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Renault Duster Facelift

Developed and designed by Renault’s Romanian subsidiary, Dacia, its arrival heralded a new chapter in the pages of Renault India’s history as it set the charts on fire every month since its launch in July 2012. However, despite the good combinations that it offered, the Duster was no match for the Ford EcoSport which was launched earlier this year and ultimately started dropping off in terms of numbers. With so much to lose, it is now likely that Renault will bring the facelifted version to India sooner than expected. It was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show and features a host of cosmetic changes and a new petrol engine option.


The facelifted Renault Duster gets a redone fascia in the form of a new grille, revised headlamp design as well as a new design for the air intake in front. It also gets new front and rear scuff plates, revised tail lamp assembly and 16-inch wheels. However, the overall design of the crossover has not been tampered with as it still retains its squat stance and model-defining flared wheel arches. The rear too remains the same as the current vehicle but now the exhaust pipe has been integrated into the rear diffuser assembly. However, one noticeable change to the Duster is the modified roof rails to increase the amount of support it can provide. For further personalisation, Renault may also offer the adventure exterior design pack which includes a bulbar, satin chrome strips and door sill guard protectors.

Interior and features

The Renault Duster facelift carries over most of the interiors from the current vehicle but what’s new is the instrument cluster, seat upholstery options and power window switches. The European spec car also gets a fire extinguisher, security system and snow chains. India would be getting only the fire extinguisher. The rear seats are likely to remain unchanged as will the boot area. Renault currently offers a navigation pack with the Duster and we expect that this will become a standard feature on the RXZ diesel variant.

Variants and engine line-up

The Renault Duster is currently offered in seven diesel and two petrol variants. We expect that once the Media-NAV system is integrated into the car as a standard feature, Renault will do away with the RxZ and RxL optional variants.

The engine line-up stays the same as before; a 1.5-litre diesel and a 1.6-litre petrol. The diesel is available in two configurations 84bhp+200Nm and 110bhp+240Nm, while the petrol engine produces 102bhp and 145Nm of torque. The 84bhp diesel and the petrol engine have been mated to a five-speed manual while the 110bhp diesel has been mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.

However, Renault’s new weapon is the 1.2-litre TCe petrol engine that produces 123.3bhp and 204Nm of torque. Power is transmitted to the front wheels or all four wheels via a six-speed manual and in the case of the latter a four-wheel-drive system. It is their answer to Ford’s Ecoboost engine and will most certainly be launched here in the front-wheel-drive guise.

When do we get it and what will it cost?

It is likely that Renault will showcase the facelifted Duster at the 2014 Auto Expo and will launch it a few months later. The price is expected to be Rs 20,000 more than the equivalent current variants of the present vehicle.

The facelifted Renault Duster, when launched here, will compete with the Ford EcoSport, Nissan Terrano and the Mahindra XUV500 W4 variant.

Datsun Redi GO

The Datsun Redi GO is the third car from the Japanese automaker as part of its re launch strategy for the brand. It was unveiled at the 2014 Auto Expo and will join the GO, GO+ and the soon to be unveiled sedan (Russia market only) as Datsun’s budget offerings for various markets. It is a B-segment hatchback and is expected to sit above the GO hatchback in the Datsun hierarchy.


The Redi-GO gets a slightly more futuristic adaptation of the Japanese automaker’s fascia that was unveiled with the GO in July last year. It retains the chrome hexagonal grille from the GO and GO+ but gets sleeker swept back headlights. The fascia also includes a futuristic bumper which is separated from the front grille by a narrow air dam. The headlights and the fog lamps are both LED units but we expect that in the production version, the hatchback will get standard halogen units in a bid to keep the cost of the car down.

The side profile includes flared wheel arches and aerodynamic lines that extend into the boot and then onto the other side. The Redi GO’s roofline slopes at both ends and gives the impression that the car is forward leaning thanks to the little bits of the body work that cover the edge of the A-pillar and the C-pillar. Despite the quirky design, the Redi GO is a four door but we expect that headroom in the second row will be a bit of an issue if this is the shape adapted in the production version.

Left Side View

At the rear, the Redi GO gets a sloping roofline with a smaller rear spoiler. The two-tone bumper is body coloured expect for the number plate holder which has been painted in grey to match the same section on the front bumper. The tail lamp assembly flows from the rear wheel arch to a point near the middle of the boot door. Despite the rest of the car having so many lines and little touches to give it a funky appearance, the rear is little less spectacular than the rest of the car. It has a wheelbase of 2.3 meters which means the overall length of the Redi GO should be in the range of 3.2-3.6 meters.


The interiors of the Redi GO have not been revealed but we expect that it will be a slightly more premium version than the ones found in the GO and GO+. It is expected to get all the standard features like the AUX-IN with two speakers, mobile charging point, beige upholstery, the dash-mounted gear lever and handbrake.

 Front view Engines

It is expected to be powered by the same 1.2-litre three cylinder engine that produces 67bhp and 104Nm of torque. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox. It is possible that this car maybe offered with a CNG or an LPG compatible option also.

Price, competition and launch

It is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 3.5 lakh to Rs 5.5 lakh and will compete in the B-segment with the Chevrolet Sail hatchback, Tata Indica eV2 and the Hyundai i10. It is expected to be launched in early 2015 for most of the markets where Datsun has a presence.

Mercedes-Benz C63 S AMG

Performance seems to be the key for Mercedes-Benz this year. It has, this year, launched three AMG-spec models for the Indian market and now looks set to bring a fourth one into the country. This car is the C63 AMG S, a high performance version of its award winning four-door sedan.


The C63 AMG S looks like the standard C-Class but now gets the AMG-spec body kit and large 19-inch wheels. The body kit comprises sporty bumpers, side skirts and a quad exhaust setup while the wheels are the familiar double slat five-spoke wheels with the AMG badging in the centre. Also included in the external design is the large brakes and contrast coloured callipers.


The cabin, in standard Mercedes-Benz fashion, mimics that of the sedan but with special elements to match the AMG pedigree. These include chrome garnish for the regular contact surfaces, AMG badging, contrast coloured leather sports seats and a leather wrapped steering wheel.

Engine and gearbox

The C63 AMG S is powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that produces 510bhp and 700Nm of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via the seven-speed dual clutch AMG speedshift gearbox. All this power propels it from 0-100kmph in four seconds and it then eventually hits an electronically limited top speed of 250kmph. In terms of mechanicals, it gets a locking differential as well as dynamic engine mounts sourced from the AMG GT.

Price and competition

It is expected that the C 63 AMG S will be priced in the range of Rs 1.2 crore to Rs 1.5 crore. It will compete with the BMW M3 in the Indian market.

Land Rover Discovery Sport

The Discovery Sport is the next generation compact SUV from Land Rover. The new model comes with 5+2 seating capacity giving it an edge over the competing mid-sized luxury SUVs.

Unveiled as the Discovery Vison concept, the new model will be the first in the all-new Discovery range. The cars get the new family face which is reminiscent of the Evoque and the new Range Rover family. The Discovery does not look like the typical old-school Land Rover models; it is modern, yet has lot of elements that are atypical of Land Rovers.

The front gets the twin-slat grille, sweptback headlamps, offset logo and massive front bumper. The tail lamps are very similar to that of the Evoque and get an all-LED treatment. In proportions, the Discovery Sport looks bigger than the entry-level Range Rover, something that should work in its favour.

The interior is modern with a vertical layout for the console, similar to the one seen in all the new Land Rover models. The new architecture also fits in seven seats in the relatively small cabin. The Discovery Sport will be available in India with a diesel engine in two different states of tune. The 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine will be set up to deliver 147bhp or 187bhp depending upon the variant.

The SUV will use the 9-speed ZF gearbox from the Evoque and will power all four wheels when required via Land Rover’s acclaimed Terrain Response Technology. With Land Rover’s pedigree and more than decent ground clearance of 211mm, the Discovery Sport should have respectable off-roading capabilities.

The new SUV will be assembled in India via CKD operations in Pune and will compete with the BMW X3, Audi Q5 and the Mercedes-Benz ML-Class in the Indian market. The Discovery Sport will be launched on September 2 and is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 55 lakh to Rs 70 lakh.

Audi A6 Facelift

Audi India will launch the facelifted A6 sedan for the Indian market on September 20. The revised car will get some changes to the interior and exterior, and a slight bump in the power output.


The biggest and much-awaited change the new Audi A6 gets is the newly designed headlights with twin-lined fibre optic LED strips. These are the same Matrix LED headlamps that are available on the recently launched RS6 Avant. This feature, however, is limited to the top-spec variant. More changes include the revised tail lights with swept back indicators, unique chrome strip on the boot lid’s edge and a new set of alloy wheels.


The changes also extend to the cabin where it gets a new inbuilt infotainment system, MMI touch interface of Audi navigation system, power retractable monitors and an LTE port that offers online services from apps. The car will come equipped with premium 12-way electrically adjustable front seats, a reverse parking camera with night vision and adaptive cruise control. We hope the carmaker also equips the Indian-spec A6 with massage and ventilation options for the seats, which are available in the European market.

Engine and Gearbox

Audi has retained the engine line-up for the facelifted A6 and it is powered by the same 2.0-litre TDI engine. However, this time the power has been increased from 175bhp to 187bhp. This powerplant will come mated to the 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission and will receive Audi’s Quattro four-wheel drive system as standard.

Price and Competition

This revised model of the Audi A6 was showcased at the Paris Motor Show in 2014 and the manufacturer will finally launch it for the Indian market next month. It is expected to be priced in the Rs 48 lakh to Rs 60 lakh price bracket. This refreshed model will go up against the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5 Series and the Jaguar XF in India.

Ford New Figo

The Ka is the new hatchback concept from Ford, developed under the code name ‘B562’. Like the EcoSport, this hatchback is also developed by Ford Brazil indicating that this product will primarily target emerging markets including India.

It will be called the next generation Figo in India and has design cues similar to that of the European Ford Mondeo. It is expected to be launched in India after its compact sedan sibling, around the holiday season. The Figo has been spotted on test on multiple occasions in full production guise and has very similar styling cues as its CS sibling.



The next generation Figo looks bigger that the current Figo hatchback and this is down to what appears to be a larger wheelbase. The fascia of the next generation Figo hatchback is similar to that of the current generation Ford models, the headlights on the concept cars were projector lamps but on the standard model it will be bulb and reflector units.

It gets a bold new grille and the angular headlamps complement the design nicely. The side profile appears to mimic that of the current car but thanks to the perceived extra length it appears to be a longer vehicle. Ford has given the next generation Figo a simplistic design for the rear in the Brazilian market but for India we expect the addition of at least one chrome strip as well and badging to separate the diesel and petrol models.


The interior of the Figo hatchback mimics that of the EcoSport and the Fiesta in terms of both layout and overall design. The quality of the materials used as well as the feature list is just as good as the other Ford models. Equipment on the top spec diesel and petrol variants is expected to include AC, SYNC music system, auto-folding OVRMs, reversing sensors with camera, rain sensing wipers and auto dimming internal mirror.

Engine and gearbox

The Figo hatchback will be offered with one petrol and diesel engine. The former is the 1.2-litre four-cylinder mill currently producing 68bhp/102Nm. In the new car, we believe that it will produce around 75bhp and 102Nm. The diesel will be the 1.5-litre four-cylinder mill from the Fiesta which produces 89bhp and 204Nm. Gearbox options will include the five-speed manual and six-speed AT.

Price and competition

It will compete with the likes of the Honda Brio, Maruti Suzuki Swift, Hyundai Grand i10 and the Tata Bolt. It is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 4 lakh to Rs 7 lakh for the top-spec diesel model.

Renault KWID

Renault is currently one of the mass-market/budget car players in the Indian market without a vehicle in the A-segment. Its alliance partner, Nissan, had launched the Datsun budget brand in 2013 and currently has two vehicles with this moniker. Looking to join the fray, Renault has unveiled a hatchback-based crossover called the KWID.

Named after the concept car that it unveiled at the 2014 Auto Expo, the KWID, is a five-seater crossover underpinned by the French automaker’s CMFA platform and will be produced at their Chennai factory with 98 per cent localisation.


The Renault KWID has lines similar to that of the Datsun GO but now gets body cladding, flared wheel arches and a forward leaning stance giving it a muscular appearance. It is the first car in the Indian market to debut the French automaker’s honeycomb grille and new headlight design. It gets an aggressive front bumper design that extends outwards and in the top spec variants houses the fog lamps.

The side profile reveals the heavily flared wheel arches and forward leaning stance. The windscreen sharply rakes towards the rear. There is plastic cladding at the base of the doors which are the colour of the wheel arches and basically serve the purpose of rub rails.

At the rear, the glass section is small and slopes forward while there is a sharp lip on the middle of the boot door. The plastic cladding sits right below the boot door and houses the number plate. Renault has given the KWID a small spoiler which we believe will be standard across all variants.


The KWID appears to have the same interior from the Pulse which is basically the layout of the Nissan Micra. However, while the layout is the same, the feature list will have many first in segment items. It gets a fully digital instrumental cluster, Media-NAV infotainment system, front power windows and AC. While the instrument cluster, power windows and AC are expected to be standard across all variants,  the Media-NAV infotainment system will only be offered in the top-spec variants.

Engine and gearbox

The engine is expected to be an 800cc three-cylinder unit that will produce around 50bhp and 90Nm of torque. Power will go to the front wheels via a five-speed manual. We also believe that this car is likely to debut an AMT from the Renault-Nissan stable. There will be no diesel model but a 1.0-litre model with higher power figures will arrive six months later. It is also possible that there may be a CNG model but this will only materialise based on demand.

Price and competition

The KWID is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 3 lakh to Rs 4.5 lakh and will compete with the Chevrolet Spark, Tata Nano, Datsun Go and the Hyundai Eon. It will be launched during the festive season and most likely with an introductory price.

Chevrolet Trailblazer

Chevrolet recently announced that it would be bringing the Trail Blazer [FV1] SUV to the Indian market. It had shown the car at the 2014 Auto Expo and is believed to have got a positive response for the display car. It will slot in above the Captiva and is expected to be their first premium offering for the Indian market.


The facia has the standard Chevrolet SUV look thanks to the split design and mesh grille. The headlights sit firmly at the edges of the bonnet while there are fog lamps as well as daytime LEDs. To add to the muscular stance, Chevrolet has also included a pseudo bull bar-like element to the bumper and has painted it black to give the grille a floating effect.

The side profile is typical SUV with three visible rows, a high roofline and sharply raked front windscreen and very softly flared wheel arches. We expect that the roof rails and 17-inch wheel will be standard across all variants. Chevrolet has designed the rear section in a boxy manner but has given it wrap-around tail lamps with chrome surrounds, a move that gives the SUV a premium look.



The Trailblazer gets an interior layout quite similar to that of the Chevrolet Cruze. The Thailand-spec car was kitted out in a brown and black theme, but we believe the final model for India that will be launched is expected to be offered in beige. Standard features are expected to include climate control, Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, steering mounted audio controls and jump seats in the third row. It is possible that Chevrolet may also offer a video screen with a remote control for the second row.

Engine and gearbox

The India-spec Trailblazer is expected to be offered with the 2.8-litre four-cylinder mill which produces 200bhp and 500Nm of torque. There will most likely be only two LTZ versions one of which will be RWD while the other will be an AWD variant and both will only be offered with a six-speed AT.

Price and competition

The Trailblazer is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 32 lakh to Rs 40 lakh where it will compete with vehicles like the Volo XC60 and the Audi Q3. It will be brought to India via the CBU route from Thailand.

After the discovery of Stagefright vulnerability,  Google and Samsung announced they would provide security patches to the Galaxy and Nexus range of mobile devices about once every month, starting with the Stagefright patch. Now, LG and Motorola are the latest to join the two firms confirming that they would too be taking the vulnerability seriously, and LG, besides issuing a patch, also says it will boost its security update frequency to a monthly basis.

In response to the Stagefright vulnerability and Google’s announcements, an LG representative last week was quoted by Wired to say, “LG will be providing security updates on a monthly basis which carriers will then be able to make available to customers immediately. We believe these important steps will demonstrate to LG customers that security is our highest priority.” It is not yet clear as to which LG handsets would be receiving the updates.

Motorola too gave details on the handsets it would be rolling out the Stagefright vulnerability patch to - essentially smartphones released since 2013. The list includes Moto X Style (patched from launch), Moto X Play (patched from launch), Moto X, Moto X (Gen 2), Moto X Pro, Moto Maxx/Turbo, Moto G, Moto G Gen 2, Moto G Gen 3, Moto G 4G, Moto G (Gen 2) LTE, Moto E, Moto E Gen 2, Moto E (Gen 2) 4G, Droid Turbo, and Droid Ultra/ Droid Mini / Droid Maxx.

As per the company blog post, the patch has already started reaching the carriers, which then would take a few days to reach the handsets. The unlocked devices would however, be getting the update sooner. Meanwhile, the company has advised its users to disable the auto-receiving MMS feature. Other manufacturers that are also issuing Stagefright patches include HTC, Sony, and Google for Android One devices.

Zimperium, the security firm which discovered Android’s Stagefright vulnerability in July, has also released an app that allows users to check whether their device has the said vulnerability - the Stagefright Detector App.

Stagefright is an open source media player that is used by about 95 percent of Android devices, or about 950 million devices. Zimperium reported a vulnerability in Stagefright late last month that, if exploited, could let attackers to take control of an Android device by sending a specially crafted media file delivered by an MMS message.


Intex Cloud Launched at Rs. 6,999

Soon after launching a new variant of the Cloud M6 smartphone, Intex has now launched the Cloud Pace, priced at Rs. 6,999. The smartphone is exclusive to ShopClues, an e-commerce website, and is now available to buy.

The Intex Cloud Pace comes with several bundled offers from the company including a 16GB memory card, a CallMate 2800mah powerbank, a Selfie stick with an auxiliary cable, a tempered glass screen guard, a flip cover, Rs. 1,500 goCash free from Goibibo, and also an accidental insurance policy from Infyshield. Additionally, the handset will be available with free data package from Aircel offering up to 1.5GB (500MB each month) of 2G/ 3G data for three months.

The dual-SIM Intex Cloud Pace runs Android 5.1 Lollipop, and features a 4.5-inch (540×960 pixels) qHD IPS display. The new Intex smartphone is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM.

Sporting an 8-megapixel rear autofocus camera, the Cloud Pace also sports a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. It bears 16GB of built-in storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 64GB). Connectivity options include 3G (HSPA+), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro-USB 2.0, GPS/ A-GPS, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

It is backed by 1700mAh battery that is rated to deliver up to 180 hours of standby time on and up to 5 hours of talk time. It bears an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and proximity sensor.

Ford Figo Aspire

The Ford Figo Concept is Ford’s new global concept that was unveiled just before Delhi Auto Expo 2014. The car has already been spotted testing in full production guise in India and will be the first car to roll out of the American automaker’s Gujarat plant. It is expected to be followed by the Figo hatchback a few months later.


The Figo sedan is a new design for the automaker and it will be their first venture into the segment. It is less than four metres in length but looks proportionate. The Figo Concept aligns itself with Ford’s “One Ford” philosophy, which means it now looks a lot like the new Mondeo and Taurus.

It gets a bold new grille and the angular headlamps complement the design nicely. The silhouette is pretty much the same as most of the other compact sedans, but the rear is slightly disappointing and looks a bit unfinished. However, like Honda’s Amaze, has been designed to be a complete car rather than a boot-on-hatch design.

Unlike most other cars from the segment, it doesn’t put the rear number plate on the bootlid, instead it opts for a low mount on the bumper. This leaves the rear with a look that is a little too vertical despite the horizontal creases that try to alleviate the visual height.


The interior of the Figo sedan mimics that of the EcoSport and the Fiesta in terms of both layout and overall design. The quality of the materials used as well as the feature list is just as good as the other Ford models. Equipment on the top-spec diesel and petrol variants is expected to include AC, SYNC music system, auto-folding OVRMs, reversing sensors with camera, rain sensing wipers and auto dimming internal mirror.

Engine and gearbox

The Figo sedan will be offered with one petrol and diesel engine. The former is the 1.2-litre four-cylinder mill currently producing 68bhp/102Nm. In the new car, we believe that it will produce around 75bhp and 102Nm. The diesel will be the 1.5-litre four-cylinder mill from the Fiesta which produces 89bhp and 204Nm. Gearbox options are expected to include a five-speed manual as well as the six-speed dual clutch gearbox for the petrol engine.

Price and competition

Unlike the current Figo, it is a compact sedan which means it will compete with the likes of the Honda Amaze, Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Hyundai Xcent and the Tata Zest. It is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 5 lakh to Rs 8 lakh for the top-spec diesel model.

Lenovo’s Zuk Z1

Lenovo’s online-only smartphone brand, Zuk, has launched in China alongside its first handset - the Z1. Priced at CNY 1,799 (approximately Rs. 18,250), the smartphone will go on sale starting August 18.

Lenovo’s new online-only brand is aimed at countering the rise of Xiaomi in China, which too has followed a low-cost online-only model. The company was expected to start operations in China in April; though it has only launched its first product in August.

The Zuk Z1 features metal frames around the handset and includes no branding from Lenovo. There is only a Zuk logo branding at the back of the handset.

While Lenovo so far has not detailed any plans to launch its online-only smartphone brand outside China, it is expected the company may bring the brand to other markets.

The Zuk Z1 features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display and sports a physical home button on the front panel. Notably, the home button on the Z1 smartphone also embeds the fingerprint scanner. Much like recently launched flagship smartphones, Lenovo’s Zuk Z1 features the USB Type-C 3.0 port.

Under the hood, the new smartphone packs a dated Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHZ coupled with 3GB of RAM and Adreno 330 GPU. The handset supports dual Nano-SIM cards and runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. It packs 64GB of inbuilt storage.

The smartphone sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with Sony sensor (IMX214) and optical image stabilization (OIS), another feature that’s found in high-end smartphones. There is an 8-megapixel front-facing camera also on board. It packs a large 4100mAh battery and will be available in White and Grey colours. The Zuk Z1 smartphone measures 155.7×77.3×8.9mm and weighs 175 grams.

Samsung Galaxy A8

Samsung A8 is packed with some great specs and costs Rs 32,500. The device immediately feels light at just 151 grams, though it also does feel sturdy. The 5.7in display leaves very little bezel, just 2.5mm of it, which gives the A8 a premium look. The home button is also a finger print sensor that activates on touch, rather than swipe.

HMCL NA and HMCL Americas – subsidiaries of Hero MotoCorp have announced that they have entered into a Settlement Agreement with the receiver appointed by the Circuit Court, Wisconsin, USA in the matter of Chapter 128 Receivership filed by the Erik Buell Racing.

As per this new settlement agreement, HMCL Americas has agreed to acquire the ownership of certain tangible and intangible assets of EBR for US$ 2.8 million. Both the companies have also agreed to resolve all disputes and fully give mutual releases in terms of the Settlement Agreement for all subject matters which is in any way related to EBR.

This new development will help Hero MotoCorp accelerate certain projects that were affected due to EBR’s bankruptcy. We are expecting that motorcycles like the HX250R and the Hastur will get more focus now and hope they reach the market soon.

The German automaker has unveiled their latest creation – the Last Mile Surfer electric scooter.

This new three-wheeled scooter is the company’s first electric small mobility vehicle that will give the Segway run for their money. Weighing just 11kgs, the Last Mile Surfer is super light and can travel for around 20 kms before the charge runs out.

This piece of equipment could fit in the boot of your car and can be used to travel from the parking lot of the Walmart to the store. Powering this scooter is a lithium-ion battery, which is more than enough for travelling light.

Volkswagen has said that The Last Mile Surfer electric scooter will go on sale in the UK, next year, with a price starting from around £700 (Rs 69,000). A product like this will take time to reach the Indian market because it falls in the niche segment.

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