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2020 Kia Soul

2020 Kia Soul

The Korean automaker’s funky freshest

It ain’t easy standing out in the overly-saturated subcompact crossover segment, but the Kia Soul does exactly that with its mix of unique and attractive styling, equipment, and overall value. Now the Soul enters its third generation for the 2020 model year with a debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, and its bringing a fresh take on the boxy goodness of the outgoing model, plus loads of gear, fun features, and a stout turbo engine option.

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2020 Kia Soul EV

2020 Kia Soul EV

Kia’s electric crossover is all grown up

Ever since the Kia Soul first broke into the auto scene in 2009, it has carved its own path unique path in the auto industry. Almost ten years later, the Soul is entering its third-generation, and it includes an improved EV model as well. The 2020 Kia Soul EV has arrived, and it’s a far departure from what we know of the Soul’s all-electric model. It has a fresh new look and, more importantly, a bigger battery pack to go with a more potent electric motor. You think that the 2020 Soul EV is the still the same electric crossover from year’s past? You’d be wrong. The 2020 Kia Soul EV will launch sometime in mid-2019 but pricing figures have yet to be announced.

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2017 Kia Soul Turbo

2017 Kia Soul Turbo

The Soul finally goes Turbo! It’s about time, don’t you think?

The Kia Soul is growing a little bit this year with the addition of a new trim level that is sure to make fans of the unique little crossover very happy. While it’s not quite as exciting as seeing something like the Soul First Class or Ski Gondola being inducted as official production members, it’s really the next best thing. World; I introduce you to the Kia Soul Exclaim – the Soul with that little bit of extra oomph we’ve all been waiting for. Slated to be the range-topping trim level of the Soul range, this model comes well equipped with things like a leather-wrapped steering wheel, push-button start, UVO32 that combines Kia’s e-Services and phone connectivity via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a Harman Kardon 5 premium sound system with eight speakers and an eight-inch touchscreen display. The real news, however, is the 1.6-liter engine lurking under the hood that promises an extra 40 horsepower while maintaining a fuel economy standard of 28 mpg.

Orth Hedrick, the VP of Product Planning at KMA, said, “We wanted to provide loyal Soul lovers and new buyers a sportier option,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning KMA. “The 2017 Soul Exclaim with its turbocharged engine gives the car’s fans another wonderful choice from an already wonderful line-up.”

Entering is second generation for the 2014 model year, the Kia Soul is still a spring chicken in some regards, but that second generation brought a slew of enhancements that included a new chassis that was much stiffer than before, a one-piece steering system, revised exterior that brought new exterior light units and fascia’s that were simply more attractive than before, and a more upscale interior that features lots of soft-touch surfaces to help give the cabin more of a premium feel. Everyone was happy with the second-gen model except for the fact that it was somewhat underpowered, even in this niche, with just two engine options that brought no more than 164 horsepower at best.

Has Kia finally found the solution to this lack of power by introducing a new range-topping model? Well, we can’t predict the future, but let’s take a closer look and talk more about it.

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2016 Kia Soul First Class

2016 Kia Soul First Class

The vehicle to make you rethink the use of autonomous technology

Like it or not, self-driving cars are coming, and they are coming fast. If you have fear of giving up the steering wheel, I feel you, as I don’t fancy the idea of giving up control either. Some automakers are pushing to allow a choice in the matter, while other manufacturers like Kia believe that cars of the future will be completely void of a steering wheel. But, what if there was a fair trade off that could make you forget that you hate the idea so much? Take the Kia Soul First Class concept that Kia built specifically for the 2016 SEMA show. This concept takes autonomous technology and mixes it with first class luxury in ways you’ve never seen before. And, outside of actually offering level-five autonomy, the concept is full of technology that could be used in new cars today. Highlights include rear facing front seats, a massive rear view screen, in-floor leg rests, and a cabin that is so inviting that you’ll start to rethink your stance on trusting AI to safely drive you from one destination to the other.

The funky little SUV that is so unique in an overcrowded segment has only been around since 2008 when it debuted at the Paris Motor Show. It evolved into a second generation model for the 2014 model year which brought a more balanced, modern look through the means of strategic nips and tucks here and there. Things like the grille, air dam, and fog lights were all revised while its width increased by 0.6 inches and the wheelbase was extended by 0.8 inches. The interior also went through a strategic redesign that brought new, soft-touch materials and a more premium feel over the outgoing model. The second-gen model that the First Class Soul is based on is set to be facelifted for the 2018 model year, but until then, sink your eyes into what the future of Kia looks like in our full review below.

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2015 Kia Soul Electric - Driven

2015 Kia Soul Electric - Driven

Reducing dependence on fossil fuels is one of the latest good-guy crusades for automobiles. Perhaps that’s why Kia’s 2015 Kia Soul EV arrived in my driveway wearing a white hat. The Soul EV is just what the name suggests—a Kia Soul with a battery-powered soul. Is electric power the way of transportation’s future? Tesla and others would certainly have you believe so. Cars like the Soul EV seem to suggest that the way forward need not be an unfamiliar one.

The Soul’s an interesting vehicle, from a marketing standpoint. Though it’s neither the most luxurious nor the most high-performance car in the lineup, it’s become Kia’s flagship, and the source from which all of the brand’s funky, rebellious spirit seems to issue. The Soul remains the most extravagantly styled and recognizable Kia. That’s probably why the brand chose it as the platform for its first all-electric vehicle in North America. I spent a week with the Soul to see how it stacks up against its peers in the growing full-electric market, and found it to be a brave little toaster indeed.

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2015 Kia Trail'ster e-AWD Concept

2015 Kia Trail’ster e-AWD Concept

Turbocharged. All-wheel drive. Kia Soul. Put those three terms together, and you have the makings of the 2015 Kia Trail’ster e-AWD concept debuted at the Chicago Auto Show in February, 2015. After confirming its new concept in January, using a teaser image and a brief press release, Kia has now released all the information on the exciting and intriguing Trail’ster.

In this concept form, the Soul trades in its city-bound form for a more rugged manifestation. Off-road-focused additions include bigger wheels and tires, more ride height, and most importantly, an electric all-wheel-drive system (e-AWD) that uses an electric motor to power the rear wheels. The jury is still out on whether this concept will make production, but we have a thing or two to say about it after the jump.

Updated 02/13/2015: We added a series of Trails’ter images taken during the car’s official debut at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. Check them out in the "Pictures" tab.

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2015 Kia Smitten Soul EV

2015 Kia Smitten Soul EV

The Kia Soul has become a SEMA staple since the model was introduced in 2008. Now that the funky crossover is on its second generation, we can expect Kia to keep bringing the Soul to the world’s biggest aftermarket auto show. This year, Kia will showcase a handful of new models under the theme “A Day At The Races." Needless to say, the Soul is part of the lineup and it’s coming dressed up as one of the sharpest-looking ice cream trucks you’ll ever see.

That’s a handful to digest right there, and Kia didn’t do us any favors by keeping the details under wraps. The pictures do paint a pretty interesting story about this dressed up Soul EV, which Kia is calling the Smitten Soul EV. You’ll immediately recognize that this is the Soul EV and not the gas-powered model because of the body-color insert where the front grille is supposed to be. It even has an “Ice Cream” decal spelled backwards on the grille insert, similar to what you see in ambulances. That’s usually done so they spell out properly when viewed in a mirror.

Other design highlights of the Smitten Soul EV include a two-tone finish with red working as the primary color mixed with splashes of white on the lower front bumper, the roof, and the body graphics. On the roof, you’ll notice what looks like three cosmetic megaphones, although those things probably work by pressing some toggle switches on the cabin.

A quick look at the cabin shows the same two-tone red-and-white treatment on the leather seats. Just behind the seats appears to be a wooden partition separating the front and rear sections. There are no detailed photos of the rear yet, but I imagine it to be the business set up of the entire “ice cream truck” concept. A foldable table connects that part with a small trailer — the trailer appears to be the hauling medium for the folding table.

We’ll know more about the Kia Smitten Soul EV when the Korean automaker brings it to the 2014 SEMA Auto Show, which starts on November 4, 2014.

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2014 Kia Soul Mixx And Maxx

2014 Kia Soul Mixx And Maxx

2014 brought the first major redesign of the Kia Soul, but the South Korean automaker treaded carefully and didn’t meddle with the car’s styling too much. A wise decision, if you ask me. Not only because I like the Soul’s unique design, but it also didn’t make sense for Kia to change one of its best-selling models drastically. Sure, I don’t expect all of you to rave about its boxy styling, but the new Soul is quite rewarding when it comes to cargo and interior room, all backed by a comprehensive engine lineup. And it’s highly customizable too for a vehicle in its segment. Which brings me to the latest Soul-related news I want to share with you; the compact just received a couple of new models. These models carry the Mixx and Maxx names and come as high-specification versions of the familiar hatch.

The bad news is that Kia will only sell them in the United Kingdom, with no U.S. availability on the horizon. Still, this is further proof of what Kia is capable of nowadays and we can only hope the Soul range will soon grow in North America as well. Meanwhile, let’s have a look at what the Brits have in their showrooms as of September 2014.

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2014 Kia Soul

2014 Kia Soul

The Kia Soul was introduced in 2008 as a concept, and later as a production model for the 2009 model year. It didn’t come to the states until 2010, where the first generation lasted through the 2012 model year. For 2014, Kia brought us the second-generation Soul that included design elements from the Tack’ster Concept from 2012. On the outside, the Soul received new exterior light units, a slightly revised front and rear fascia, and new side view mirrors. Inside, the interior was fitted with softer materials on the dash, center console, and door panels to help improve its “premium” appearance. Other interior features included a round shifter knob, push-button start, and revised steering wheel controls. Under the hood, consumers had the choice of a 130-horsepower 1.6-liter or a 164-horsepower 2.0-liter engine. A six-speed manual came as standard equipment, but a six-speed automatic was available at a premium. To round out the new Soul, it had an all-new chassis that was stiffer than before, heavily revised suspension, and a one-piece steering system.

In all reality, the Soul really didn’t change all that much, and to the untrained eye, the subtle changes that came with the second generation may not even be noticeable. Then again, Kia put a lot of work into the chassis and suspension, so ride quality and overall structural rigidity were increased significantly. Unfortunately, the second-generation model didn’t come with the cool hipster hamsters either, but that didn’t make the boxy little SUV any less fun to drive. With that said, check out our full and detailed review below to learn more about the second-generation Kia Soul.

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2015 Kia Soul EV

2015 Kia Soul EV

The Chicago Auto Show has officially arrived and Kia is getting things started off with a few milestone announcements; starting with the all-new 2015 Soul EV.

The Soul EV represents the first ever all-electric, zero-emissions vehicle from the Korean company on U.S. soil. On top of its electric propulsion system, the Kia EV was recognized by the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) for integrating more than 20 bio-friendly materials in the construction.

Kia is promising up to 100 miles of “real world” range out of its lithium battery and says that interior space is barely impacted by the addition of the addition of the electron storage.

Kia hopes to have the new Soul EV in dealerships by this fall with California, Oregon, New York, New Jersey and Maryland as the first markets. These regions were chosen for their relatively large EV infrastructures.

Has Kia finally created a stylish and practical EV that buyers are looking for?

Updated 09/11/2014: Kia revealed prices for the new Soul EV which is now available at dealers nationwide. The model will be offered in two trims: Base and Plus, with prices starting from $33,700 - not including federal tax rebate of $7,500.

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2014 Kia Soul Red Zone Edition

2014 Kia Soul Red Zone Edition

Do you remember the Tracks’ter Concept Kia unveiled at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show? Apparently it create such a buzz among customers that Kia decided to offer a special-edition Soul with elements inspired by the concept.

The new limited edition, which Kia dubbed the "Red Zone" Soul, is based on the 2014 Soul + and features a series of upgrades to the exterior and interior. The Red Zone is painted white combined with a number of red accents, just like the concept, and features an aggressively styled body kit.

The interior also offers a nice combination of black with red stitching and accents.

Under its hood, the Soul Red Zone comes with a 2.0-liter, gasoline direct injected (GDI) four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 164 horsepower and mates to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The new Kia Soul Red Zone Edition goes on sale in the first quarter of 2014 and is limited to only 2,000 units.

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2013 Kia Soul The Voice

2013 Kia Soul The Voice

Ever since its official launch, the Kia Soul has been one of the most active models at SEMA. Last year, Kia rolled into Las Vegas with a Soul lineup inspired by comic-book heroes, but this year, Kia prepared quite an impressive lineup of Souls with four of them drawing inspiration from the music world.

These four music-inspired Souls touched on different parts of the music world, as they featured a cutting-edge DJ station; a pro-sound-quality, plug-in-ready amplifier on wheels; and a load of memorabilia from all things music. This final model is the Soul ’’The Voice" and it was prepared by NBC as a tribute to the famous TV show.

According to its creator, this Soul "represents the sheer talent needed to perform in front of a live audience and millions at home." This model features a cool bright red exterior paint combined with a "The Voice logo" on the side, vinyl on the window portion and a cool "I Want You" logo illuminated in the lower grille.

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2014 Kia Vans Warped Tour Soul

2014 Kia Vans Warped Tour Soul

To commemorate the annual Vans Warped Tour, Kia and Popular Mechanics are tapping into their youthful and fun spirits to present a Kia Soul that defies explanation at the 2013 SEMA Auto Show.

The specially created crossover was designed and developed with the idea of taking to the road to enjoy the famous touring music and extreme sports festival. If there ever was a car that captures the idea and essence of the Vans Warped Tour, it’s this one.

Not only does the Soul carry a custom, albeit bombastic, paint finish that was inspired by the colors of the tour itself, Popular Mechanics and Kia decided to give it an eye-catching airbrush artwork detail, complete with references to the blending in of the music and action sports worlds. The windows of the Soul are all gone, and in their place are custom-built fiberglass body panels, each housing a pair of Infinity eight-inch speakers. Wonder how you can appreciate the outside world when you’re inside this vehicle?

But thoughtful musings like those are far from the objective of this Soul, as this specially-produced crossover has one objective in mind: to bring the spirit of the Vans Warped Tour to life inside a rolling set of wheels. A 50-inch flat-panel monitor has also been mounted atop the car with running footage from the tour itself so you never miss out on the experience of the festival.

Finally, a slide-out rear barbeque was also fitted into the this Soul, giving you the full music-inspired tailgating experience so you can enjoy the tour like nobody’s business.

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2014 Kia Music Memorabilia Soul

2014 Kia Music Memorabilia Soul

Museums are often times housed inside massive buildings; a lot of us know that.

Apparently, Kia is looking to reinvent the way museums are developed and with the help of RIDES Magazine, the Korean automaker has turned one of its Soul crossovers into an actual museum. Really, there are plenty of signature items inside this Soul that’ll make you consider foregoing that trip to Cleveland.

It’s a veritable music museum on wheels, filled with memorabilia from a variety of industry icons. There’s a guitar signed by Slash, a G-Unit sneaker signed by 50 Cent, a Jimi Hendrix gold album, and a signed John Legend microphone. All these items are displayed in Plexiglass enclosures — hand-built, by the way — in the Soul’s trunk, rear windows, and rear hatch insert.

If that’s not enough to truly identify this Soul as a true one-of-a-kind, the collaborators used gold and platinum records as the overarching influence of the crossover, highlighted by a PPG waterborne platinum silver paint, gold exhaust tips and a set of 20-inch anodized gold HRE 935 wheels.

Even the interior wasn’t spared from getting its own detailing. A custom black suede and leather interior are the highlighted and complemented nicely by gold diamond stitching and painted trims.

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2014 Kia Amped Soul

2014 Kia Amped Soul

So you have a Kia Soul that’s been turned into a museum; a Soul that has a DJ mixer on its roof; and a Soul that pays homage to The Voice. Wonder what else the company can think of, right?

Well, this collaboration between Kia and Popular Mechanics has the answer. Like its name suggests, the Amped Soul is all about bringing even more boom to the small crossover, specifically those ear-gasmic JBL speakers that somehow are strong enough to allow the actual Soul to sit on top of them.

We don’t know how the crossover is going to move with those speakers underneath it, but hey, those 22-inch Forgiato custom three-piece wheels are a sight in their own. Add that to the custom Pearl White paint finish and the blacked-out windows, and you have a Soul that would actually look like a decent option when you’re in the market for one.

Unfortunately, the Amped Soul is just a show car, albeit one that can make your ears bleed faster than the time it takes for you to throw on ear protection. A full-on JBL Pro Live surround equipment has been integrated into the rear-hinged doors, while LED ambient lighting on the interior and four 12-inch Infinity1 power subwoofers are responsible for only drawing a right mood to the cabin, but also putting on a speaker show on four wheels the likes of which you probably will never see again.

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2014 Kia DJ Booth Soul

2014 Kia DJ Booth Soul

The lineup of Kia Souls that rolled into the 2013 SEMA Auto Show are all musically inclined, including the DJ Booth Soul, which was transformed into what Kia describes as the "ultimate DJ booth on wheels"

With all five Soul models offering something totally unique, the DJ Booth Soul is the only that doesn’t have a roof. In place of the actual roof, Kia and RIDES magazine decided that it would be a good idea to install a pro-grade Pioneer CDJs and mixer. Don’t worry about trying to get comfortable in the back seat, because the rear seats were also taken out in favor of putting an actual custom diamond-plated stage.

Before we get too drawn into all the DJ paraphernalia added to this Soul, we should give due props to the purple and turquoise accents of the crossover, a two-color combination that was used to pay homage to its EDM and hip-hop influences. LED lighting, front and rear strobes, and speaker enclosures built into the lower grille are also part of the overall package, while 19-inch Rotiform BRU wheels wrapped in Continental tires round out the exterior upgrades.

In addition to the aforementioned stage inside the cabin of the Soul, the interior was also given a three-prong design touch that includes black leather, graphite suede and turquoise stitching, giving it a lounge-like feel that plays well into the whole motif of the program. A Maschine Mikro production studio was molded into the passenger-side dash, while Kia also added a Pioneer audio system that includes five amplifiers, three component speakers, two 10-inch and two 12-inch Champion Series subwoofers, and a sound bar housing four coaxial speakers, putting a resounding stamp on the DJ theme of this extraordinary Soul.

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2013 Kia Soul Shaker

2013 Kia Soul Shaker

British customers will enjoy a new addition to their already very impressive Kia Soul Originals collection. The new addition, the Soul Shaker will be offered in both petrol and diesel engine variants and will carry a relatively low price.

The model sits above the "2" specification version and shares some high-tech features with other models in the Soul Originals range, including iPod and Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control and air conditioning.

When compared to other Soul models in the lineup, the new Shaker edition will be distinguished by an exclusive paintjob, a new set of alloy wheels, and premium interior in a new unique ’Houndstooth’ design.

Kia also paid intensive attention to the car’s safety level and equipped the new Shaker with technologies like electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution, vehicle stability management and hill-start assist control.

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2013 Kia Soul "Green Lantern" by Super Street Magazine

2013 Kia Soul "Green Lantern" by Super Street Magazine

While other automakers are taking the traditional route of developing tuning programs for a number of their models to be shown at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show, Kia is taking a route that touches the comic book geeks in all of us.

The Korean automaker is partnering with DC Entertainment to build a number of superhero-inspired vehicles in the former’s model line-up. We’ve already seen what they did with the "Batman" Optima and we’ve also been treated to a teaser photo of the "Flash" Forte Koup. Today, Kia dropped another one of their teasers involving the Soul crossover and the superhero it’s been dressed to feature: the Green Lantern.

We weren’t surprised that the Soul Green Lantern was finished with a two-tone green and black paint scheme and the green mirror-chrome tint on the windows because these are the colors of the Emerald Crusader. What was surprising about this car is that the two back doors have been welded shut to "streamline" the crossover’s appearance. Then, there are the green projector beam headlights, a feature that we admit we find pretty sick. Add the customized Green Lantern-logo fog lights in the widened front fascia, green LED lighting, and 18" deep-dish wheels with Green Lantern’s logo on the center and that completes the Soul’s exterior superhero makeover.

Inside, a custom rear cargo compartment features the Green Lantern power battery with his signature lantern logo etched into a clear panel displaying the superhero’s oath lit by LEDs. Over at the rear deck, there’s a video monitor that displays DC’s "We Can Be Heroes" promotional video. At the front, the car’s steering wheel and the front seats have been fitted with green and black leather and the Green Lantern logo prominently displayed and stitched into the seat backs.

Like the rest of its kind, the Soul "Green Lantern" Edition was built to raise awareness for the We Can Be Heroes campaign against hunger in the Horn of Africa, for which DC Entertainment is a huge advocate of.

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2012 Kia Soul Red Rock Special Edition

2012 Kia Soul Red Rock Special Edition

Kia has officially confirmed today the launch of the new special edition Soul Red Rock. The model has been inspired by the beautiful rock formations found in the Southwest United States. The new model is now on sale at a starting price of just $20,600.

The model will be distinguished by a number of unique features designed to set it apart from other Soul variants. These particular elements will start with a Canyon exterior color and continue with a high-gloss black front fascia and mirror housings. The interior is adorned with exclusive black leather trim and brown cloth seats. Standard amenities include automatic climate control and heated front seats.

"The wildly popular Soul has been a game-changer for Kia since it arrived in 2009, and our series of special editions over the past three years have added individualism and exclusivity to an already fun and youthful vehicle," said Michael Sprague, vice president of marketing and communications, KMA. "Style and flair are key to Soul’s success, and the Red Rock Special Edition, which has plenty of both, will help drive sales into 2012."

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2012 Kia Tracks'ter Concept

2012 Kia Tracks’ter Concept

The Chicago Auto Show is one of America’s biggest auto events, yet it doesn’t hold the same glamorous standards as that of its counterparts in Detroit, New York, and even Los Angeles.

That being said, a lot of automakers have used Chicago as the venue for their concept debuts and it’s no different this year as Kia prepares to roll out the Track’ster Concept.

The Tracks’ter Concept is being touted as "the ultimate performance" Soul that features an aggressive hatchback body with a low and aggressive bodykit. Looking at the Soul’s overall design, it should be easy to paint a picture of the Tracks’Ter as a concept that carries a far edgier look to coincide with the Korean automaker’s evolving design language, one that’s a far departure from the conservative approach the company used to be known for.

Performance details on the Tracks’ter Concept have yet to be announced, but considering what we’re looking at and how it’s being touted, we wouldn’t be surprised if it packs the same 1.6-liter four-cylinder powertrain that can be found under the hood of the Hyundai Veloster Turbo.

Whatever the case may be, we’re all looking forward to seeing the Kia Tracks’Ter Concept make its world debut in Chicago later this month.

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