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HOW much do you value the engine in your car? The life of your engine depends in no small part on the quality of the oil you put in it-oil is its lifeblood. Car owners typically don't pay much attention to their oil, to many, oil is oil, right? But engine oil underwent something of a revolution in the 80's and 90's when hot hatches, 16-valve engines and turbos became popular. 

THE new ŠKODA Octavia has been awarded five stars for its high level of safety in the Euro NCAP crash tests. This top rating recognizes the new ŠKODA Octavia's excellent performance, which is divided into occupant protection for adults and children, pedestrian protection and supporting safety systems.

“For ŠKODA safety is one of the key priorities,” says Dr. Frank Welsch, ŠKODA Board Member for technical development. He continues, “That is also true for the new Octavia. Our goal is to make the journey as comfortable and safe as possible for both the driver and passengers. With numerous active assistance systems and a comprehensive package of passive safety features, this new model is the safest ever”. 

GONE are the days when aesthetics play no prominent role in the designing of a one ton-truck, the interior was devoid of most basic luxuries now considered as standard equipments. The most important factor then was the vehicle's towing capacity and capability, back in the early 80s, the one-ton truck is just a rectangular box on four wheels built strictly on a truck platform.

However, with the ever increasing appetite of humans for taste and comfort, the 1-ton truck has totally assumed a new platform-a car platform with SUV capability. Although, one or two brands still maintained the old truck platform because of its strength and durability but many prefer the car platform as it enhances maneuverability while the SUV engine ensures its capability.

A crossover utility vehicle (CUV) is a vehicle built on a car platform and combining, in highly variable degrees, features of a sport utility vehicle (SUV) with features from a passenger vehicle, especially those of a station wagon or hatchback.

The Crossover Utility Vehicle uses the unibody construction typical of a passenger vehicles, it combines SUV design features such as a tall interior, high H-point seating, high ground clearance, all-wheel drive capability and passenger's vehicle platform independent rear suspension with car like handling and fuel economy.

The segment are divided into Mini, Compact, Midsized and Full sized CUV's and also mid-sized sedan derived CUV”S

Examples of CUV vehicles are Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, Nissan Xtrail, Hyundai Tuscon, Kia Sportage, Toyota Venza, Honda crosstour


DANA Motors Limited, the sole distributors of KIA Motors in Nigeria, has launched the all-new flagship sedan - KIA Quoris - in a glittering ceremony held at the grand ball room, Oriental Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

In his welcome address, Alex Chung, the President, Middle East & Africa, Kia Motors Corporation disclosed that over the years KIA has established itself as a leading automotive brand globally and also in Nigeria, with innovative designs and performance-oriented vehicles that meet the needs and lifestyle of our esteemed customers.

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