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2013 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque – Quick Drive On and Off-Road 16
May
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Land Rover, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, Range Rover Evoque, SUV, Test Drives on 05 16th, 2013
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When Land Rover launched their smallest SUV yet last year, some had doubts if it would live up to its bigger brethren’s heritage when it comes to its British stature, luxurious interior and off-road prowess. The all-new Range Rover Evoque not only appeases the expectations of the larger Range Rovers in a slightly scaled down size, but it carries with it practically with the same off-road aptitude.

Having received the praise of being the 2012 North American Truck of the Year and Motor Trend 2012 SUV of the Year, the Evoque carries many well-perceived traits into the new 2013 model year with a few additional features. Adding the versatility and off-road abilities of other Range Rover models, the new Evoque exudes an agreeable character yet in a smaller, more economical package.

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Powered by a 2.0-liter Turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, makes the Evoque more of an economical package but without sacrificing too much of its necessary power to climb inclines and add some pep to its on-road performance. Total power output from the turbo 4-cylinder is 240 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 250 lb.ft. of torque at a low 1,750 rpm.

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Turbo lag is mostly non-existent where the Evoque has enough low-end grunt to get things moving without hesitation. Power delivery is smooth, basically vibration free due to twin balancer shafts. The standard 6-speed automatic transmission adapts well to your inputs and has a dedicated sport mode with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. The engine isn’t shy about running up to red line with hardly any diminishing power. Though, around 5,600 rpm and above you really do not produce any additional power, which can be felt in the power delivery.

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The economical side of the new Range Rover Evoque, getting an EPA estimated 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway, restates its attractiveness to a broader scope of potential buyers over the higher-priced and more consuming Range Rover models. I was able to better the 28 mpg highway figure getting a nice 29.5 mpg during some interstate travels. City mileage, on the other hand, came in around 19 mpg and slightly diminished from there as I explored some light off-roading.

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On normal paved road conditions the new 2013 Evoque provides a surprisingly comfortable and smooth ride. The surprising aspect of its on-road ride quality is highlighted by my later explored off-roading experience. Naturally, Land Rover’s are all about that perfect balance of being a truly capable off-roader while civilized and plush enough for city streets, local highways and even long-haul interstate travel. The Evoque doesn’t disappoint in this aspect.

Having had the chance to take the new 2013 Range Rover Evoque down a few off-road trails and gravel roads, I was able to put it to the test to allow its shared go-anywhere abilities to shine through.

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On gravel roads, utilizing the Terrain Response System’s proper setting, the Evoque modulates throttle with a bit of a delay as to not kick up rocks and loose debris. Going over some steep muddy inclines of about 20 degrees, the Range Rover Evoque first expressed some doubts by starting to dig a 4-wheel trap, but then redeemed itself by use of the Terrain Response System’s Mud setting assting me with manual modulation of the throttle to match the a graphical green bar graph zone displayed in the center color LCD gauge cluster information screen. It’s traits like these that really make Land Rover vehicles truly off-road capable.

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As far as power output being sufficient when off-roading, the Evoque’s turbocharged 2.0-liter combined with the adaptation of the transmission and torque converter, provides enough low-end torque to get the job done. Further proving its ability to prowl the same footsteps of the larger Range Rovers, though it is not as extreme, is the Evoque’s ability to go through almost 20 inches of water thanks to a high-mounted air intake fed through where the hood meets the body on the driver’s side and 8.3-inches of ground clearance. Additional weather stripping is used throughout while the alternator gets its own waterproofing. Knowing how sound the Evoque’s chassis is gave me confidence in splashing through mud puddles in the safe, dry and comfortable confides of its cabin.

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A long list of available amenities really makes the smaller Range Rover Evoque more of a not-so-different smaller variation from larger Range Rovers. The interior, customary to the British heritage, makes way for stitched leather surfaces in just about every direction of the cabin. My 2013 Range Rover Evoque Prestige model gets several options to turn the cabin into virtually the same type of haven you expect in its larger siblings.

Seating position for front passengers is good while the driver’s seat is in an optimal position for navigating questionable terrain. Moreover, to get you home without damage to the vehicle from serious off-road excursions, a full set of exterior cameras are available to for live view at any speed from front, side, curb and rear angles. The updated navigation system also has an off-road tracking feature, so you do not get to far off of your designated trail, even if you get respectable gas mileage and can stay out and play a bit longer than your bigger Range Rover brethren.

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Updated tech hardware helps to reduce the response time found to be a major qualm in older iterations of Land Rover and Jaguar’s infotainment system. The newer system altogether works smoothly with many minimalistic feature sets. You can configure vehicle settings and view vehicle information on the center gauge cluster color LCD screen controlled through steering wheel mounted buttons. The rising motorized round gear shifter is an expected trait from Jaguar carried over to the Range Rover Evoque to add a nice luxury touch.

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The all-new 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque starts at just $41,145. Adding several creature comforts on top of the Prestige Evoque model package selection can place the price point well over $55K. My test vehicle came in at $56,363, which is not all that bad considering how this is one smallish SUV that you can truly take to the ends of the earth. You would be hard pressed to find anything else in its class to really triumph difficult terrain with confidence, offer an authentic taste of luxury and have the transparent ability to transform into a smooth-driving highway machine with good looks.

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Copyright: 2013 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base Evoque $41,145 / As-Tested $56,393
  • Engine: 2.0 liter Turbocharged inline 4-cylinder 240 horsepower @ 5500 rpm / 251 ft-lbs. torque @ 1750 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 104.8 inches
  • Total length: 171.5 inches
  • Total width: 77.4 inches
  • Total height: 64.4 inches
  • Track: f/r-63.9/64.1 inches
  • Approach angle: 25 degrees
  • Ramp angle: 22 degrees
  • Departure angle: 33 degrees
  • Headroom: f/r-40.3/39.7 inches
  • Legroom: f/r-40.1/36.4 inches
  • Cargo volume: 51 cu.ft. With rear seats folded/20.3 cu.ft. with rear seats upright
  • EPA fuel economy: 20mpg/city, 28mpg/highway
  • Fuel tank: 18.5 gallons
  • 0-60 mph: 7.1 seconds


2013 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque AWD Prestige Review & Test Drive 26
Mar
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in Automotive, Land Rover, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, Range Rover Evoque, SUV, Test Drives on 03 26th, 2013
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First launched in 2012 as a two door coupe and winner of numerous awards including Motor Trend magazine’s ‘2012 SUV of the Year’.   New for the 2013 model year, amongst new technological innovations, is a five door, entry-level ‘Pure Premium’ five-door Evoque with an aluminum alloy roof and an interior trimmed in leather and Dinamica, in place of the standard panoramic laminated glass roof  inside other Evoque models, joining the lineup.

Once I turned over the engine and  took off on my way I’ve gotten positive remarks from other vehicle drivers and people in parking lots asking me “What is it?”, “Who makes it?”, and “It is incredible looking!”.  I agree as this new Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is one-of-a-kind.  It certainly doesn’t look anything like the other boxy Range Rovers.  No, the Evoque went from concept directly to the showroom and streets turning heads wherever it goes.  When approaching the trunk with the key fob the puddle lamps light up under the sideview mirrors and you’ll see the original sketch of the truck on the pavement.  I tested the new five-door Prestige model and enjoyed every minute behind the wheel driving this uniquely styled, high-performing, comfortable, luxurious and safe all-terrain sport utility vehicle.

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The uniquely styled Evoque features a dynamic profile with its rising beltline, a muscular shoulder running the length of the trunk and a distinctive taper to the roofline.  This pinches the narrow windows with an upturned line.  The sculpted corners reduce the truck’s visual front and rear overhangs.  The front fascia features a unique aluminum grille and two lower air intakes for the engine and intercooler cooling.  Just below is an aluminum chin slid plate that protrudes out helping manage air flowing under the truck and protection the engine from outside extrusion when off-road.  Powerful adaptive HID headlights and LED foglamps light up the night for enhanced safety.  From the side is a profile like no other sport utility vehicle.  The stance is low, the A-pillars are steeply raked, and a full-perimeter brushed aluminum strip rises under the windows.  The chrome strip under the doors gives it a luxurious look while the lower side extensions contribute to a lower center of gravity.  The sculpted aluminum side vents also adds to the look of motion even when parked.  The flared fenders of my Evoque Prestige model came stuffed with large 245/45R20 inch Continental Cross-Contact tires wrapped with unique five-prong spoke 20X8 inch aluminum alloy wheels.  Out back the rear window gets pinched but rearward visibility remains excellent.  On top of the window is a spoiler to enhance downforce, unique wraparound LED lamp clusters with a brushed aluminum strip tying each side together and a convenient standard power liftgate.  Down below is a black contrasted bumper with reflectors, a wide aluminum diffuser and three inch round polished stainless steel exhaust tips at the sides. The looks from the front, side and rear are truly one-of-a-kind.

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Power to quickly move the new Evoque on pavement or on off-road trails is a 2.0 liter, turbo-charged/intercooled, DOHC, all-aluminum, twin-variable valve timing, gasoline direct injected inline four-cylinder that makes 240hp at 5,500rpm and 250lb.ft. of torque at just 1,750rpm.  Twin balancer shafts ensure smoothness that is a hallmark of all Range Rovers.  The engine is connected to a six-speed automatic that is optimized for efficiency.  The paddle shifters give you a sportier ride enabling me to quickly change gears up and down.  This truck races out to 60mph from a standstill in just 7.1 seconds, not bad for a 3,902 pound sport utility.  It can also tow up to 3,500 pounds.

The Evoque’s body structure is exceptionally strong, lightweight (polymer/composite front fenders/tailgate, aluminum hood/laminated glass roof), because of the steel unitized steel structure that uses ultra-high-strength steel and Boron steel in key parts of the safety cell including the A-and-B-pillars, and a magnesium cross car beam to maximize stiffness and torsional ability in all driving situations, on or off-road.

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While the lightweight, compact footprint and low center of gravity of the Evoque helped it to achieve a more agile character, key engineering steps were taken to deliver the required responses of all types of drivers and driving surfaces.  The goal was to increase steering precision and agility at lower speeds using the new electric power-assisted rack & pinion steering system so that the Evoque would be more responsive in city driving conditions.  To successfully accomplish this engineers solidly planted the steering rack to the front subframe.

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The unique fully independent suspension was developed to hug the road with comfort when driving over poorly paved surfaces, to easily maneuver through curving roads and deliver excellent off-road characteristics which are what every Land Rover is known for.  Up front is a MacPherson strut setup with coil springs, gas-charged shocks, aluminum lower control arms and an anti-roll bar.  The rear setup features a strut assembly with coil springs, gas-charged shocks, lateral & longitudinal links and an anti-roll bar.  With a strut tower brace up front to enhance rigidity, the new Evoque goes where you point it to go with razor sharp response to your steering wheel inputs.  On the road at high speeds it is rock solid and it remains flat in steep curving roads.  Off-road it can conquer almost any obstacle with a ground clearance of 8.3 inches, a front axle clearance of 8.4 inches and a rear axle clearance of 9.5 inches.  It can also successfully cross up to 19.7 inches of water.  This off-road prowess is the result of the standard full-time AWD system that was developed in conjunction with Haldex.  The system’s center-coupling technology continuously alters the front-rear toque split through a hydraulically operated multi-plate wet clutch.  The system can pre-engage at rest to reduce the wheel-spin from standing starts.  It engages quickly when traction loss is detected and disengages quickly to optimize the response of the stability control systems.  A high-pressure pre-charge pump pressurizes the hydraulics in the center coupling as soon as the engine is started, allowing for all-wheel drive operation from rest.  Full torque transmission can be achieved in just 150 milliseconds.  Pre-charging the system also reduces the time taken to achieve full torque once wheel-slip has been detected, engaging with 15-degrees of wheel-slip rotation.  Also standard in the new Evoque is the Terrain Response system which is fully integrated and manages multiple vehicle parameters to provide ideal traction in all situations.  The control unit takes into account a wide variety of inputs including individual wheel speeds, cornering yaw rates, longitudinal and lateral acceleration, vehicle speed, brake pressure, accelerator position and the settings of the Hill Descent Control and the Terrain Response systems.  The system manages the engine management for the throttle and torque response curves; transmission control when Terrain Response special programs are engages, different transmission shift mappings are applicable, depending on the mode chose.  The transmission control module also manages torque converter lock-up, which has different requirements depending on the selected Terrain Response mode.

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The electronic traction control and ABS brakes controls slip and braking control systems that are all adjusted and tuned by Terrain Response to offer optimum grip, braking power and safety on the chosen terrain.  Dynamic Stability Control is designed to stop torque to a wheel after loss of traction, but in some off-road situations torque feed is still desirable, even when traction is being lost.  Terrain Response automatically adjusts the DSC so that appropriate torque is maintained.  The system also controls the Haldex center coupling for AWD.  The standard Terrain Response optimizes the vehicle setup for virtually all on-road or off-road driving situations with up to four settings to suit specific terrain demands.  They are General Driving with AWD active and adapts to changing driving conditions; Grass/gravel/snow is for low friction surfaces.  It provides high traction control sensitivity to reduce slip, and programs the engine, transmission and differential to provide gradual torque delivery; Sand is one of the most power-hungry surfaces.  Sand Launch Control makes it an easier drive-away.  Speed-dependent targets for the traction control system permit only very limited wheel slip, helping to prevent the wheel from digging down into the sand; Mud and ruts is used to preserve forward momentum, this setting allows more aggressive traction thresholds in muddy and rutted surfaces and uses preloading on differentials for increased traction.  You can find the strip of push buttons on the console.  The fifth is the optional Dynamic system that tailors the MagneRide suspension and vehicle responses for dynamic on-road driving with continuously monitored damper settings.  For those consumers looking to explore unmapped off-road areas, Land Rover Off-Road navigation has been added to the Range Rover Evoque for 2013.  Other features integrated into Terrain Response include Hill Descent Control, Gradient Release Control, Hill Start Control, Gradient Acceleration Control, Roll Stability Control, Trailer Stability Control and Engine Drag Torque Control.

For those consumers looking for new off-road adventures, the 2013 Land Rover Evoque offers an off-road navigation system that provides key off-road information such as topographic contour lines, latitude, longitude, altitude, trace, waypoint and compass functions.

Powerful four-wheel disc brakes quickly slow the new Evoque down from speed.  Up front are 11.8 inch vented discs clamped with dual-piston calipers while 11.9 inch solid discs in the rear are clamped with single-piston calipers.  Braking power is very linear with great feel in the pedal.  Control of direction whether on hard pavement or off-road is directed by standard ABS, BA, EBD, Dynamic Stability Control, Emergency Brake Control, Trailer Stability Control, and Cornering Brake Control.

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While the new Evoque is rugged the interior is luxurious, comfortable, with the latest in connectivity and safety systems.

The front leather-trimmed front bucket seats feature 8-way driver adjustments and 6-way front-passenger power adjustments.  The dashboard, dash top, door top and center console lid is covered in Oxford leather with two white stitched seams.  There is also real dark wood covering the top of the glovebox.  Real aluminum trim is found throughout the Evoque.  The leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel feels great in my hands.  The instrument cluster is very well designed an easy to understand with 5 inch TFT Driver Information Center.  When you push the start button the rotary transmission switch raises from the console, just like in the current Jaguar vehicles.  It is unique and easy to use.  Just beyond the switch are the controls for the Terrain Response system.  Other standard equipment inside includes power windows/door locks with front express up/down control, dual-zone automatic climate control system, electronic cruise control with the controls on the steering wheel, heated sideview mirrors, self-dimming rearview mirror, adjustable ambient lighting, bright finish front kick plates at the end of the cargo bay,  60/40-split rear folding seat with a pull-down dual cupholder and storage box, Bluetooth telephone connection, 380-watt with 11-speaker Meridian audio system with AM-FM-CD player, MP3 disc and file compatibility, USB & iPod connectivity, with streaming audio, 8 inch high-resolution color touch screen, power opening/closing tailgate, rain-sensing wipers/washer, a hidden rear wiper/washer, storage slots in each door, dual map lights, dual lighted vanity mirrors, keyless entry and vehicle security system, cargo cover, and thick-cut pile carpeting.  Optional equipment in my Prestige Evoque model includes 20X8 inch wheels and tires as mentioned above, carpeted floor mats, load space storage rails, passive entry, surround camera system, HDD navigation system, intuitive voice control, Meridian surround sound audio system with 825-watts and 17 speakers, custom Firenze red paint, Sirius satellite radio, extra tuff rubber floor mats, and Xenon adaptive headlamps.

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Standard safety equipment includes seven-airbags including front/side  driver/front passenger, side-curtain airbags, height adjustable front seatbelts, 3-point safety belts for five with front load limiters/pretensioners, child lock for rear doors, LATCH system for child seats, front/rear distance control with a rear camera.

I’ve driven dozens of sport utility vehicles but I have never received so many positive responses wherever I went behind the wheel of the new Evoque.  It has great on-road manners and easily maneuvers over off-road challenges with an interior that is a signature of all Land Rover vehicles.  The base price for an Evoque is just $41,145.00 and $56,393.00, including destination, for the Prestige model with all of the options.

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COPYRIGHT: 2013: HARVEY SCHWARTZ

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base Evoque $41,145 / As-Tested $56,393
  • Engine: 2.0 liter Turbocharged inline 4-cylinder 240 horsepower @ 5500 rpm / 251 ft-lbs. torque @ 1750 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 104.8 inches
  • Total length: 171.5 inches
  • Total width: 77.4 inches
  • Total height: 64.4 inches
  • Track: f/r-63.9/64.1 inches
  • Approach angle: 25
  • Ramp angle: 22
  • Departure angle: 33
  • Headroom: f/r-40.3/39.7 inches
  • Legroom: f/r-40.1/36.4 inches
  • Cargo volume: 51 cu.ft. With rear seats folded/20.3 cu.ft. with rear seats upright
  • EPA fuel economy: 20mpg/city, 28mpg/highway
  • Fuel tank: 18.5 gallons
  • 0-60 mph: 7.1 seconds


Land Rover Building More Range Rover Evoques For The U.S. 17
Jul
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Kurt, Land Rover, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, News on 07 17th, 2012

The 2012 Range Rover Evoque – image: Jaguar Land Rover

Land Rover’s right-sized and urban-chic crossover, the Evoque, has been a huge global hit for the British automaker. Sales have been so good in the United States that inventory shortages are a problem in several regions around the country, and Land Rover dealers have been vocal about not having product to sell. The automaker has been listening, and has agreed to ramp up production of U.S.-bound units.

Automotive News (subscription required) quotes Jaguar Land Rover North America CEO Andy Goss as saying that allocation will grow from the current 750 units per month to 1,000 units per month, beginning in September. While that’s too late in the year to have a significant impact on Land Rover’s total U.S. sales, it’s a safe bet that the additional inventory will help Land Rover deliver more than the 4,355 Evoques it shipped in the first half of 2012.

Despite a tough economy, Land Rover’s U.S. sales are up by 21-percent over last year. With a string of new product introductions (including a new Range Rover and an all new Defender) planned for the coming years, Land Rover appears to be as poised for growth as its sister company, Jaguar. Like Jaguar, Land Rover appears to be focused on broadening its appeal across demographics, and the upcoming Defender will even be priced to compete with more mainstream off-roaders, such as Toyota’s Tacoma pickup and FJ Cruiser SUV.



17th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance New-Car Intro Videos 12
Mar
Posted by Darryl in Amelia Island, Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, auto show, Automotive, Jaguar, Jaguar C-X16, Jaguar XKR-S, Land Rover, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, Maserati, maserati gts, mclaren, McLaren MP4-12C, Range Rover Evoque, video on 03 12th, 2012

In addition to taking many pictures at the 17th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, we captured videos of many all-new vehicles to recently hit the automotive market such as the new Range Rover Evoque, Jaguar XKR-S, Maserati GTS Convertible and McLaren MP4-12C. Below are several introduction videos, including one to the Jaguar C-X16 Concept car, with a quick over-view from the respective representatives on site at this year’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

Enjoy!

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2012 Maserati GranTurismo (GTS) Convertible

2012 McLaren MP4-12C

2012 Jaguar XKR-S

Jaguar C-X16 Hybrid Concept



2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Takes Home North American Truck of the Year Award 9
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in auto show, Automotive, Detroit-Auto-Show, Land Rover, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, News, North American International Auto Show, North American Truck of the Year, Range Rover Evoque on 01 9th, 2012

The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque seems to be a vehicle that was groomed to receive the distinguished North American Truck of the year award. With its unique styling and much anticipated release last year, the 2012 Range Rover Evoque embodied a new sense of styling for a cross-over utility vehicle.

This will be Land Rover’s third time receiving the North American Truck of the Year crown, which they will proudly accept for a truly innovative crossover. The 2 other finalist for the North American Truck of the Year came down to the BMW X3 and Honda CR-V.

What are your thoughts of this year’s North American Truck of the Year award coming down to a selection of car-based utility vehicles with the 2012 Range Rover Evoque taking home the win?



Land Rover Premier Video: 2011 Range Rover Evoque Revealed 2
Jul
Posted by Larry in Automotive, Land Rover, Land Rover Range Rover, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, Range Rover Evoque, video on 07 2nd, 2010

It is the 40th anniversary of the Range Rover lineup and to celebrate, Land Rover has revealed a new vehicle, the Range Rover Evoque. The first images of the 2011 Range Rover Evoque have been released which is virtually identical to the LRX concept that you may have already seen.

The Evoque will be the lightest, ‘smallest’ and most fuel efficient Range Rover model to date. Specifications have yet to be released or confirmed but we speculate that the options will include a 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel, a 3.2-liter gasoline engine and a hybrid variant turbodiesel.

Look for the Range Rover Evoque to make a global public debut at the Paris Motor Show in September and then go on sale next summer (2011).







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