It might seem like something out of an episode of “The Jetsons,” where you simply step into your flying saucer in a briefcase and say, “Take me ‘Home,’ AVA.” (Of course, AVA stands for “Autonomous Vehicle Alpha,” but this doesn’t exist in “The Jetsons’” universe.) Still, the premise is that AVA would instantly calculate your voice command, along with your current GPS location, a recorded “Home” location, a route from Point A to Point B, as well as current weather and traffic conditions, and she would get you home without any further input.
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When a person buys a vehicle, they normally expect it to perform three main functions: start, go and stop. While the failure to start or go are fairly harmless - more or less, it is the failure to stop that is the horror of every driver. Can you imagine what would happen if one day you were unable to stop your car? Quite a scary thought crosses your mind, right? Knowing how the brakes work may not be all that important; but knowing how to care for them should be of importance to you.
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Importing a vehicle from Japan to Mozambique can be quite tricky for many, especially if you are not aware of the regulations and other legal hurdles that go along with this process. Nevertheless, it is not as hard as most people would like to make it out to be. One only needs to study the regulations about importing a vehicle from Japan to Mozambique and they will be good to go. The most important thing is to find out the basic requirements, such as age restrictions if any, importation costs, and so forth. So, to help you in your goal of importing the perfect Japanese used vehicle, we have compiled a list of basic information.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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