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Is this a manual transmission?
Typically the symptoms you are describing indicate a clutch that is slipping. When the clutch or pressure plate has a problem, then it's slipping. This cases the lack of pick up and the engine speed increasing. If you try starting out in second gear it may not slip as bad and give you more power at start off. I believe you will need to have the clutch and pressure plate changed to solve the problem.
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Great to hear you got it resolved!
Thanks for the follow up as well.