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CAR batteries are full of toxic chemicals and have to be dealt with especially when they die. The green thing to do is to squeeze as much life out of them as possible and decrease the overall amount of batteries that you are going to need in your lifetime. Here are some tips to make your battery last longer:

 Park in cool garage: A thoroughly insulated garage will keep your battery warm and stable.

 Keep your battery clean: Remove the clamps and clean away grease, dirt and oxidation, a filthy battery connection will weaken the charge.

 Insulate your car battery: if you don't have an insulated garage, you can always insulate the battery; it's a cheap way to protect the battery.

IN its determination at playing dominant role  in the SUV and One-ton truck market in Nigeria, CFAO CICA Nigeria Ltd,  foremost distributors of Great Wall range of vehicles has introduced the new HAVAL H5 SUV and the upgraded WINGLE PICK UP.
According to the Commercial Manager of the Company, Idris Siyaka, Haval 5 is a new developed city SUV based on the mature HAVAL SUV platform, he said the vehicle adopts a design of streamline & muscular appearance with exquisite beauty of curves.


The vehicle is equipped with a Mitsubishi sourced 2.4-litre petrol engine which develops 200/2500-3000 Nm/rpm of torque;internationally the SUV is available with a five speed manual transmission. There is also a low range gearbox which proves useful for off road use.
Mr. Idris Siyaka, described the HAVAL H5 as Great Wall's “icing on the cake.” It is trendy and would definitely change people's perception of SUV's in Nigeria,” he said.

KIA has always been known for its attractive styling design and aesthetics balance that is based on latest technology, the new Kia Sportage did not disappoint. Though not as spacious as other SUVs in the class, but it stands out with a great handling, safety features and a long list of standard features.
First impressions count for a lot, and the 2013 Kia Sportage makes one that lasts. The Sportage is a compact crossover that is all about visual impact. From its crisp, angular lines and taut proportions to its available 18-inch wheels, standard sun-visor extenders and standard LED headlamps accents for LX and EX models it feels intimate and sporty from behind the wheel.
The base 2013 Kia Sportage comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 176 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive come standard, while a six-speed automatic and all-wheel drive are optional. Sportage SX models add the automatic to the list of standard features, as well as a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 260 horsepower.
As expected, the base Sportage comes with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, two must-haves in the digital age. An added bonus is the availability of UVO, a nifty Microsoft-designed infotainment system that follows in the footsteps of Ford's Sync system, providing similar voice-recognition functionality for mp3 players, smartphones and so forth.
The Sportage offers standard stability control, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, six airbags (front, front side, full-length side curtain) and active front head restraints.

THE CR-V returns for the 2013 model year with relatively few changes, it received a re-engineered body structure with greater rigidity and strength, and the investment has paid off in appeal to safety-conscious families.
Cutting right to the chase, and to what families want and need, the 2013 CR-V has what many people would consider as the best rear seat-folding arrangement of any vehicle in the compact SUV segment. And that's combined with impressive back-seat comfort and good ride comfort in general
The 2013 Honda CR-V features a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 185 horsepower. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard, which is paired with front- or all-wheel drive. The EPA reports that the CR-V gets up to 23/31 mpg city/highway, which is good compared with most affordable compact SUVs.
The CR-V's standard features include a backup camera, which is rare for the class, as well as a USB port and Bluetooth phone and audio streaming. Optional features include a moonroof, navigation, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery and heated front seats.
All CR-V models include side-curtain airbags, front side airbags, and electronic stability, along with wide-angle side mirrors. A Multi-Angle Rearview Camera is available and offers three different views (wide, normal, and top) to help you see obstacles (or children).

THE redesigned 2013 Ford Escape impresses auto buffs with its engaging performance and overall refinement.  The difference between the all-new 2013 Ford Escape and the previous generation is pretty dramatic. Gone is the boxy Escape, and in its place is a curvy crossover that many say is a top choice in the class for being practical, high-tech and fun to drive.
This all-new third-generation Escape boasts significant powertrain and chassis upgrades. There is a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter 168-horsepower 4-cylinder engine listed as the base Escape engine and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with Centre-console shifters.
More interesting is the pair of EcoBoost 4-cylinder engines: the 1.6-liter 178-horsepower and 2.0-liter 240-horsepower powerplants. "EcoBoost" which is Ford's combination of variable-cam timing, direct fuel injection and turbocharging.
The AWD system is fully automatic, integrated into the stability control and transparent to the driver.  There is no low-range gearing; the system is designed for use on pavement in inclement weather.
Standard safety features include dual front, side, and curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control; and Ford's MyKey system, which lets drivers place limits on speed, volume, and other functions, for younger drivers. Standard curve control limits power to all four wheels to help the Escape stay on a safer path if the driver approaches a corner too quickly.

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