Tag: Engines

Diesel Power Predictably Lands in the Jeep Gladiator

There’s plenty of things Americans can’t get their hands on these days — hand sanitizer, inexpensive front-drive coupes, and a predictable future, to name a few — but those dreaming of the chance to drive a four-door convertible pickup powered by a compression-ignition engine haven’t long to wait before seeing their wish granted. As many […]

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2021 Mazda 3: More Power If You Want It, Even Less If You Can’t Afford It

Mazda appears to have embraced a two-pronged strategy to generate interest in its redesigned-for-2019 3 hatchback and sedan. For the coming model year, the automaker plans to add two engines to the lineup — one a potent, uplevel offering designed to give enthusiasts the oomph they so desire; the other, a returning cast member that […]

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Newly Potent Mazda 3’s Power Specs Revealed

<img data-attachment-id="1690352" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2019/09/the-new-mazda-3-is-tanking-can-more-equipment-and-a-higher-base-price-change-that-in-2020/2019-mazda-3-sedan/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/2019-Mazda-3-sedan.jpg" data-orig-size="1200,800" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"9","credit":"JAMES HALFACRE","camera":"Canon EOS 5D Mark IV","caption":"","created_timestamp":"1547975304","copyright":"ALL RIGHTS RESERVED JAMESHALFACRE.COM","focal_length":"50","iso":"400","shutter_speed":"0.016666666666667","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="2019 Mazda 3 sedan" data-image-description=" Image: Mazda ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/2019-Mazda-3-sedan-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/2019-Mazda-3-sedan-610×407.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1690352 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/2019-Mazda-3-sedan-610×407.jpg” alt=”2019 Mazda 3 sedan – Image: Mazda” width=”610″ height=”407″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/2019-Mazda-3-sedan-610×407.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/2019-Mazda-3-sedan-75×50.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/2019-Mazda-3-sedan-450×300.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/2019-Mazda-3-sedan-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/2019-Mazda-3-sedan-120×80.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/2019-Mazda-3-sedan.jpg 1200w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> Mazda […]

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From Canada, With Displacement: Ford’s Largest Gas V8 Arrives As a Crate Engine

North of the border, Wednesday dawned on a country celebrating a significantly less festive, no-touch national holiday. No fireworks and crowds on this COVID-y Canada Day, just locals lighting them off from the roofs of walk-ups in your author’s humble neighborhood. The “crowd” outside the Burger King hasn’t grown or shrunk in size (and remains […]

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2021 Kia K5: Pour One Out for the Optima, Then Forget

The name Americans have come to associate with Kia’s midsize family sedan is dead, but you probably knew that already. Hopefully you’ve recovered. On Tuesday, Kia pulled the wraps off the U.S.-market K5, the automaker’s replacement for the long-running Optima (which carried the Magentis name in Canada until 2010). Riding atop a third-generation N3 platform, […]

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Ford Ranger Packages Aim for Off-Roadability, but There’s Power to Be Had, Too

If you’re in the market for a midsize pickup and possess an irresistible urge to tackle the worst terrain you can find, chances are the most rugged variants of Chevy’s Colorado and Toyota’s Tacoma top your list of maybes. Ford would like a word. The Ranger didn’t enter the segment with the brawniest hardware in […]

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Dig That Diesel? GMC Claims New Oil-burner Gets ’em In the Door

Compared to the clattery, soot-spewing 350 diesel that helped sink General Motors’ reputation in the 1980s, the 3.0-liter Duramax inline-six introduced in the automaker’s full-size pickups late last year is a refined affair. It’s also making something of a reputation for itself, drawing buyers to the company’s truck-only brand who might otherwise have looked elsewhere […]

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Brand Boost: Mazda 3 Gearing Up to Suck Air

<img data-attachment-id="1706282" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2020/01/2019-was-the-worst-year-for-the-mazda-3-since-1990-wont-the-cx-30-make-2020-even-worse/2020-mazda-3-hatchback-grey/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/2020-Mazda-3-Hatchback-grey-e1579885474476.jpg" data-orig-size="2000,1333" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback grey" data-image-description=" Image: Mazda ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/2020-Mazda-3-Hatchback-grey-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/2020-Mazda-3-Hatchback-grey-610×407.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1706282 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/2020-Mazda-3-Hatchback-grey-610×407.jpg” alt=”2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback grey – Image: Mazda” width=”610″ height=”407″> A report earlier this year may have been what many longtime Mazda fans yearned to hear: that the company stands prepared to dump […]

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2021 Toyota GR Supra 2.0: Ditch Power and Weight to Save Yourself Eight Grand

Toyota made significant changes to the new-for-2020 Supra just one year into its lifespan, adding a new, cheaper four-cylinder model and bumping the output of the previously solitary inline-six version. That’s not the only hardware change in store for the resurrected sports coupe, either. For many, whether or not they ever get into a Supra […]

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2021 Subaru Crosstrek: Have Engines, Will Sell?

As we reported some months ago, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek corrects a flaw that’s hitched a ride with the otherwise useful and appealing little vehicle since its inception: a lack of power. Even with a very mild power bump for 2018, the lifted-and-cladded Impreza five-door’s 2.0-liter Boxer four-cylinder still struggled under the burden of heavy […]

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Pulling Out All the Stops: Can a Turbo Revive the Mazda 3?

<img data-attachment-id="1707778" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2020/02/finally-mazda-starts-off-2020-on-the-right-foot-with-a-u-s-sales-surge-but-the-mazda-3-disaster-reaches-new-proportions/2020-mazda-3-hatchback-grey-2/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2020-Mazda-3-hatchback-grey.jpg" data-orig-size="1200,674" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="2020 Mazda 3 hatchback grey" data-image-description=" Image: Mazda ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2020-Mazda-3-hatchback-grey-450×253.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2020-Mazda-3-hatchback-grey-610×343.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1707778 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2020-Mazda-3-hatchback-grey-610×343.jpg” alt=”2020 Mazda 3 hatchback grey – Image: Mazda” width=”610″ height=”343″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2020-Mazda-3-hatchback-grey-610×343.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2020-Mazda-3-hatchback-grey-75×42.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2020-Mazda-3-hatchback-grey-450×253.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2020-Mazda-3-hatchback-grey-768×431.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2020-Mazda-3-hatchback-grey-120×67.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2020-Mazda-3-hatchback-grey-800×450.jpg 800w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2020-Mazda-3-hatchback-grey.jpg 1200w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> The redesigned Mazda 3 arrived […]

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The Cost of Comfort: GM’s Full-size SUVs Gain Thrift in City Driving, Lose It on the Open Road

The revamped, full-size Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban and their GMC Yukon/Yukon XL twins gain significant length, interior volume, and creature comforts for 2021, but extra MPGs seem to be in short supply. The vehicles are now even larger than their predecessors, are still heavy, and carry identical V8 engine displacements, so no one should have […]

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Upcoming Nissan Rogue Due for a Power, Economy Bump

The Nissan Rogue compact crossover might not be everyone’s idea of a fun ride, to say the least, but it’s a crucial product for the automaker that builds it. By far Nissan’s best selling vehicle in North America, the Rogue is key to the automaker’s comeback hopes. Maybe comeback is too strong a word… Fiscal […]

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Diesel’s Not Done Yet: Cummins Explores Cylinder Deactivation

<img data-attachment-id="1713614" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2020/03/diesel-brothers-fined-850000-for-rolling-coal/shutterstock_1453046492/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/shutterstock_1453046492.jpg" data-orig-size="1000,549" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="dirty diesel pickup" data-image-description=" Toa55/Shutterstock ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/shutterstock_1453046492-450×247.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/shutterstock_1453046492-610×335.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1713614 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/shutterstock_1453046492-610×335.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”335″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/shutterstock_1453046492-610×335.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/shutterstock_1453046492-75×41.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/shutterstock_1453046492-450×247.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/shutterstock_1453046492-768×422.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/shutterstock_1453046492-120×66.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/shutterstock_1453046492.jpg 1000w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> Despite the switch to low-sulfur fuel and ever more stringent emissions regulations around the world, compression ignition […]

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Report: 2021 Cadillac Escalade to Offer Extra MPGs for No Extra Dollars

While it remains to be seen whether the revamped 2021 Cadillac Escalade enters production on schedule this summer, other details about General Motors’s loftiest SUV have begun leaking out. One item concerns the vehicle’s price, while the other tidbit might interest those who have a difficult time separating their eco-consciousness from their economic reality. As […]

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Next-generation Mazda 6: The Best a Mazda (Sedan) Can Get?

The current-generation Mazda 6 debuted with a shapely body that withstood the passage of time and handling attributes that elevated it above other front-drive, midsize rivals. Alas, the car dropped as the market was moving away traditional midsize sedans. Not helping its case, Mazda was slow to respond with improvements — like a turbocharged 2.5-liter […]

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Now You Know the Rest of the Chevrolet Trailblazer Fuel Economy Story

We can’t tell you how the Chevrolet Trailblazer, reborn as a vastly different vehicle for 2021, drives (thanks to a first drive program scuttled at the 11th hour by coronavirus), but at least we can tell you what to expect at the pump. As the model starts quietly trickling onto dealer lots at a time […]

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QOTD: Last Stand of the Great Eight?

<img data-attachment-id="1584352" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2017/08/ford-announces-improved-hauling-long-haul-economy-2018-f-150/2018revealwip-4a/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/2018RevealWIP-4a.jpg" data-orig-size="1280,930" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Ford F-150" data-image-description=" FoMoCo ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/2018RevealWIP-4a-450×327.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/2018RevealWIP-4a-610×443.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1584352 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/2018RevealWIP-4a-610×443.jpg” alt=”Ford F-150″ width=”610″ height=”443″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/2018RevealWIP-4a-610×443.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/2018RevealWIP-4a-75×54.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/2018RevealWIP-4a-450×327.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/2018RevealWIP-4a-768×558.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/2018RevealWIP-4a-120×87.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/2018RevealWIP-4a.jpg 1280w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> Last year’s debut of a wonderfully throwback engine was just the early Christmas present many traditional truck […]

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Chevrolet Trailblazer Seeps Into EPA’s MPG Listings

The unexpected and potentially under-cylindered 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer is a vehicle you would have read about in these digital pages, had the pandemic not scrubbed a first drive event scheduled for late last week. For sure, yours truly was quite curious to see how well the model’s brace of boosted three-cylinders hauled around the tweener […]

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Five-speeds to Two-liters: Fiat Chrysler Brings Indiana Plant Out of Mothballs

Not long ago, Subaru announced its intention to bring transmissions to Indiana. Now, Fiat Chrysler plans to replace some of its tranny-building capacity with engine production. Either way, it’s good news for the Hoosier State. Lost in the shuffle late last week was news that FCA intends to spend $400 million converting the shuttered Indiana […]

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The Mazda CX-5 Diesel Is Still AWOL

<img data-attachment-id="1712730" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2020/03/the-mazda-cx-5-diesel-is-still-awol/2019-mazda-skyactiv-d-cx-5-diesel/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/2019-Mazda-Skyactiv-D-CX-5-Diesel.jpg" data-orig-size="1200,909" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"8","credit":"Mitchell Hubble","camera":"ILCE-7M3","caption":"","created_timestamp":"1562812277","copyright":"Mitchell Hubble","focal_length":"174","iso":"100","shutter_speed":"0.004","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="2019 Mazda Skyactiv D CX-5 Diesel" data-image-description=" Image: Mazda ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/2019-Mazda-Skyactiv-D-CX-5-Diesel-450×341.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/2019-Mazda-Skyactiv-D-CX-5-Diesel-610×462.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1712730 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/2019-Mazda-Skyactiv-D-CX-5-Diesel-610×462.jpg” alt=”2019 Mazda Skyactiv D CX-5 Diesel – Image: Mazda” width=”610″ height=”462″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/2019-Mazda-Skyactiv-D-CX-5-Diesel-610×462.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/2019-Mazda-Skyactiv-D-CX-5-Diesel-75×57.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/2019-Mazda-Skyactiv-D-CX-5-Diesel-450×341.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/2019-Mazda-Skyactiv-D-CX-5-Diesel-768×582.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/2019-Mazda-Skyactiv-D-CX-5-Diesel-120×91.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/2019-Mazda-Skyactiv-D-CX-5-Diesel.jpg 1200w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>When it was rumors […]

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Trademark Filing Serves As a Reminder That Yes, a New Toyota Tundra Is on the Way

Given the avalanche of new domestic pickups smothering the American marketplace over the past couple of years, you’d be forgiven for forgetting about the Toyota Tundra, last revamped during the latter part of the Bush administration. And yet, after Ford comes out with a new F-150 later this year and Nissan gets its midsize offering […]

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More Power Coming to Tepid Subaru Crosstrek

Turning the five-door Impreza into the lifted Crosstrek was a brilliant bit of strategy for Subaru. Sales of the jacked compact soared following its late-2012 release, rising year after year until 2018, where it managed 144,384 U.S. sales. While the model slipped last year, Subaru is not content to leave things be. Later this year, […]

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2020 Nissan Frontier: What’s Old Is Partly New

The 2020 Nissan Frontier unveiled ahead of the Chicago Auto Show Wednesday night looks an awful lot like a 2019 model, to say nothing of the fourteen years of Frontiers that came before, but there’s something new lurking under the hood. In an unusual move, Nissan has decided to debut the powertrain of the Frontier’s […]

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Ferocious Feline Bound for the Dodge Durango Den?

<img data-attachment-id="1506481" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2017/02/2018-dodge-durango-srt-first-look/2018-dodge-durango-srt-109-876×535/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/2018-Dodge-Durango-SRT-109-876×535.jpg" data-orig-size="876,535" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="2018 Dodge Durango SRT" data-image-description=" Image: FCA ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/2018-Dodge-Durango-SRT-109-876×535-450×275.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/2018-Dodge-Durango-SRT-109-876×535-610×373.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1506481 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/2018-Dodge-Durango-SRT-109-876×535-610×373.jpg” alt=”2018 Dodge Durango SRT” width=”610″ height=”373″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/2018-Dodge-Durango-SRT-109-876×535-610×373.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/2018-Dodge-Durango-SRT-109-876×535-75×46.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/2018-Dodge-Durango-SRT-109-876×535-450×275.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/2018-Dodge-Durango-SRT-109-876×535-768×469.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/2018-Dodge-Durango-SRT-109-876×535-120×73.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/2018-Dodge-Durango-SRT-109-876×535.jpg 876w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> It seems Dodge, the most flag-wavingly patriotic of all domestic brands, may […]

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