Ford Mustang…what a beautiful combination of names, a man and a powerful horse. This car that came into the market when engine power was not measured in CC but in horsepower, when horsepower was basically meant to portray the number of ponies (in this case wild mustangs) that would literally be used to power the car.
It is simply incredible that the Ford Motor Company has impressed fans of the Ford Mustang since 1964 to date. For more than 50 years, Ford Mustang has maintained its high image and has set the benchmark for coupes and muscle cars to some extent, even inspiring other car manufacturers. But what exactly is it about this car model that has made it become the only original pony car that has seen uninterrupted production for five decades straight?
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There are many reasons why you may choose to buy a used car instead of a new one. Used cars are almost always cheaper than their new counterparts; however, this does not mean that they are lower quality.
Another benefit is that unlike new cars, used cars do not depreciate as quickly. New cars lose as much as 20 percent of their value once driven off the dealership’s lot. This may very well be the most drastic drop in the value of any consumer product. As for used cars, they have already undergone this initial depreciation and so their prices are generally steady; making them a worthwhile investment in the long run.
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Every time you go out, whether to work, school, or play, you probably use some form of wheeled transportation on the road. Roads go everywhere you want to go, but aside from providing a relatively flat surface to ride on, they do little else. Here is where technology enters the picture. First let’s take the analogy of smartphones. Ten years ago a flip phone seemed like the greatest invention, but when compared with the mobile options today, it is easy to joke that flip phones are in fact “dumbphones.”
Likewise, a new technology is now being talked about that could revolutionize our roadways. Current materials used for constructing roads are not able take advantage of the sun’s gift of solar energy. But there is great potential for harnessing this energy source now that the technology is available. This technology for creating “smartroads” is called Solar Roadways and is an idea that is just now coming to fruition, having raised a startup fund of over $2 million USD through crowd funding. The idea is to replace current asphalt road coverings with energy-generating solar panels, but let’s first give a breakdown of what the Solar Roadway actually is.
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I certainly did watch when Jason Statham made the Audi famous in Transporter 3, and when Vin Diesel had everyone wanting a muscle car from the Fast and Furious series. And you can’t forget about Mr. Bean who made the Mini Cooper synonymous with… well, Mr. Bean of course.
Have you ever watched a movie and even days after it is over you could still remember a certain type of car used in the film? Or had that moment where you see a certain car model and it immediately reminds you of a certain film you watched. There are certain films that have starred cars that we can all remember. Here are some of the classic cars that have made their debut in film, creating a lasting memory. Can you remember any of these cars made famous in films?
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The world over, Japan is known for being one of the biggest exporter of second hand cars, but why is this so? You probably know how to import a car from Japan, but here are a couple of things you didn’t know.
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For the most part, we might see billboards as a visual nuisance, perhaps a necessary evil, and occasionally something useful, and they’ve been around for well over a century! Advertising professionals pay a lot of money to put their message, product, or service out in front of the thousands of people that pass by these billboards every day, but is that all they’re good for? Aside from advertising, or live billboards that might show current traffic alerts, can a billboard do something good for the community? Here are four billboards we found that actually give something back to the communities which they stand in.
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After World War I, BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke or, in English, Bavarian Motor Works) started as an automaker when it acquired Fahrzeugfabrik Eisenach (FE) and Dixi Automobil Werke (DAW). At the time, FE was building the Austin 7, which ended up being one of the most-popular cars of its day, and DAW was building the Dixi 3/15, both of which took on the BMW marque. BMW quickly started modifying and upgrading the Austin 7, and the first six-cylinder luxury car, the BMW 328, was born in 1936. Other cars followed, but after World War II, things got tough for the luxury car maker, which survived by building bicycles and pots and pans. By 1952, BMW started building again with the luxury BMW 501 sedan.
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Having fun on the road doesn’t have to come expensive. Of course, there are those supercars that can cost *gasp* over a million dollars, but we’re not going to mention those. After all, if you’re in the market for that, you probably got linked here by accident, anyway. On the other hand, if you’re like the rest of us, you’d like to know about used sport coupes that we can actually afford, such as these three beauties picked from our stock, the Mazda RX-8, Nissan Fairlady Z, and the Toyota Celica.
Everyone knows that all Mazda cars place a special emphasis on their fun-to-drive aspect. Even the mundane Mazda 626 was more sporting than a comparable Toyota Camry, for example. On the top of the Mazda fun-to-drive heap, however, has to be the Mazda RX-8, a long-running and sadly discontinued performance coupe that Mazda produced between 2004 and 2011. The visual appeal is all there, and the RX-8 is a great performer, the lightweight rotary engine properly placed for a 50/50 weight distribution. You’ll have to rev the Wankel Rotary Engine higher than any other car to generate power, but once the RX-8’s on a roll, it’s a joy to throw through corners and delivers an overall rewarding experience.
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Every year on SabaSaba Day, which means ‘7/7’ day, also the day of its celebration, the Board of External Trade holds the Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair.
The trade fair was organized to establish global business partnerships through exhibitions, enabling exporters and importers to effectively participate in the global market place.
This year Be Forward participated in the trade fair for the first time. We had two booths set up around the pavilion, those who visited our booths could learn more about our company and meet our Tanzania office team. We had lots of BE FORWARD goods like T-shirts, caps, and bags that people could go home with as well.
More than 7,000 people visited our booths during the exhibition. We were pleased to meet so many lovely people who came out and even had a surprise visit to our booth from several VIPs, such as the Tanzanian President Kikwete, Mrs. Jacqueline Mneney Maleko, director general of the Tanzania Trade Development Authority (TanTrade), and Prince and Princess Akishinonomiya of the royal family of Japan.
Just last year, BE FORWARD celebrated our one year anniversary of the Tanzania local office. We look forward to many more years in Tanzania and are happy to continue building a great relationship with Tanzanians.
Have a look at some of the excitement from SabaSaba!
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.
Building Your Dream Car
Let’s start big and imagine you wanted a 1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series II. Considering that the last time one went on the auction block, selling for $632,500, would you be willing to settle for a replica? Interestingly, the $60,000 price tag for a replica sounds awful tempting when faced with a $600,000+ auction price; and fortunately for the most of us who aren’t super wealthy, there are a couple of ways to go about owning one for even cheaper.
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