After the age of the American cowboy culture, the vacuum had to be filled with something else. The cowboy culture was defined by speed, aggression and ambition. It is thus little wonder that the first muscle cars were American, tuned V8 engines that could eat the miles fast. Are you surprised that a car’s output is measured in horsepower? A crude interpretation of how many horses could be needed to produce the kind of power in a given time… you know work done over time taken. Today, we have street legal production cars that can go faster than a jet when it is at full speed for takeoff.
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The history of car transmissions
Over one hundred years ago, when the internal combustion engine barely produced a single horsepower, a single-speed transmission and clutch was all that was necessary to get moving. With the introduction of the 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen, the first road trip traveled along at a blistering 16 km/h. Eventually, with the development of more powerful engines, multispeed transmissions were necessary to eliminate the jerky motion that would inevitably occur when slamming into gear to get moving. Multispeed transmissions also enabled cars to go ever faster, such as the 1908 Ford Model T, equipped with a 15 kW engine and two-speed transmission, which had a top speed of up to 72 km/h.
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If you drive cars, work on cars, like cars, or have any interest at all in cars, you probably wish you had a friend that knows all about cars. Sometimes we call them “motorheads,” “gearheads,” or “car geeks,” but it seems that they know the answer to every car question thrown at them. Here, at BE FORWARD where we specialize in exporting cars, we get questions all the time. “Do I have to use premium gas in my (insert car model here)?” “Is an automatic transmission ‘better’ than a manual transmission?” “What is the difference between power and torque?” Here are some questions that a lot of people ask, and we tried to figure out how could you explain it so that just about anybody can understand it?
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Toyota Motor Company, just like its lineup of reliable vehicles, has a long history, dating as far back as the early 1920s. Today, some model names are instantly recognizable, such as Corolla, the best-selling vehicle in the world since 1966, or Land Cruiser, synonymous with off-road capability and exceptional comfort. How can anyone forget the iconic Supra or the current best-selling workhorse, the HiLux? Indeed, Toyota’s lineup is full of outstanding vehicles, each one designed for its own niche. In combination with Toyota’s top-notch manufacturing processes, many of them have secured their places as “best” in sales, quality, value, or reliability, to name a few.
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The joy of owning a mini-van is that you can use it for business and on the weekend or when going for a vacation, it can carry the whole family and their luggage. However, even with many benefits, many people cannot shop for one confidently because they hardly know the main features that a mini-van must have.
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Looking around the roads, the hatchback is back and it looks as if it is here to stay. It is looking much better now, more polished and with sleeker lines. As compared to its older counterparts, this one gives more than enough value for its money. The sporty look of the hatchbacks makes it almost impossible to tell the hatchback from the SUV. However, as you will see in this post, there are many reasons why you may want to consider a hatchback instead of a sedan or an SUV.
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While there are number of online sources for information on importing a used vehicle from Japan to the D.R. Congo, what is often difficult to find are the rates that you should be prepared to pay during the import process. We compiled as much information that we could find to help you get a better picture of what you can expect.
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Nissan’s rich history, dating back just about a century, is matched only by its rich variety of vehicles. Today’s lineup ranges from the tiny Nissan March / Micra to the Nissan NV350 commercial van, and includes everything in between, such as the subject of today’s article comparing used Nissan compact cars, the Nissan Sunny and Nissan Tiida.
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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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Living at a time when a lot of emphasis has been put on conservation of the natural environment, even car manufacturers are beginning to lean more towards manufacturing eco-friendly vehicles. Suppose you would wish to contribute to the ‘wellness’ of the environment, what are some of the things you should look out for to ensure that you buy a car which is as eco-friendly as can be?
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