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Are Convertible Cars "Cool Enough" for the 21st Century?

If you think back to the heyday of convertible cars, they were the boyhood dream of practically every young man and woman with a thirst for the wind in one’s hair. Indeed, no other vehicle offers quite the same kind of driving experience as a convertible, and you can enjoy an open-air country road trip as well as you can enjoy a starlit night with a special someone in a drop-top.

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What's Going on in the Japanese Custom Car Scene

Including feet and horses, practically every form of transportation has its mild version, that is, the car that was designed to appeal to the most people. That being said, stock vehicles aim to be as non-descript as possible, not overly flashy, loud, powerful, or special. After all, if an automaker wants to make a car that will sell to the majority of people, it can’t really afford to go too crazy. True, there are some “special” cars out there, such as the Lexus LFA, which specializes in being powerful and twitchy, but it also sold for $375,000, only 500 were ever produced. The run-of-the-mill made-to-offend-no-one Toyota Corolla, however, sold more than 1,100,000 units last year alone!

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Used Crossover SUV Comparison – Honda CR-V vs Subaru Forester

As today’s families become more mobile, that is, they need to get around to destinations beyond work or school, finding suitable and adaptable transportation becomes more important. Once you realize you can’t fit Mom, Dad, two kids, the family dog, and all their stuff in a Honda Civic for a weekend trip to the mountains, the beach, or Grandma’s, what other options are there? Don’t get us wrong, the Honda Civic is a great little car, as efficient and reliable as they come, but space is a premium in such a small vehicle. On the other hand, just because you have occasional trip out of town, this doesn’t mean that you have to buy a second vehicle.

Perhaps something in between would be more suitable? Enter the compact sports utility vehicle (SUV), also known as crossover SUV, which offers more space and capability without sacrificing fuel economy and daily reliability. Many crossovers come with four-wheel drive (4WD) or all-wheel drive (AWD) and small efficient four-cylinder engines, but are still easy enough to get around town. A used crossover SUV could be the perfect replacement for the compact sedan that you’re driving right now.

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Ugandan Ambassador Visit to BE FORWARD Office in Tokyo

The BE FORWARD office in Tokyo welcomed Ugandan Ambassador Betty Grace Akech Okullo and First Secretary Nasanairi Kamudoli on August 21st to discuss BE FORWARD business in Uganda.

BE FORWARD currently ships around 600 – 800 used cars monthly to Uganda and offers two local support centers in Kampala and Malaba. The Ambassador spoke with BE FORWARD President Hironori Yamakawa and the executive team about several concerns that she has, one being the amount of broken down cars that have been abandoned on the roads of Kampala.

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How to Import a Car from Japan to the Caribbean

The question of how to import a car from Japan to the Caribbean can be answered by the resources that we have on the Internet, giving more than ample information for people who would like to import cars from Japan or other countries too. We set out to find what and how much tax you would have to pay if you were to import a used car to let’s say, Trinidad & Tobago, the Bahamas, Barbuda and Antigua.

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Fuel Cell Technology vs. Hybrid Technology

Marked by concerns over pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and rising fuel costs, most governments have moved to regulate various industries that depend on fossil fuels. In the United States, for example, about a third of emissions is tied to power production, and another third to the transportation industry, including automobiles. Making engines smaller is one method to reduce fuel consumption, which also reduces emissions and pollution related to automobiles.

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Korean Used Car Comparison – Hyundai Sonata vs. Kia Optima

If you remember the “cheap” Kia Sephia or the failure-prone Hyundai Elantra, and these have put a bad taste in your mouth for Korean automakers, perhaps it’s time to whet your palate for the modern South Korean car. After all, South Korean automakers didn’t move from the eleventh in world automobile exports to fifth on good looks alone. Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation now stand as the first- and second-biggest, respectively, South Korean automakers by volume.

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​Road Trip Checklist - 10 Checks To Make Before You Hit the Road

Road trips are a fun getaway even when you just need to escape the monotonous reality for a couple of hours. As there are no rules governing how long a road trip should be, it could be a couple of hours long or even a couple of days or weeks long, the choice is entirely up to you. Prior to a good road trip though, proper planning is required. The last thing you would want is to be stranded in the middle of an isolated highway with a broken down car and without any hope for road rescue. So what are some of the preparations you could make in advance to ensure you have a great trip?

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A Few Things To Know About Importing A Car From Japan to New Zealand

Looking for information on how to import a vehicle from Japan to New Zealand, or the larger Oceania, is very easy because there is already a strong market established between these two countries. Importing to New Zealand entails quite a procedure that begins with the Entry Certifier. You are advised to contact an entry certifier before you import your car so that you can have the car shipped where there is an entry certifier. Remember, the entry certification is the same for vehicles imported for resale as well as those imported for use by the owner.

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Choosing a Lane: Left-Hand vs. Right-Hand Driving

The majority of the world’s population drives on the right-hand side of the road and yet the first vehicles ever built where designed to be driven on the left-hand side of the road. So what factors caused this change in how we drive?

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