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2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 blends performance with three rows of seating, befitting luxury

This SUV combines the power and performance buyers expect from a Mercedes-AMG branded product.

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Mercedes has done it again. The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 combines the performance buyers expect from anything with the AMG label with three rows of seating and high-end appointments befitting its price tag.

Its exterior is accented by an AMG-specific radiator grille that features high-gloss slats and is the largest in the Mercedes-AMG lineup. It features standard LED headlights with high beam assist. The SUV has the first implementation of a new AMG front bumper style, which integrates the front splitter, trim strip, and side air inlets.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 lights wheels grille The SUV rides on standard 21-inch wheels.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

Around the side there are flared wheel arches, body-color mirror housings, and chrome window surrounds. There is a rectangular twin-tailpipe setup at the rear. The model rides on standard 21-inch AMG multi-spoke wheels. Up to 23-inchers are available.

The SUV is powered by a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine that achieves 603 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. It has a 48-volt electrical system that helps boost off-the-line efficiency and gives the car additional power at low speed. That adds 184 pound-feet of torque to the 627 the gasoline engine achieves. A nine-speed automatic transmission completes the powertrain. To get from zero to 60 mph takes 4.1 seconds and ther SUV has an electronically limited top speed of 174 mph.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 profile wheels windows The SUV has an elongated wheelbase, which allows for more legroom in the 2021 model.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

All GLS 63s feature all-wheel drive and active ride control, which is an air suspension that works to stabilize the cabin of the vehicle no matter the terrain.

Mercedes has equipped the model with six drive modes:

  • Comfort - suspension and steering are set up for an emphasis on comfort.
  • Sporty - more agile response to accelerator pedal input, shorter shift times and earlier downshifts
  • Sport+ - even more agile throttle response, selective torque control for upshifts, increased idle speed
  • Individual - individual adjustment of the drive system, transmission, AMG DYNAMICS, suspension and exhaust system
  • Trail - maximum performance on soft, muddy or slippery ground; suspension is raised to a two inches when below 44 mph
  • Sand - adjustments to the suspension and all-wheel drive system are made for sporty driving on loose, sandy surfaces; two additional inches of ground clearance when below 44 mph

The seven-seater features all the typical high-end GLS design elements alongside the usual list of AMG treatment items including brushed stainless steel pedals with rubber studs, illuminated door sills, "AMG" lettering throughout the cabin on a variety of surfaces, and high-gloss trim elements.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 interior screen drive modes High-end appointments and fresh, modern technology fill the cockpit of the SUV.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

In front of the driver is a 12.3-inch driver information display and a 12.3-inch infotainment touch screen takes center stage. The instrument cluster has AMG-specific content including a variety of drive modes and track-ready instrumentation.

Second-row seats are heated as standard while heated seats are available for third row passengers. Both of those rows of passengers benefit from the GLS's longer wheelbase in this new generation, which allows for significant additional legroom.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 interior cabin drive modes The Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 features a driver-centric interior design.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

The SUV comes with a long list of innovative safety technology, including Active Distance Assist with route-based speed adjustment. This system uses live traffic monitoring software to adjust speeds accordingly.

Additional available equipment includes a Burmester surround sound system, the Warmth and Comfort Package, Air-Balance Package, and Energizing Package, all of which add additional levels of sophistication to this family hauler.

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Volvo placed several cars on the annual list of safest vehicles.

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This week the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released their list of the 2021 Top Safety Pick+ vehicles. The models earning this designation are the cream of the crop earning high marks for their safety features, crashworthiness, and headlight visibility.

To qualify as a 2021 Top Safety Pick+ winner, vehicles must score at least a Good rating in the driver- and passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. They must also get an Advanced or Superior rating for available front crash prevention — vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations. Finally, their headlights must be rated as Acceptable or Good.

The vehicles listed below checked all those boxes.

Click here to see 2020's results.

2021 Acura RDX

2020 Acura RDX

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The Acura RDX is a four-door midsize luxury SUV. It earned all Good crash test ratings. The only sore spot was the SUV's standard front vehicle-to-pedestrian crash prevention system, which was rated as a two out of three.

2021 Acura TLX

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The 2021 Acura TLX earned the highest marks possible in every category of testing.

2021 Audi A6

2020 Audi A6

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The Audi A6 is a luxury large four-door sedan. It earned all Good crash test ratings and a mixed Good and Acceptable headlight rating (varies by trim level). It performed better in the front crash protection scenarios earning two Superior ratings.

2021 Audi A6 Offroad

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Audi's wagon version of the A6 Allroad earned the same crash test and crash avoidance and mitigation scores as its sedan stablemate.

2021 Audi A7

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The Audi A7 earned the highest scores possible in all by one category - headlights. There, it managed to only get an Acceptable rating.

2021 Audi E-Tron

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Like many models on this list, the Audi E-Tron is plenty crashworthy, scoring all Good marks. However, its headlights are only Acceptable in lower trim levels while top grades get a Good rating.

2021 Audi E-Tron Sportback

2021 Audi E-Tron Sportback

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The sloped-roof version of the Audi E-Tron shares most of its components with the model. It earned the exact same marks as the E-Ton - all Good except for lower-grade models with non-premium headlights get an Acceptable rating.

2021 Cadillac XT6

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The Cadillac XT6 is the automaker's only entry on this list. It earns all Good crash test ratings, an Acceptable headlight rating, and Superior front crash protection ratings for its standard and available systems. LATCH ease of use is only rated as Acceptable.

2021 Ford Explorer

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The Ford Explorer isn't perfect, but it is nearly there. The SUV has earned all Good ratings from IIHS except in the headlight and LATCH system categories where it's ranked as merely Acceptable.

2021 Genesis G70

2020 Genesis G70

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Despite being the smallest car Genesis builds, the G70 is categorized by IIHS as a four-door luxury large car. While it earned all Good marks for crashworthiness and the all-important headlight test, the car's LATCH system was given just Marginal marks.

2021 Genesis G90

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IIHS also categorizes the Genesis G90 as a four-door luxury large car. It too earned all Good crash test ratings but its LATCH system fared slightly better than the G70's, getting an Acceptable rating.

2021 Honda Accord

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The 2021 Honda Accord earned its designation by getting a perfect score in every category. Depending on the trim level, the car's headlights either earned a top Good rating or just an Acceptable mark.

2021 Honda Insight

2020 Hyundai Insight

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The Honda Insight is a four-door small sedan with big appeal for commuters. It has earned the highest marks IIHS gives in each area it was evaluated. The Insight is one of the few models to earn just high praise.

2021 Honda Odyssey

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The Honda Odyssey was refreshed for the 2021 model year, a move that has improved its IIHS crash test results. The Odyssey received all Good crashworthiness ratings but its headlights were only deemed Acceptable.

2021 Hyundai Nexo

2020 Hyundai Nexo

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The Hyundai-branded hydrogen fuel cell vehicle is categorized as a midsize luxury SUV by IIHS. This probably has something to do with its high price tag. The Nexo scored nearly all top-tier ratings. The exception is in the vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention test where it earned an Advanced rating.

2021 Hyundai Palisade

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The 2021 Hyundai Palisade is a family hauler that easily competes with more premium-priced SUVs. The three-row SUV scored Good on all its crash tests and earned the highest technology and headlight ratings.

2021 Kia K5

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The Kia K5 did well in IIHS crash testing, but its headlights didn't fare as well. Depending on the grade, their score was either Good, Acceptable, Marginal, or Poor. The K5's standard front vehicle-to-pedestrian crash prevention system scored just a two out of three and LATCH ease of use scored an Acceptable rating. These ratings only apply to K5s produced after November 2020.

2021 Lexus ES 350

2020 Lexus ES

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The 2020 Lexus ES 350 is a four-door midsize luxury car that was redesigned for the 2019 model year. It scored all Good ratings in the crashworthiness tests but earned just Good and Acceptable headlight ratings as the lights vary by trim level. It has Superior front vehicle-to-vehicle crash protection and Advanced front vehicle-to-pedestrian crash prevention.

2021 Lexus IS

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Lexus gave the IS a massive improvement for the 2021 model year and it's paid off - not just in terms of drivability, but also safety. It scored top Good ratings in all tests except the headlights section where it lower trim levels earn an Acceptable rating while higher grades get a Good.

2021 Lexus NX

2018 Lexus NX

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IIHS categorizes the four-door Lexus NX as a midsize luxury sedan. It, like the Honda Insight, earned all top-tier marks inn every testing category except for the LATCH ease of use, where it merely scored an Acceptable rating.

2021 Mazda CX-3

2020 Mazda CX-3

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As far as four-door small SUVs go, the Mazda CX-3 is one of the safest. It scored all Good ratings in the crashworthiness tests but earned just Acceptable headlight ratings. It has Superior front vehicle-to-vehicle crash protection and Advanced front vehicle-to-pedestrian crash prevention. The SUV's LATCH system was rated as Acceptable.

2021 Mazda CX-30

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The new-in-2020 Mazda CX-30 has its rating only apply to vehicles built after September 2020. The SUV received all Good crashworthiness ratings but its standard headlights were rated Poor. Everything else about the car was highly rated.

2021 Mazda CX-5

2020 Mazda CX-5

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IIHS's ratings of the four-door Mazda CX-5 small SUV apply only to models with the available front crash prevention system. When equipped with that system, the CX-5 gets rated as having Good crashworthiness, Good and Acceptable headlights because the lights vary by trim level, Superior front vehicle-to-vehicle crash protection with its optional system, and Advanced front vehicle-to-vehicle (standard) and vehicle-to-pedestrian crash prevention (available) with the systems.

2021 Mazda CX-9

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The 2021 Mazda CX-9 has received all Good marks except in the crash avoidance and mitigation category. There, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system only received an Advanced score. The CX-9's LATCH system was not evaluated.

2021 Mazda Mazda3 Hatchback

2020 Mazda Mazda3

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The four-door Mazda Mazda3 Hatchback earned all top-tier ratings from IIHS except in the headlight test where it had an Acceptable or Good rating, depending on the headlights offered on the model's trim level.

2021 Mazda Mazda3 Sedan

2020 Mazda Mazda3

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Like the hatchback variant, the four-door Mazda Mazda3 small sedan earned all top-tier ratings from IIHS except in the headlight test where it had an Acceptable or Good rating, depending on the trim level chosen.

2021 Mazda Mazda6

2020 Mazda Mazda6

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The four-door midsize Mazda Mazda6 got all Good marks in the six crashworthiness categories. The car's headlights earned Good and Acceptable headlight ratings as the lights vary by trim level.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE

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The Mercedes-Benz GLE was tested with optional front crash prevention technology. It earned all Good marks but its headlights were split between Good and Acceptable, depending on trim level. The car's standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system was only rated as Basic.

2021 Nissan Altima

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Nissan's Altima received all Good crash test ratings but its headlights earned just an Acceptable score.

2021 Nissan Maxima

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The four-door Nissan Maxima sedan is one of the models that earned a nearly perfect score. The only place where it faltered is with its headlamps, which scored just an Acceptable rating. This rating only applies to Maximas built after November 2020.

2021 Nissan Rogue

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The Nissan Rogue received outstanding marks in all IIHS evaluation categories including the headlight and LATCH tests.

2021 Subaru Ascent

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Subaru's largest SUV received all Good scores in IIHS testing thanks in large part to its standard EyeSight safety technology. The three-row Subaru Ascent has a high strength-to-weight ratio.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

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The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, earned a perfect score in all the categories IIHS tested.

2021 Subaru Forester

2020 Subaru Forester

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The Subaru Forester small SUV earned a Good rating in every IIHS testing category, much like the rest of its Subaru family.

2021 Subaru Legacy

2020 Subaru Legacy

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The Subaru Legacy's scores are the same as the Subaru Forester's. It got all Good marks, including its headlights, which is a higher mark than what they earned last year.

2021 Subaru Outback

2020 Subaru Outback

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The Subaru Outback was awarded all Good and higher scores in IIHS testing this year.

2021 Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

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The Tesla Model 3 all-electric sedan earned all Good ratings in its crashworthiness test but didn't score quite as well in the front crash prevention: vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluation where it got just an Advanced rating. The car's LATCH system is rated as Acceptable.

2021 Toyota Camry

2019 Toyota Camry

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All of the Toyota Camry sedan's crashworthiness scores earned a Good rating. Its headlamps were only rated Acceptable whereas the available ones received a Good mark.

2021 Toyota Highlander

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The Toyota Highlander does as well as most other three-row SUVs in IIHS testing - all Good scores except a Good/Acceptable split in the headlights test.

2021 Toyota Sienna

2021 Toyota Highlander

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The Toyota Sienna was redesigned for the 2021 model year as a hybrid-only minivan. The van's redesign has been engineered well, earning it all Good scores from IIHS. Like many other vehicles, the Sienna's standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system is just basic.

2021 Volvo S60

2021 Volvo S60

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The Volvo S60 has earned perfect marks from IIHS except when it comes the LATCH system ease of use. There, it scores just an Acceptable rating.

2021 Volvo S60 Recharge

Like the traditional S60, the S60 Recharge has gotten all top ratings except in the LATCH category.

2021 Volvo V60

2020 Volvo V60

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The Volvo V60 is the wagon version of the S60. It has gotten the same score.

2021 Volvo V60 Recharge

The V60 and V60 Recharge have the same relationship to each other as the S60 and S60 Recharge so it makes sense that they have the same scores. The V60 and V60 Recharge scored all Goods, except in the LATCH category, where the mark was Acceptable.

2021 Volvo XC40

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The Volvo XC40 scored the best of any Volvo on this list. It earned all Good crashworthiness marks, has Superior standard vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention systems, and earned an Acceptable LATCH connection rating.

2021 Volvo XC60

2020 Volvo XC60

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The Volvo XC60 is a well-engineered vehicle. It earns all Good crash test ratings and has Acceptable headlights and LATCH connections. The SUV's standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system is Advanced.

2021 Volvo XC60 Recharge

The XC60 Recharge, a twin of the XC60 except in powertrain, scored exactly the same as its brother in IIHS testing.

2021 Volvo XC90

2020 Volvo XC90 T8

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The Volvo XC90 scored well in IIHS testing, earning all Good crashworthiness scores, but its headlights and LATCH connections earn Acceptable scores. The standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system earned an Advanced rating.

2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge

The Volvo XC90 Recharge, which varies from the XC90 in powertrain alone when it comes to equipment, earned the same IIHS ratings as the XC90.

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The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has been redesigned for the 2022 model year.

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Mercedes-Benz has sold more C-Class models than any other vehicle in the last decade. The current generation has been around since 2014 so it's time for a redesign. Enter the 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

The longer and wider C-Class features dynamic design that is meant to combine with the short front overhang, long wheelbase, and rear overhang to create a vehicle that looks like it's moving even when it's standing still. In this respect, the car isn't much different than the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan: Exterior

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At the front of every C-Class model is a grille with a central star. The grille and front bumper feature chrome surrounds. At the rear, two-piece taillamp divide the side wall and the trunk lid. Bumper design changes based on trim level. The car rides on either 18- or 19-inch wheels depending on the grade. Mercedes will offer the C-Class in a number of paint jobs including three new ones: Starling Blue, Cirrus Silver, Moonlight White, Graphite Grey, and Selenite Grey Magno.

The 2022 Mercedes C 300 and C 300 4MATIC are both powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with mild-hybrid (48-volt) technology that provides an electric boost on demand. The result is the delivery of 20 more horsepower and 148 pound-feet more torque when the mild-hybrid tech is employed, on top of what the engine is already capable of.

Front-wheel drive capability is standard and all-wheel drive is available for a surcharge. The system is more efficient than it was in the previous germination of the model.

Mercedes has given the model an Agility Control suspension with continuously adjustable damping. Buyers who opt for an AMG Line model get a sport suspension.

2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Wagon: Exterior

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Like in the new S-Class, the dashboard of the C-Class is divided into two sections - upper and lower. The new compact car has flattened round vents up top while the center console and lower dashboard flow together. The dashboard and central display, which is orientated portrait style, are slightly tilted toward the driver.

Directly in front of the driver is a 12.3-inch high-resolution display and the infotainment touch screen is slightly smaller- 11.9 inches. The central display is surrounded by jet black trim and finished with a chrome insert.

Minimalist design on the door panels frames the dashboard with the center panel featuring an elongated armrest that has design reflecting the aesthetic of the center console.

Mercedes has re-engineered the seats in the car to use layers of enveloping surfaces to create an impression of lightness. The head restaurants also have a new design.

2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan & Wagon: Exterior Details

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The dashboard is covered with MB-Tex. AMG Line models get the buyer's choices of belt line detailing including natural grain wood in black and brown, as well as genuine aluminum.

Also like the new S-Class, the new C-Class is equipped with the second generation of MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience). Mercedes-Benz developed a new display aesthetic for the S-Class, which is now systematically used as the basis for other models.

Owners can customize the look fo the driver information display and infotainment screen with three distinct styles (Sporty, Classic and Understated) and three modes (Navigation, Assistance, Service). The new C-Class is equipped with 64-color ambient lighting as standard, with an optionally available enhanced version.

  • In "Classic" style, the driver is welcomed with a familiar display environment. The proven display with two tubes and changing content between them provides all the information relevant to the driver.
  • "Sporty" is dominated by the color red, with a dynamic design for the central rev counter.
  • In "Understated" style, the content is reduced to what is essential. In addition, both screens can be shown in seven color schemes with the ambient lighting. This makes for an impressive color experience in the interior.
  • In "Assistance Mode," the traffic situation is shown in real time and supplemented with important displayed information.

The full-screen navigation also was adopted from the S-Class.

2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan & Wagon: Interior

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Merceds is making the latest generation of the company's Driver Assistance Package available on the C-Class. Also, the company's advanced driver assist system technology has been advanced for the latest generation and works on highways, country roads. A new lane recognition 360-degree camera is employable in these scenarios.

Improved sensors are designed ot make Park Assist more effective.

The new 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan will arrive in U.S. dealerships in early 2022. The company will produce the model in Bremen (Germany), Beijing (China) and East London (South Africa).

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