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Fiat Officially Announce Details of the Facelifted Punto Evo


TURIN – August 31, 2009: The Fiat Punto Evo, the evolution of the Grande Punto, will make its debut at the next Frankfurt Motor Show. It aims to repeat the success of its predecessor and become the new pacesetter for innovation, safety and style, thanks to its many innovative features. The epithet “Evo” identifies a level of car design that is capable of satisfying even the most demanding customers in terms of technology, driving pleasure and respect for the environment.


The Punto Evo expresses its technical excellence first and foremost through a wide choice of Euro 5 engines, including a 1.3 second generation Multijet diesel and a 1.4 petrol engine with the revolutionary MultiAir technology developed by Fiat Powertrain Technologies and eventually to be incorporated in all Fiat Group engines. Fiat’s innovative and conventional powerplants are also joined by dual-fuel methane and petrol units to create the most complete and ecological range of engines in the segment. With reduced consumption and emissions in mind, the new Punto Evo also offers Start&Stop, the system that switches off and restarts the engine in stop-and-go traffic. Start&Stop is being introduced as standard on all Euro5 petrol and diesel engines. Another system making its first appearance on the Punto Evo is “Blue&Me–TomTom”, the new portable satellite navigation unit that lets you manage telephone, navigation and information functions on a practical colour touch-screen.


In the area of safety, the Punto Evo sets new standards thanks to 7 airbags, including a driver knee airbag. The Punto Evo is one of very few cars in its segment with a driver knee airbag fitted as standard on all versions. Other innovative safety systems are also available, including Hill-Holder to help with hill starts, adaptive 'cornering' front fog lights that switch on automatically with dipped headlights according to the angle of steering, and Fiat’s tried and tested ABS, EBD (Electronic Brake force Distribution) and ESP (Electronic Stability Program) systems.


Finally, the new Punto Evo is even more attractive thanks to the work of Fiat’s Centro Stile. The interiors (fascia, seats and instrumentation) have been completely renewed to become even more prestigious and elegant, and the outside has been given a thoroughly restyled look too. The Fiat Punto Evo goes on sale in the second half of October with the precise objective of consolidating its role as one of Europe’s market leaders in the highly important compact segment.

Technical innovation
The Punto Evo expresses its technical excellence first and foremost through a wide choice of engines Euro 5, including petrol units equipped with the revolutionary MultiAir system and second generation Multijet diesels. Developed and patented by FPT – Fiat Powertrain Technologies – MultiAir technology will gradually be adopted by all engines fitted to Fiat Group cars. The heart of MultiAir is a new electrohydraulic valve management system that reduces fuel consumption by controlling air directly via the inlet valves (without using the throttle). MultiAir reduces emissions (thanks to improved combustion control) and also improves performance by boosting both power and torque.

Similar results have been achieved in diesel versions thanks to the adoption of second generation Multijet units across the range. These engines incorporate new common rail injectors that, thanks to a balanced hydraulic servo-valve, control the quantity of fuel injected into the combustion chamber with improved precision, and in a faster and more flexible sequence than in the past. The choice of engines available for the Punto Evo is the most complete and ecological in this market segment, and even includes two alternative fuel engines, a methane and an LPG unit.

The new Punto Evo is even equipped with the latest version of the Blue&Me system. “Blue&Me–TomTom” is a fully integrated infotainment system that lets you manage telephone, navigation and information functions on a practical colour touch-screen. The system is the result of a partnership between Fiat Group Automobiles and TomTom, European leader in portable navigation systems, and integrates with the car’s other systems thanks to the Blue&Me system developed in conjunction with Magneti Marelli. The new system also incorporates “ecorive Info” for real time information on your driving style and useful suggestions for reducing environmental impact and optimising consumption by changing gear and using the accelerator to suit the nature of the route.

Respect for the environment
At Fiat, innovation means greater respect for the environment too. In fact, the environment is one of the main issues driving product development, and ensures that the Fiat range is the greenest in Europe. The Punto Evo is no exception to this rule. The new MultiAir engines prove the point. Compared to a conventional petrol engine of the same size, a MultiAir engine develops more power (up to 10%) and torque (up to 15%), while consuming significantly less (up to 10%) and emitting less CO2 (up to 10%), less particulates (up to 40%) and less NOx (up to 60%).

In the same way the second generation of Multijet diesel engines also offers more accurate combustion, with benefits for consumption, emissions, NVH and drivability. This has been achieved through a new common rail injector that modulates fuel injection into the combustion chamber and gives, for the Euro 5 engines, an improvement of around 2% in consumption and CO2 emissions on the homologation cycle, and a reduction in NOx emissions of up to 30%. Still with reduced consumption and emissions in mind, the new Punto Evo will also offer Start&Stop, the system that switches off the engine when you stop and restarts it for you to move off again (at traffic lights for example). Start&Stop will be standard on all Euro5 petrol and diesel engines.

The methane-fuelled engine is not only the most ecological dual fuel engine in segment B, producing only 115 g/km of CO2, but is also the most economical thanks to record running costs of under 4 Euros per 100 km. Among other advantages, methane-fuelled engines benefit from the highest government incentives in Italy: 5,000 Euros if combined with a contribution for scrapping your old car. Then there is the LPG-fuelled version, developed using Fiat’s longstanding experience in alternative fuels to respond to the extraordinary growth seen in this market. The Punto Evo GPL boasts record autonomy of 1,500 km in the extra-urban cycle, and running costs up to 50% lower than a petrol equivalent.

Safety
The Punto Evo is designed and built to achieve the highest levels of safety. The model boasts a large number of safety systems (standard or optional depending on market and version) starting from those dedicated to passive safety: 2 front airbags, 2 front side airbags, 2 window bags and a driver knee airbag (the Punto Evo is one of the few cars in this segment on which this device is standard on all versions). The Punto Evo is also one of the few cars in its class equipped with adaptive 'cornering' front fog lights that switch on automatically with dipped headlights according to the angle of steering. And don’t forget that the new Punto Evo also guarantees constant and reliable road holding thanks to electronic dynamic control systems for braking and steering. The ABS system that is available across the complete engine range incorporates EBD (Electronic Brake force Distribution), ESP (Electronic Stability Program) and Hill-holder to help with hill-starts.

Style and comfort
The Punto Evo is more stunning than ever thanks to the work of Fiat’s Centro Stile. In particular, the interiors of the new model have been completely redesigned to represent the most evolved expression of Italian style, with top quality materials and superb attention to detail. The result is a bright and elegant cabin with completely renewed fascia, seats, storage compartments and instrumentation. On the outside, both the front and the rear have been thoroughly restyled, as shown by the attractive lines of the new bumpers and the incorporation of innovative and original headlights and taillights. The latest design has also “stretched” the car to a total length of 406 centimetres, so that its winning characteristics of driver and passenger comfort remain unchanged. The other external dimensions remain the same, with a width of 169 cm, a height of 149 cm and a wheelbase of 251 cm.

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Souped-up Fiat 500

With Fiat's little 500 subcompact officially heading our way in the near future, we're taking a greater interest in the tuner market for what could be one heck of a hot hatch. Sure, the base 500 engine that we're likely to see - a 100-hp, 1.4 liter mill - isn't much to write home about, but we're already drooling over the 135-hp, 152 lb-ft turbocharged Abarth version. And before you chime in that 135 ponies isn't a lot of power these days, remember that the 500 only weighs 2200 lbs.

Still, there's always room for improvement, and German tuner company Karl Schnorr Kraftfahrzeuge has taken that phrase to heart. Schnorr shares more than just a derivative of Abarth founder Carlo Abarth's first name. He also shares a passion for making small, modestly powered cars go really fast. At first the Karl Schnorr 500 Abarth could be just another tarted-up Cinquecento, what with its red OZ Seria Rossa 17-in. wheels, additional red stripes, red side mirror covers, and lowered stance. But there's a lot more to it underneath.

Sixty-five more, to be precise. That's how much more horsepower the 5050-euro ($7218) 'Power Level 2' 200-hp Schnorr-tuned 500 Abarth makes over the standard version, courtesy of a remapped ECU, larger turbocharger, and sports exhaust system. Not quite ready for that big of a gain? Try the 'Power Level 1' kit and get 28 more ponies (163 hp) for just 950 euros ($1358). Just want your 500 Abarth to be a little more aggressive in the corners? Schnorr will also sell you a coilover suspension kit for 1270 euros ($1815) including installation.





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Fiat Punto Evo to Feature "Blue&Me

TomTom": The New Integrated Infotainment System for Fiat Drivers from Fiat and TomTom

Mon Aug 31, 2009 4:59am EDT

AMSTERDAM--(Business Wire)--

Fiat Group Automobiles and TomTom announce that the two companies have jointly developed an integrated portable navigation solution: Blue&Me - TomTom. This solution, which is the result of a partnership between the two companies, will be showcased for the first time in the new Fiat Punto Evo at the upcoming IAA Motorshow in Frankfurt, Germany. The Blue&Me - TomTom will deliver Fiat drivers the latest, award winning TomTom portable navigation technology by integrating it into multiple car models of Fiat Group Automobiles.

The partnership has resulted in the tightest integration between a portable
navigation device and a car the industry has ever seen and is offering the most optimal driving experience by providing cutting-edge technologies to the market.

With Blue&Me - TomTom, Fiat is answering customer demand for flexible and
user-friendly navigation solutions thanks to TomTom`s expertise in products that are easy to use and updateable.

Blue&Me - TomTom will offer the latest features available on TomTom devices, such as IQ RoutesTM for the fastest route and accurate arrival times. The new system also incorporates Fiat`s EcoDrive Info for real time information on driving style and useful suggestions for reducing environmental impact and optimising consumption by changing gear and using the accelerator to suit the nature of the route.

Lorenzo Sistino, CEO of Fiat Automobiles, said, "Blue&Me-TomTom is a fully
integrated infotainment system that lets you manage telephone, navigation and driving information on an easy to use colour touch-screen."

"We are thrilled to work with such a leading car manufacturer and we look
forward to see our partnership grow in the future," said Harold Goddijn, CEO of TomTom. "This deal marks another important step in our automotive strategy and is incomparable in the automotive industry. For the first time ever a new car will offer the latest navigation innovations available."

Further details on the solution will be fully revealed at the IAA Motorshow in
Frankfurt, Germany which runs from 17-27 September, 2009, with press days on 15-16 September.

About Fiat Group Automobiles

As a pioneer of the car industry, Fiat built its first car in 1899. Over 90
million cars and light commercial vehicles have been produced since then and
many of its models have marked important milestones in motoring history.

Fiat Group Automobiles designs, produces and sells vehicles under the Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Abarth brands, and light commercial vehicles under the Fiat Professional brands. Each brand has a specific identity with defined, recognized characteristics, and employs distinct commercial and marketing strategies. Fiat stands for its creativity, versatility and practicality. Lancia features an elite and exclusive line of models, while Alfa Romeo combines sportiness, technology and elegance in a unique design. Abarth is a synonym for determination and a sportive spirit, and Fiat Professional is a reference point for a straight forward and productive driving experience with low consumption rates. Fiat Group Automobiles is made up of four companies: Fiat Automobiles, Alfa Romeo Automobiles, Lancia Automobiles and Fiat Professional. All these companies are 100% owned by Fiat Group Automobiles.

On twelve occasions Fiat Group Automobiles models won the Car of the Year Award, the automobile industry`s most prestigious recognition of excellence worldwide. The award has been won nine times by Fiat, twice by Alfa Romeo and once by Lancia.

To round out the range of products and services offered, Fiat Group Automobiles activities include sales financing and a broad array of support programs for customers and the dealer network. The Sector`s main financing activities in Europe are grouped into FGA Capital, a 50-50 joint venture with Crédit Agricole.


Fiat Group Automobiles is part of the Fiat Group, an automotive-focused
industrial group. The Fiat Group designs and manufactures trucks, wheel loaders, excavators, telehandlers, tractors and combine harvesters and automobiles. The Group is active on world markets through five different business areas and their operating companies that employ over 180,000 people.

About TomTom

TomTom NV is the world`s leading provider of navigation solutions and digital
maps. TomTom NV has over 3,300 employees working in four business units -
TomTom, Tele Atlas, AUTO and WORK.

TomTom's products are developed with an emphasis on innovation, quality, ease of use, safety and value. TomTom's products include all-in-one navigation devices which enable customers to navigate right out of the box; these are the award-winning TomTom GO family, the TomTom XL and TomTom ONE ranges and the TomTom RIDER. Additionally, independent research proves that TomTom products have a significant positive effect on driving and road safety.

Tele Atlas delivers the digital maps and dynamic content that power some of the world`s most essential navigation and location-based services (LBS). Through a combination of its own products and partnerships, Tele Atlas offers digital map coverage of more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. The AUTO business unit develops and sells navigation systems and services to car manufacturers and OEMs. WORK combines industry leading communication and smart navigation technology with leading edge tracking and tracing expertise.

TomTom NV was founded in 1991 in Amsterdam and has offices in Europe, North America, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. TomTom is listed at Euronext Amsterdam in The Netherlands. For more information, go to TomTom, portable GPS car navigation systems.

LINK: Fiat Punto Evo to Feature Blue&Me - TomTom: The New Integrated Infotainment System for Fiat Drivers from Fiat and TomTom | Reuters
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Fiat unit in battery deal for electric vehicles

Fiat unit in battery deal for electric vehicles

Mon Aug 31, 2009

MILAN - Italian vehicle group Fiat SpA's Magneti Marelli unit has signed an agreement with Italy's FAAM SpA for development, production and sale of lithium batteries, Fiat said on Monday.

The electronics and components unit sees joint development of the batteries for electric propulsion of cars, motorbikes, buses and other vehicles, leading to product sales in the second half of 2010, it said in a statement.

A Milan-based analyst, who asked not to be named, said Fiat had filled its shortfall in electric vehicle technology via its recent alliance with the U.S. vehicle manufacturer Chrysler, which is further ahead of Fiat in this area.

FAAM is based in the Marche region of eastern Italy and apart from Italy has plants in Uruguay for the Mercosur region and in China for the Asian market.

A company spokeswoman said FAAM's 2008 sales were 80 million euros ($114 million).

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Fiat's 2009 Alfa Romeo sales to rise 11 pct

Fiat's 2009 Alfa Romeo sales to rise 11 pct -CEO

Tue Sep 8, 2009 6:51am EDT


2009 Alfa Romeo Spider

BALOCCO, Italy, Sept 8

Alfa Romeo, the sporty saloon car maker owned by Fiat expects to sell up to 120,000 cars this year, up 11 percent from 2008, its chief executive said on Tuesday.

"In 2008 we sold 108,000 vehicles, this year we should be at the level of 115,000-120,000," Sergio Cravero said at a presentation of the MiTo Multiair model.

"The 300,000 level remains our target for the future, but that can't be reached in 2010," he said.

Alfa Romeo's sales in Europe rose 10.4 percent in the first six months of this year to 59,283 units, according to figures from European carmakers' association ACEA. That gave it a 0.8 percent share of the market.

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The Abarth 695 "Tributo Ferrari"

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The Abarth 695 "Tributo Ferrari" makes its world debut at Frankfurt. This new performance version of the Abarth 500 confirms the link between Abarth and Ferrari based on shared values that include a passion for performance, a racing soul, attention to detail and Italian style.

Abarth and Ferrari are two great names that have contributed, with conviction and dedication, to the legend of Italian racing that is known around the world. The legendary men behind both marques followed very similar careers: first drivers, then tuners and finally heads of companies that command genuine respect in the world of motor racing. These extraordinary men were associated in the past: in 1953, for example, a unique Ferrari-Abarth was born, the Ferrari 166/250 MM Abarth. The car raced in various international trophies including the legendary Mille Miglia. The tie between the two companies has been reinforced above all by the exhaust systems designed by Abarth specifically for the cars built at Maranello: numerous exhaust systems have been made for various Ferrari models, some of which have won World Championship titles.

The two brands have recently renewed their collaboration. The first result of this was the supply of a limited and numbered series of Abarth 500's to Ferrari's European dealers in recent months for use as "courtesy cars".

Now, attention turns to the new Abarth 695 "Tributo Ferrari", an exclusive vehicle that not only enables Abarth to extend its range by entering into the luxury sports car market, but also offers Ferrari customers a small but exciting small car for all their mobility needs, including practical urban mobility.

The new Abarth 695 "Tributo Ferrari" is distinguished by a number of stylistic changes, but more importantly by substantial modifications developed by Abarth and Ferrari engineers. The engine, for a start, is a 1.4 Turbo T-Jet 16v, tuned to develop over 180 HP. This is combined with an MTA (Manual Transmission Automated) electromechanical gearbox with race-inspired paddle gearshift that makes full use of the engine's performance by reducing gearshift times.

To improve acceleration, the car is fitted with performance tyres on 17'' alloy wheels featuring a design inspired by Ferrari wheels. The suspension and braking systems have also been strengthened to cope with the extra power: 284 mm multi-section discs with fixed four-piston calipers, both by Brembo, and special shock absorbers let you enjoy performance in total safety.

And of course there is a "Record Monza" variable back-pressure "dual mode" exhaust, designed to improve engine performance and deliver an inspiring sound over 3,000 rpm.

On the outside, the car is finished in Scuderia Red, with carbon fibre door mirrors and with details like the wheels and rear air intakes in Racing Grey. This new Abarth is equipped with Xenon headlights with dipped and main beam functions for improved light emission and excellent efficiency under all weather conditions. Made by Magneti Marelli Automotive Lighting, these elements deliver three times the light intensity and duration of standard halogen lamp headlights.
The interiors are also personalised and demonstrate the attention to detail and the sporting style that are common to both brands. "Abarth Corsa by Sabelt" seats are fitted and finished in black leather with a shell and seat base in carbon fibre. These seats offer a perfect blend of racing characteristics – light weight (10 kg less than the standard seat) and the ability hold the body steady against lateral and longitudinal forces, thanks to body support elements filled with crush-resistant foam – with the ergonomics and comfort of road seats.

The black leather steering wheel is characterised by red leather inserts and a tricolour hub on which the MTA gearshift paddles are mounted, while the instrument panel is specially made by Jaeger, and inspired by typical Ferrari instrumentation. Attention to detail has gone into the floor too: the foot wells are covered entirely in non-slip aluminium and the racing pedals are personalised with the Scorpion logo. The interior is embellished with other details too, like special kick plates and a plate bearing the vehicle series number.

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2010 Fiat Punto Evo

2010 Fiat Punto Evo - Auto Shows
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Remove the Fiat logos and this new Punto Evo debuting at the Frankfurt auto show is likely a car you’ll see on U.S. roads within a few years’ time—wearing Chrysler badges. The Fiat Punto Evo is a mild face lift of and replacement for the successful Grande Punto, which has been on sale in Europe since 2005. While much has been made of the importance of the tiny Fiat 500 city car in Chrysler’s future—and Fiat Group’s imminent return stateside—the Punto has been Fiat’s bread-and-butter model on the Continent for many years.

When the model was introduced only five years ago, Fiat was still flush with cash it received from General Motors after the American auto giant paid billions of dollars to opt out of a forced merger. But Fiat was nevertheless still battered by years of sliding sales, shoddy quality, and outdated vehicles. The revitalized Grande Punto boosted sales, improved quality standards, and led the charge to help revive the company.

Now the Punto Evo must continue the success of its predecessor, while perhaps also working some sales magic for the sputtering Chrysler brand. The Punto Evo stretches 159.8 inches in length, making it roughly six inches shorter than the VW Golf, and about a country-mile shorter than most of Chrysler’s lineup. Exterior changes include new headlamps and taillamps, along with revised bumpers and a new grille treatment.

Speaking with us before the show, a spokesperson for Fiat Group told us the biggest leap forward was made with the Punto Evo’s interior. From the press photos, the quality of materials immediately looks much better. The dark and sometimes cheap-looking cabin of the Grande Punto is long gone. Safety has also been given a boost, with the Punto Evo sporting no fewer than seven airbags, including a driver’s knee bag. Electronic stability control and intelligent fog lamps that turn into a corner are also available.

Like most European cars of its class, the Punto Evo will offer a wide range of diesel and gas engines. One of the most exciting—and a serious candidate for U.S. models—is the new 1.4-liter MultiAir gasoline engine. The electrohydraulic variable valve system adjusts intake-valve lift, thereby offering more power and improved fuel mileage. A stop/start system should also help the Punto Evo reduce its appetite for fossil fuel.

A classier cabin, updated body, and efficient engines spell good news for Fiat, and provide a much-needed ray of hope for Chrysler.


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Fiat Made Cleanest Cars Sold in Europe

Fiat Made Cleanest Cars Sold in Europe in 2008, Group Says




Sept. 15 - Fiat SpA produced cars with the lowest average carbon-dioxide emissions sold in Europe in 2008, while Daimler AG made the most-polluting cars, according to the European Federation for Transport & Environment.

Turin, Italy-based Fiat made cars with average emissions of 138 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer, while PSA Peugeot Citroen’s cars averaged 139 grams of CO2, followed by Renault SA, whose autos emitted an average 143 grams, the Brussels-based environmental group said today in its fourth annual report since 2006.

Overall, carmakers reduced emissions by 3.3 percent to 159 grams of CO2 per kilometer in 2008, short of a voluntary industry commitment to cut average emissions to 140 grams last year, researchers led by federation director Jos Dings said. The European Commission has set targets for manufacturers to reduce average emissions to 130 grams by 2015 and 95 grams by 2020.

Reaching the 130-gram target is “a piece of cake,” Dings said in a telephone interview. “Take a company like Volkswagen -- all they have to do is bring their entire fleet up to the level of their best models now.” Volkswagen AG ranked 12th in the average amount of CO2 emissions.

Stuttgart, Germany-based Daimler AG, the world’s second- largest maker of luxury cars, and Nissan Motor Co., Japan’s third-largest automaker, made the least environmentally friendly cars, according to the study. Daimler-built cars including Mercedes-Benz produced an average of 175 grams of CO2 per kilometer, while Nissan’s cars averaged 161 grams.

BMW’s CO2 Reduction

Munich, Germany-based Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, the largest luxury-car manufacturer, cut average CO2 emissions by more than 10 percent, to 154 grams, the biggest decline of any carmaker, the researchers said.

The overall 3.3 percent improvement this year is more than in any other year under the industry’s voluntary commitment to reduce emissions, Dings said.

“This shows that the industry can do more than it was doing the whole time the pressure was not on,” he said. “It shows that voluntary commitments do not work and regulation is much more effective.”

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ere sold on average in Portugal, France and Italy. The most environmentally unfriendly cars were sold in Sweden, Estonia and Latvia, the report said. Germany, the region’s biggest car market, was ranked 20th.

The report included the world’s 14 largest car manufacturers by number of cars sold. The study was based on vehicle-registration data collected in 2008 by the European Commission in 25 of the 27 EU countries. Bulgaria and Slovakia failed to provide data in time to be included.


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Fiat considering 500 Abarth for US market
09.15.09

FRANKFURT -- Fiat Abarth chief executive Harald Wester says Fiat is "seriously thinking" of bringing the higher-performance 500 Abarth version to U.S. markets in addition to the base model.

Fiat already has said it would bring its subcompact 500, or Cinquecento in Italian, to the U.S. market as part of its new partnership with Chrysler but hasn't said when.

Wester said Tuesday on the sidelines of the Frankfurt Auto Show that the Italian automaker is "seriously thinking the 500 Abarth might be an opportunity for U.S. customers."

Fiat is considering which technology to launch in the United States after gaining a foothold in North America with a 20-percent stake in Chrysler LLC in June.

Fiat models from the company's Abarth sub-brand are higher performance with sportier suspensions and steering.

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