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This Is It! Meet the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

This Is It! Meet the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

A helicopter airlifts the Trailboss trim to its debut

Continuing the modern trend of sneak-peak reveals ahead of official debuts, Chevrolet dramatically introduced its all-new, 2019 Silverado 1500 pickup truck by airlifting the truck under a helicopter on December 16. The spectacle took place at the Texas Motor Speedway in view of the media and members of Chevy’s new Truck Legends owners club.

Chevy hasn’t released much information on the new 2019 Silverado, but we do know several key points. For starters, the new Silverado will come with a Trailboss trim. First seen on the Chevy Colorado, this trim takes the Z71 off-road package and adds a two-inch suspension lift and Goodyear DuraTrac tires. Chevy also says the new Silverado will come with more engine and transmission combinations, more technology and convenience features, and has a “significant reduction” in weight over the outgoing Silverado.

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2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 Midnight Edition – Driven

2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 Midnight Edition – Driven

A black cloak and knobby tires for Chevy’s half-ton brawler

The current Chevrolet Silverado isn’t that old, really. It debuted for the 2014 model year and underwent a very mild cosmetic refresh for 2016. Yet, in the high-stakes game that is the American pickup market, Chevy has to stay current. An all-new Silverado is destined for 2019, but until the fall of 2018, we’re stuck with the current truck. While the 2017 Silverado is hardly a bad apple, Chevy is keeping it fresh by offering several special edition models and among them is this, the Midnight Edition.

I recently spent a week driving a 2017 Chevy Silverado Crew Cab LTZ Z71 Midnight Edition, driving it the same way any truck owner would, well, save for towing a 9,300-pound trailer. I didn’t have one laying around. I did throw a couple coolers and lawn chairs in the bed, haul five people around, take the kiddo to school, and muddle through everyday life like anyone would. Turns out, the Silverado is a fantastic vehicle for active families.

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Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Makes Racing Debut At Best in the Desert

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Makes Racing Debut At Best in the Desert

Its race-spec parts might arrive on production ZR2s

The Chevy Colorado ZR2 will finally have a chance to prove its off-road chops in a sanctioned race this weekend. Chad Hall of Hall Racing will drive a moderately modified 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 in the General Tire “Vegas to Reno” portion of the Best in the Desert racing series. The 550-mile, off-road race will trek through the Nevada desert starting at Las Vegas on Friday, August 19 and end in Reno on Sunday morning. More than 350 vehicles will compete in what’s regarded as the longest and most grueling off-road race within American borders.

But even folks who aren’t into racing should like this news: Chevy is working with Hall Racing and will closely monitor the Colorado ZR2 and its array of custom parts. Should they perform well, they have a potential to get bolted to a future version of the Colorado ZR2. Russ O’Blenes, the director of GM’s Performance Variants, Parts and Motorsports division said, “The components being tested on this truck are ultimately intended to take the already-exceptional off-road capability of the Colorado to the next level. Racing them allows us to quickly understand their performance attributes and reliability in the extreme environment of off-road racing, ensuring the highest performing components for Colorado customers.”

So, what parts are custom and how much of this ZR2 is stock? Keep reading to find out.

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2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Now Arriving in Showrooms

2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Now Arriving in Showrooms

Watch out, Raptor! The ZR2 is kicking up dust

Chevy’s highly anticipated Colorado ZR2 is finally arriving in dealership showrooms. The first shipment of ZR2s took place on Friday, April 28, headed from the Colorado’s assembly plant in Wentzville, Missouri. Sales of pre-ordered trucks begin early May. The Colorado ZR2 combines increased ground clearance, a wider track, and locking differentials with high-tech Spool Valve shock absorbers to overcome high-speed obstacles. The ZR2 is the first-ever application of Spool Valves in anything outside supercars and dedicated racecars.

Among the first to receive their ZR2 will be Hall Racing. Owner and driver Chad Hall will compete in the upcoming 2017 Best in the Desert race series with a ZR2 modified to pass safety and tech inspections. Hall chose a Red Hot Crew Cab ZR2 fitted with the standard 3.6-liter V-6 and eight-speed automatic transmission. Optionally, the ZR2 is offered as an Extended Cab and with the 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder turbodiesel. Hall will compete in BITD’s Vegas to Reno leg sponsored by General Tire on August 18 and 19, along with the VT Construction Tonopah 250 presented by Polaris on October 19 through 22.

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2017 Colorado ZR2 vs 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

2017 Colorado ZR2 vs 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

A detailed look at both trucks

These are exciting times for truck enthusiasts who also like off-roading. The 2017 Ford Raptor is out, launching the second generation of Ford’s halo F-150. Toyota has its new-for-2017 Tacoma TRD Pro that’s based on the new-for-2016 Tacoma. And Chevy comes late to the party with its Colorado ZR2 – a production truck based on the concept version from 2014. These three trucks represent the upper crust of the pickup segment. It’s a prestigious group that’s focused on going fast over rough terrain while still conquering the daily commute.

The Raptor might be the premiere pickup, having birthed this niche segment back in 2010, but the Toyota and Chevy new-comers aren’t slackers. In fact, thanks to their smaller sizes compared to the full-size Raptor, these mid-size pickups are more agile and can fit down narrower trails. The famed Rubicon train in California, for instance, is too narrow for the Raptor’s immensely wide track. The Tacoma TRD Pro and Colorado ZR2, however, should have no problem traversing the tight terrain.

The Toyota and Chevy are also less expensive (or rumored to be) than the Raptor. That puts them basically in a head-to-head fight for customers. Typical things like design, features, and brand loyalty goes a long way in choosing which truck is best, but a more objective comparison should be made. That’s especially true for someone who’s ready to pull the trigger on a purchase.

That’s where this article comes in. We’re going to dive deep into the features and specs of both the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro and the Chevy Colorado ZR2 in order to help you, the customer, make a better-informed decision.

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Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Spied in the Desert!

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Spied in the Desert!

Will Chevy finally build the ZR2?

The clatter and hubbub surrounding the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 off-road pickup has died down since Chevy debuted a concept of the pickup at 2014 LA Auto Show. However, it seems the noise is about to pick up. Our friends over at TruckTrend just spotted this camouflaged Colorado running around the desert. The truck appears to have a suspension lift and a more aggressive front end. Mud terrain tires and fender flairs closing resembling those on the ZR2 concept are clearly seen.

So is this the Colorado ZR2? There’s no way to be completely sure.

Still, the Colorado is well past its introductory phase and it’s likely GM is ready to inject some life back in to the pickup. A purpose-built off-roader would certainly put GM on better ground with customers considering a Ford Raptor, Ram 1500 Rebel, or one of the Toyota TRD Pro products.

Through the camo we can see this test mule is missing the built-in recovery winch that made headlines in 2014. It’s very possible the winch won’t make production, but we’re hoping it was simply left off this truck. Perhaps it will be an option. Also not present is the pre-runner style rear bumper and rocker panel guards.

One thing not missing is ground clearance. Just look at the air under this Colorado! There’s also no low-hanging air dam just begging to be ripped off. Underneath, skid plating and beefy control arms are easily spotted.

GM will likely offer both the 3.6-liter gasoline V-6 and 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder turbodiesel as engine options. In either case, expect the current six-speed automatic to handle shifting duties. Then again, if GM is really serious about making the ZR2 a Raptor fighter, the new 10-speed automatic could make its appearance. We’d also love to see GM shoehorn the 5.3-liter V-8 into the ZR2. You know, for a little something extra. We seriously doubt GM would be that adventurous, though. Regardless, 4WD should come as standard equipment with the ZR2, making it a formidable truck off the beaten path.

If GM green lights the project, we’d expect the Colorado ZR2 to debut sometime before the end of 2016 as a 2017 model. The ZR2 would be the range-topping model for the Colorado, with prices reflecting that accordingly.

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2016 Chicago Auto Show – Best And Worst In Show

2016 Chicago Auto Show – Best And Worst In Show

Winners and losers from CAS 2016, plus what went missing

The gates are open at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, and with those pesky journalists finally out of the way, the public can now enjoy all the vehicular goodness that North America’s “largest” auto show can muster. Special editions, refreshes, and brand-new models all dropped cover this year, with crossovers and SUVs served up as the main course, and new sedans and sports cars added as a tasty side dish. Picking winners and losers here is not exactly easy, but hey, this isn’t some elementary school talent show. Time to be ruthless.

There were a few clear standouts for Best In Show right from the start, but cutthroat competition to fill the remaining slots quickly followed. Picking vehicles for Worst In Show was also pretty tricky, but that’s why they pay me the big bucks.

So, without further ado…

Continue reading for the Best and Worst In Show at CAS 2016.

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Recoil 3 - More Trophy Truck Action from BJ Baldwin

Recoil 3 - More Trophy Truck Action from BJ Baldwin

Toyo Tires and Desert Trophy Truck Champ BJ Baldwin have teamed up yet again for the third installment of Recoil. If you’re not familiar with the videos, take a look at part 1 and part 2, but not before hanging your head in shame. Each video outdoes the last one with high-flying jumps, a crazy hooning, and some type of furry, yet menacing woodland creature. (You should have been keeping up all along.)

Anyway, Recoil 3: Sasquatch Hunter showcases Baldwin’s hand-built, 800-horsepower, Baja race ready Chevrolet truck in all the right ways. Its massive coil-over shocks and robust suspension system allow the truck to jump over intense obstacles and land without breaking a bolt – time and time again. The outrageous amount of horsepower spewing from the V-8 allows for smoky burnouts, no matter the speed. The slow-motion footage shows just how much abuse the truck can handle.

But who’s BJ Baldwin, you ask? He’s the back-to-back winner of the Desert Trophy Truck Championship in 2010 and 2011, the winner of SCORE-international Trophy Truck competition in 2006 and 2008, and has more than 18 years of racing experience behind his name.

Though Baldwin has a serious racing career, these videos are all about having fun. And if the impressive jumps aren’t enough to impress you, the truck’s ability drift sideways without flipping over or blowing a tire will. Much of that credit can be given to the truck’s wide stance and the beadlock wheels holding the Toyo tires in place.

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2015 Chevrolet Silverado Special Ops Concept

2015 Chevrolet Silverado Special Ops Concept

Chevrolet had no shortage of vehicles at the 2015 SEMA show, and this Silverado blends into the crowd. Though not because it’s boring, but rather thanks to its military-derived camouflage. Ok, corny jokes aside, the Silverado Special Ops concept does take plenty of cues from military history and a naval paint scheme called “Razzle Dazzle.”

Designed to make ships hard to see against the horizon by enemy vessels, the three-tone paint job helps break up the ship’s character lines, making it hard to detect. The same can be said for this Silverado, provided its background was an ocean.

Chevy designers decided to pay tribute to the U.S. Special Forces with this concept. Jim Campbell, GM’s U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports said, “This Silverado concept is a multipurpose truck that reflects the go-anywhere, do-anything commitment of special-forces teams.”

The concept is based on the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71. The newly refreshed truck sports its revised grille design, along with a bed-mounted sports bar, custom rocker guards, and no less than six LED off-road lights. The design team didn’t leave the interior stock either.

Chevy didn’t specify what powertrain this particular Silverado comes with, but our guess is the 6.2-liter V-8 and eight-speed automatic transmission. Of course, 4WD is present.

Though we will likely see parts and accessories from this concept make production, it’s very unlikely Chevy will offer such a radical build to the general public – at least not the multi-tone paint job.

Continue reading to learn more about the Chevrolet Silverado Special Ops Concept.

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The 2015 Truck of Texas: Crowing the Winners

The 2015 Truck of Texas: Crowing the Winners

Every fall, dozens of journalists from all over Texas and around the country gather to compare, test, and crown the winner of the “Truck of Texas” competition. It’s a coveted award from the Texas Auto Writers Association that signifies Texas’ collective approval of a truck. And not only are trucks involved, awards go out for the SUV and CUV of Texas.

I already touched on the topic in the preview piece, but awards are also given to the winner in each vehicle category and for various things like “best connectivity” and “best powertrain.”

This year’s competition was fierce. There were 84 vehicles present from 21 automakers entered into 17 different categories. Evaluating the field were 69 TAWA members comprised of journalists and social media influencers.

So let’s get down to the results. Keep reading for the full breakdown.

Continue reading for the results of the 2015 TAWA Truck Rodeo

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Stock Chevy Silverado Pulls Homemade Camper On Off-Road Adventure

Stock Chevy Silverado Pulls Homemade Camper On Off-Road Adventure

Embarking on an overland journey through treacherous terrain usually requires some specialized equipment. Most folks choose Jeep Wranglers with lift kits and 35-inch tires or Land Rovers with supplies hanging off its roof rack, but for Mark Christy and his girlfriend Nives Riddles, a bone-stock 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD was the vehicle of choice.

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Stock Chevy Silverado Pulls Homemade Camper On Off-Road Adventure

Stock Chevy Silverado Pulls Homemade Camper On Off-Road Adventure

Embarking on an overland journey through treacherous terrain usually requires some specialized equipment. Most folks choose Jeep Wranglers with lift kits and 35-inch tires, or Land Rovers with supplies hanging off its roof rack, but for Mark Christy and his girlfriend Nives Riddles, a bone-stock 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD was the vehicle of choice.

Now the pair did choose a 4WD version, but it wasn’t even equipped with the Z71 package or a set of meaty off-road tires – just the factory Firestone Transforce HT (highway tread) rubber and the Eaton G80 automatic locking rear differential. No winches, off-road lights, brush guards, or other specialty equipment.

The truck pulls a homemade camping trailer built from a surplus military unit. The trailer contains everything the pair needs to survive all alone in the wilderness. Each night they camp in a new location and set out in a generalized direction come morning.

How are they doing that, you ask? They sold everything they had that wasn’t welcomed on their uncharted journey. Christy left his job in the commercial movie and TV production industry while Riddles left her job doing high fashion makeup. With normal responsibilities behind them, the couple set out on their adventure.

“I start each morning by looking at Google Maps, searching for two-track routes in the general area we want to go to, pick one, and start driving,” Christy says. And the adventure will keep going just as long as they want it to. “There’s nothing we have to go back to,” he continued. “We’re just going to keep going until we don’t want to anymore.”

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Low Riders & Mud Tires: RoadKill Goes Off-Roading

Low Riders & Mud Tires: RoadKill Goes Off-Roading

Ok, so a 1980 Chevrolet Monte Carlo might not be a truck, but Freiburger and Finnegan sure treat it like one in the latest installment of RoadKill. The dastardly duo decided that each would plan the trip and buy the vehicle separately – without them knowing the others’ plans. After some failed reverse psychology, the pair ended up with this – the Monster Carlo.

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Deep Dive: General Motors' G80 Locking Rear Differential

Deep Dive: General Motors’ G80 Locking Rear Differential

General Motors has been offering an automatic locking rear differential in its Chevy and GMC trucks for more than 40 years. Today, its prevalence has grown to include every body-on-frame, rear-drive vehicle in GM’s lineup – from the Colorado WT up through the leather-lined Cadillac Escalade. And thanks to its order code, most folks know the mechanical locker as the Eaton G80. Here’s how it works.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Trail Boss Edition

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Trail Boss Edition

We now have an answer to General Motors’ mysterious “Z71 Trail Boss” trademark filing back in January. Here it is – debuted at the Cleveland Auto Show of all places – an up-fitted Colorado. This bad boy has some meaty Goodyear DuraTrac all-terrain tires and… that’s about it. Yep, the “Trail Boss” is basically a $3,320 tire upgrade.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: First Look

2015 Chevrolet Colorado: First Look

The covers have finally been pulled off the last new member of the Chevrolet truck lineup and we couldn’t be more excited. The 2015 Chevy Colorado debuted today at the LA Auto show joining the still fresh Silverado and Silverado HD.

The Colorado is based on the global truck platform, but is highly ‘Americanized’ with many key components swapped out for heavier duty items based on the new Silverado. The Colorado rides on a fully-boxed, hydroformed steel frame giving it a sturdy platform for hauling and towing. Initially the Colorado will come with two gasoline engine options with a diesel debuting the following year.

The base powerplant is a 2.5-liter four cylinder with an optional 3.6-liter V-6 engine. Both feature the latest suite of GM technology like Variable Valve Timing and Direct Injection. They share similar construction materials with aluminum blocks, forged-steel crankshafts, and oil jet-spray piston coolers. A Six-speed automatic transmission is standard across the board and features tow/haul mode and auto grade braking.

Exterior features include Chevy’s clever bumper CornerStep and bed rail hand-grabs, an EZ lift tailgate, two-tier loading capabilities within the bed, and no less than 13 tie-downs for securing payload. Available projector beam headlamps light the way while front bumper tow hooks provide a means of recovery if the going ever gets too muddy. Silverado-derived inlaid doors with triple seals keeps wind noise to a minimum while active aero grille shutters open and close to maximize aerodynamics and cooling efficiency.

Interior accoutrements are similar to the Silverado with a large, pronounced center stack with similar knobs and buttons. An available eight-inch color touch screen inhabits the prime real estate up top while multiple USB ports down low live in a specially designed front compartment for charging personal electronics. A center console-mounted gear shifter splits the front bucket seats and gives plenty of storage options big enough for hiding a tablet safely out of sight. GM’s next-generation OnStar and MyLink are also present, along with a standard rear-view backup camera.

The folks at General Motors say the new Colorado is designed for customers who want the extra capabilities a truck offers like hauling and off-road agility, but don’t need the size and expense of a full-side truck. GM is now the first manufacturer in quite a while to offer a full plethora of mid-sized, full-sized, and heavy-duty trucks. Our hats are especially off to the fact that GM revamped its entire truck lineup within a two year model cycle.

Click past the jump for photos and details of the all-new 2015 Chevy Colorado

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Video: 'Dirt Every Day' puts 40-inch tires on a '86 Chevy army truck

Video: ’Dirt Every Day’ puts 40-inch tires on a ’86 Chevy army truck

Host Fred Williams of Motor Trend’s Dirt Every Day has been working on his Alabama Army Truck project for quite a while. Followers of the show will recall the truck’s transformation from a worn-out surplus CUCV truck to a customized off-road beast thanks to an extreme engine swap.

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Video: 'Dirt Every Day' puts 40-inch tires on a '86 Chevy army truck

Video: ’Dirt Every Day’ puts 40-inch tires on a ’86 Chevy army truck

Host Fred Williams of Motor Trend’s Dirt Every Day has been working on his Alabama Army Truck project for quite a while. Followers of the show will recall the truck’s transformation from a worn-out surplus CUCV truck to a customized off-road beast thanks to an extreme engine swap. DED pulled out the tired, 6.2-liter, naturally aspirated V-8 diesel and threw in a supercharged, 6.2-liter LSA V-8, the same 550-plus horsepower mill found in the second-gen Cadillac CTS-V and current Camaro ZL1.

Williams and the crew now work to upgrade the braking system to handle the extra power and a new set of 40-inch tires. The brakes come courtesy of an aftermarket performance company and are designed against corrosion and heat build up. The rear brakes going on the Army Truck are actually meant to be performance front brakes on a GM three-quarter ton truck. Needless to say, this Chevy should be able to stop on a dime.

Then come the wheels and tires. Williams chose a set of Pro Comp Xtreme Terrain MT2 tires sized at 40-inches and mounted on matte black, 17-inch, Pro Comp wheels. The combo not only looks great, but will also perform well on the trail.

Of course by turning such massive rubber, the driveline must be upgraded. New driveshafts, yokes, and U-joints connect everything while an upgraded 4L80-E transmission does the gear changes and an Atlas transfer case sends power to the front solid axle.

All told, it’s a great episode of Dirt Every Day, so click, sit back, and enjoy.

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More General Motors Trademarks: "Scottsdale" And "Silverado Big Sky"

More General Motors Trademarks: "Scottsdale" And "Silverado Big Sky"

The trademark filings continue for General Motors, this time with a new name and the return of an old favorite. Filed on February 9th and 12th respectively, the Silverado Big Sky and Scottsdale names seem very likely candidates for near-future trim levels or special editions in the GM truck lineup.

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General Motors Trademarks "Badlands" Moniker

General Motors Trademarks "Badlands" Moniker

General Motors has filed for a trademark on yet another truck name, this one just as promising as the Z71 Trail Boss name that came before it. This time, it’s “Badlands.”

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado GearOn Special Edition

2015 Chevrolet Colorado GearOn Special Edition

Chevrolet has announced its latest special edition package for the midsize Colorado pickup truck at the Chicago Auto Show. The GearOn Special Edition packages together GM’s innovative GearOn cargo management system with some unique body adornments.

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Chevy Colorado Super Bowl Ad "Interrupts" TV Broadcast

Chevy Colorado Super Bowl Ad "Interrupts" TV Broadcast

Chevrolet’s clever Super Bowl ad left more than 112 million viewers thinking their TV signal had died, only to surprise them with #technolgoyandstuff.

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Chevy Colorado Super Bowl Ad "Interrupts" TV Broadcast

Chevy Colorado Super Bowl Ad "Interrupts" TV Broadcast

Have you ever been intently watching TV only to have the signal die out? That’s exactly what happened to more than 112 million people watching the 2015 Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Sea Hawks. Or at least that what Chevrolet tricked them to believe.

The automaker’s genius commercial aired just minutes before kickoff. It started off with what seemed like a live video feed of the stadium, only to turn into static and then into a black screen. With folks’ attention, Chevy gave a solution to the viewers’ worst nightmares by saying the new Chevy Colorado has built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi where uninterrupted video streaming could take place.

I’m sure the “unintended interruption” caught more than a handful of people off guard, resulting in a few expletives accompanied by the spilling of beverages and throwing of food. How about you? Did Chevrolet catch you by surprise with this advertisement? Let us know in the comments below.

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