Take a look around, and you'll probably see a lot of Toyota vehicles on the road. This really should be no surprise, since Toyota makes some of the most-reliable vehicles. This means they stay on the road longer. Not everyone likes buying a new car every three years, or making expensive repairs every few months. In New Zealand, Toyota, including the Lexus luxury line, has been the best-selling brand for 26 years running. For 2013, Toyota / Lexus captured 21.4% of sales, just under the combined sales of Ford and Holden.
In fact, three of the top six best-selling cars in New Zealand are Toyotas, including the Toyota Corolla, in its sixth year at number one, the Toyota HiLux, now 32 years as the best-selling commercial vehicle, and the Toyota RAV4, in sixth place. Ford Ranger came in third, but just barely, Suzuki Swift came in fourth, and Holden Commodore came in fifth in total vehicle sales for New Zealand in 2013.
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Growth in the infrastructure, in the road networks in Africa means a larger market for cars. Could this be why most of the foreign donor aid received from is directed to developing the infrastructure? Africa needs many cars, trucks, vans and buses to keep mobile. Transport, as we know, is the life and blood of the economies of the world.
The twilight years of the 20th century saw the economy of Africa grow enormously. Today, there are more resources in the continent and with the era of the dictators coming to a close end; she is investing her time in the exploitation of the resources. Recent discoveries of billions of barrels of oil in Northern Kenya, Uganda and elsewhere attest to this. However, even with all reasons for Africa to smile, she isn’t out of the woods yet, but she will be, eventually.
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Used vans are big in the passenger transport business in Africa. Only a small portion of the 1 billion plus people in the continent own private cars. The rest depend on the public transport system to travel from one point to another, mostly for work. Although much of the transport system is underdeveloped, people still have to move.
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Gottlieb Daimler had the foresight to build the first truck in 1896 to meet the growing needs of commerce in Germany. It wasn't until the Galion Allsteel Body Company modified a Model T in 1913 that the pickup truck as we know it today began to evolve. In the early years, a pickup body had to be special ordered, so they were only used for work purposes, but by the 1990's 85 percent of the most popular trucks were being sold for personal use, never seeing a work site. The 2015 best trucks are more apt to have all of the creature comforts associated with a passenger vehicle than they are to carry a heavy payload on a daily basis. Despite the comforts offered, the most popular trucks still offer the towing and cargo capacity needed to tackle any job. Let's have a look at 2015's best trucks.
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While consumer 3D printing is a recent innovation, the idea goes back at least thirty years; and it’s quite possible that their introduction into mainstream society will revolutionize a variety of fields, including the automotive industry.
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There may be a ton of things that Africa is known for; but one of the best kept secrets has got to be the African motorcar rallies. Thanks to the rugged terrains on most African roads; especially those located off the beaten path, these stand at being among the most challenging rallies all over the world.
Depending on where you live in the world, seasonal changes throughout the years can range from mild to wild. In the Northern Hemisphere, temperatures can range as low as -20 °F (-29 °C), in the winter, to as high as 100 °F (38 °C), in the summer, in the same region! North American Vermont is said to have two seasons, mud and snow, thanks to copious amounts of precipitation and heavy forest cover. On the other hand, Kenya, like most African countries, essentially has only two seasons, dry and wet.
No matter what season, however, each presents special challenges for driver and vehicle, alike. Different seasons can tax your engine, electrical system, tires, brakes, and driver, not to mention paint and glass, in different ways. Here are some tips to prepare your vehicle for whatever conditions you may face, no matter what season.
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Have you ever looked at the description for a vehicle in a commercial, classified ad, or the sales brochure, and asked yourself, “What are all the abbreviations, initialisms, and acronyms?” Every automaker uses automotive-speak and, like all abbreviations, it makes it easier to describe things in shorter terms. For example, isn't it easier to say “ABS” in conversation than “Anti-Lock Braking System?” In an automobile, to save space on the dashboard, an “ABS” light may illuminate to let you know the system is activating or is malfunctioning. “ABS” is much quicker to recognize than, and takes up much less space than, the entire “Anti-Lock Braking System” spelled out on the dashboard. Here are a few common automotive-related abbreviations, initialisms, and acronyms and what they mean.
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If you ask a casual observer at a car show what they are looking for it is one of two things. The first is an outstanding example of an original vehicle. The other is the most eye catching car modifications. While an all original vehicle is often a thing of beauty and restorers work very hard to keep their cars in shape, modified cars take a great deal more imagination and originality to attract attention, frequently testing an owner's artistic and engineering mettle in order to garner ''Best in Show'' honors. Often, modifieds are the cars that capture an observers imagination, making them wonder ''how did they go from concept to reality?'' Other car modifications make you wonder why in all that is holy would someone do that to a car? Let's have a look at some of the best and craziest car modifications, funny cars, and souped up cars around.
The Best Avenger
The comic books have been drawing attention for decades. Currently, the world is enthralled by the Avenger movie series. When any bit of folk fare begins to take such a larger-than-life hold on the world's imagination, there is going to be a car geek out there who will modify their ride to match the mania. German graffiti artist Rene Turrek decided to create a work of folk art on the body of a Lamborghini Gallardo. Not satisfied to simply paint the Lambo in an Avenger's theme. Turrrek decided to trick observers with thermochromatic pigments. At first glance, you see a ho-hum shade of purple that looks a bit out of place on any Lambo, but douse it in cold water and a great portrait of Captain America appears out of thin air. Other than the paint, there are no other car modifications to mention, but who really needs to soup up a Lamborghini Gallardo? Continue reading “Best Car Mods of 2015” »
South African road trips can introduce the most experienced traveler to outstanding wonders and new adventures at any moment. There are plenty of reliable roads and destinations can include anything from a sandy beach with clear blue seas to snow capped mountains that offer rugged climbing for the more adventurous, with plenty of bush and history in between. With that in mind, here is a look at several South African road trips that offer a single day, a weekend, or a entire holiday full of fun. Perhaps you will discover the African scenic drive that you will want to add to your itinerary.
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