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THE new Range Rover doesn't stray too far visually from previous editions, but the changes underneath the skin have transformed the car into something more deserving of its prestigious reputation: the interior has grown to be absolutely gorgeous and the entire driving demeanor has been vastly improved compared to its predecessors.
Overhauled in 2010, the latest Range Rover has received some updates to its adjustable suspension and its off-road system. But the basics remain intact, starting with the V-8 powertrain. The Range Rover HSE gets its power from a 5.0-liter V-8 shared with Jaguar's lineup of cars. The engine produces 375 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque, channeled through a six-speed automatic and a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system. Supercharging the same engine drives power up to 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque, which Land Rover claims is good for 0-60 times of about 6.0 seconds--more than a second quicker than the normally aspirated version.
Range Rover has a high driving position and great outward visibility, and standard four-wheel drive, to go with the usual array of anti-lock brakes, stability control, and a full complement of airbags, including a driver knee airbag.
New features include a standard rearview camera; Bluetooth; tire-pressure monitors; and active headrests. Land Rover offers optional adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors and a "surround-view" camera system for even better protection from small and major accidents.

AT least at first look, the 2013 Crosstour teases a lot more utility and versatility than Accord Sedans. Even if you're not a convert to the Crosstour's pumped-up-hatch styling ethos, it offers some key elements of crossover appeal. One is that it rides a couple of inches higher than the Accord Sedan and is around four inches taller altogether
It offers a roomy cabin, with respectable head- and legroom in the front and rear seats. The seats themselves are comfortable and supportive, though some may find the lumbar support too aggressive.
The 2013 Honda Crosstour offers a choice of two engines. One is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 192 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. The other is a 3.5-liter V6 rated at 278 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic is standard on the four while a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters comes with the V6. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive available on the EX-L V6.
This year's Crosstour also features a number of improvements, including a more powerful V6 engine paired to a new six-speed automatic transmission, available keyless ignition/entry and newly available driver aids such as blind-spot display and lane-departure/forward collision warning. Additionally, front and rear end styling has been revised for a more rugged look.
Standard safety features for the Honda Crosstour include active front-seat head restraints, antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags and side curtain airbags. The EX-L models add forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring and lane-departure warning systems.

DANA Motors, in its bid at ensuring that the Kia brand enjoys lively prominence in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, unveiled the innovative all new Kia Cerato to motoring correspondents' penultimate Thursday.
The new Cerato features a sleeker profile with futuristic styling. It is longer, lower and wider than the current model and comes with an extended wheelbase. It features an all-new re-engineered body shell structure and boasts improved quality, upgraded equipment with a host of additional convenience and safety features.


According to the Chief Commercial officer, Sandeep Malhatra, the Cerato has a more spacious cabin with enhanced quality, improved refinement and an upgraded powertrain line-up that delivers class-leading fuel economy.
Also the Marketing Manager, Kayode Adejumo, said the Kia Cerato customers in Nigeria will  offered the popular 130 ps 1.6-litre Gamma engine. He added that some fantastic features such as projection-style headlamps, power windows, power steering, trip computer, external temperature display, dual airbags, a radio/CD player with 6 speakers, smart key with push start button, 16” alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, high level brake light, upgraded cloth upholstery plus front and rear parking sensors are all incorporated in the new Cerato.

He said every all-new Cerato model will feature a six-speed transmission as Kia continues to upgrade the specification of its products to meet or surpass customers' ever-rising expectations. Drivers are offered a choice of manual or multi-mode automatic gearboxes.

THE 2013 Nissan Altima sedan has been redesigned. It gains new styling, a new continuously variable transmission, and additional features. The most notable changes to the all-new 2013 Altima are found in the interior, though the continuously variable transmission (CVT) received an overhaul, and fuel economy estimates now beat many of its competitors.
The front end wears some of the angled, arrowed cues of other Nissans and Infinitis at the headlamps and taillights, while the side glass tapers gradually to a tasteful backstop. The fenders swell out in ways that recall Nissan's compact Juke crossover. The interior's a big contrast: it's conservatively drawn, with straight lines dividing off the center stack of controls from the driver and the passenger. There's also more space left
Altima's base engine is a 182-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder that's found in 2.5 models. The only other engine is a 270-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 that powers 3.5 models. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) that behaves much like an automatic is standard on all 2013 Altima sedans.
The new Altima has more safety gear than ever, starting with the requisite dual front, side, and curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control; and tire pressure monitors. Nissan uses those monitors cleverly for Easy Fill, a system that lets you put air into the tires until the horn sounds--your signal that the tire pressure's reached the recommended level, no gauge required.

THE Porsche Centre Lagos, one of the trading arms of Stallion Motors Nigeria ltd  for the Porsche brand of vehicle in Nigeria has declared bumper incentives for its customers who purchase the new Panamera Platinum Edition unveiled recently in Lagos.
The Brand Manager of the Centre, Michael Wagner disclosed this to some group of motoring Correspondents at the  unveiling of the car whose starting price  he put at N22.5m. He said the car offers exceptional value and luxury to those who understand taste and class.


According to him, prospective buyers who drive home any of the Panamera range will not only enjoy exceptional value and luxury but also a guarded tour to the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany with all expenses paid.
Also as part of the incentive, Mr. Wagner said the customers will be shown round Porsche Travel Club Black Forest Day and offered three nights' accommodation at Radisson Hotel, Stuttgart.

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