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A new take on a Japanese classic: The new Suzuki Alto

The Suzuki Alto is designed to fit a very specific set of standards, otherwise known as Japanese “Kei” car standards. While many countries see these cars as undersized, sometimes even cartoonish (we prefer “cute”), they fit in perfectly with the way that the Japanese see transportation, a means to an end, that is, inexpensive and reliable transportation. It seems that others are catching on however!Suzuki-Alto-Turbo-RS-0 Continue reading “A new take on a Japanese classic: The new Suzuki Alto” »

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African Utility - A look at the most the continent's best selling trucks

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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Car Dashboard Care and Repair

Your car dashboard holds many of the gauges and warning lights that give you a glimpse into the health of your engine and essentials, as well as the state of things like speed. Keeping a keen eye on the dashboard will alert you to many problems and you can have them taken care of before they can escalate.  We already ran an article on the dashboard warning lights and what they mean, but this time round, we are looking at the common dashboard problems.

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Understanding Safety Jargon

If you own a car, it is natural to think that you know all that you need to know about the vehicle. However, how well do you understand the several safety features that come with your model and their importance? Cars come with a lot of jargon, maybe more than computers. For example, what does torque mean? Is airbag really a bag of air? There are so many of them. For now though, we will only look at the jargon that is about safety.

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Stella: the Flagship for Solar Power Electric Vehicles

Given the problems that are being caused by what could possibly be a runaway climate change event, fomented by none other than our own addiction to fossil fuels, it seems logical that we should be doing all that we can to reduce our consumption. Of course, the reason for reducing fossil fuel consumption has mainly to do with reducing carbon dioxide emissions, which occurs when fossil fuels are burned, but it goes further than that. One only has to mention the Exxon Valdez or Deepwater Horizon oil spills to know what we are referring to, pollution related to the extraction of fossil fuels.buy eco friendly car, used car, japanese car

Transportation and power production, the United States EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) estimates, accounts for about two-thirds of carbon dioxide emissions in the country. Other countries more or less follow the same pattern. Currently, the EPA is working on legislation that affects power production, and many countries are increasing their adoption of renewable energy to reduce their impact on the environment. To reduce emissions in the transportation sector, the EPA has set increasingly-strict carbon dioxide emissions limitations on vehicles. By 2025, the targeted carbon dioxide emissions of 163 g CO2/mi (grams of carbon dioxide per mile) could be achieved if the vehicle fleet fuel economy averages at least 54.5 mpg (miles per gallon). Continue reading “Stella: the Flagship for Solar Power Electric Vehicles” »

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Buying New Tires – How to Translate All Those Numbers

Regarding tires, there are at least a couple of things that we know for sure. First, they come in all sizes and types, depending on vehicle type, season, and traction requirements, to name a few. Second, tires don’t last forever, from as little as 20,000 miles to 80,000 miles, and will, sooner or later, require replacement.

When it comes time for replacement, there are typically two ways to go about it. One way is to simply ask your trusted technician for replacement tires, all-season tires for a 2005 Toyota RAV4, for example, and he’ll look up a list of tires that are designed to fit the vehicle. The only thing you, as a customer, might have to do is choose between brands and models. On the other hand, you could go out shopping for tires on your own, at which point it becomes a little more complicated.

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Gas? Hybrid? Electric? Hydrogen? Which is the best for you?

It used to be that buying an automobile boiled down to whether you wanted to drive a car with an automatic or manual transmission. Today, however, with dozens of automakers and technologies vying for our attention, our choice of automobile has become a little more complicated. They go beyond just gasoline or diesel engines and manual or automatic transmissions, but include new technologies, such as hybrid cars, electric cars, plug-in hybrid cars, even hydrogen cars.

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Eco-Optimize Your Existing Car — Save Money and The Environment

buy eco friendly car, save money, save gas, buy used carAlmost everywhere you go, cars are a pretty big thing. Cars enable us to move from place to place, whether for work, school, or play. Cars also enable us to carry things from place to place, such as moving to another town or country, or bringing back the day’s haul from the market. This convenience, however, comes with a complicated price.

Not only do you need to buy and insure the car, but you also have to refuel it. Depending on vehicle age, type, and condition, refueling can be an expensive proposition. For example, let’s compare a new Toyota Prius hybrid electric vehicle, which gets over 50 miles per gallon, with an older model Toyota HiLux, which may get less than 20 miles per gallon. Continue reading “Eco-Optimize Your Existing Car — Save Money and The Environment” »

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day in Japan? You might be in for a surprise.

Valentine’s Day has just passed, celebrated worldwide on February 14th. No doubt, whether you’re a husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, or a single girl or guy, you might have some special plans for the day. Depending on where you are, however, Valentine’s Day traditions can vary and some very well may surprise you.

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Cars from the future: Recapping the Detroit Auto Show

The first production automobile, the Benz Patent Motorwagen, may have hit the road just shy of 130 years ago, but automakers are always looking toward the future, and we usually get to see their visions of the future at the auto shows. The North American International Auto Show, also known as the Detroit Auto Show, is one of the biggest, attracting automakers from around the world to show off their latest and greatest automobiles and technologies.

This year, at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, things were no different, as automakers from all over the world revealing impressive, and not so impressive, concept cars, model updates, and new production models. Here, we’re taking a look at some of them.

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