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Double Down on Reliability: Toyota's HiAce vs. RegiusAce

As the economy improves in many African countries, more people and goods are moving about, whether to school, university, work, or shopping. Those people and goods aren’t going to get here and there without capable and reliable transportation, but fewer than ten percent of the population have the means to purchase and maintain a private automobile.

Indeed, with a continental population of over one billion people and just 65 million private automobiles, Africa is the perfect place to establish far-reaching public transportation systems. Aside from South Africa, however, public transportation systems, such as rail and municipal bus lines, do not exist. Even in places with rail and bus lines, these just aren’t extensive enough to meet the needs of the hundreds of millions in need of transportation. What a perfect explanation for the boom in private transportation collectives, many of which employ passenger and commuter vans in the Toyota HiAce series.

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Own a Piece of History – Tips for Buying Classic Cars

Automobile style and technology is constantly evolving. Since the invention of the automobile, practically everything has changed, and the only thing that has remained the same is the driver. Many people have come to appreciate the historical significance of automobiles that have long since been retired.

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For example, there will probably never be another vehicle shaped quite like a 1957 Chevy Bel Air or 1967 Toyota 200GT, which increases the joy of owning and driving one, because you are practically guaranteed to be driving the only one in your area. Classic cars are something of a moving work of art. They’re meant to be driven and admired and typically increase in value every year that passes, another reason why some people spend their time and money on classic cars. Continue reading “Own a Piece of History – Tips for Buying Classic Cars” »

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Buying Your First Car – “Happiness” Tips From BeForward

Here at BeForward, we don’t just sell Japanese used cars. Of course, that is our main line of work, but our relationship with our buyers goes a little bit deeper than that. In the end, we really sell happiness, in spite of the saying affirming that “money can’t buy happiness.” From the moment you start looking at used cars on our stock list, we are hoping that you will find one that meets your needs and will make you happy.

It doesn’t really matter if you are looking for a family car, commuter car, work truck, or work van, because we have all of these specially designed to meet your needs at a price you can manage. The only thing is, we can’t help you if you don’t make the first steps. So how do you go about buying a car, especially if you’re a first time buyer?

 

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Japanese Automaker Names, Pronunciation, and Meanings

Today, as one of the premier used Japanese automobile exporters in the country, we thought it would be interesting to talk about Japanese automakers themselves. For example, have you ever wondered how the Japanese say what we know as “Mazda,” or what “Nissan” actually means? Here’s a little Japanese lesson then, centered on popular Japanese automakers.

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To start with, realize that the Japanese alphabet, including Kana, Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji characters, do not convert easily to the modern Latin Alphabet, “a, b, c, d, etc.” Certain vowel sounds are similar when converted to Latin, and their pronunciation is, more or less, as follows: A as in “father,” E as in “every,” I as in “macaroni,” O as in “only,” and U as in “should.” Another way to think about it is this mnemonic “Ah, we should get old,” which orders the vowels A, I, U, E, O. Ok, let’s get started! Continue reading “Japanese Automaker Names, Pronunciation, and Meanings” »

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Choosing Between All-Wheel Drive and Two-Wheel Drive

Way back in the archives of automotive history, there was a simple vehicle consisting of three wheels, two of which were driven by a single-speed transmission and an internal combustion engine. The Mercedes-Benz Patent Motorwagen powertrain was so simple, in fact, that it didn’t even need a clutch. Of course, fast-forward to the modern automobile, and it’s nearly the difference between a paper airplane and the Space Shuttle.

Over the last 120 years, major advances have been made in power, speed, and efficiency, most of which goes unnoticed by us, but there are still choices to be made. The modern automobile, in its many variations, comes with an engine, transmission, four wheels, power brakes and steering, and a myriad other comfort, convenience, and safety options. One option on many vehicles today is all-wheel drive. What is it, and what isn’t it? Finally, do you need it?

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A Need for Speed -- A Look at some of the Fastest Cars on the Market​

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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Automatic or Manual Transmission – How to Choose?

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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BE FORWARD Answers Your Car Questions

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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History of Toyota Camry

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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Ten Features To Know Before Buying Your Mini-Van

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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