2020 Nissan Sentra
Nissan unveiled the new Sylphy at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. The new Sylphy will most likely come to our shores as the new 2020 Nissan Sentra. Nissan has been selling the Sentra in the U.S. since 2013 and it has been quite a success for the Japanese automaker. Even though the Sentra has managed to create a market for itself as a value-for-money proposition, it does not appeal to the enthusiasts or anyone looking for a little ’life’ in their car. However, the company plans to change this with the 2020 model, and we must say, it has our attention! Disclaimer: I’ll be calling this car the Nissan Sentra throughout the article and not Nissan Sylphy because we’ll be getting it with the Sentra badge in the U.S. - and partly because Sylphy sounds quite funny.
2019 Nissan Maxima
Nissan’s participation at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show included the introduction of the 2019 Nissan Maxima. An updated version of the eighth-generation A36 Maxima in L.A. for the 2019 model year with a subtle exterior refresh to go along with a suite of new safety technologies. Nissan hopes that the updates are enough to stem the tide of declining sales that has plagued not only the Maxima but the entire sedan market in the U.S. As Nissan’s longest-running nameplate — the Maxima has been around since 1981 — there’s a lot of pressure on the 2019 Maxima to live up to, or even exceed, the expectations that Nissan has for it. The 2019 model goes on sale in mid-December.
2019 Nissan Sentra - Short Review
As a compact sedan, the Nissan Sentra never was what one may call "popular" among gearheads. Yet, Nissan is eager to improve it, even going so far as to release a spirited Nismo version in the process a few years back. Now, we have the 2019 Nissan Sentra with only a handful of upgrades, most notable of which is the integration of the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on all models, save for the entry Sentra S.
2019 Nissan Altima
The Altima name goes back to the mid-1980s when it was used on a top-trim line of the Nissan Leopard and the Central American version of the Laurel. It became a stand-alone marque in 1992 when it replaced the Stanza in the U.S. Built in Tennessee starting with the 1993 model year; the Altima became one of the brand’s most successful vehicles in North America. To meet the high demand, Nissan is now building the sedan in two U.S. plants. With annual sales of more than 250,000 units during the past seven years, the fifth-generation is by far the most successful version of the Altima. But the existing sedan is being phased for the 2019 model year, replaced with a new model that broke cover at the 2018 New York Auto Show.
Redesigned from the ground up, the sixth-generation Altima employs a new design language based on the Vmotion 2.0 concept car from 2017. The redesign also introduced a new interior with more premium features, new technology, and, for the first time in this segment, semi-autonomous drive. Things get even better under the hood, where the Altima gained not only a revised version of the 2.5-liter four-cylinder but also a brand-new, turbocharged four-banger. The latter replaces the old 3.5-liter V-6. Surprisingly enough, the new turbo-four is the variable compression ratio unit that Nissan debuted under the Infiniti brand. Overall, the sixth-generation Altima is the most advanced sedan in this market, but we will find out more about that in the review below.
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Nissan Teases the Next-Gen Altima Before it Debuts at the New York Auto Show
The Nissan Altima is going to make its debut at the 2018 New York Auto Show. We already know that much after Nissan released a teaser video a month ago. The Japanese automaker isn’t just stopping there, though. It also unveiled a sketch of the new model, complete with exaggerated design cues that suggest that the Altima will receive its share of stylistic updates.
The Nissan Maxima is something of an oddity in the automotive landscape. It used to be that the Max was the biggest car in Nissan’s lineup — hence its maximum name. But for the last couple of generations, the Maxima’s size has been matched by its cheaper sister, the Nissan Altima.
This creates all sorts of confusion for some consumers. A friend saw me comparing a Camry to an Altima and said, “Shouldn’t you compare Camry to Maxima?”
No, no you should not. The Maxima is much more of a driver’s car than any Camry, though I admit the new-for-2018 Camry closes the gap a little (more on that in a minute.)
As for anyone else who may be confused by Maxima’s place in the family sedan world, let me put it this way: It punches well above its weight — so much so that, if I were considering spending my money on an entry-level luxury car like a Mercedes CLA or Lexus ES, I’d honestly consider the Maxima in that same pack.
2017 Nissan Altima SR Midnight Edition
Redesigned for the 2013 model year, the current Nissan Altima was updated for 2016. Somewhat surprisingly, the facelift added many new features, as well as a significantly redesigned exterior with styling cues borrowed from the gorgeous Maxima. Inside, the sedan gained a new center stack, softer materials for the Zero Gravity seats, and blue accents for the SR trim. The engine compartment is the only one that remained unchanged, but it’s not something customers will complain about. For 2017, Nissan enhances the Altima by adding the Midnight Edition model.
Launched at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, the Altima Midnight Edition is part of Nissan’s new offensive to offer this special-edition package on six models. Initially created for the Maxima in 2016, the Midnight Edition was a huge success last year, accounting for 85 percent of Maxima SR sales. As a result, Nissan wants the bundle on more cars, including the Sentra, Altima, Rogue, Murano, and Pathfinder.
The idea of expanding the availability of the Midnight Edition package was driven by customers who loved the blackout treatment on Maxima SR and asked for it to be available on other popular Nissan vehicles,” said Christian Meunier, senior vice president of Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations. “The six models offering Midnight Edition packages account for more than 75 percent of our U.S. sales, so we think they will find a receptive audience.”
Much like on the Maxima, the Altima’s Edition Package is restricted to the SR trim, but only the version powered by the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The SR Midnight Edition is already available to order in the U.S. for small premium over the standard model.
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2017 Nissan Vmotion 2.0 Concept
Lately, Nissan’s autonomous vehicle efforts have focused primarily on the brand’s ProPilot technology, with hints that future iterations of popular models (such as the Qashqai and Leaf) could be instilled with self-driving features. Now, it looks like we’re getting better insight into what Nissan has planned with the Vmotion 2.0 concept car, which was just revealed at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. The striking, sporty-looking four-door not only previews future tech, but it also gives us a glimpse at Nissan’s next-gen styling language. All told, the Vmotion 2.0 is an attractive, luxurious, spacious sedan designed to meet the demands of hard-working business types, all while giving a nod to Nissan’s styling and technological future.
In Nissan’s own words, the Vmotion 2.0 “combines a high sense of style, emotional design, roominess, comfort and technology to make the mobility experience seamless for busy professionals constantly on the go.”
Of course, with a name like Vmotion 2.0, you gotta ask – where’s Vmotion 1.0? To answer that, we gotta look back to the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, when Nissan brought us the Sport Sedan Concept. That car helped usher in the V-motion language we know today, characterized by a prominent v-shaped chrome band across the nose. V-motion can be seen across the current Nissan model lineup, with this newest concept pointing towards the language’s next evolution.
Starting in front, we find the chrome band has grown, extending down close to the pavement and stretching further from side to side in a prominent, 3D shape. These lines set the tone for more hard angles and cuts in the side intakes, which are repeated in the flanks with arrow-like creases. There are wraparound rear windows, a floating C-pillar, and a floating roof, while in back are “boomerang” taillights that add visual width. Nissan says the looks is meant to emphasize aerodynamic efficiency using something called “Emotional Geometry” design language.
Ingress and egress is aided by wide-swinging rear suicide doors, which in conjunction with the lack of a center pillar, adds to the car’s sense of cabin space. Complementing this is an extended wheelbase and lots of horizontal surfaces. Comfort is upped thanks to leather upholstery with thread-less quilting on the inserts.
There’s a few more interesting tidbits on the Vmotion 2.0 worth checking out, so read on.
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2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO
These days, you’d be forgiven for dismissing the Nissan Sentra as just another eco-box for the daily A-to-B grind, but that wasn’t always the case. Believe it or not, there once was a Sentra designed for – brace yourself – fun. It was called the SE-R, and it was a glorious thing indeed, boasting a torquey four-cylinder engine, responsive suspension, and a price tag with room for aftermarket race tires. Unfortunately, the Sentra SE-R got shelved after the 2012 model year, causing enthusiasts to feel a bit left out in the cold. Luckily, Nissan is correcting that mistake, and now, there’s a new performance Sentra on the scene. This time around, however, it bears the Nismo nameplate, and compared to the standard-issue Sentra, it’s got a fresh exterior, race-inspired interior, and sharpened handling.
Nissan says the new Nismo Sentra is the first “mainstream,” “affordable” model to receive the Nismo treatment, and it hopes the four-door will broaden the brand’s appeal alongside the current crop of Nismo’d variants (GT-R, 370Z, and Juke). But the Japanese automaker is adamant that the Sentra Nismo won’t dilute the go-faster association of Nismo, and that the upgrades are much more than skin deep.
We’ve been waiting a while for Nissan to drop something like this, even going so far as to draw up a rendering and put together a speculative review. Now that the real thing has arrived, where were we right and where were we wrong? Read on the find out.
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2016 Nissan Altima – Driven
The fifth-generation Altima debuted for the 2013 model year and Nissan didn’t let it simmer too long before introducing a mid-cycle refresh for the 2016 model year. The refresh is mild at best, consisting of a revised front fascia with Nissan’s V-motion corporate face and swoopy curves that mimic the Maxima’s. The greasy bits and interior remain basically untouched. But are these changes enough to keep the Altima selling at its record pace?
To find out, I spent a week with the 2016 Altima. Granted, the model year is currently rolling towards 2017, but Nissan isn’t making any changes. That makes the 2016 just as good to review.
The Altima is dug in hard against some fearsome competitors. There’s the hot-selling Honda Accord, the surprisingly upscale Volkswagen Passat, and the venerable Toyota Camry. As you might expect, the Toyota leads the segment in sales by a long shot, moving a whopping 429,355 Camries in 2015. Honda follows, having sold 355,557 Accords. Nissan isn’t too far behind, with 333.398 Altimas finding homes in 2015. Year over year, the Altima is maintaining is monthly sales goals in 2016, putting it on track to sell the same number as before.
Numbers aside, the Altima has a lot to offer. Leading headlines is fuel economy. The 2.5-liter Altima gets an EPA-estimated 27 mpg city, 39 mpg highway, and 31 mpg combined. Those are compact sedan numbers. In fact, only the Mazda 6 with its i-Eloop energy recovery system scores better, offering 40 mpg highway.
Despite is frugality, the Altima’s four-cylinder isn’t a complete penalty box. In fact, with its 182 horsepower, the 2.5-liter and CVT combination are surprisingly peppy. Yes, I normally complain about Continuously Variable Transmissions, but Nissan has been building them longer than just about anybody. It seems it has finally eliminated the rubber-banding effect that plagued CVTs of the past.
So, the 2016 Altima has a new face and some impressive fuel economy numbers. But what else does Nissan’s mid-level sedan have to offer? Keep reading to find out.
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2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo
Redesigned for the 2013 model year, the Nissan Sentra received a complete overhaul inside and out. Similar to Nissan’s other sedans, the Altima and Maxima, as far as design goes, the Sentra also gained more upscale features such as LED lights, a new navigation system, and premium options such as an eight-speaker Bose audio system. The 2016 facelift brought an even more attractive exterior, with sporty cues borrowed from the Maxima, and an interior that longer lacks dual-zone climate control, navigation, and a backup camera. Although the 1.8-liter engine carried over mostly unchanged, the sedan received a turbocharged mill for the 2017 model year, when Nissan launched the Sentra SR Turbo.
Powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder backed by a turbocharger, the new SR Turbo packs nearly 50-percent more horsepower and almost 40-percent more torque than the standard model, making it the most powerful Sentra ever sold in the United States and the first full-fledged competitor for range-topping Honda Civic and Mazda3 models. This new model comes at no surprise, as Nissan not only toyed with various concepts in recent years, but is also looking to enhance the sales momentum of its third best-selling vehicle in North America.
"The Sentra SR Turbo is designed for buyers who want all the attributes of traditional compact sedans but also desire some serious turbo performance. It’s truly the complete package for compact car buyers and enthusiasts alike" said Michael Bunce, vice president of product planing at Nissan North America.
Keep reading to find out what makes it special among other Sentras and how it stacks against its main competitors on the compact market.
Updated 09/26/2016: Nissan announced prices for the 2-17 Sentra SR Turbo that will be put on sale at the company’s dealers nationwide in October. Check out the "Prices" section for the full details.
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2016 - 2017 Nissan Maxima
The eighth-generation Nissan Maxima comes 40 years after the name was launched as a trim level for the 1976 Bluebird. It was first unveiled to the public during a surprise impression during Nissan’s 2015 Super Bowl ad, which was then followed by a couple of pictures to hold us off until it officially debuted at the New York Auto Show. In short, it was a revolutionary design that brought more sports DNA to the car than was had in all the previous generations combined. Outside, the car a very sculpted body profile, a longer and wider footprint, and a very bold front end. The inside, just like the outside, was heavily inspired by Nissan’s Sport Sedan Concept. The center console is crowded but functional, and the two-tone coloration of the interior is more than inviting. The large infotainment screen in the center stack is angled toward the driver, and the overall feel is comparable to that of more expensive full-size sedans on the market.
After a total of 24 years and six redesigns, the Maxima is finally the car it was always meant to be. It’s got the room for hauling the family around and the looks to make just about any man who is stuck driving a sedan happy. On top of the new looks, that revised 3.5-liter V-6 under the hood packs a decent 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque, which isn’t bad for a car that starts out below $32,500. Of course, it does have some strong competition from models like the Chevy Impala and the Toyota Avalon, so it should come as no surprise that Nissan went the extra mile to bring us something truly magnificent.
The funny thing is, over all the generations, the Maxima has progressively gotten better. If you position a picture of each generation in order from oldest to newest, it shows an evolution similar to that shown in evolutionary charts derived from Darwin’s theory of evolution. It’s a good thing, so check out our full review on the all-new Maxima before it evolves into something else.
Updated 6/10/2016: Nissan has announced pricing and a couple of new personalization packages for 2017. Check out the Exterior, Interior, and Pricing sections below for all the details.
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2016 Nissan Maxima – Driven
The Maxima has been around since 1981, but never has it been so focused on performance and driver engagement. All new for 2016, the eighth generation Maxima pushes the limits of what Nissan has ever done with its family sedan, making it far more appealing to those who refuse to sacrifice driving pleasure with the addition of kids. It might not be a four-door GT-R, but the Maxima has its sights squarely on the being BMW 5 Series for the everyman.
Much of that spunk comes from the 3.5-liter V-6. Naturally aspirated, the all-aluminum engine kicks out 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque. Ironically, a CVT sends power to the front wheels, though Nissan says it tirelessly worked to make the CVT behave less like a rubber band gun. The attention pays off, though nobody will mistake the gearbox for a traditional automatic.
Of course, power and performance are only half the story. The overall design screams to be looked at – the long nose, aggressive grille, sweeping beltline, and coupe-like rear roof make the Maxima one of the best-looking sedans on the market. Or at least one of the most stylized. The story continues inside. Out Platinum tester packed quilted leather atop Nissan’s Zero Gravity seats, contrast stitching along the center console and dash, and modern in-dash technology.
So how does all this translate into the real world? We spent a week with the Maxima to find out. Keep reading for the full run-down.
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2016 Nissan Maxima SR Midnight Edition
Last year, Nissan offered a limited run of its Midnight Accessories package. The demand for the package was so strong, Nissan decided to one-up its previous production run and start offering the Midnight Edition Package as a factory option for the Nissan Maxima. The downside to the package is that it’s only available on the Maxima in SR trim, so if you’re looking to get your hands on a “dark” Maxima, you’ll have to go with the Sportiest trim available.
The best part about the whole package as a factory installed option is that it comes at a considerable discount. Dan Mohnke – Vice President, Chief Marketing Manager and Marketing Operations – said, “Customer response to our limited production Maxima ’Midnight’ accessories package last summer was so strong, we’ve now made it a factory installed option – and we’re launching it at a $1,000 discount versus what it would cost to order and install the features individually. This special edition combines a more aggressive look with an affordable price, taking the popular SR grade level to an even higher level as enthusiasts’ favorite Maxima.”
An overall discount of $1,000 doesn’t sound too bad at all, does it? The package consists of several different body color options, as well as several exterior modifications. There are a few modifications to the interior, but this package is mainly designed for exterior gratification, so don’t expect much. So, without wasting anymore time, let’s look at what comes on the Maxima SR Midnight Edition.
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2016 Nissan Sentra – Driving Impression And Review
U.S. auto sales continue to march forward, and while growth is strongest in the SUV/crossover segment, the sedan remains steadfast as a core passenger vehicle platform. Simply put, the appeal of the sedan is enduring and undeniable, combining versatility and a sleek body style with high fuel efficiency and an affordable price point. Nissan knows this, and has deemed 2016 “The Year Of The Sedan,” first ushering in the new Maxima, followed by the updated Altima. Now, it’s the Sentra’s turn, and as such, the compact four-door arrives with fresh exterior styling, a variety of new technology for safety and comfort, and a few tweaks to the ride and handling.
Nissan claims 20 percent of the Sentra is new for 2016, and while not necessarily revolutionary, the update is definitely a breath of fresh air, bringing the compact inline with its competitors without outgrowing its original affordable positioning.
I got a chance to test the new car in Southern California, and overall, I was pleased with what it brought to the table. That said, the Sentra is still up against some very heavy-hitting competition, so how does it stack up? Read on to find out.
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Nissan is going three for three on introducing its new, striking design themes to its sedan lineup. First the Maxima, then the Altima took on the extreme show-car styling language first debuted on the Murano in 2014. The 2016 Sentra has just undergone a significant update that brings its sheet metal into the fold as well.
Nissan’s third best-seller after the Altima and Rogue crossover has always been rather bland in terms of style (even when the rest of the sedan lineup was more radical), so the dramatic reskin is an intriguing departure from tradition. It should be a good thing for Nissan; as the subcompact market has gotten more competitive, the competent-but-forgettable Sentra has risked getting lost in the shuffle of sexier and more eye-catching offerings from Mazda, Hyundai and Ford. Looking like a smaller version of the Maxima, the newly curvy Sentra is prepared to do battle with the all-new Honda Civic, Mazda3 and Kia Forte with a re-tuned suspension. A host of new technology has also been added, as the Sentra inherits luxury features from Nissan’s larger sedans as well. The updated 2016 Sentra goes on sale in December.
Updated 12/30/2015: Nissan announced prices for the 2016 Sentra which is now on sale at dealers nationwide. Prices will start from $16,780 for the Sentra S with 6-speed manual transmission - an increase of just $250 over the previous year.
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The Nissan Altima was originally sold in the U.S. in 1992, and in 2001, it made the transition from compact to mid-size sedan. Considered one of the top entries in its segment, the Altima offers easy driving characteristics, a comfortable cabin, exciting performance, and high value. These assets have propelled the Altima to the top of Nissan’s sales charts, but throughout its five generations, it’s lagged behind similar products from Toyota and Honda. Nissan hopes to change that for the 2016 model year, giving the Altima “one of the most extensive mid-cycle product makeovers in Nissan history,” according to North America chairman José Muñoz. The changes are indeed quite dramatic, including a redesigned exterior and cabin, class-leading fuel efficiency, active safety technology, updated suspension, and the introduction of a sportier SR trim level. But is it enough to nose ahead of the competition?
I went to Plymouth, Michigan to find out. Located roughly 30 minutes west of Detroit, Plymouth is crisscrossed by long country roads, meandering two-lanes, and charming townships, offering a nice mix of environments to put the new Altima through its paces. I also got a chance to test out the new suspension on a parking lot slalom course and rough road course.
Updated 12/01/2015: We added a video overview showcasing the new model’s features. Enjoy!
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Redesigned for the 2013 model year, but built on the same Nissan D platform, the fifth-generation 2014-2015 Nissan Altima marked the beginning of a successful era for the Japanese automaker in North America’s crowded midsize segment. After lagging far behind both the 2015 Toyota Camry and the 2014 Honda Accord, the Altima a started to gain on its rivals, eventually outselling both of them in the final month of 2014. The fifth-gen car was well received, being praised for its smooth and quiet ride, comfortable seats, well-crafted interior and for being quite entertaining on twisty roads. Its strong fuel economy, a particularly important feat in this segment, also helped it gain a massive amount of followers. As we move into the 2016 model year, Nissan has rolled out a substantial refresh for the fifth-generation Altima.
Although facelifts rarely feature significant changes in terms of design, the 2016 Altima is an exception to the rule. It may have something to do with the extensive update the Toyota Camry received for 2015, but it’s also part of Nissan’s strategy to give its entire lineup a new look. In this case, the Altima borrows heavily from the new 2016 Nissan Maxima, which is based on the stunning 2014 Nissan Sport Sedan Concept.
In many ways, Nissan kept its promise to do "something significant" for the Altima for the mid-cycle update. Let’s see what this new sedan is all about.
Update 09/19/2016 Nissan has announced pricing for 2017 Nissan Altima. It continues to start out at $22,500 for the entry-level Altima 2.5 for 2017, but pricing for the Altima 3.5 models has increased slightly over last year. Check out the Prices section below for details.
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Nissan introduced a revamped Versa for the 2015 model year, but the word “revamped” is a bit of a stretch given the minor changes that took place for 2015. On the outside, the grille now has a curvature to it, and the air inlet on each corner of the fascia has been opened up a little more. The headlights now have a new shape and design, but are a bit uglier than before, and the same goes for the taillights in the rear. Inside, the instrument cluster now has LED backlights, and the center stack has a slightly refreshed look to it. The steering wheel has also been revised to offer audio and hands-free calling controls. Under the hood, the 2015 Versa carries on with the same, boring 109-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder.
As you can see, Nissan did very little to the Versa for 2015 but, considering it is the cheapest model in its segment, it still has a lot going for it. Plus, you can add the fact that for a compact, it does offer pretty comfortable seating for five people. The biggest problem Nissan faces is that, despite its starting price of just $11,990, competing models that cost just a little more come better equipped. Of course, the car is aimed at young buyers with a limited budget so the Versa may be able to carry on for a couple more years.
The Versa sedan’s primary competitors include the Ford Fiesta Sedan and the Kia Rio Sedan, both of which are priced a bit higher, but offer up a little more for the taking. If you’re interested to know just how well the Versa competes, check out our full review below.
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There is a lot of conflicting information coming out of Nissan about the possibility of a super sedan, but the latest news says that the project is a go, and we’re hoping that this time it’s correct. All of this talk got started by the 2014 Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge concept, essentially a 2014 Infiniti Q50 with the drivetrain out of the 2014 Nissan GT-R. It seems like a simple enough idea that could make for an amazing car, which is why everyone was shocked to learn that Nissan had allegedly shelved the project. That news came from a former Nissan VP and seemed extremely reliable.
Super sedans are reasonably popular though, with Porsche, Aston Martin and Lamborghini all joining the fray with longtime contenders Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi. For Infiniti to stay out of the fight seems counter intuitive, especially when you consider how much of the engineering work has already been done. But the latest rumor suggests that when the new GT-R debuts in 2018, a four-door version of the car will be debuting alongside it wearing an Infiniti badge. This really makes a lot of sense, to design a whole new generation of the car with the intention of building both two-door and four-door varieties.
Note: Next generation Nissan GT-R rendered here.
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