2014 Honda Civic Tourer

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At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Honda unveiled the 2014 Honda Civic Tourer Concept as a preview of things to come. Only months later, the production version made its public debut and, as expected, it featured only minor changes compared to the concept car. Based on the more popular 2015 Honda Civic hatch and specifically designed for the European market, the new Tourer won’t make it to the U.S., where Civic enthusiasts will have to settle for either the sedan or the coupe version.

In Europe, however, where grocery getters are significantly more popular, the Civic Tourer will enable Honda access to the compact wagon market, currently led by the 2014 Volkswagen Golf Variant.

Often praised for its daring looks, the Civic Tourer remains one of the more flamboyant propositions in its niche. When it comes to versatility and practicality, Honda argues that the Tourer offers class-leading trunk space and one of the roomiest interiors of any C-segment car.

With both gasoline and diesel engines at its disposal, as well as Honda’s new electronically adjustable rear dampers, the Civic Tourer sounds like a promising option. But does it have what it takes to threaten the popularity of the Volkswagen Golf?


Honda Civic Tourer

Honda Civic Tourer

Honda Civic Tourer

Styling-wise, the production Civic Tourer is identical to the concept with two notable exceptions. The big wheels and the center-mounted exhaust are gone. As with the Civic hatch, the Tourer was designed and developed by Honda U.K., which means the two share the same wheelbase and most of the styling.

While both the front end and the side panels toward the rear doors are borrowed from the hatch, the rear fenders and the tailgate received styling features unique to the Tourer.

It’s about 9.2 inches longer — mostly added to the rear overhang for increased storage capacity — and features a redesigned rear end that’s less sporty but more practical than the hatchback’s.

While both the front end and the side panels toward the rear doors are borrowed from the hatch, the rear fenders and the tailgate received styling features unique to the Tourer.

The design of the apron is less aggressive and the taillgate descends further into the bumper. Though still positioned high toward the roof, the taillights are significantly larger than the hatch’s. The rear fenders are also beefier, which is quite unusual for a wagon.

In all, the Civic Tourer is a wagon that stands out in a crowd, and the fact it is the lowest vehicle in its segment makes it a good proposition for those looking to avoid the customary brick-on-wheel design most carmakers use on wagons.

Exterior Dimensions


Honda Civic Tourer

Honda Civic Tourer

Honda Civic Tourer

Inside, the Tourer is identical to the hatch. The two-level dashboard is carried over, including the digital instrument cluster and the multifunction display on top. Those familiar with other Civic models will quickly recognize the center stack and its many buttons and knobs. This section is a bit cluttered and requires some time to get used to the layout.

Those familiar with other Civic models will quickly recognize the center stack and its many buttons and knobs.

But it’s the section behind the front seats that matters in the Tourer. First of all, legroom seems pretty generous for a compact, while the longer roof means there’s plenty of headroom too. Storage room looks good too.

Besides being able to fold the rear seats completely flat in a 60:40 configurations, owners can also pull the base of the seat until it is sitting parallel to the back of the seat. This creates a lot of space for tall objects. Also, because the rear doors open to almost 90 degrees, it’s easier to store such items this way.

Trunk volume is 624 liters (22 cubic feet), while lowering the rear seat backs to the floor extends the overall storage capacity to 1,668 liters (59 cubic feet), impressive figures for a wagon that’s only 9.2 inches longer than the hatchback.

Also, it turns out the Civic Tourer can haul more stuff than the Golf Variant, which offers nearly one cubic foot less in the trunk and nearly two cubic feet less with the rear seats down. Interestingly enough though, the Golf is actually one inch longer than the Civic.


Honda Civic Tourer

Though many European automakers offer a wide array of drivetrains, Honda keeps it simple for the Civic Tourer. Only two engines are available. There’s the 1.6-liter, four-cylinder diesel unit rated at 118 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque, and the 1.8-liter four-pot gasoline mill generating 139 horses and 128 pound-feet. Mated exclusively to a manual transmission, the oil burner takes 10.1 seconds to 60 mph and hits a top speed of 195 km/h (121 mph). The gasoline version is a bit quicker at 9.2 ticks and a top speed of 210 km/h (130 mph), but these figures are only available with a manual. When paired to the automatic transmission, the engine’s performance drops to 10.9 seconds from 0 to 60 mph and to 205 km/h (127 mph).

Granted, the Civic Tourer won’t take you anywhere in a hurry, but it’s quite the performer where it matters most for wagons. The gasoline model returns 45.6 U.K. mpg combined (38 U.S. mpg), while the diesel version is good for a whopping 74 U.K. mpg combined (nearly 62 U.S. mpg). Diesel mileage is not as impressive as the Golf Variant’s (around 71 U.S. mpg), but it’s nothing to sneeze at.

Drivetrain Specifications


Honda Civic Tourer

Pricing for the Civic Tourer starts from £18,650 in the U.K, which is about $28,950. For this amount, customers get to take home an entry-level S trim with the 1.8-liter gasoline engine and a manual transmission. Opting for the automatic bumps the sticker to £20,085 ($31,180), while the diesel version retails from £19,755 ($30,670).

At the opposite end of the lineup, the highly equipped EX Plus trim costs £24,935 ($38,710) before options with the gasoline and the manual and from £26,370 ($40,930) with the automatic. The same trim with a diesel fetches at least £26,140 ($40,580).


2014 Volkswagen Golf Variant

Volkswagen Golf VII Variant

Unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the seventh-generation Golf Variant is the Civic Tourer’s most popular rival. A leader on the European hatchback market, the Golf is also a popular choice among wagon enthusiasts and the car to beat in this niche. Much like the hatchback version, the Golf Variant is available with a range of gasoline and diesel engines. The range is huge, with gasoline powerplants ranging from 1.0-liter three-pots to 2.0-liter four-bangers (84 to 296 horsepower) and 1.6- and 2.0-liter diesel churning between 89 horsepower and 170 pound-feet to 181 horses and 280 pound-feet.

Unlike the Civic Tourer, the Golf Variant is also available in a more off-road capable version (the 2015 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack), as well as a performance-oriented wagon (the 2015 Volkswagen Golf R Variant ). U.K. pricing starts from £18,945 (about $29,371) for the base model, while the Golf Variant R fetches £33,585 (around $52,068) before options.

2013 Seat Leon ST

Seat Leon ST

Essentially a Golf underneath, the Leon ST is available with pretty much the same drivetrains as the Golf Variant. The styling is the main feature that sets the two apart, and while the Golf is the more popular option, the Leon is arguably the more attractive one.

However, the Spanish wagon is the more expensive proposition of the bunch, at least in the U.K., retailing from £21,520 (about $33,362) with the entry-level gasoline engine and from £23,350 ($36,200) with the least powerful diesel option. If you’re more into performance numbers rather than hauling capabilities, the Leon ST can also be had with a Cupra 280 badge, which means 276 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of twist.


Honda Civic Tourer

Though it may lack the cachet of a Volkswagen Golf or the performance options of its competitors, the Civic Tourer is a pretty good option if you want a big trunk and a wagon that looks a bit less conventional. Reliability is also a plus here, as is the efficiency of the diesel engine, although the Golf should return more mpg, depending on the engine of choice. On the flipside, both the Golf and the Leon are better equipped for the same price, in addition to the Civic’s not-that-great ride, despite its adjustable rear dampers.


  • Attractive styling
  • Efficient drivetrains
  • Roomy interior and trunk


  • Lacks a performance version
  • Not for U.S. consumption

Press Release

The 2014 Civic Tourer was developed and designed in Europe, allowing Honda’s European R&D team to lead the creative and technical design process. The car is specifically designed to match the requirements of European customers and European driving conditions. With the Civic name synonymous with multi-dimensional, compact cars; what better place for the development team to start than with the solid foundations of the Civic 5-door.

Honda Civic Tourer

The Civics of the 1970s and 1980s had low and sleek exterior styling, which helped to emphasise the car’s sporty characteristics; but inside they still delivered roominess and versatility.

As the Civic has evolved over the last 40 years, it has remained true to this marriage of sleek, sporty styling and practicality. Known for its clean, dynamic and distinctive design, the current Civic 5-door uses a unique centre fuel tank layout which sees the tank located under the front seats. This allows for unparalleled interior space and Honda’s innovative Magic Seat system. This arrangement is carried over to the Civic Tourer.

“The Civic Tourer is the most compact Wagon in the C-segment – just 235mm longer than the Civic 5-door. It is also the lowest Wagon in the C-segment, yet it has the biggest trunk volume in this sector”. Patrik Ponec, Project Leader Project Planner, Civic Tourer

Strong Honda heritage in Wagon derivatives in Europe

The Civic Tourer development team has drawn upon many years of experience in developing Wagon body types. The first Honda Wagon was the three door Accord derived AeroDeck introduced in 1986 followed by an Accord Wagon (limited to EU) in 1991. Further Accord Wagon models followed before the Accord Tourer, which was first introduced in 2002.

The first Civic Aero deck was unveiled in 1998 and it was the first Honda exclusively designed for Europe; and the third car to be built at Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM), in Swindon, UK. True to Honda’s roots in Wagons, the development team set out to combine practicality and style with an above average level of performance. The view of the team at the time was that ‘Wagons’ may be practical but rarely offer much style to interest keen drivers. Wagon sales across Europe at the time accounted for 16% of the C-segment and were growing steadily in popularity.

The Civic Aero deck set new levels of practicality without sacrificing the equally important qualities of driving enjoyment, comfort and refinement. It is this strong reputation and heritage, which has helped the Civic Tourer development team of 2013 to create a car that will exceed customer expectations and delivers class leading space.

Honda Civic Tourer

“I was the Interior Project Leader for the Civic AeroDeck, it is undoubtedly a moment in my career that is frozen in my memory. The overall concept for the Civic Tourer remains the same as our concept for that car, we wanted to create a Wagon that had distinctive styling, class-leading utility and advanced technology, making it unique and strongly competitive in the market. That is exactly what I feel we have achieved with the Civic Tourer today.” Adrian Killham, Large Project Leader, Civic Tourer.

Built in Europe, for Europe

Similarly to the Civic Aerodeck and the current Civic, the new Civic Tourer will be built at Honda’s European manufacturing facility, Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd (HUM); established in 1985 in Swindon, UK. Honda is committed to manufacturing in the UK and the many awards won by the products built here demonstrate the plant’s ability to produce high quality products for the European market.

HUM is a fully integrated car manufacturing facility, producing the whole car (casting, engine assembly, pressing, welding, painting and frame assembly) on one, 370 acre site (1.5 million m2) site. The 1.6 i-DTEC engine which features in the Civic Tourer is also built there, exclusively for the European market. Demonstrating the importance of this new diesel engine to Honda’s sales plans in Europe, a new purpose-built diesel engine production line has been installed. This new line is capable of producing up to 500 diesel engines in one day. Operating on a two-shift pattern this equates to one engine every 138 seconds. The new line produces both the 1.6-litre i-DTEC and the 2.2-litre i-DTEC engines.

Market Opportunity

Honda has introduced the Civic Tourer as a response to changing European market conditions. The C-segment Wagon market has shown stability in recent years and is expected to grow in the future. The development team for the Civic Tourer conducted customer clinics in Europe before the development process began in order to confirm what was important to customers when choosing a Wagon. This research indentified two main target customer groups of the Civic Tourer; families raising young children upgrading from smaller categories and used car market and customers with children who have left home and who are downsizing from the traditional higher category.

Both customer types placed emphasis on the following characteristics:

• Large trunk

• Practical storage features

• Roomy interior for the driver and passengers

• Easy to maneuvere when parking

• High level of dynamic performance and fuel efficiency

Furthermore, downsizers from the D-segment expected a high level equipment and comfort to be offered.


• Echoes Civic 5-Door design but with its own distinct identity

• Sophisticated and sporty design

• Sleek Aerodynamics

The 2014 Civic Tourer shares much of the same DNA as the Civic 5-door model; with a sophisticated, aerodynamic body that creates a clean, dynamic and elegant look. It also inherits the same sporty and distinctive face as the updated 2014 Civic 5-door, with a new front bumper garnish in black. Similarly it retains the sleek cabin design and the integrated rear door handle found on the Civic 5-door, as well as the darker wheel arch garnish and new 17 inch Aluminum wheels finished in silver and black.

Despite its links to the Civic 5-door, the Civic Tourer also has its own design identity. The sophisticated, sporty and unique exterior design is defined by a bold line that runs continuously from the front A-pillar to the D-pillar creating the impression of a floating roof line.

Honda Civic Tourer

The development team have concentrated on new ways to interpret the rear section of the car to deliver a premium feel. The glass of the rear quarter window has been extended to cover the body work of the D-pillar and the rear door sash has been raised by 17mm compared to the Civic 5-door, to form a bold styling line and create an elegant look.

“At first glance it is clear that the Civic Tourer does not look like other Wagons. Recently launched cars have tended to follow a similar style. The Civic Tourer has a different balance and appeal.” Adrian Killham, Large Project Leader, Civic Tourer

Behind this sophisticated and sporty design is hidden versatility that offers clever functionality and unrivalled practicality. The Civic Tourer interior is sporty yet refined, carrying over the interior updates made to the recently updated Civic 5-door including white stitching detail that has been applied to the steering wheel, seat and knee pad. Black buttons feature on the audio panel and steering wheel switches and the air vents have new chrome coloured plastic surrounds.

As well as creating a unique profile for the Civic Tourer, achieving excellent aerodynamics was a priority for the development team. Aerodynamic efficiency is at the heart of the Civic 5-door design, and the Civic Tourer engineers have taken this on further by reducing aerodynamic drag through unique design features including the rear spoiler and side spoilers, allowing the Civic Tourer to emit just 99g/km* of CO₂.

For me, the strength of the car is the synergy of functionality, versatility, and dynamic expression.” Adrian Killham, Large Project Leader, Civic Tourer


• Hidden versatility and unrivalled practicality

• Class leading trunk space

• Underfloor storage

• Magic Seats

Behind the Civic Tourer’s sophisticated and sporty exterior design is hidden versatility that offers clever functionality and unrivalled practicality.

Despite being only 235mm longer than the Civic 5-door, making it the most compact Wagon in the C-segment, the Civic Tourer offers class leading trunk space. With the rear seats up it offers 624 litres of trunk volume, up to the tonneau cover; accommodating three large suitcases with the cover pulled over. Alternatively, with the rear seats down, it offers 1668 litres of space up to the roof lining.

It’s wide and low exterior hides one of the roomiest interiors of any C-segment car; offering 1431mm of shoulder room between driver and front seat passenger and 795mm of between driver and rear seat. The height and width of the Civic Tourer are identical to the Civic 5-door, although the slightly raised roofline of the Civic Tourer means more headroom in the rear for passengers.

The Civic Tourer benefits from the same unique centre fuel tank layout used in the Civic 5-door. The fuel tank is located under the front seats allowing the Civic Tourer to offer unparalleled interior space and Honda’s Magic Seat configuration.

Honda’s unique Magic Seats deliver further practicality and space within the Civic Tourer, enabling a range of seating configurations for maximum versatility. The rear seat assembly folds down in one easy movement, and the interior trunk floor has been raised to create a completely flat area when the seats are folded down. The rear seat cushions can also be flipped up to reveal ample floor space for carrying tall objects. A 60:40 split in the seat base offers even more options for carrying both people and cargo, and provides an alternative load area if access via the tailgate is limited.

The Civic Tourer benefits from many practical solutions designed to make it even more convenient and functional. The tonneau cover is a conventional roll version which covers the load space in the trunk and can be removed and stored away. This is particularly useful when carrying objects that exceed the tonneau cover line.

Honda Civic Tourer

“We call this a flexible tonneau cover, a small storage compartment is located below the level of the floor and in front of the bumper, the tonneau cover can be stored in this compartment but if in use other items like an umbrella can be stored”. Adrian Killham, Large Project Leader, Civic Tourer

In the trunk, the Civic Tourer features the same underfloor compartment with its two-position sub lid as the Civic 5-door, however the floor of the Civic Tourer has been raised creating additional capacity in the underfloor box from 75 litres to 117 litres. This compartment can accommodate two flight cases with the lid up, or alternatively with the lid down to the lowest position, the under floor compartment can carry objects as tall as 1 metre.

Furthermore, the height of the loading lip has been lowered to match the level of the floor (565mm), making loading and unloading the trunk considerably easier.


• New generation power trains delivering CO₂ emissions from just 99g/km*

• Choice of 1.6 i-DTEC or 1.8 i-VTEC engines

• Efficiency-boosting technologies with idle-stop standard on manual model

Under the bonnet of the Civic Tourer customers will find either the new 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel or the 1.8-litre i-VTEC petrol engine.

Lightest in class 1.6 i-DTEC engine

The new 1.6 i-DTEC diesel engine is the first from Honda’s next generation Earth Dreams Technology series to be introduced in Europe. The philosophy behind Earth Dreams Technology is to deliver an impressive balance between fuel economy and driving performance, and this is certainly the case in the Civic Tourer. Lightest in class it delivers 300 Nm of torque and emissions from just 99g/km*.

Honda’s new 1.6 litre i-DTEC is comprised of an aluminium cylinder head joined to an open deck aluminium block, weighing 47kg less than the 2.2 litre i-DTEC engine. All individual components have been redesigned to minimise their weight and size and advanced production techniques have helped reduce weight even further. The thickness of the cylinder walls have been reduced to 8mm, down from 9mm on the 2.2 litre i-DTEC. This is an exceptional achievement for a diesel engine. In addition, lighter pistons and connection rods have been utilised. The 1.6 i-DTEC engine is also offered on the latest CR-V and Civic 5-door models.

Tried and tested 1.8 litre i-VTEC engine

The Civic Tourer will also be offered with Honda’s 1.8 i-VTEC engine in manual or automatic transmission, with CO₂ emissions starting from just 148g* per km. The 1.8 litre i-VTEC showcases Honda’s VTEC technology and engine management systems. The engine is designed to function as part of a high quality, easy-to-handle powertrain. Starting is quick and easy, gear shifts are seamless and accelerator control is effortless and predictable. Acceleration and deceleration are always smooth and comfortable whether in the city or the suburbs. The same is true of acceleration and high-speed cruising on motorways.

Honda Civic Tourer

Efficiency-boosting technologies with Idle Stop standard on manual model

The new Civic Tourer offers Honda’s unique Eco Assist™ technology to help owners drive at optimum efficiency, based on insight that different driving styles can create as much as a 15 per cent variance in fuel economy. The system uses the car’s speedometer to advise drivers how their driving style is impacting on fuel economy. If the car is being driven economically, the dashboard glows green. If the driver slightly exceeds the best level of throttle control, the dashboard will glow white/green. Finally, during heavy acceleration and deceleration, it will glow white. The system is further enhanced with the option of ECON mode, which once activated alters the mapping of the drive-by-wire throttle system to ensure a smooth increase in torque for a more relaxing drive and greater fuel efficiency.

To further enhance efficiency Idle Stop technology is standard on all Civic Tourer models with a manual transmission; a seamless system which can contribute up to a 5 g/km of CO₂ saving for the diesel engine. When the driver reaches a standstill and selects neutral, the engine will automatically stop when they release the clutch. Then it automatically restarts when they depress the clutch to select a gear. A display on the dashboard indicates the operation of Idle Stop, and the system can be disabled with a button on the fascia.


• ‘Safety for Everyone’

• All round safety, everyday

• New features: Advanced Driving Assist Systems

• Other active & passive safety features

‘Safety for everyone’

Honda’s commitment to safety is embodied by the term ‘Safety for Everyone’; safety for drivers, passengers, pedestrians and occupants of all vehicles. Honda achieves this through a range of both passive and active safety features, which aim to prevent or mitigate accident and injuries.

The Civic Tourer features the full list of safety technologies available on the Civic 5 door, allowing it to carry the same coveted five-star Euro NCAP rating for Safety.

All round safety, everyday

As with all Honda cars, safety was at the forefront of the development team’s mind when designing the Civic Tourer, particularly the integration of active safety systems known as Advanced Driving Assist Systems. As such, the Civic Tourer benefits from a new suite of advanced active safety features designed to offer all round safety, everyday. These technologies aim to ensure that safety is affordable and accessible to customers within the C-segment.

Whether dropping children to school in the suburbs, moving across a busy city or travelling on the highway, Honda’s safety technology systems are hard at work, helping to prevent accidents wherever possible and, when an accident is unavoidable, working hard to mitigate the impact.

New features: Advanced Driving Assist Systems

Honda has introduced a new suite of sensor based active safety systems on the Civic Tourer that use a combination of cameras, short range lidar (Laser Radar) and radar technologies. The Civic Tourer utilises these technologies and many other advanced safety features to deliver a high standard of safety in all conditions, giving drivers and passengers complete piece of mind.

City-Brake Active system **

Specifically designed to help avoid or mitigate low speed accidents. City-Brake Active system is a laser radar system that scans the road ahead, automatically applying the brakes if an imminent risk of collision is detected. The system operates at low speeds (32km/h and below) and is designed to detect cars and trucks. When the system detects a risk of collision it will offer visual and audible warnings.

Honda Civic Tourer

If the system identifies that the risk of collision exists then pre-braking with audible and visual warning will occur and eventually full autonomous braking will occur. The system can be turned off by the driver only when the vehicle is stationary and it will remain off until the driver turns off the ignition. The system will be come back on once the ignition is switched back on.

Forward Collision Warning

Forward Collision Warning detects the risk of collision by recognising the vehicle (car or truck) directly in front, using the multi-purpose camera. The system operates when the car is at a speed of 15km/h and above. On detecting the risk of collision, it will offer visual and audible warnings. The warning distance can be adjusted to the driver’s preferences and the system can be turned off by the driver.

High Beam Support System

The High Beam Support System works at speeds of more than 40km/h to switch High Beam head lights on/off automatically depending on oncoming/preceding vehicles (cars, trucks and motorcycles), bicycles and environmental brightness. The system can be turned off by the driver at any time.

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning uses the multi-purpose camera to track lane markings on the road. If the car deviates from its current lane without indicating, Lane Departure Warning alerts the driver with audible and visual warnings. The system operates at speeds of more than 64km/h where the road has a curve radius of 250m or more. The system can be turned off by the driver at any time.

Traffic Sign Recognition System

Traffic Sign Recognition System uses the multi-purpose camera to detect road signs whenever the vehicle is moving forward. The system automatically recognises and displays the signs via the intelligent Multi Information Display (iMID) once the vehicle has passed the sign.

The system is designed to detect circular road signs displaying speed limits and ‘No Passing’ information. Two road signs can be displayed at any one time – the right side of the display only shows speed limit signs and the left side is for “no passing” signs and speed limits with additional information, such as weather conditions, for example.

The Traffic Sign Recognition System can judge if a sign is relevant to the vehicle or not, and will only display it if it is relevant. For example, signs depicting speed limits specifically for Heavy Goods Vehicles will not be displayed by the system. Traffic Sign Recognition System can always be viewed through the dedicated page on the i-Mid or can be selected to appear below normal display.

Blind Spot Information

Blind Spot Information uses radar technology to automatically detect vehicles in the driver’s blind spot and warn of potential dangers when the vehicle is travelling at speeds of more than 20km/h. The system is designed to detect cars and trucks and can help to support drivers in situations such as passing other vehicles and merging or changing lanes.

Honda Civic Tourer

When a vehicle enters the driver’s blind spot a visual warning is displayed on the wing mirror. This remains until the vehicle leaves the blind spot. If the driver operates the indicator whilst the vehicle is in the blind spot, the visual warning will blink and an audible warning will sound to further alert the driver to the potential danger. The system can be turned off by the driver when the vehicle has stopped.

Cross Traffic Monitor

Honda’s Cross Traffic Monitor system uses rear side radar sensors to warn the driver of approaching vehicles when reversing. The direction of an approaching vehicle is shown either on the rear-view camera screen or displayed using arrows showing the direction of the travelling vehicle on the i-MID and an audible warning sound. The system is designed to detect cars and trucks travelling up to 25km/h, and can be turned off by the driver when the vehicle has stopped.

Adaptive Cruise Control**

Adaptive Cruise Control allows the driver to choose both their speed and distance from the vehicle ahead. If this falls below the set level, the system instantly decelerates the vehicle. Where quicker deceleration is required the system will alert the driver to apply the brakes using visual and audible warnings.

Collision Mitigation Braking System**

This system monitors the following distance and closing rate between the car and the vehicle (car or truck) directly in front of it, warning the driver when a collision is likely and helping reduce impact speed when a collision becomes unavoidable

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