The Truth About Cars » JDM http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:15:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Lemon or Lemonade: Enter the Imports http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/lemon-lemonade-enter-imports/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/lemon-lemonade-enter-imports/#comments Thu, 10 Mar 2016 15:00:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1295098 When I started kicking tires and taking photos at the Fleet Activities Yokosuka Lemon Lot, I was hoping to document the dark underbelly of the Japanese Domestic scene. I figured I would find all sorts of bottom dwellers — you know, cars that should have been consigned to the junk pile years ago. That hasn’t […]

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When I started kicking tires and taking photos at the Fleet Activities Yokosuka Lemon Lot, I was hoping to document the dark underbelly of the Japanese Domestic scene. I figured I would find all sorts of bottom dwellers — you know, cars that should have been consigned to the junk pile years ago. That hasn’t […]

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An Unexpected Japanese Classic: The Honda Mobilio http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/unexpected-japanese-classic-honda-mobilio/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/unexpected-japanese-classic-honda-mobilio/#comments Wed, 02 Mar 2016 16:00:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1292225 It wasn’t supposed to be like this. The Town & Country I worked so hard to import into Japan was supposed to be my wife’s. I had planned to buy whatever I wanted and, although I hadn’t quite decided on what that was going to be, classic Japanese iron was on my mind. The second-generation Toyota […]

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It wasn’t supposed to be like this. The Town & Country I worked so hard to import into Japan was supposed to be my wife’s. I had planned to buy whatever I wanted and, although I hadn’t quite decided on what that was going to be, classic Japanese iron was on my mind. The second-generation Toyota […]

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Piston Slap: To Love A Sienna Like No Other? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/piston-slap-love-sienna-like-no/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/piston-slap-love-sienna-like-no/#comments Tue, 01 Mar 2016 13:00:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1292810 TTAC Commentator MatadorX writes: Sajeev, I am hoping you and your readership can give me some guidance as to how far to take a vehicle overhaul: mild insanity or full on broke? The vehicle in question is a 1998 Toyota Sienna XLE. It has been in the family since grandpa (who else) bought it brand new, […]

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TTAC Commentator MatadorX writes: Sajeev, I am hoping you and your readership can give me some guidance as to how far to take a vehicle overhaul: mild insanity or full on broke? The vehicle in question is a 1998 Toyota Sienna XLE. It has been in the family since grandpa (who else) bought it brand new, […]

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Lemon or Lemonade?: Zing in Your Thing http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/lemon-lemonade-zing-thing/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/lemon-lemonade-zing-thing/#comments Fri, 19 Feb 2016 16:00:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1287130 I had another opportunity to visit United States Fleet Activities Yokosuka last week and, naturally, I brought along my camera for another visit to the “Lemon Lot.” While my last visit noted the many people haulers for sale and focused on a pair of cheerful Toyota Fun Cargoes, this time, my attention was drawn to […]

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I had another opportunity to visit United States Fleet Activities Yokosuka last week and, naturally, I brought along my camera for another visit to the “Lemon Lot.” While my last visit noted the many people haulers for sale and focused on a pair of cheerful Toyota Fun Cargoes, this time, my attention was drawn to […]

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Lemon or Lemonade?: A Visit to Yokosuka’s Vehicle Resale Lot http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/lemon-lemonade-visit-yokosukas-vehicle-resale-lot/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/lemon-lemonade-visit-yokosukas-vehicle-resale-lot/#comments Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:35:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1279890 I had the opportunity this week to visit United States Fleet Activities Yokosuka, a U.S. Navy base in Yokosuka, Japan originally established in 1866 by the Japanese Imperial Navy. The facilities are currently used to support and repair U.S. naval vessels assigned to the Western Pacific. On the day of my visit, there was a lot of […]

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I had the opportunity this week to visit United States Fleet Activities Yokosuka, a U.S. Navy base in Yokosuka, Japan originally established in 1866 by the Japanese Imperial Navy. The facilities are currently used to support and repair U.S. naval vessels assigned to the Western Pacific. On the day of my visit, there was a lot of […]

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Subaru Launches Impreza Sport Hybrid In Japan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/subaru-launches-impreza-sport-hybrid-in-japan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/subaru-launches-impreza-sport-hybrid-in-japan/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 15:00:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1095785 Consumers in Japan will soon be able to purchase a new hybrid from Subaru, in the form of the Impreza Sport Hybrid. Power for the newest Impreza variant comes from a 2.0-liter DOHC flat-four paired with an electric motor, and is sent to all corners through a CVT. Fuel economy is expected to hit 20.4 […]

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Consumers in Japan will soon be able to purchase a new hybrid from Subaru, in the form of the Impreza Sport Hybrid. Power for the newest Impreza variant comes from a 2.0-liter DOHC flat-four paired with an electric motor, and is sent to all corners through a CVT. Fuel economy is expected to hit 20.4 […]

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Jeep Returns To Tokyo Motor Show After Eight-Year Absence http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/jeep-returns-to-tokyo-motor-show-after-eight-year-absence/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/jeep-returns-to-tokyo-motor-show-after-eight-year-absence/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 20:00:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1073146 The last time the Detroit Three turned up at the Tokyo Motor Show was in 2007. One recession later, Jeep returns to Tokyo to represent the Motor City. Jeep will join Abarth, Alfa Romeo and Fiat on FCA Japan’s stand when the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show kicks off in late October, Automotive News reports. Jeep […]

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The last time the Detroit Three turned up at the Tokyo Motor Show was in 2007. One recession later, Jeep returns to Tokyo to represent the Motor City. Jeep will join Abarth, Alfa Romeo and Fiat on FCA Japan’s stand when the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show kicks off in late October, Automotive News reports. Jeep […]

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Fifth-Gen Honda Step WGN Debuts With New 2016 Civic Engine, Tailgate System http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/fifth-gen-honda-step-wgn-debuts-new-2016-civic-engine-tailgate-system/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/fifth-gen-honda-step-wgn-debuts-new-2016-civic-engine-tailgate-system/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:00:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1052169 Honda revealed the fifth-gen Step WGN for the Japanese market Thursday, which not only features a new flexible tailgate, but the same engine planned for the 2016 Civic. The main draw for the seven-passenger Step WGN is the “Waku Waku” tailgate, which can be lifted up in most circumstances, or can be opened from the side […]

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Honda revealed the fifth-gen Step WGN for the Japanese market Thursday, which not only features a new flexible tailgate, but the same engine planned for the 2016 Civic. The main draw for the seven-passenger Step WGN is the “Waku Waku” tailgate, which can be lifted up in most circumstances, or can be opened from the side […]

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Nissan Making Automatic Braking Standard On JDM Models By Fall http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/nissan-making-automatic-braking-standard-jdm-models-fall/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/nissan-making-automatic-braking-standard-jdm-models-fall/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 12:00:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1039569 Nissan announced Tuesday that it will make automatic braking standard on all of its mass-market models in its home market of Japan. Reuters reports the first model to receive the now-standard feature will be the X-Trail Hybrid, which will hit showrooms May 13 with a starting price of ¥2.8 million ($23,423 USD); Nissan expects to […]

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Nissan announced Tuesday that it will make automatic braking standard on all of its mass-market models in its home market of Japan. Reuters reports the first model to receive the now-standard feature will be the X-Trail Hybrid, which will hit showrooms May 13 with a starting price of ¥2.8 million ($23,423 USD); Nissan expects to […]

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Question: What’s the Best Japanese Car Name Ever? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/question-whats-the-best-japanese-car-name-ever/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/question-whats-the-best-japanese-car-name-ever/#comments Mon, 23 Dec 2013 14:00:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=686970 As we all know, the Japanese car industry has produced some of the greatest cars ever made, from the Isuzu Statesman Deville to the Autozam AZ-1. And, of course, the Japanese have come up with some of the greatest car names ever. The Nissan Homy Elgrand. The Mitsubishi Debonair Royal AMG. The Mazda Bongo Friendee. […]

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As we all know, the Japanese car industry has produced some of the greatest cars ever made, from the Isuzu Statesman Deville to the Autozam AZ-1. And, of course, the Japanese have come up with some of the greatest car names ever. The Nissan Homy Elgrand. The Mitsubishi Debonair Royal AMG. The Mazda Bongo Friendee. […]

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Reminder: Win A ’99 Skyline GTR JDM Sales Book http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/reminder-win-a-99-skyline-gtr-jdm-sales-book/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/reminder-win-a-99-skyline-gtr-jdm-sales-book/#comments Tue, 26 Nov 2013 20:50:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=664602 With the original post that explains how you can win a hardcover sales brochure for the 1999 Nissan Skyline GTR now buried a couple of pages deep, I thought I would give you this reminder that the contest is still open and runs until Thanksgiving Day. Originally, I asked The Best & Brightest to look […]

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With the original post that explains how you can win a hardcover sales brochure for the 1999 Nissan Skyline GTR now buried a couple of pages deep, I thought I would give you this reminder that the contest is still open and runs until Thanksgiving Day. Originally, I asked The Best & Brightest to look […]

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In Japanese Bondage: The Honda Freed Hybrid and the Mazda MPV http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/in-japanese-bondage-the-honda-freed-hybrid-and-the-mazda-mpv/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/in-japanese-bondage-the-honda-freed-hybrid-and-the-mazda-mpv/#comments Wed, 14 Aug 2013 16:21:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=499383 Yesterday, I took a look at the Mitsubishi Delica Space Gear and the Toyota Hi-Ace, the “size queens” of the Japanese market. Today, I decided to look at the odd men out, so to speak, those mini-vans that hit the sweet spot in the market and offer seven seats in a small or mid-sized package. […]

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Yesterday, I took a look at the Mitsubishi Delica Space Gear and the Toyota Hi-Ace, the “size queens” of the Japanese market. Today, I decided to look at the odd men out, so to speak, those mini-vans that hit the sweet spot in the market and offer seven seats in a small or mid-sized package. […]

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Look What I Found!: A JDM R34 Nissan Skyline in Detroit http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/look-what-i-found-a-jdm-r34-nissan-skyline-in-detroit/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/look-what-i-found-a-jdm-r34-nissan-skyline-in-detroit/#comments Tue, 25 Jun 2013 17:05:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=493278 People that don’t live in the Detroit area often assume that car shows and similar events in the region are all focused on American iron and Detroit muscle. The fact is that car guys in Detroit are pretty much like car guys everywhere and most can appreciate all automotive excellence. That’s true within the auto […]

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People that don’t live in the Detroit area often assume that car shows and similar events in the region are all focused on American iron and Detroit muscle. The fact is that car guys in Detroit are pretty much like car guys everywhere and most can appreciate all automotive excellence. That’s true within the auto […]

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My Fantasy Life Laid Bare Part II: International Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/my-fantasy-life-laid-bare-part-ii-international-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/my-fantasy-life-laid-bare-part-ii-international-edition/#comments Fri, 22 Mar 2013 16:19:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=481859 Yesterday I shared with you dear, reader, one of my favorite games, the $5000 Craigslist Fantasy Challenge and you responded with a lot of great cars. Today I thought I would step it up just one more notch and introduce you to that game’s Japanese cousin – the “Goo Game.” Won’t you come and pray […]

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Yesterday I shared with you dear, reader, one of my favorite games, the $5000 Craigslist Fantasy Challenge and you responded with a lot of great cars. Today I thought I would step it up just one more notch and introduce you to that game’s Japanese cousin – the “Goo Game.” Won’t you come and pray […]

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Shakken Up: How A Little American Persistance And One Little, Old Japanese Man Beat The System http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/shakken-up-how-a-little-american-persistance-and-one-little-old-japanese-man-beat-the-system/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/shakken-up-how-a-little-american-persistance-and-one-little-old-japanese-man-beat-the-system/#comments Mon, 04 Mar 2013 10:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=479631 Wherever I am in the world I will always be a typical American man. Despite a lot of the stereotypes that spring to mind when I say that, I learned a long time ago that it isn’t a bad thing. I was raised right and I have solid values. When seats are limited I will […]

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Wherever I am in the world I will always be a typical American man. Despite a lot of the stereotypes that spring to mind when I say that, I learned a long time ago that it isn’t a bad thing. I was raised right and I have solid values. When seats are limited I will […]

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If A Suzuki Grand Vitara Gets A Facelift, Does Anyone Care? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/if-a-suzuki-grand-vitara-gets-a-facelift-does-anyone-care/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/if-a-suzuki-grand-vitara-gets-a-facelift-does-anyone-care/#comments Fri, 13 Jul 2012 15:53:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=452622 The Suzuki Grand Vitara was the second worst-selling small SUV in America last month, with 419 sold. The only competitor that fared worse was the now-dead Mazda Tribute, which sold 1 unit (ostensibly a remainder car). It’s not often that one hears about a facelift for a vehicle that they totally forgot was even on […]

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The Suzuki Grand Vitara was the second worst-selling small SUV in America last month, with 419 sold. The only competitor that fared worse was the now-dead Mazda Tribute, which sold 1 unit (ostensibly a remainder car). It’s not often that one hears about a facelift for a vehicle that they totally forgot was even on […]

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Possibly the Greatest Badge Engineering Feat In History: Isuzu Statesman Deville! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/possibly-the-greatest-badge-engineering-feat-in-history-isuzu-statesman-deville/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/possibly-the-greatest-badge-engineering-feat-in-history-isuzu-statesman-deville/#comments Fri, 10 Feb 2012 14:00:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=430165 Last week, I had never heard of the Isuzu Statesman Deville. Then, my fellow LeMons Supreme Court Justice suggested that I do a quick internet search for the name of this fine Detroito-Australo-Japanese luxury sedan… and my life changed forever. Dave at Bellett.net (a site devoted to the strangely non-Opel-based Isuzu Bellett) has written up […]

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Last week, I had never heard of the Isuzu Statesman Deville. Then, my fellow LeMons Supreme Court Justice suggested that I do a quick internet search for the name of this fine Detroito-Australo-Japanese luxury sedan… and my life changed forever. Dave at Bellett.net (a site devoted to the strangely non-Opel-based Isuzu Bellett) has written up […]

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Adventures In Marketing: Mr. Tredia! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/adventures-in-marketing-mr-tredia/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/adventures-in-marketing-mr-tredia/#comments Tue, 18 Oct 2011 19:00:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=415106 So there’s this gaijin with one-piece injection-molded plastic hair, like Ken, and he’s firing up the Tredia in some Delysidic maze. Then he sees these, uh, geese… My Cordia/Tredia obsession has reached an alarming level, which means I’m scouring the Internetz for ads for the nearly-extinct-in-North-America Mitsubishis. This one, for the Japanese-market ’82 Tredia, features […]

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So there’s this gaijin with one-piece injection-molded plastic hair, like Ken, and he’s firing up the Tredia in some Delysidic maze. Then he sees these, uh, geese… My Cordia/Tredia obsession has reached an alarming level, which means I’m scouring the Internetz for ads for the nearly-extinct-in-North-America Mitsubishis. This one, for the Japanese-market ’82 Tredia, features […]

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The New 2012 Camry (Japanese Spec) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/the-new-2012-camry-japanese-spec/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/the-new-2012-camry-japanese-spec/#comments Mon, 05 Sep 2011 15:51:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=410297 Today, the 7th generation Camry was shown to the Japanese press in Tokyo. It was weeks after the new Camry had been shown in the U:S. and tested by the creme de la TTAC. Actually, it feels like Japan was the last country to get a Camry launch. And honestly, the country deserves short shrift: […]

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Today, the 7th generation Camry was shown to the Japanese press in Tokyo. It was weeks after the new Camry had been shown in the U:S. and tested by the creme de la TTAC. Actually, it feels like Japan was the last country to get a Camry launch. And honestly, the country deserves short shrift: […]

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Roger Moore Gets 10,000 Pounds of Turbo Boost In His ’82 Corona GT http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/roger-moore-gets-10000-pounds-of-turbo-boost-in-his-82-corona-gt/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/roger-moore-gets-10000-pounds-of-turbo-boost-in-his-82-corona-gt/#comments Tue, 15 Feb 2011 18:00:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=383971 American car ads of the early 1980s came up short in several departments: Burning rubber, jet-engine-grade turbocharger sound, and blatantly sped-up film that made the cars appear to be going 300 MPH. Oh, and they also lacked James Bond! Since my very first set of wheels was a 50-buck ’69 Corona sedan, I have a […]

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American car ads of the early 1980s came up short in several departments: Burning rubber, jet-engine-grade turbocharger sound, and blatantly sped-up film that made the cars appear to be going 300 MPH. Oh, and they also lacked James Bond! Since my very first set of wheels was a 50-buck ’69 Corona sedan, I have a […]

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Adventures In Global TV Marketing: The Citroën AX http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/adventures-in-global-tv-marketing-the-citroen-ax/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/adventures-in-global-tv-marketing-the-citroen-ax/#comments Thu, 10 Feb 2011 20:30:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=383508 Sure, Internet video is mostly about dental-fetish porn (particularly the very stimulating “spit sink” subgenre), but when the novocaine wears off and the last vinyl-clad hygienist has put aside her last stainless-steel scraper, you’re ready to explore the other great thing about Internet video… old television ads for the Citroën AX. The AX had quite […]

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Sure, Internet video is mostly about dental-fetish porn (particularly the very stimulating “spit sink” subgenre), but when the novocaine wears off and the last vinyl-clad hygienist has put aside her last stainless-steel scraper, you’re ready to explore the other great thing about Internet video… old television ads for the Citroën AX. The AX had quite […]

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