Automobiles, including everything from scooters to earth movers, and economy cars to luxury vehicles, are becoming more widespread in Africa. Those who maintain and repair them have more work on their hands than ever, and with the proper tools and supplies, automobile dealers and independent repair shops can keep these vehicles running for years to come. Of course, what good are spare parts and shop supplies if a shop owner doesn't know where to get them?
Perhaps the best place to find out will be at this year's 17th Edition – Auto Expo Africa 2014, at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC), in Nairobi, Kenya. From April 27-29, 2014, companies from twenty-five countries will converge in East Africa to participate in what is expected to be the biggest, and most-successful, Auto Expo Africa since its inception in 1998.
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What makes a car “the best” in any one category? You can quantify practically everything about a car so it can be compared to another, such as fuel economy, engine power, acceleration time, or towing capacity. Other automotive aspects might be somewhat harder to quantify, such as how comfortable the seats are, how easy the controls are for the navigation system, or how good the audio system sounds.
One fairly quantifiable aspect of automobiles is how reliable they are. Rather than counting on anecdotal evidence, often colored by our own experiences, the number of repairs or breakdowns can be considered statistically. You've probably heard, and I know I've said to an untold number of friends, “If you're in the market for a car, buy Toyota or Honda,” and with good reason. Of course, I’m partial to Toyota and Honda, so I might say that anyway, but the numbers are with me!
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By now, most of the world is very well aware of the hybrid electric vehicle (HEV), but it all started with the Toyota Prius, which was released in 1996. At the same time, Honda released the hybrid Honda Insight, which never really had that much appeal. On the other hand, the Toyota Prius is the world's most popular HEV, selling upwards of five million units. Still, the question comes up, "What is hybrid electric vehicle?"
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Africa is a wonderful continent, although labeled as the ‘Dark Continent’ many years ago. Today, it is the most sought after market by carmakers and established Japanese brands like Toyota have worked hard at not falling from the top. We can see that African roads are owned by not only Toyota, but also many other Japanese autos.
Vast as it is, did you know that you can fit the US, China, India, all of Europe into Africa and still have some room left? Yes, that is right! With the economy fueled by the availability of minerals and other resources, here, we shall not look at who is driving what, but at how many cars are driven where
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When it comes to choosing a vehicle, there is seemingly no end to choice, and these choices range from basic to well-equipped, including everything in between. Another factor governing the choices available is the design that goes into each one. For example, how useful is the vehicle if it is not designed well? The Toyota Raum is a very useful vehicle, thanks to its award-winning design. In 2003, the Toyota Raum won the Japan Good Design Award, emphasizing the Raum's ease-of-use for extended families.
First, the Toyota Raum is a small multi-purpose vehicle (MPV), whose interior space and utility can almost be described as an illusion. From the outside, one might expect the Raum to be cramped when you find it was designed for up five passengers. The key is in the design, which lives up to its name. In German, Raum means “space, room, or area,” which is entirely fitting. When Toyota designers came together to work on Toyota Raum's features, they used the keywords “An-Raku-Tan,” which calls together the ideas of affordability, safety, ease-of-use, and simplicity. In a family MPV, isn't that all we really want?
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Everywhere you look, people and goods have got to get from place to place, sometimes at the same time. If you only need to move goods, a standard pickup or cargo truck might do the job. On the other hand, if you need to move people, a sedan or SUV is just as well. In the middle is the pickup truck, as versatile as it is useful, and a pickup truck has actually been the best-selling vehicle for a long time.
Mention pickup truck, and people will probably think Toyota HiLux, indeed, it has become the benchmark by which all other pickup trucks have been compared. Of course, Toyota HiLux might be the best-selling pickup truck in some African countries, but the global best-selling pickup truck happens to be the Ford Ranger. If you are in the market for a pickup truck, you have a lot to choose from. Here are the best-selling pickup trucks on the market, today.
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The general rule of thumb for determining which used cars will sell best is by taking a look at the previous year's best-selling new cars. Chances are, you'll also find some of the best used-car deals on the best-selling new cars of the previous year. For example, for over fifteen years, the world's best-selling car has been the Toyota Corolla. As is to be expected, the Toyota Corolla was also one of last-year's best-selling cars in many African countries. Waiting just one year to buy a Toyota Corolla, that is, buying one used, some have reported saving up to 34% off the price of a new one. It does make sense to wait, as a lightly used car is just as good as a new car.
Here are the top ten best-selling used cars for 2013, unsurprisingly dominated by the world's two biggest automobile manufacturers, Toyota Motor Company and Volkswagen Auto Group.
The whole process of buying a car is not easy because you have to make many decisions regarding the model, the color and most importantly, the features that you would want. When buying a car from the Far East, things get a bit complex because you cannot see it. However, BE FORWARD has proved time and again that you can get good Japanese used cars with the click of the mouse button. How?
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The most popular new vehicles are only the most popular because they are the best. Sure, cheaper vehicles might steal the limelight, but not for very long. Poor quality or short-lived technology catches up with owners, sooner or later, and they quickly tire of paying for constant repairs. Of course, that's not the only reason people buy vehicles. Sometimes there is a certain brand appeal, which makes a vehicle popular. If you are looking for a good deal on a used vehicle, it is pretty much a sure bet that you will find the best used-car deals on the best-selling new cars.
The standard sedan is still the best-selling vehicle in the world, and countries in Africa are no different. Available in sizes from compact to full-size, the sedan offers seating for up to four or five passengers, as well as a little trunk space to stow some of your belongings. Sedans also come in a range of equipment levels, from the spartan economy models to the luxury entertainment models. Here are a few of the best-selling sedans in Africa.
Some families start off with a subcompact car or even a sedan, but what happens when your family outgrows your car? Of course, you'll need to get something a little bigger, and minivans are an excellent option. From the outside, maybe all minivans look alike, boxy. This shape makes for greater interior space, and being low to the ground, makes entry and exit easier. Sliding doors make for easy loading of baby seats and toddler booster seats, as well as all the frills that go with family, such as the weekend at Grandmother's and the weekly trip to the market. Of course, just as you cannot judge a book by its cover, none of a field of seemingly similar minivans is created equal, so how do you choose? What kind of things do you need to keep in mind if you are shopping for a minivan? Here are some tips that will help you get the most out of your minivan dollar, rand, or franc, depending from where you hale.