception of a plug-in hybrid powertrain variant. This SUV is fabricated in China at the JMC-Ford JV manufacturing plant. The_Equator_SUV Leaked images of the vehicle have given us a peek at what's to come ahead of its official reveal. It has been equipped with a slimmer grille, upgraded LED lighting and new air intakes in the front bumper. The situated LED lights stretch the breadth of the rear-end, sitting atop a restyled bumper. Its side view reveals a similarity to the existing model, with the addition of newly designed alloy wheels taking it apart. The interior images of the enhanced Equator are not yet available, so it's uncertain whether it will feature the heavily-sized 27-inch infotainment screen which appears in the Evos crossover in select markets. The_Equator_SUV The primary engine of the renewed Equator is a power-efficient plug-in hybrid technology. This amalgamates the strength of a 1.5-litre petrol engine delivering 150hp, an electric motor yielding 82hp, and a battery pack sourced from CATL. The combined output of this powertrain is an impressive 218hp. Apart from this, it also has a 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engine equipped under its hood, delivering a power of 170hp and 260Nm of torque. The existing 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine will no longer be offered. Previously, Ford was re-evaluating its plan for introducing its dedicated C-segment SUV built on the Territory platform, which underpins the Equator, into the Indian markets. Unfortunately, after dissolving its tie-up with Mahindra, Ford decided to withdraw from India, suspending further development of its new C-segment SUV. The_Equator_SUV Meanwhile, in other news-Autocar India reports that Ford may not reintroduce the EcoSport, Figo, Aspire in Indian markets. Also, the sightings of the Ford Ranger in India have resulted in speculation about its potential launch. Ford could also be considering launching an all-new EcoSport for European consumers. With Ford discontinuing these vehicles, it has left a lingering question- Is Ford planning a comeback to the Indian markets? Responses and opinions on this matter were discussed in a recent episode of the Deep Drive Podcast. In conclusion, it is safe to say that the new Ford Equator boasts a fresh and contemporary aesthetic, coupled with its advanced powertrain options, it's set to excite car enthusiasts worldwide.

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Pulsar F250 2024 Edition Pricing and Details Lacks USD Front Forks unlike New N250

Pulsar F250 2024 Edition Pricing and Details Lacks USD Front Forks unlike New N250

Bajaj Auto unveils the 2024 Pulsar F250 with advanced features and enhancements. it offers impressive attributes, differing from the 2024 Pulsar N250

Bajaj Auto has unveiled the much-anticipated 2024 Pulsar F250. The new version comes with several impressive attributes, albeit with notable differences from the similarly priced 2024 Pulsar N250. Extending advanced features and enhanced capabilities, the Pulsar F250 update has finally materialized, interestingly priced at the identical cost of new 2024 Pulsar N250, amounting to Rs. 1.51 lakh (ex-sh).  2024 Pulsar F250 The Indian motorbike enthusiasts had been eagerly waiting for the upgraded Pulsar F250 after the earlier release of 2024 Bajaj Pulsar N250. The latest model incorporates most of the remarkable characteristics that defined the 2024 Pulsar N250, with one exception being the notable absence of USD front forks. It is noteworthy that these gold-finished USD telescopic front forks remain exclusive to the street-style Pulsar N250. Notable enhancements in the Pulsar F250 include upgraded cycle parts. Owners can now enjoy bigger petal discs, expanded 110-section front and 140-section rear tyres, and improved electronics. The motorcycle offers Traction Control that is switchable for a fun ride and three ABS modes, accommodating Rain, Road, and Off-Road scenarios.  2024 Pulsar F250 The fully digital instrument cluster, first witnessed with 2024 Pulsar N250 and the new Pulsars, also figures prominently in the 2024 Pulsar F250. This feature is accompanied by Bluetooth connectivity, alerts, and notifications. It also has dedicated app support, along with turn-by-turn navigation technology. Comparing the two 250 twins, the 2024 Pulsar F250 and Pulsar N250, K2K MotoVlogs released a detailed comparative walkaround for motorbike enthusiasts after the units reached the dealerships. One visible distinction between the two models is the missing USD telescopic front forks in the new Pulsar F250. 2024 Pulsar F250 However, the F250 model comes equipped with several unique features not found in the N250. The key uniqueness lies in the semi-faired design of the Pulsar F250, which provides aerodynamic benefits. The fixed windscreen and the fairing intensify the impression of a considerably sized vehicle. Additionally, the Pulsar F250 Incorporates unique front fascia distinct to itself, with a completely different set of headlights from the ones found on the N250. The new model also prides itself on sportier clip-on handlebars. The 2024 Pulsar F250 model includes multiple new features such as a USB port, all-LED lighting, better-quality switchgear, and a new instrument screen. Like the N250, the F250 also relies on the same motor. Both bikes use a 249.07cc, oil-cooled, single-cylinder engine, delivering 24.5 PS of maximum power at 8,750 RPM and 21.5 Nm of peak torque at 6,500 RPM. The engines are seamlessly matched to a 5-speed transmission and employ a slip and assist clutch to enhance their performance. Remarkably, both motorcycles bear almost the same weight, creating a delicate balance between their comparative attributes and performance.

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McLaren Unveils World  Most Powerful McLaren e-Bike

McLaren Unveils World Most Powerful McLaren e-Bike

Ventures into the McLaren e-bike space with all-new range featuring in-house designed carbon frames. These hyperbikes blend contemporary innovation

McLaren, recognized globally for its powerful and luxurious cars, has ventured into the McLaren e-bike space. The reputable company has launched an all-new range of e-bikes that have been designed and crafted in-house, aiming for an innate synergy between contemporary and tradition. These 'hyperbikes' feature carbon frames, displaying the commitment McLaren puts into developing their products. McLaren_Powerful_e_Bike Although many car enthusiasts equally respect and enjoy bike riding in all its glory, seldom does the transition from four to two wheels occur with much success. Brands with four-wheeled dominance often struggle to make a comparable impact with their two-wheeled counterparts. However, McLaren strives to change this scenario with their newly introduced e-bikes. It’s important to note that McLaren hasn’t just slapped their well-respected badge on these bikes. The design and construction of these marvelous machines have been carried out in-house using the company’s knowledge and experience in carbon frame. Two models from the e-bike range, the Extreme and Sport 600, are US-exclusive due to their power which exceeds the EU limits, with an incredible potential of 600W and 118lb ft enabling it to reach speeds of 20mph. McLaren_Powerful_e_Bike For the European market, Mclaren has released two other models, the Sport and Extreme 250. They are slightly more sedate with a delivered power of 250W and torque of 89lb ft. The Sport version is a hardtail bike with a 29-inch wheelbase, while the Extreme model features full suspension with a 29-inch front wheel and 27.5-inch rear wheel. Both models have been designed to mirror McLaren’s automotive legacy and seek contributions from their Artura development team. Staying true to their brand ethos, McLaren has equipped these McLaren e-bikes with the latest technology designed to enhance the overall rider experience. The Extreme model features SRAM's 12-speed wireless XX Eagle Transmission; the Sports model gets the XX Eagle. Riders can control the McLaren e-bikes through a digital display that features multiple modes: off, Eco (for battery efficiency), Trail (for balance), Sport (for speed), and Race (for maximum power output). McLaren_Powerful_e_Bike According to McLaren, they have created the 'perfect, all-rounder mountain bike.’ It delivers a ‘McLaren style’ minimalist frame design and integrated components, making it a fantastic ride both off-road and on aggressive single tracks. These e-bikes are produced in a limited edition, a trend followed by many recent McLaren creations. They are available for purchase from mclaren bikes.com or any McLaren dealer, and can be ordered in small, medium or large sizes. Every bike comes with a two-year warranty and is made to order in 90 days. The Sport 250 model is priced at £8,640, while the Extreme is available for £11,520, reasonable prices for a premium e-bike and certainly less costly than any other new McLaren. Get ready to hit the trails with these amazing creations by McLaren.

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Anticipation Builds for Launch of Maruti Suzuki Swift CNG Pricing Specifications and Additional Details

Anticipation Builds for Launch of Maruti Suzuki Swift CNG Pricing Specifications and Additional Details

Maruti plans to launch a CNG version of the Swift model with a factory-installed kit. Expected soon it will feature minor power and torque differences.

Maruti Suzuki, a leading automobile manufacturer in India, is planning to introduce a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered version of their popular Swift model in the near future. While no official date has been revealed, the hatchback's upcoming CNG variant is anticipated to come outfitted with a factory-installed kit in its trunk. Identical to its siblings in terms of features and design, the new release is set to present only minor differences in terms of power and torque output.  Maruti_Suzuki_Swift_CNG The original Swift, launched as the next-generation model, features the all-new Z-series 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine, available at a starting price of Rs. 6.49 lakh (ex-showroom). The new Swift comes in a variety of five versions, namely, LXi, VXi, VXi (O), ZXi, and ZXi+, each furnished with manual and automatic transmission choices. The new CNG variant is expected to offer only a manual gearbox option though. Maruti_Suzuki_Swift_CNG As to its cost, the Swift CNG iteration is projected to be priced around Rs. 90,000 higher than the petrol-powered model, which at present retails from Rs. 6.49 lakh to Rs. 9.65 lakh (both rates ex-showroom). The new Swift reaches a fuel efficiency of 24.80 km/l with manual and 25.75 km/l with automatic transmissions. However, the upcoming CNG model is expected to attain an enhanced mileage of over 32 km/kg.  Maruti_Suzuki_Swift_CNG The Swift offers a host of noteworthy features and highlights. The newly installed engine, a successor to the K-Series, generates a torque of 112Nm at 4,300 rpm and 80bhp at 5,700rpm, signifying a slight reduction of 9bhp and 1Nm from the previous engines. Enhanced features include a 9.0-inch SmartPlay Pro+ touchscreen infotainment system, keyless entry, six airbags, rear AC vents, Arkamys sound system, and many more amenities for a high-end driving experience. The upcoming Maruti Suzuki Swift CNG variant will join the competitive fray with other similar models such as the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios and Tata Tiago. Especially in CNG form, the Swift will face stiff competition from these hatchbacks.  Maruti_Suzuki_Swift_CNG The fourth-generation Swift model, scheduled to be officially released on May 9, 2024, has already shown promising prospects with booking surpassing the 10,000 mark in merely eight days since it was opened on May 1 for Rs 11,000. The market eagerly awaits the arrival of the CNG version of this popular hatchback and its performance in this highly competitive segment.

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Unveiling of Mahindra Scorpio N Adventure Edition Features and Specifications

Unveiling of Mahindra Scorpio N Adventure Edition Features and Specifications

Mahindra introduces the Scorpio N Adventure Edition in South Africa, an off-road-ready SUV built on the Z8 4WD variant, factory-installed enhancements

Mahindra & Mahindra has introduced the Scorpio N Adventure Edition in South Africa, an off-road ready special edition version of the SUV that features a variety of factory-installed enhancements. The original Scorpio N was launched in the South African market last year, and this Adventure Edition is built upon the premier Z8 4WD variant. the_Scorpio_N_Adventure_Edition Key features of the Mahindra Scorpio N Adventure Edition include off-road spec full metal bumpers on both the front and rear. Fitted onto the front bumper are fog lamps and auxiliary lights, as well as a winch for recovery, a tow bar, and high-lift jacking points. The redesigned bumpers have a compact design that improves the vehicle's approach and departure angles compared to the base Scorpio N. Further improvements can be seen along the sides of the SUV – to enhance the vehicle's visual appeal, the wheel arch cladding has been redesigned and is now wider than that of the standard model. The Adventure Edition also sports a fresh set of 18-inch all-black multi-spoke alloy wheels, fitted with off-road-optimized tires. The wider cladding and new tires contribute to the SUV’s overall enhanced road presence. the_Scorpio_N_Adventure_Edition Although the overall rear profile remains mostly unaltered, the new bumper is a notable change. A blacked-out roof rack, attached to the stock roof rails, can also be seen in the Adventure Edition and contributes to its rugged image. The Scorpio N Adventure Edition remains mechanically identical to the original model. It is equipped with the familiar 2.2-liter mHawk turbo diesel engine, which produces a maximum power of 172 bhp and a peak torque of 400 Nm. The engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic torque converter gearbox, designed specifically for the South African market. the_Scorpio_N_Adventure_Edition Another impressive feature is the fully-equipped four-wheel-drive system. This includes a low-range gearbox with a mechanically locking rear differential (MLD) and a brake locking differential (BLD) for the front wheels. Furthermore, the Scorpio N's terrain management system offers several driving modes, including Normal, Grass, Gravel, Snow, Mud, and Sand, thus giving drivers a comprehensive off-road driving experience.

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Tata Motors to Launch Three New Models in the Coming Months

Tata Motors to Launch Three New Models in the Coming Months

In 2024, Tata Motors plans to launch 3 new models in India, including a Nexon variation, an enhanced Altroz, and all-new Curvv, its first new model.

In 2024, Tata Motors plans to continue its strong performance by introducing at least three new models to the Indian market. These additions will include a variation of the Nexon line and an enhanced model of the Altroz. Furthermore, the company's first completely new model in three years, the Curvv, is set to launch this year. the Nexon iCNG The Nexon range is scheduled for expansion via the introduction of a CNG-powered variant dubbed the Nexon iCNG. This expansion marks another pioneering effort by Tata, following their introduction of the country's first CNG-automatic models— the Tiago and Tigor iCNG—with AMTs (Automated Manual Transmission). The Nexon iCNG was also featured in this year's Bharat Mobility Expo. the Nexon iCNG The engine specifications of the Nexon iCNG remain the same as its standard, retail counterparts— a 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine. Standard models will feature a manual gearbox, but it is anticipated that an AMT option will also be made available. Pricing for the Nexon iCNG is projected to be approximately Rs 1 lakh higher than the petrol variant. Altroz Racer Next in the pipeline is the launch of the Altroz Racer, Tata's equivalent to the Hyundai i20 N Line. A sportier rendition of the existing Altroz model, the Altroz Racer was previously revealed in an auto expo. It has since been seen undergoing tests, which appear to confirm the details of this high-performance version. The upgraded Altroz model maintains the same 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine as its Altroz iTurbo predecessor but boasts 120 horsepower— a 10 horsepower increase. It also features a 6-speed manual gearbox (up from the iTurbo's 5-speed). The model appears to retain the original Altroz's orange and black dual-tone paint scheme, as well as its alloy wheels. Altroz Racer The premium Altroz Racer will offer unique feature enhancements such as dual racing stripes, 'Racer' badges, and modifications to the grille. It will also boast a suite of features including a new 10.25-inch touchscreen, ventilated front seats (a segment first), a 360-degree camera, six airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), a voice-activated sunroof, and a heads-up display.  the Curvv Tata's greatly anticipated mid-size SUV model, the Curvv, is slated for release later this year. It will initially launch as an EV, based on Tata's Gen 2 Acti.ev architecture and offering a range of around 450-500 km. This makes the all-electric Curvv a potential strong competitor to rivals such as the Creta EV, Maruti eVX, and Toyota's derivative of Maruti's EV. Petrol and diesel variants of the Curvv are expected to follow, with production scheduled to commence around September. They are forecast to launch in either the last quarter of 2024 or early-2025. The petrol-powered Curvv will utilize a new 125 horsepower, 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo engine and offer manual and automatic transmission options. The diesel Curvv will likely share the Nexon's 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel engine coupled with 6-speed manual and AMT transmissions. A CNG version of the Curvv is also expected to be released later on. the Curvv Noteworthy features anticipated in the Curvv include state-of-the-art technology like a 360-degree camera, 10.25-inch infotainment and driver display screens, along with cooled seats. However, it is not yet known if ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) will be part of the offering. While Tata Motors had a successful 2023, launching several new vehicles with a strong sales performance, this year's line-up will test the brand's resonance with the Indian market, especially given the unique coupe-like roofline of the Curvv.

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