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Cadillac is a brand of luxury automobile, part of the General Motors corporation, produced and mostly sold in the USA; outside of North America, they have been less successful. In the United States, the name became a synonym for "high quality", used in such phrases as "the Cadillac of clocks". This is less prevalent, though still known, in other English-speaking countries (who are more likely to use Rolls-Royce in such phrases). Cadillac logo, claiming fair use This work is copyrighted. ... Nineteen-thirties Cadillac Fleetwood V8 seen at Kemble Airfield, Kemble, Gloucestershire, England. ... Nineteen-thirties Cadillac Fleetwood V8 seen at Kemble Airfield, Kemble, Gloucestershire, England. ... 1941 Cadillac Series 62, seen at a Classics Rally at Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, England, in June 2003. ... 1941 Cadillac Series 62, seen at a Classics Rally at Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, England, in June 2003. ... Cadillac Eldorado 1959 - detail I took this picture myself with a Minolta XG-1 and a 28mm f/2. ... Cadillac Eldorado 1959 - detail I took this picture myself with a Minolta XG-1 and a 28mm f/2. ... This article is about brands in marketing. ... A small variety of cars, the most popular kind of automobile. ... General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM), also known as GM, is a United States-based automobile maker with worldwide operations and brands including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Daewoo, GMC, Holden, Hummer, Opel, Pontiac, Saturn, Saab, and Vauxhall. ... The Rolls Royce logo Rolls-Royce is a set of several companies, all deriving from the British automobile and aero-engine manufacturing company founded by Henry Royce and C.S. Rolls in 1906. ...

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Founding

Cadillac was formed from the Henry Ford Company upon Henry Ford's departure. With the intent of liquidating the firm's assets, Ford's financial backers, William Murphy and Lemuel Bowen called in engineer Henry M. Leland to appraise the plant and equipment prior to selling them. Instead, Leland persuaded them to continue in the automobile business. Henry Ford's departure required a new name, and on August 22, 1902, the company reformed as the Cadillac Automobile Company. The Henry Ford Company was the second company for Henry Ford, founded in 1900. ... Time Magazine, January 14, 1935 Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947) was the founder of the Ford Motor Company and is credited with contributing to the creation of a middle class in American society. ... See William Beverly Murphy for the food businessman. ... Henry M. Leland was an engineer at Henry Ford Company when Henry Ford left in 1902. ... August 22 is the 234th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (235th in leap years), with 131 days remaining. ... 1902 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ...


Cadillac was named after the 18th century French explorer Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, founder of Detroit, Michigan. (17th century - 18th century - 19th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 18th century refers to the century that lasted from 1701 through 1800. ... Statue of Cadillac commemorating his landing in Detroit Antoine Laumet, dit de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac (March 5, 1658-October 15, 1730), a French explorer, was a colourful figure in the history of New France. ... City motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes) City nicknames: The Motor City and Motown Location in the state of Michigan Founded July 24, 1701 County Wayne County Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 370. ...


Early vehicles

The first Cadillac car was completed on October 7, 1902 and the following January was shown at the New York Auto Show, where it impressed the crowds enough to gather over two thousand firm orders. The Cadillac's biggest selling point was its refinement; it was simply a better made vehicle than its competition. October 7 is the 280th day of the year (281st in leap years). ... 1902 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... The New York International Auto Show is an annual auto show held in the last week of March. ...

The Classic Cadillac logo used until 2000.
The Classic Cadillac logo used until 2000.

Cadillacs were sent to England, where they impressed, winning awards for reliability and build quality. The Classic Cadillac logo File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ...


General Motors

Cadillac was purchased by the General Motors conglomerate in 1909. General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM), also known as GM, is a United States-based automobile maker with worldwide operations and brands including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Daewoo, GMC, Holden, Hummer, Opel, Pontiac, Saturn, Saab, and Vauxhall. ... Conglomerate is: A large diversified company with a wide array of businesses; see holding company. ... 1909 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ...


Cadillac became General Motors' prestige division, devoted to the production of large luxury vehicles.


In 1911 Cadillac was the first gasoline internal combustion engine auto to incorporate electric self-starting (as opposed to earlier crank start), utilizing the electric starter developed by Charles Kettering. Other innovations included the first V-8 engine in mass production, in 1915; shatter-resistant safety glass in 1926; and the first fully synchronized transmission (with gears "locked" in relation to one another to prevent clashing upon execution of a shift) in 1928. About this time, Cadillac acquired a smaller "companion" car called the LaSalle, which lasted until 1940. A database query syntax error has occurred. ... A colorized automobile engine An internal combustion engine is an engine that is powered by the expansion of hot combustion products of fuel directly acting within an engine. ... In 1903, the first U.S. patent for an automobile electric self-starter was issued to Clyde J. Coleman of New York City (No. ... Charles Franklin Kettering (August 29, 1876 _ November 25, 1958), a. ... The Liberty V8 aircraft engine clearly shows the configuration :See also V8 (beverage) A V8 engine is a V engine with eight cylinders. ... 1915 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... 1926 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... In mechanics, a transmission is the gear and/or hydraulic system that transmits mechanical power from a prime mover (which can be an engine or electric motor), to some form of useful output device. ... 1928 was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1936 LaSalle 5019 - see additional photos below For other uses of the name, see the LaSalle/La Salle disambiguation page. ... 1940 was a leap year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Pre-World War II Cadillacs were well-built, powerful, mass-produced luxury cars, aimed at an upper class market, below that of such ultra-exclusive marques such as Pierce-Arrow and Duesenberg. In the 1930s, Cadillac added cars with 12- and 16-cylinder engines to their range, many of which were fitted with custom coach-built bodies; these engines were remarkable at the time for their ability to deliver a combination of high power, silky smoothness and quietness. Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ... Aristocracy is a form of government in which rulership is in the hands of an upper class known as aristocrats. ... 1919 Pierce-Arrow advertisement The Pierce-Arrow was a Buffalo, New York(United States) based manufacturing company from 1901 to 1938. ... 1930 Deusenberg J Walker Legrande Torpedo Phaeton. ... Events and trends Technology Jet engine invented First atom was split with a particle accelerator Golden Age of radio begins in U.S. Disney adopts a three-color Technicolor process for cartoons First Kit Kat in UK The photocopier is invented by Carlson Air mail service across the Atlantic Science...


Postwar

Postwar Cadillacs, incorporating the ideas of General Motors styling chief Harley Earl, innovated many of the styling features that came to be synonymous with the classic (late 1940s-late 1950s) American automobile, including tailfins and wraparound windshields. Cadillac's first tailfins, inspired by the twin rudders of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, appeared in 1948; the 1959 Cadillac was the epitome of the tailfin craze, with the largest tailfins of any production automobile. With their chromed, bulleted bumpers (the bullets were nicknamed "Mansfields" or "Dagmars"[1] (http://www.huntingtonquarterly.com/Issue35/dagmar.html), after their resemblance to the breasts of certain Hollywood starlets), chromium eggcrate grilles, and general stylistic ostentation, the late 1950s Cadillacs were arguably too extreme even for most Cadillac buyers. At this point, Bill Mitchell succeeded Harley Earl as styling chief, and his preference for more austere design combined with changing buyer tastes caused the excess to be rapidly toned down in the early 1960s. Nevertheless, Cadillacs retained their tailfins through 1964, and suggestions of them remained in the peaked rear fenders of many models into the 1990s. Harley J. Earl (November 22, 1893–April 10, 1969) was an automotive stylist and engineer and industrial designer. ... Centuries: 19th century - 20th century - 21st century Decades: 1890s 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s - 1940s - 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s Years: 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 Events and trends Technology First nuclear bomb First cruise missile, the V1 flying bomb and the first ballistic missile, the... Millennia: 1st millennium - 2nd millennium - 3rd millennium Events and trends Technology United States tests the first fusion bomb. ... The Lockheed P-38 Lightning was one of the most important American fighters of the Second World War. ... 1959 was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... William T. Mitchell (July 2, 1912 - September 12, 1988) was an important General Motors designer from the late 1930s to the late 1970s. ... Events and trends The 1960s was a turbulent decade of change around the world. ... 1964 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Events and trends Technology The World Wide Web was born at CERN Explosive growth of the Internet; decrease in the cost of computers and other technology Reduction in size and cost of mobile phones leads to a massive surge in their popularity Year 2000 problem (commonly known as Y2K) Microsoft...


Somewhat surprisingly for a marque with such a strong design heritage, Cadillac has resisted the temptation to produce any "retro" models such as the revived Ford Thunderbird or the VW New Beetle, and has instead pressed ahead with a new design philosophy for the 21st century called "art and science"[2] (http://www.autointell.net/nao_companies/general_motors/cadillac/cadillac-cien-concept/cadillac-cien-01.htm) which it says "incorporates sharp, shear forms and crisp edges - a form vocabulary that expresses bold, high-technology design and invokes the technology used to design it." Wikimedia Commons has more media related to: Ford Thunderbird The Ford Thunderbird is a car manufactured in the USA by the Ford Motor Company. ... The Volkswagen Beetle or Bug is a small family car, the best known car of Volkswagen, of Germany, and almost certainly the world. ...


Low points, and the beginning of a recovery

Cadillac suffered from the malaise that set in to the American auto industry in the late 1960s to the late 1970s. There were high points, such as the launch of the Eldorado two-door personal luxury car in 1967, with its simple, elegant design—a far cry from the tail-fin and chrome excesses of the 1950s. However, the 1970s saw vehicles memorable for other types of excess: engine size, for one (the Eldorado featured an 8.2-litre engine at one point), weight, and physical bulk. The build quality also became poorer when measured against German rivals. Events and trends Although in the United States and in many other Western societies the 1970s are often seen as a period of transition between the turbulent 1960s and the more conservative 1980s and 1990s, many of the trends that are associated widely with the Sixties, from the Sexual Revolution... The Eldorado name was part of the Cadillac line from 1953 to 2003. ... 1967 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


As with most American brands, Cadillac was forced to downsize its offerings between the 1973 and 1979 fuel crises. Its staple De Ville and Fleetwood lines were downsized for 1977 and again for 1985. It launched a smaller car around the size of the Mercedes-Benz 300, the Seville, based on a Chevrolet Nova platform. It was a success. 1973 was a common year starting on Monday. ... 1979 is a common year starting on Monday. ... The Cadillac Deville is Cadillacs largest and most luxurious car model. ... The Fleetwood name was used on the top of the Cadillac line since 1927. ... 1977 was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1977 calendar). ... 1985 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Seville, introduced in 1975, was Cadillacs answer to the fuel crunch of the early 1970s, and the rising popularity of luxury imports in the USA from Europe, such as Mercedes_Benz and BMW. At one time, Cadillac toyed with the idea of bringing back the LaSalle moniker for its... Modified 1965 Chevrolet Nova The Chevrolet Nova or Chevy II was an American compact car introduced by the Chevrolet Motor Division of General Motors in 1962. ...


However, trying to extend its brand further downward to appeal to younger buyers, Cadillac launched in 1981 (for the 1982 model year) the compact Cimarron, a warmed-over Chevrolet Cavalier as a rival to the BMW 3-series. Buyers rejected this model for being too close to the considerably cheaper Chevrolet — unlike the Seville, which did not resemble the Nova or other GM X-cars, the Cimarron was almost indistinguishable from the down-market versions. Buyers also objected to the Cimmaron's four-cylinder engine and low level of standard equipment. Although the motoring press lauded the first Cadillac manual transmission in decades, the automatic's extra cost also rankled buyers. 1981 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Cadillac Cimarron was first introduced by General Motors in 1981 for the 1982 model year. ... A 2003 Cavalier The Chevrolet Cavalier was Chevrolets version of the compact General Motors J-body along with the Cadillac Cimarron, Pontiac Sunbird (later renamed Sunfire), Oldsmobile Firenza and Buick Skyhawk in the US; Opel Ascona in Europe (except the UK) and South Africa; Vauxhall Cavalier in the UK... The BMW 3-Series is a line of compact sedans manufactured by BMW since May, 1975. ... There have been two X-body automobile platforms from General Motors. ... Cover of Speed Mechanics magazine, showing cutaway of typical automobile manual transmission. ... An automatic transmission is an automobile gearbox that can change gear ratios automatically as the car or truck moves, thus freeing the driver from having to shift gears manually. ...


Another low point during the early 1980s was the variable displacement engine, branded the L62 V8-6-4 engine. Introduced in 1981, this 368 in³ (6.0 L) engine sequentially shut down cylinders as demand dropped. Company marketing hailed the engine as cutting-edge technology, but it proved unreliable and was dropped the next year in favor of a family of smaller aluminum V8 engines rushed into production. Events and trends The 1980s marked an abrupt shift towards more conservative lifestyles after the momentous cultural revolutions which took place in the 1960s and 1970s and the definition of the AIDS virus in 1981. ... Variable displacement is an automobile engine technology that allows the engine displacement to change for improved fuel economy. ... Cadillac was the first automobile maker to mass produce a V8 engine. ... 1981 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The mid-1980s saw Cadillac try to rebuild its image, aware that European and Japanese imports were on a rise, and with Honda launching its American luxury division, Acura. Some new design approaches were tried: the Seville, for instance, had gracefully rounded wheel arches with a hint of chrome. The greatest challenge to the imports was the Cadillac Allante, a convertible designed by Pininfarina of Italy, and built on what was touted as the world's longest production line—with the car's bodies fabricated in Italy and flown by Boeing 747 to the United States to meet their transmission and engine. The car was, sadly, not a commercial success, but today stands out as a modern classic and more than able to hold its own, image-wise, next to its Mercedes-Benz SL rival. Events and trends The 1980s marked an abrupt shift towards more conservative lifestyles after the momentous cultural revolutions which took place in the 1960s and 1970s and the definition of the AIDS virus in 1981. ... Honda Motor Co. ... Acura is a brand name used by Honda in the US, Canada, and Hong Kong since March 1986 to market higher-end line of Hondas. ... The Cadillac Allant was Cadillacs first venture into the luxury roadster market. ... Battista Pinin Farina Battista Pinin Farina (November 2, 1893 - April 3, 1966) was the founder of the Pininfarina S.p. ... The Boeing 747, which is also known as the jumbo jet, is the second largest passenger airliner after the Airbus A380. ... The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is a series of automobiles with some of the most prestigious nameplates in the motor industry. ...


The Allante's styling influenced other Cadillacs, especially the Seville, which adopted its sharper, tailored lines. Indeed, Cadillac was so confident of the Seville that it was exported to Europe, but it faced stiff opposition. World map showing location of Europe A satellite composite image of Europe Europe is geologically and geographically a peninsula, forming the westernmost part of Eurasia. ...


The Art & Science era

The latest incarnation of Cadillac styling - Art & Science (A&S) was previewed with the 1999 Cadillac Evoq concept roadster at that year's Detroit Auto Show. With its crisp lines, hard creases, and sharp corners, the Evoq not only had a striking presence of its own, but also marked a departure from the softer design of previous Cadillacs. The North American International Auto Show (previously called the Detroit Auto Show) is an annual automobile show (or auto show) that occurs every year in Detroit, Michigan. ...


Distinctive characteristics of Art & Science design include stacked headlamps, vertical taillamps, angular grille, and creased body lines in addition to alphanumeric model names.


The 2000 DeVille sedan and 2002 Escalade sport utility were the first executions of the Art & Science design philosophy, though they should be appropriately noted as more transitional vehicles since they combine A&S with the last era of styling and tested the waters for public acceptance.


Cadillac's 2003 Cadillac CTS was the first ground-up incarnation of A&S and was an instant hit. Following in its success was the Cadillac SRX sport utility wagon and the Evoq-inspired Cadillac XLR roadster. The 2005 Cadillac STS is the latest in the A&S lineup and will complete the transition between the old school of design and the new. The new Cadillac V-Series was also introduced to provide sporty models based on Cadillac production cars, with very extensive chassis and engine upgrades. The CTS is Cadillacs luxury sports sedan. ... The Cadillac SRX is a luxury SUV based on the companys rear wheel drive Sigma automobile platform. ... Categories: Automobile stubs | Cadillac vehicles | Rear wheel drive vehicles | Luxury vehicles | Sports cars ... The STS is a luxury car sold by Cadillac. ... The Cadillac V-Series is the name of high performance vehicles tuned by the General Motors Performance Division for the Cadillac division of General Motors. ...


A slight evolution of A&S was shown at Detroit's 2003 Auto Show with the Cadillac Sixteen concept, which had a rounded body with crisp A&S features. This version of A&S will probably see itself debuted on models that appeal to more conservative demographics, such as the DeVille's replacement and a possible ultraluxury sedan.


The 2005 Presidential Limousine first shown at the second inauguration of President George W. Bush features A&S design cues, and is said to foreshadow the 2006 Cadillac DTS, which is the replacement for the DeVille. For the pop band, see Presidents of the United States of America. ... The Cadillac DTS replaces the Cadillac DeVille as that carmakers largest luxury car for the 2006 model year. ...


Also in 2005, GM announced the first Cadillac designed exclusively for the European market, a model called the BLS, to be built by Saab in Sweden.


Cadillac models

Historical

Fisher Body is an automobile coachbuilder now part of General Motors. ... Fisher Body is an automobile coachbuilder now part of General Motors. ... Fleetwood Metal Body was an automobile coachbuilder purchased by Fisher Body and integrated into General Motors. ... The Liberty V8 aircraft engine clearly shows the configuration :See also V8 (beverage) A V8 engine is a V engine with eight cylinders. ... A V12 is an internal combustion engine with 12 cylinders in V configuration. ... A V16 is an internal combustion engine in V configuration, having 16 cylinders. ... The Cadillac Series 60 was the companys mid-priced vehicle line when it appeared in 1936. ... The Liberty V8 aircraft engine clearly shows the configuration :See also V8 (beverage) A V8 engine is a V engine with eight cylinders. ... The Series 70 (models 70 and 75) was Cadillacs full-size V8-powered car from the 1930s through 1950s. ... The Liberty V8 aircraft engine clearly shows the configuration :See also V8 (beverage) A V8 engine is a V engine with eight cylinders. ... The Series 70 (models 70 and 75) was Cadillacs full-size V8-powered car from the 1930s through 1950s. ... A V12 is an internal combustion engine with 12 cylinders in V configuration. ... The Cadillac V-16 was Cadillacs top-of-the-line car from its January 1930 launch until production ceased in 1940 as the war in Europe killed sales. ... The Cadillac Allant was Cadillacs first venture into the luxury roadster market. ... The Cadillac Brougham was the last rear wheel drive Cadillac in the 1990s. ... In 1965 Cadillac renamed the entry-level Cadillac Series 62 the Calais, after the French resort town of Calais. ... The Cadillac Catera was a mid-sized automobile that was, essentially, a rebadged version of the 1994 model year Opel Omega MV6 made in Rüsselsheim, Germany. ... The Cadillac Cimarron was first introduced by General Motors in 1981 for the 1982 model year. ... The Cadillac commercial chassis was basically a strengthened version of the long-wheelbase Cadillac Fleetwood limousine frame intended to carry the extra weight of the bodywork, rear deck and cargo area of funeral coaches and ambulances. ... The Cadillac Deville is Cadillacs largest and most luxurious car model. ... The prestigious Coupe de Ville name (sometimes written Coupe Deville or Coupe DeVille) entered the Cadillac line in 1949 on the new pillarless hardtop coupe bodystyle. ... The Eldorado name was part of the Cadillac line from 1953 to 2003. ... The Fleetwood name was used on the top of the Cadillac line since 1927. ... The Seville, introduced in 1975, was Cadillacs answer to the fuel crunch of the early 1970s, and the rising popularity of luxury imports in the USA from Europe, such as Mercedes_Benz and BMW. At one time, Cadillac toyed with the idea of bringing back the LaSalle moniker for its... The Sixty Special name has been used at Cadillac to denote a special model since the 1938 Bill Mitchell-designed Series 60 derivative. ...

Current

The BLS is Cadillacs 2006 entry level front wheel drive sedan designed specifically for the European market. ... The CTS is Cadillacs luxury sports sedan. ... The Cadillac DTS replaces the Cadillac DeVille as that carmakers largest luxury car for the 2006 model year. ... The Escalade is a large SUV sold by the GM luxury brand, Cadillac. ... The Cadillac SRX is a luxury SUV based on the companys rear wheel drive Sigma automobile platform. ... The STS is a luxury car sold by Cadillac. ... Categories: Automobile stubs | Cadillac vehicles | Rear wheel drive vehicles | Luxury vehicles | Sports cars ...

Concepts and prototypes

  • Cadillac Evoq - 1999
  • Cadillac Vizon - 2000
  • Cadillac Imaj - 2001
  • Cadillac Cien - 2002
  • Cadillac Sixteen - 2003

See also

The following automobile manufacturers produce or have produced automobiles. ... Cadillac was the first automobile maker to mass produce a V8 engine. ... Northstar is Cadillacs name for its DOHC V8 engine. ...

External links

  • Cadillac.com (http://www.cadillac.com/) corporate site
  • CaddyEdge.com (http://www.caddyedge.com/) Website dedicated to modern, Art & Science styled Cadillacs. News, rumors, and lively discussions.
  • CadillacForums.com (http://www.cadillacforums.com/) Website and community for owners and enthusiasts of Cadillac luxury automobiles with well over 20,000 members. Included is a Cadillac dealer locator, a Free classified and auction section, thousands of images, reviews, message boards and more...
  • Cadillac Owners (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CadillacOwners) A place to discuss ideas and issues regarding Cadillac Motor Cars and to share general enthusiasm about them.
  • Cadillac Owner's Resources (http://myweb.accessus.net/~090/resources-cad.html) Items such as resetting the "Oil Life" indicator light, links to download your owners manual, personal webpages, photos and resources for the Service Professional: accessing the onboard diagnostic trouble codes, online service manuals, etc.
  • Cadillac history (http://100megsfree4.com/cadillac/) extensive fan site with many photos from earliest to current models
  • Classic Cadillac Community (http://www.pink-cadillac.de/) community site that captures and documents a large slice of the history of classic Cadillacs. Has 4500+ Cadillac-Images.
  • Classic Cadillac Community Forum (http://www.pink-cadillac.de/forum/) is a discussion board for Classic Cadillac enthusiasts.
  • The Cadillac Database (http://www.car-nection.com/yann/) has thousands of facts, figures and images that attempt to retrace the history and styling of Cadillac automobiles from 1902 up to 2002.
  • Cadillac-LaSalle Club (http://www.cadillaclasalleclub.org/) is an international organization of nearly 7,000 members with 18,000 collectible automobiles built by Cadillac.
  • 1958 Cadillac Owners Association (http://www.1958cadillac.com/) is organized for Common Good, Mutual Benefit and Co-operative Assistance of the 1958 Cadillac Owner
  • Cadillac V Series Forums (http://www.vseries.net/) is a website dedicated to the Cadillac V Series of vehicles, such as the CTS-V, STS-V and future XLR-V.
  • Cheers and Gears - GM Enthusiast Site (http://www.cheersandgears.com)

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