Motoroids Best auto news, reviews and features from the world with focus on India Fri, 04 Dec 2020 14:22:14 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Motoroids 32 32 Tat Nexon Electric Crosses The 2,000 Unit Sales Mark Fri, 04 Dec 2020 14:22:14 +0000 Launched about a year ago, the Tata Nexon Electric has found a socket for its charging cable at more than 2,000 homes. In over 10 months, since launch, the sales of the Nexon EV reached 2200 units as of November 2020, indicating the rapid demand for the EVs in the personal car segment. After rolling out its 1000th Nexon EV in August this year, the car clocked in another 1000 sales units in a record time of 3 months (Sept-Nov 2020).

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With its value-proposition, Nexon EV has emerged as the best-selling electric car in India. Currently, Tata Motors is leading the EV segment with a 74% market share. This accomplishment is a testament to the strong response from customers for India’s own electric SUV, the Tata Nexon EV. To accelerate the adoption of EVs in India, Tata Motors also introduced a holistic e-mobility ecosystem “Tata uniEVerse” to closely leverage the strengths and experience of other Tata Group companies to create a viable EV environment. Powered by Tata uniEVerse, consumers will have access to a suite of e-mobility offerings including charging solutions, innovative retail experiences and easy financing options.

Appreciating the strong response from customers, Mr. Shailesh Chandra, President – Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors, said, “This is a moment of great pride for us and those working with us in our journey to accelerate the adoption of EVs in India. The Tata Nexon EV, since launch, has captured the imagination of the entire nation and has consistently led the way for the electric vehicle segment. Offering thrilling performance, connected drive experience with zero emissions and at an attractive pricing, the Nexon EV has found widespread acceptance among its customers. This growing demand is on the back of increased awareness, growing charging infrastructure, encouraging government incentives, breaking myths that surrounds EVs, and most importantly the undisputed benefits that it offers i.e. lower operating cost. Further, with the continued support from the government in terms of incentives such as benefits on registration and road tax, we hope that EVs will soon become the most desirable and a mainstream choice for the customers in India.”

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Marc Marquez Undergoes Another Operation Fri, 04 Dec 2020 14:06:48 +0000 After suffering from a big injury post a massive accident in the inaugural round of the 2020 MotoGP season, Marc Marquez attempted a dramatic comeback for the next race. However, little did he know back then that the wear and tear inside his arm would keep him away for the entire season.

Now, Honda Racing Corp has confirmed that the multiple time world champion has undergone another surgery. The new operation was performed on his right arm as a result of the slow healing of the humerus bone, which has not improved with specific shock wave treatment. The rider has undergone surgery at the Hospital Ruber Internacional, in Madrid, for a pseudarthrosis of the right humerus.

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The surgery, carried out by a team made up of doctors Samuel Antuña, Ignacio Roger de Oña, Juan de Miguel, Aitor Ibarzabal and Andrea Garcia Villanueva, consisted of the removal of the previous plate and the placement of a new plate with the addition of an iliac crest bone graft with a corticoperiosteal free flap. The surgical procedure lasted for eight hours and was uneventful. Earlier, there were rumours that the Spanish rider would need another surgery, which would keep him from riding a bike in a competitive manner for another 6 months. The recovery time is still uncertain and so is the answer to the question if he will be able to start when the lights go out for the first race of the 2021 season.

One of the most unusual seasons in racing history, Suzuki’s Joan Mir was crowned as the champion for the 2020 season. The young rider made the most out of an unpredictable calendar where legends like Valentino Rossi missed a couple races due to COVID, while his fellow rider Maverick Vinales struggled to find a likeable bike setup. Marc Marquez’s brother Alex tried his best to fill in the void left by Marquez senior by taking the only podium for Honda this season.

In 2021, the shuffling of cards has meant that Cal Crutchlow will no longer be a part of the grid as he has taken up the role of an official tester with Yamaha Racing. On the other hand, Andrea Dovizioso has left Ducati and will probably spend the year watching Undaunted, while Valentino Rossi will be seen wearing Petronas SRT colours with Franco Morbidelli as his team mate.

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AlphaVector to Retail KTM Cycles in India; Prices Start at INR 30,000 Fri, 04 Dec 2020 08:45:38 +0000 Apart from motorcycling, cycling is also growing manifolds in our country. Set out on a Sunday morning and you would find umpteen cyclists pedalling on open roads. Be it passionate cyclists or fitness freaks, cycling has emerged as one of the hottest trends, if we talk about modern-day lifestyle. The growing trend of cycling in India is attracting a lot of international players. KTM too, has stepped foot in Indian cycling scenario and has partnered with AlphaVector, an Indian consumer bicycle brand.

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AlphaVector has now become the exclusive distributor of KTM bicycles in the Indian market. The KTM cycles to be sold by AlphaVector in India will be priced between ₹30,000 and ₹10 lakh.

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The KTM range of cycles includes Mountain Bikes (MTB), All Terrain Bikes (ATB), Fat Tire Bikes (FTB), Hybrid Bikes (CITY) and more. The KTM range of cycles features an ultra-light frame with telescopic forks and disc brake at the front. Bicycle range also uses Shimano gear and derailleur. The premium segment will expand AlphaVector’s portfolio beyond the recently launched e-bicycle (Meraki) and existing mountain, all-terrain, hybrid, fat-tire bikes in the mass-premium segment.

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Mr. Sachin Chopra, Co-Founder & CEO, AlphaVector India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Cycling in India has seen a paradigm shift and is evolving at a tremendous pace. The premium segment is witnessing traction with people adopting cycling as a lifestyle especially in the metro cities. We are excited to bring KTM bicycles to India to cater to this growing demand and not just deliver unmatched quality and performance but also an exceptional buying and ownership experience.”

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“The association of AlphaVector and KTM makes for a powerful combination of two pathbreaking brands that will collectively cater to both the leisure bicycle market and the performance bicycle market. Bringing the best of design, ergonomics and innovation, we are certain this association will further the already accelerated adoption of cycling in India.”, added Ajit Gandhi, Senior Vice President, Bicycle Division

“For 56 years, we bleed orange. KTM Bike Industries keep the highest standard of making bikes and never stop exploring. It’s our pleasure to partner with AlphaVector to introduce our prime bike to the Indian market.” -The Managing Director of KTM Bike Industries, Ms. Johanna Urkauf and Mr. Stefan Limbrunner.

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The KTM bicycle range is available at AlphaVector store, which is a unique omnichannel business model. It features a wide network of offline stores along with an online platform as well. Every online purchase is mapped to a dealer offline through AlphaVector’s 91CARES program. It ensures the customer a hassle-free assembly/service and a delightful riding experience during the lifetime of owning the bike.

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Honda Cars Available With Year-end Discounts of up to INR 2.5 Lakh Fri, 04 Dec 2020 08:15:55 +0000 Shortly after the festival discounts, manufacturers are now rolling out year-end discounts. These year-end discounts will not only assist the manufacturers to clear their stock but will also help them luring in more customers and thus, boosting up the sales. Honda Cars India has also rolled out year-end discounts on select models including the Jazz, fifth-gen City, Amaze Standard, Special Edition & Exclusive Edition, WR-V and the Civic. Discounts include cash discounts, exchange benefits and other special packages.

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The Honda year-end discounts and benefits are valid on purchases made between December 1 to December 31, 2020.

Mr. Gaku Nakanishi, President & CEO, Honda Cars India and Mr. Rajesh Goel, Sr. Vice President & Director, Marketing & Sales, Honda Cars India Ltd  The New Jazz launch

Honda Jazz

Honda recently updated its popular hatchback – Jazz and launched it at INR 7.49 Lakh. The Japanese carmaker has now announced discounts of up to INR 40,000 for the Jazz. This includes a cash bonus of up to Rs 25,000 and Rs 15,000 exchange bonus.

BS6 Honda Jazz profile

Honda Amaze

Honda Amaze is currently the best selling model from Honda. It has to compete with the likes of Maruti Dzire, Hyundai Xcent, Hyundai Aura and Tata Tigor in the segment. Honda is currently offering a cash discount of Rs 15,000, exchange bonus worth Rs 10,000 along with 5-year warranty for the regular Amaze. The special edition of Amaze however gets Rs 7,000 cash discount or Rs 15,000 exchange bonus only. Apart from that a corporate discount worth Rs 4,000 is also available with Amaze.

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Honda WR-V

Honda recently launched the facelifted version of WR-V as a part of the BS6 transition. The WR-V is being offered with total benefits of up to Rs 40,000 this month. This includes a cash discount of Rs 25,000 and an exchange bonus of Rs 15,000. The petrol version is powered by a 1.2-litre unit whereas the diesel version gets a 1.5-litre engine.

New Honnda WR V grey

Honda City 5th-gen

The fifth-generation Honda City is offered with an exchange bonus of Rs 30,000 upon exchanging for an old car. The all-new City currently retails between Rs 10.89 lakh and Rs 14.64 lakh, ex-showroom (Delhi).

2020 Honda City Side Profile

Honda Civic

Being the most expensive car in its lineup, the Civic is being offered with benefits of up to Rs 2.5 lakh this month. The diesel model of the Civic attracts the highest cash discount of up to Rs 2.5 lakh. While the petrol-powered model is offered with cash discounts of up to Rs 1 lakh. Additionally, the company is offering a loyalty bonus of Rs 6,000 and an exchange bonus of Rs 10,000.

Honda Civic

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Scrambler Based on the Honda CB350 in the Works? Fri, 04 Dec 2020 06:29:48 +0000 Honda is getting serious about the business. After challenging Roya Enfield’s supremacy, it actually came up with the H’ness CB350. While we were expecting the Rebel 300 to make its way here, we got a completely new motorcycle in the form of CB350. It did manage to ruffle some feathers as it made Royal Enfield rethink about its launch strategy for the Meteor 350 and ultimately, RE had to delay the launch a little. And now, if rumours are to be believed, Honda is currently working on spawning a Scrambler, taking the CB350 as a base.

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Japanese Magazine Young Machine has reported that Honda might bring in CB350 Scrambler sometime next year. The good folks at Young Machine also went ahead and made a render based on the rumour.

Honda CB350 Scrambler


If it does turn into a reality, Honda will clearly have a winner at their hands because if we take a look at the developing countries, there aren’t too many entry-level Scramblers available at the moment. This might take some time though as the standard variant of the CB350 that we have here, still hasn’t made its way to Japan. Honda is probably going to launch the standard CB350 in its home country first and then roll out different avatars based on the same platform. Honda has a potent engine in their portfolio. The CB350 is powered by a 348cc air-cooled single that churns out 21bhp and 30Nm. The long-stroke engine features a balancer to keep vibrations in check. Its 5-speed gearbox is assisted by a slipper clutch and the motor rests in a split half-duplex frame that is suspended by a chunky telescopic fork and twin shocks. It tips the scale at 181 kg.

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Talking about the render, even the idea alone looks promising. The render features upswept exhaust in typical Scrambler style while a chunky engine bash plate is also seen. Other changes include reworked fenders, headlight protector grille and fork gaiters.

Honda H’ness Cb350

We do wish for one thing though and that is more suspension travel as compared to the standard CB350. The knobbies accompanied with longer suspension travel should make the rumours CB350 Scrambler a hoot to ride off the road! Also, to induce more excitement in your curious heads, Honda might even come up with a café racer based on the same platform!

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Made-in-India Renault Kwid Scored Two Star in GNCAP Crash Test For South African Cars Fri, 04 Dec 2020 05:21:03 +0000 Renault Kwid is one of the most popular hatchbacks on sale in our country currently. It is quite in demand internationally as well and to cater to the demand, Renault also exports the Kwid from India. The made-in-India Renault Kwid which is being sold in the South African market was recently crash-tested by Global NCAP under the #SaferCarsForAfrica campaign and the car managed to score two stars out of five. That is definitely an improvement because it scored zero stars back in 2016 and one star with standard airbag and seatbelt pre-tensioner sometime later.

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In other related news, the Brazil manufactured Kwid was tested by Latin NCAP and it achieved three stars. The main reason behind this higher rating was structural improvement.

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The Kwid offered adequate protection to the driver’s head and good protection to the passenger’s head. It offered good neck protection for both occupants. Driver’s chest showed weak protection and passenger’s chest showed adequate protection. Driver knees showed marginal protection, while passenger knees showed adequate and marginal protection. Child occupant protection was also noted as poor. The head of the child hit against the interior of the car. GNCAP also noted the lack of seat belts for all five seats as well as the absence of ISOFIX anchorages.

Crash Test Renault Kwid results

With the tests conducted at 64 kmph, the CRS was installed with the adult seatbelt rearward-facing offering limited protection. While Global NCAP noted the improvement from last time, it also said that the crash test results demonstrated by the car were unsatisfactory.


Renault has ensured to keep the Kwid range fresh and contemporary with several enhancements made at regular intervals to cater to the evolving needs of customers. With the arrival of the RXL 1.0L variant in both MT and AMT versions, Renault made the Kwid range even more accessible and attractive for the customers.

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Kwid also comes with several segment-first features like the 20.32 cm Touchscreen MediaNAV Evolution, LED digital instrument cluster, a floor console-mounted AMT dial, one-touch lane change indicator, speed-dependent volume control and a boot capacity of 279 litres. As part of its low cost of ownership promise, Renault offers optional extended warranty up to 5 years & 100,000 Km from the date of vehicle delivery. There are other service offerings like Renault Easy care, the prepaid maintenance program which offers assured cost savings.


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2021 Nissan Kicks Teased Ahead of Its US Launch Fri, 04 Dec 2020 04:02:19 +0000 If a car manufacturer goes through a rough phase, a sure-shot way to get back on track is to develop an SUV for the masses. SUVs are all the rage nowadays and have certainly outshone all the sedans and hatchbacks of the world. Nissan’s India operations were looking a little misty when the manufacturer decided to introduce the Magnite. And now, Nissan is gearing up to launch the 2021 Kicks in the United States. Nissan Kicks was first introduced in the US back in 2018.

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Nissan has already rolled out the updated model of the Kicks SUV in select few markets like Thailand and Japan.

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The teaser image released by Nissan USA’s Twitter handle reveals the same updated model which currently exists in Thailand and Japan. Special attention has been paid to its design where the front end is highlighted by a larger V-Motion front grille with sleeker headlight units. While this does give the Kicks a more prominent face, the remaining tweaks in terms of styling are subtle. If Nissan launches the same Thailand-spec model in the US, we can expect to see a larger infotainment screen as well. The new product for the US market will be officially showcased on December 8 and it is only then that the full list of changes and updates will be confirmed.

2021 Nissan Kicks teased

Nissan Magnite

Nissan, like every other manufacturer, has been utilizing SUVs as its main arrow to shoot for higher sales. It recently launched the Magnite in India. The Magnite’s introductory prices start at INR 4.99 Lakh and the top-spec variant goes up to INR 9.38 Lakh (all prices are ex-showroom, Delhi). There’s a little catch here though and a very important one at that, these are introductory prices which are valid till December 31 and after this date, the starting price will be revised to ₹5.54 lakh (ex-showroom).

All new Nissan Magnite

Beneath the hood will be a 1.0 litre naturally aspirated petrol engine and a 1.0-litre turbo petrol mill. The naturally aspirated petrol engine is borrowed from the Renault Kwid and Triber, which delivers 72bhp of max power and comes paired with either a manual or AMT gearbox. The other option is an all-new 3-cylinder HRA0 1.0-liter Turbo engine, which is the first of its kind in the country and is available with Manual 5 speed and X-TRONIC CVT gearbox. Nissan claims that the HRA0 1.0-liter Turbo engine adopts “mirror bore cylinder coating” technology from world-class sports cars such as the Nissan GT-R, which reduces resistance inside the engine, thus delivering smooth acceleration and efficient use of fuel. The turbocharged engine is expected to produce 100bhp of power and 150Nm of peak torque.

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2021 MG Hector Facelift Spied Again With Subtle Changes Fri, 04 Dec 2020 02:58:54 +0000 MG Hector was first launched in India back in 2019 and if we look at its sales performance, its run has been pretty successful in our country. MG Motors India recorded the highest ever monthly sales in November 2020 and the Hector had a major role to play in it. The Hector has managed to establish MG Motor’s name in India and has been churning out good sales number for the company. Its facelifted model has now been spied testing again and is expected to roll out sometime in 2021.

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Given the fact that it arrived here only last year and its design is still quite fresh, the facelift won’t come with a drastic overhaul.

MG Hector facelift spied again (2)

Image credits: Barodian Boy Jatin on YouTube

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Coming to the changes now, the test mule appears to be heavily camouflaged, hiding away all the necessary details. But keen-eyed fellows might be able to spot a new grille with a matte black kind of finish formed up by squarish elements. The current-gen Hector utilizes a honeycomb design. The rest of the front-end looks similar to the current Hector. The side profile reveals that the facelifted Hector might run on 18-inch wheels which nicely fill out the wheel arches. The alloy wheel design appears to be new too and justifies its SUV looks. The rear end of the test mule is completely camouflaged and thus there are no changes that can be made out just yet.

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Although there are no pictures available of the interiors, we can expect MG to retain the same layout and features. However, the company might use new materials for the upholstery and possibly on the dashboard. The outgoing model comes with a 10.4-inch touchscreen unit with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and i-Smart connectivity features, a panoramic sunroof, a smart swipe boot opening function and much more.

MG Hector facelift spied again

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Being just a minor facelift, we expect the powertrain to remain same as well. The outgoing model is powered by the same Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre diesel and in-house developed 1.5-litre mild-hybrid petrol unit. Both the engines are mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard along with the dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT) as optional on the petrol model. The diesel mill generates output figures of 170 PS of power and 350 Nm of torque. The petrol unit belts out 143 PS of power and 250 Nm of torque. The 1.5-litre petrol unit can also be coupled with a 48V mild-hybrid system mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox.

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Hero Trademarks ‘XTEC’ Name; Younger Cousin of the Xpulse 200 in the Works? Thu, 03 Dec 2020 12:27:07 +0000 Entry-level ADV is a booming segment in developing countries like India. Motorcyclists are getting more and more inclined towards the adventurous side of motorcycles and entry-level ADVs serve as the perfect tool to start exploring the unknown. When we talk about the segment starters in India, the ‘OG’ has to be the Hero Impulse. It might not have been that successful in India but it garnered a cult status when Hero pulled the plug on it. The demand for Impulse’s successor was so high that the homegrown bikemaker had to cater to it and gave us the Xpulse 200.

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And now, winds are blowing and carrying a rumour with it that the company is working on a younger cousin of the Xpulse 200 as Hero MotoCorp has filed for a trademark named ‘XTEC’.

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The Xpulse 200 brings a lot on the table for the money it asks for, the reason why it is enjoying such huge popularity. Hero has also rolled out a rally kit for the Xpulse 200 to increase its off-road credentials. And if Hero MotoCorp is actually thinking of launching another ADV which will under the Xpulse 200, it could turn out to be a riot, riding on the Xpulse’s success.

Hero Xpulse 200 BS6 Review

Hero already has a potent mill in the form of the 163cc single-cylinder engine of the company’s popular Xtreme 160R. It is an air-cooled unit with 2 valves and a SOHC setup. It has been calibrated to pump out 15 bhp of maximum power at 8500 rpm and 14 Nm of peak torque at 6500 rpm. Hero might play around with the engine and the gearing to make it suit the characteristics of an ADV.

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The Xpulse 200 has a very capable setup. The stock Xpulse 200 features 190mm suspension travel up front and 170mm suspension travel at the rear. Not only this, but Hero is also offering Bluetooth connectivity with the Xpulse 200. If Hero offers us the same setup albeit with a slightly less powerful motor, it could appeal to a different set of riders. However, there is no official word regarding what the Hero XTEC might turn out to be. The Xpulse 200 already enjoys a huge popularity and some people think that it’s slightly underpowered so it would be interesting to see how Hero positions the rumoured entry-level ADV.

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Renault India To Offer Concessional GST Rate Of 18% Plus Special Discounts To Differently-Abled Buyers Thu, 03 Dec 2020 10:27:31 +0000 In line with a directive from the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, Renault India has announced that it will be offering a concessional GST rate of 18% to the specially-abled and differently-abled members of society. Renault will further enhance the benefits by offering additional special segment discounts through all its dealer network in the country. This initiative has been announced by Renault India to honour the resilience and positive attitude of the specially-abled members of society in challenging the adversities and turning them into opportunities.

Under the scheme, all the Renault India dealerships will offer concessional GST rate and internal corporate discounts to specially-abled customers. The customers will be offered the waiver and additional discounts upon the successful processing of the necessary documentation. While the corporate discounts will be offered on all models, the GST waiver will be offered to the specially-abled customers on all sub 4-meter petrol vehicles, with an engine capacity of less than 1200cc.

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Customers will be eligible to a maximum discount on the Renault DUSTER, which is an amount of Rs. 30,000/- and on Renault KWID and Renault TRIBER a cash discount of Rs. 9000/-. There will be other attractive consumer schemes of the month that might be clubbed with the waiver. Going forward, Renault India’s next launch will be the Kiger, a comapct SUV based on the recently launched Nissan Magnite.

Speaking about the initiative, Sudhir Malhotra, Head – Sales & Network, Renault India, said, “The specially-abled members of our society are important contributors and also valued customers for the fortitude that they exhibit in their daily lives. We at Renault India have taken the onus of commemorating their attitude and positivity, by offering them our products with the GST waiver as well as additional special segment discounts, in order to make our cars even more accessible. The Government of India has taken the responsibility of bettering the lives of the specially- abled in India and Renault India shares the same passion of helping transform their lives through this initiative.”

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