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Juma Al Majid: 2023 Hyundai Dealer of The Year

“The Sharjah facility, introduced in 2018, meets GDSI standards and is UAE’s largest Hyundai branch.”….reports Asian Lite News

Juma Al Majid Est., the exclusive distributor of Hyundai in the UAE, was recognized among Hyundai Motor Company’s top 100 global dealers, with the Sharjah branch being named 2023 Hyundai Dealer of The Year’ by Hyundai Middle East. This esteemed honor, conferred on 22 August, underscores Juma Al Majid Est.’s unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional customer experiences and setting industry benchmarks.

The state-of-the-art facility, located in Sharjah and ceremoniously introduced in 2018 to meet the latest GDSI (Global dealership space identity) standards, is recognized as the largest Hyundai branch in the UAE. Encompassing an estimated 13,000 square meters of constructed space and featuring 100 vehicle bays, it is a remarkable testament to modern facilities.

Commenting on the ceremony, Mr. Bryan Park, Head of Hyundai Middle East & Africa HQ, said: “We are immensely proud of Hyundai UAE’s Sharjah branch for being named ‘2023 Hyundai Dealer of The Year.’ As we look forward, we remain dedicated to maintaining our market leadership and consistently raising the bar in customer satisfaction and operational excellence. Our journey is driven by a profound desire to make a positive difference in people’s lives, and together, with Hyundai UAE and Juma Al Majid Est., we will continue to add value to our customers’ lives and shape the future of automotive excellence.”

Mr. Suliman Al Zaben, Director of Hyundai UAE, said: “At Hyundai UAE, our commitment to our customers is the cornerstone of our success, and this ‘2023 Hyundai Dealer of The Year’ award further motivates us to continue our journey of exceeding customer expectations and setting new industry standards. Our dedication is reflected in the launch of multiple corporate identity facilities, each thoughtfully designed to elevate the customer experience; every interaction with our brand is an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to excellence. As part of the Juma Al Majid Est. Group, we remain steadfastly focused on our overarching mission to deliver world-class experiences at every customer journey touchpoint.”

This is the inaugural launch of the ‘Dealer of The Year’ (DOTY) program by Hyundai Motor Company, marking a historic milestone for Hyundai dealerships worldwide. Among a distinguished roster of dealerships, Hyundai UAE’s Sharjah branch proudly secured a place in the select group of 100 recipients of this prestigious award. This achievement highlights the branch’s state-of-the-art facility, encompassing a showroom and service parts center, perfectly aligned with Hyundai’s global corporate identity.

Juma Al Majid Est. extends its sincere appreciation to its valued customers, partners, and stakeholders whose continued support has been instrumental in achieving this remarkable milestone.

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Jaguar F-PACE: The Epitome of Luxury, Performance, and Safety

These cutting-edge technologies work in harmony to guarantee not only the well-being of all passengers but also to provide a sense of security and confidence during every journey…reports Asian Lite News

In the ever-evolving landscape of luxury SUVs, the Jaguar F-PACE has solidified its position as a trailblazer, combining sophistication, agility, and cutting-edge technology. Drawing inspiration from Jaguar’s storied racing history, the F-PACE stands as a testament to the brand’s unyielding dedication to engineering brilliance and innovative design.

Muscat, Oman – Mr. Mohsin Hani Al Bahrani, CEO of MHD ACERE, expressed his admiration for the enduring allure of the Jaguar F-PACE, declaring, “The Jaguar F-PACE is more than just an automobile; it’s a captivating experience. Its fusion of design, performance, and technology deeply resonates with our discerning clientele, reflecting their aspirations and lifestyles. At MHD ACERE, we take great pride in our association with a brand that consistently sets the gold standard in automotive luxury.”

The F-PACE’s exterior is a study in elegance, featuring sleek lines, dynamic proportions, and the iconic Jaguar grille, ensuring a commanding presence on the road. A range of robust engine options guarantees an exhilarating driving experience, complemented by dynamic handling and responsive steering for precise control.

Inside the cabin, the F-PACE offers a harmonious fusion of opulence and comfort, boasting premium materials, meticulous craftsmanship, and cutting-edge features. The F-PACE SVR, powered by a 5.0-liter V8 Supercharged Petrol engine, generates an impressive 700Nm of torque, promising a thrilling ride. In contrast, the F-PACE R-DYNAMIC boasts a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Turbocharged Petrol engine, striking the perfect balance between power and efficiency. Both models feature the Pivi Pro infotainment system with an 11.4″ touchscreen, ensuring seamless connectivity and entertainment. The Clear Sight interior rearview mirror and the 3D Surround Camera enhance the driving experience, providing drivers with a clear view of their surroundings.

Safety remains paramount in the F-PACE, equipped with state-of-the-art safety features and driver-assistance systems, ensuring peace of mind on every journey. Whether on a daily commute or an adventurous road trip, the F-PACE exemplifies Jaguar’s commitment to luxury, performance, and safety.

With over 15,000 units sold in the past year, the Jaguar F-PACE has not only made a mark but continues to redefine the standards for luxury SUVs, captivating automotive enthusiasts and luxury aficionados worldwide.

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Hyundai Exter SUV launched In India

The Exter SUV, already unveiled digitally by Hyundai, will be a direct rival to the Tata Punch, Citroen C3, and Maruti Suzuki Ignis….reports Asian Lite News

Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) on Monday launched Hyundai Exter in what is billed as India’s most affordable SUV with introductory prices start from Rs 6 lakh and go up to Rs 10 lakh for the top-spec trim (all prices ex-showroom, India).

The Exter SUV, already unveiled digitally by Hyundai, will be a direct rival to the Tata Punch, Citroen C3, and Maruti Suzuki Ignis.

For its price, it will also see competition from lower variants of the Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger in the small SUV segment.

Despite its small proportions, the Exter comes packed with several features, some of them being segment-first.

The bookings for the SUV have already started.

Designed to redefine benchmark in its segment. Hyundai Exter has been developed to reflect the tenets of unique exteriors, spacious interiors, advanced safety & technology and exceptional performance.

At the launch, HMIL’s MD & CEO Unsoo Kim said: “Hyundai Motor India has always created new benchmarks in the industry with its revolutionary products & technologies. Yet again, with Exter, we are proud to introduce an SUV that embodies Hyundai’s commitment to innovative design, intelligent technology and exceptional performance.”

As per the company, Exter features a progressive and unique SUV design showcasing Hyundai’s design identity of ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ that is sure to turn heads on the road with its striking and innovative exterior design, characterised by a modern front, dynamic side and sporty rear design.

Eexter reflects the company’s vision to develop an SUV that boasts advanced technology, Hyundai’s SUV DNA and robust driving capability, it said.

The SUV also boasts of segment best wheelbase that encapsulates the lavishness of spacious interiors for a capacious mobility experience, while establishing a new segment benchmark with over 40 advanced safety features & 26 standard safety features across all trims.

It sets a new standard with 6 Airbags that will be offered across all trims as regular fitment, the company said.

Available with 3 powertrain options – 1.2 l Kappa petrol engine (E20 Fuel Ready) with choice of 5-speed MT & Smart Auto AMT and 1.2 l Bi-fuel Kappa petrol and CNG with 5-speed MT, it is available in 6 monotone and 3 dual tone exterior colour options including 2 new & exclusive colours – Ranger Khaki, and Cosmic Blue which is also available with dual tone colour options. The interiors are available in three colours – Light Sage, Cosmic Blue, and Silver.

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Max Verstappen wins F1 Canadian GP

Behind Verstappen, Alonso finished second for Aston Martin after a good overtaking move on Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, who took third…reports Asian Lite News

Max Verstappen moved level with Ayrton Senna’s tally of 41 Grand Prix wins after victory in Sunday’s Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix, here.

Starting from pole position after a brilliant performance in Saturday’s wet qualifying session, Verstappen held off the threat of Fernando Alonso at the start, and never looked threatened as he managed the gap to those behind him throughout the race to take Red Bull’s 100th Grand Prix win.

“Very happy right now. It was not a very straightforward race, as the tyres were not getting into their window. It was very cold compared to Friday, but we made it work and to win the 100th GP for the team is pretty incredible,” said Verstappen afterwards.

Behind Verstappen, Alonso finished second for Aston Martin after a good overtaking move on Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, who took third.

The Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz recovered from a poor qualifying session to finish fourth and fifth, ahead of the second Red Bull of Sergio Perez, who also notched the bonus point for fastest lap, though the Mexican may be concerned at yet another weekend where he was off the pace of his illustrious teammate, Xinhua reported.

Alex Albon continued his good form from Saturday’s qualifying to finish in an excellent seventh place, scoring Williams’ best result in almost two years after withstanding heavy pressure from the cars behind him.

Esteban Ocon took eighth for Alpine, with Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll taking ninth place on the line from Valtteri Bottas, who rounded out the points for Alfa Romeo.

The two retirees were Logan Sargeant, who pulled off on Lap 6 with an engine issue, and George Russell, who retired with brake issues after having clouted the wall earlier in the race.

Verstappen’s win puts him on 195 points and gives him a 69-point advantage over second-placed Perez, with no driver in F1 history ever having overhauled such a lead. Alonso stays third with 117 points.

In the Constructors’ Championship, Red Bull’s lead now stands at 321 points, with the drinks-backed outfit having won all eight races so far this season. Mercedes are second on 167 points, with Aston Martin third on 154.

The ninth round of the 2023 F1 World Championship is the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring on July 2.

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Kia to launch all-electric EV9 SUV

The two-wheel-drive EV9 comes with a 99.8 kilowatt-hour battery and can travel 501 kms on a single charge….reports Asian Lite News

Kia, South Korea’s second-biggest carmaker, said on Sunday it will launch its all-electric EV9 flagship SUV in the domestic market this week as part of its electrification efforts.

The three-row seater is Kia’s second model equipped with Hyundai Motor Group’s dedicated electric vehicle platform, called E-GMP, after the EV6 SUV launched in 2021.

The two-wheel-drive EV9 comes with a 99.8 kilowatt-hour battery and can travel 501 kms on a single charge. An all-wheel-drive model is also available, the company said in a statement.

The model — set to be launched on Monday — is priced at 73 million won-82 million won ($57,000-$64,000), depending on options.

Kia plans to gradually launch the EV9 in Europe, the United States and other markets in the second half, reports Yonhap news agency.

Kia plans to produce about 100,000 units a year of the new model at the Kia Autoland Gwangmyeong plant, just south of Seoul, for global sales.

The maker of K5 sedans and Sorento SUVs aims to sell 1 million EVs in 2026 and gradually fill its EV lineup with 15 models by 2027.

The company plans to add the EV9 GT-line and the performance EV9 GT models to beef up its EV lineup in the third quarter. The GT-line model adopts the design of the performance GT model to meet diverse customer demands.

It will introduce Level 3 autonomous driving technology through the Highway Driving Pilot programme in the GT-line model.

A Level 3 car allows lane changes and other autonomous driving functions to work without intervention by the driver. At Level 4, a vehicle can drive itself under limited conditions and will not operate if all required conditions are not satisfied. At Level 5, a vehicle’s automated driving features can drive under any conditions.

The EV9 has been developed under Kia’s new design philosophy, “Opposites United,” which embodies its shifting focus toward electrification.

It comes with a sleek and bold exterior design, and its flat-floor EV architecture offers an interior space with third-row seating and enhanced comfort.

The Kia Connect Store enables customers to keep their EV9 constantly updated by upgrading the SUV’s digital features and services without taking the vehicle to a dealership, it said.

With the swivel seat option, the second-row seats swivel 180 degrees to allow conversations with passengers in the third row.

It also boasts numerous safety features, such as blind-spot collision-avoidance assist, navigation-based smart cruise control and parking collision-avoidance assist systems.

This year, the company set a sales goal of 3.2 million units, higher than the 2.9 million units it sold last year.

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Kia sets eyes on Africa

In collaboration with its esteemed partner – Rana Motors – Kia’s assembly plant in Amasaman, Ghana is a testament to the strong partnership between Korea and Ghana, combining Korean Engineering Technology with Ghanaian dedication…reports Asian Lite News

Kia Corporation’s official distributor in Ghana “Rana Motors” has officially launched its state-of-the-art assembly plant in Ghana, marking a significant milestone in the company’s expansion strategy in the African continent. Focused on Western Africa, this strategic move positions Kia as a key player in the region’s automotive industry.

The launch event took place on May 2 and was attended by H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, Hon. Michael Okyere Baafi, Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry of Ghana, Hon. Henry Quartey, Regional Minister of Ghana, and other key leaders from the country.

Kia unveils new company logo, brand slogan. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@Kia_Worldwide)

In collaboration with its esteemed partner – Rana Motors – Kia’s assembly plant in Amasaman, Ghana is a testament to the strong partnership between Korea and Ghana, combining Korean Engineering Technology with Ghanaian dedication, capabilities, and passion. The facility, equipped with the latest technology and staffed by a highly skilled team of engineers and technicians, meets Kia’s rigorous international standards to deliver only the highest quality vehicles to African consumers.

Yaser Shabsogh, Chief Operating Officer, Regional HQ, Middle East & Africa, Kia stated: “This facility not only addresses the present needs of Ghanaian customers but also proactively anticipates their future requirements. Our goal is to fulfill the demands not only within Ghana but potentially also across West Africa. We are excited about the opportunities that this expansion will bring.”

Essam Odaymat, CEO of Rana Motors, expressed the assembly plant’s importance in fostering a stronger bond between Ghana and the Republic of Korea, stating, “We humbly take pride in our role of enhancing the relationship between Ghana and the Republic of Korea by promoting excellence.”

In line with the brand’s vision to become a sustainable mobility solutions provider, the assembly plant addresses critical global challenges such as water shortage and energy consumption. Kia and Rana Motors have implemented a sustainable water approach featuring a stormwater harvesting system, enabling the capture and reuse of water runoff for daily factory operations.

Furthermore, the factory’s sustainable energy approach includes natural light, ventilation systems, and heat insulation to reduce energy consumption. In the project’s next phase, solar panels will be installed on the factory roof, enabling the facility to generate its energy sustainably, covering all its energy consumption.

The assembly plant proudly stands as the largest in Ghana and the region, assembling six vehicle models and will expand to ten models in the next few months. Spread out over a substantial 65,000 square meters of land, the Amasaman facility has a building area of 16,000 square meters, with over 1,000 square meters of living area. In keeping with its proportions, the initial operational capacity of the plant is 35,000 vehicles, with plans for expansion to 70,000 vehicles. Due to the impressive size of the factory, approximately 6,000 tons of cement and 3,500 tons of iron and steel were used in the construction.

Currently, six Kia models are being produced – Kia Cerato, Kia K5, Kia Sonet, Kia Seltos, Kia Sportage, and Kia Sorento – and this portfolio will expand to ten models soon including the K2700, K3000, Carens, and Picanto. With the introduction of the largest regional assembly plant, Kia and Rana Motors have solidified their position as one of the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers.

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All new Honda ZR-V arrives in UAE

The ZR-V perfectly embodies Honda’s ‘Advanced and Sporty’ brand ambition, blending premium design, state-of-the-art technology and engaging driving characteristics…reports Asian Lite News

Al-Futtaim Trading Enterprises launches the all-new Honda ZR-V, a head turning compact SUV that offers the perfect blend of sophisticated styling, practicality, and a purposeful driving experience. Lining up between HR-V and CR-V, the Honda ZR-V is aimed at young, image conscious buyers who seek a stylish, powerful, and fun to drive vehicle that can seamlessly integrate into their life. The ZR-V perfectly embodies Honda’s ‘Advanced and Sporty’ brand ambition, blending premium design, state-of-the-art technology and engaging driving characteristics.

ZR-V is a charismatic and energetic SUV that combines the confidence of an SUV and the elegance of a coupé.  A purposeful stance and a bold front face provide a strong road presence that perfectly complements its dynamic performance, whilst slimline, full LED, headlights and gloss black grille create a sophisticated appearance, which continues along the side of the vehicle through to the sleek horizontal LED rear combination lights that neatly integrate into the tailgate. The interior of ZR-V is similarly class leading, with high quality, soft-touch materials and detailed finishing, combined with stylish lighting throughout the cabin to create a premium ambience.

Safety is a key priority for Honda, with all grades of the new ZR-V equipped with Honda SENSINGTM driver assistance which includes features such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Collision Mitigation Braking System to help reduce the risk of an accident, whilst the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body Structure and standard 8 airbags help protect the driver and passengers in the event of a collision.

Honda ZR-V is powered by a turbo charged 1.5L i-VTEC DOHC engine that provides 180hp and 240Nm of torque, and fuel efficiency of up to 16.5km/Litre, giving a potential range of 940km from a full tank of gas. Whether you’re accelerating from standstill or passing at speed, the turbocharged engine delivers a forceful response. It’s mated to the latest generation of continuously variable transmission (CVT) that is tuned for a more natural response with early downshifts during braking for more engaging driving experience.

Two grades of ZR-V will be available. With a starting price of AED 119,900, the highly equipped LX model includes dual-zone Automatic Climate Control with rear AC vents, front and rear parking sensors, a 10.2” TFT Full Digital Driver Information Display and a 9” touchscreen that supports both Android Auto and wireless Apple Carplay, and a Qi-compatible wireless charging pad. The top-of-the-line EX, priced at AED 129,900 adds a 12-speaker Bose CenterPoint surround audio system, premium leather seats with 8-way power adjustment, a power-operated tailgate, and the Multiview 360-degree camera system and power tailgate with kick-sensor and walk-away close.

The ZR-V is available to purchase now in seven exterior colours, five of which debut on this model (Platinum Gray, Premium Crystal Garnet, Premium Crystal Blue,  Midnight Blue Beam and Nordic Forest),  interior colour options include Black or Grayage Fabric on LX or Grayage or Maroon Leather on EX.

Customers can experience the ZR-V in person at Honda Showrooms across the UAE in Dubai Festival City, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, Al Ain and Abu Dhabi Umm Al Nar.

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Hyundai Motor global sales jump in May

The gradual recovery from the global shortage of parts and production stabilization has helped the company secure solid performance…reports Asian Lite News

Hyundai Motor Company sold a total of 3,49,194 units globally in May 2023, a 7.8 per cent increase on a yearly basis, the automaker said on Friday.

In May, sales outside Korea increased by 7.7 per cent to 2,80,514 units.

The gradual recovery from the global shortage of parts and production stabilization has helped the company secure solid performance in North America, Europe, and India.

“Despite the continuing uncertainties in the business environment, the company maintained its robust sales momentum this year, thanks to solid demand for Hyundai vehicles,” Hyundai Motor Company said Friday.

Sales in Korea were up 8.4 per cent from a year earlier to 68,680 units with the introduction of new models, including the all-new Grandeur (Azera outside of Korea), and strong demand for SUV models. In Korea, the Grandeur sold over 11,500 units and Hyundai’s SUV models collectively sold 20,254 units.

Hyundai Motor maintained its electric vehicle (EV) sales momentum by selling around 23,000 units around the globe in May. Hyundai’s dedicated battery electric IONIQ models, including IONIQ 5 and IONIQ 6, accounted for nearly 70 per cent of its total EV sales.

“To meet its customers’ diverse needs, Hyundai Motor will continue implementing various measures to deliver class-leading products, including the all-new KONA SUV launched in March, Santa Fe SUV and IONIQ 5 N, to be launched later this year,” it said.

Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company has a presence in over 200 countries with more than 1,20,000 employees. (ANI)

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Tesla Model Y becomes world’s bestselling car

Tesla Model Y surpassed Toyota’s RAV4 and Corolla models to top global sales rankings in the first quarter of 2023…reports Asian Lite News

Tesla Model Y has become the first all-electric vehicle to be billed as the world’s bestselling car, a report has shown.

Tesla Model Y surpassed Toyota’s RAV4 and Corolla models to top global sales rankings in the first quarter of 2023, according to data from Jato Dynamics.

The 2023 Model Y starts at $47,490, considerably more than the 2023 Corolla ($21,550) and RAV4 ($27,575), reports The Verge.

Tesla Model Y sold 267,200 units globally in the first quarter this year, compared to 256,400 Corolla and 214,700 RAV4 units sold.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk even estimated back in 2016 that this model would draw demand “in the 500k to 1 million unit per year level.”

Musk in 2021 predicted that the Model Y would claim the top spot in the world.

“We think Model Y will be the bestselling car or vehicle of any kind in the world. Probably next year. I’m not 100 per cent certain next year, but I think it’s quite likely,” he had told investors.

Tesla remains the market leader in the electric vehicle (EV) market in the US with more than 50 per cent share, selling more cars than the other 17 automotive groups combined.

EV sales increased to represent 7 per cent of all US passenger vehicle sales in 2022, according to Counterpoint Research.

“Tesla is dominating the US EV market while other automotive giants like Ford, General Motors, Stellantis, Volkswagen and Hyundai are struggling to provide strong competition,” according to research analyst Abhik Mukherjee.

“Moreover, with the recent price cuts by Tesla and all versions of Tesla’s Model Y becoming eligible for the EV tax credit subsidy, it is expected that Tesla will take an even higher market share,” Mukherjee added.

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McLaren Artura supercar arrives in India

The Artura’s top speed is 330km per hour with 0-100 km per hour reached in just 3.0 seconds and 0-200 km per hour in 8.3 seconds, according to the company….reports Asian Lite News

British luxury supercar-maker McLaren Automotive on Friday introduced the all-new McLaren Artura in India for Rs 5.1 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi price), which is the company’s first-ever series-production High-Performance Hybrid (HPH) supercar to arrive in the country.

The Artura’s top speed is 330km per hour with 0-100 km per hour reached in just 3.0 seconds and 0-200 km per hour in 8.3 seconds, according to the company.

The Artura has full Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) capability and can be charged to an 80 per cent level in 2.5 hours. The battery pack can also harvest power from the combustion engine during driving, tailored to the driving mode selected.

This provides the driver with a unique ability to enjoy the car in silent, pure EV mode with a range of up to 31 km and a top speed of 130km per hour, said the company.

“Our impact in the Indian market in our first year has been outstanding, and we look forward to continuing to provide our customers with exceptional service and the ultimate driving experience,” said Paul Harris, Managing Director — APAC and China, McLaren Automotive.

The Artura has four powertrain modes, covering every driving requirement: E-mode, Comfort, Sport and Track.

It has twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine combined with E-motor and energy-dense battery pack, produces 680PS (671bhp) and 720 Nm (530lb ft).

“We look forward to continuing to provide the finest customer service and thrilling driving experiences and with the introduction of the hybrid McLaren Artura supercar, we aim to provide our customers with the most cutting-edge automotive technology and design,” said Lalit Choudary, Chairman and Managing Director, McLaren Mumbai.

The redesigned platform works in conjunction with a variety of weight-reduction measures to produce a class-leading lightest dry weight of 1,395kg and best-in-class kerb weight (DIN) of 1,498kg.

McLaren’s cars are designed at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, Surrey, England before being hand-built at the adjoining McLaren Production Centre.

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