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Drivetrain Options 4×4, AWD, FWD – What Does It All Mean?

Some praise the advantages of all-wheel drive (AWD) or four-wheel drive (4WD or 4×4) vehicle over the typical front-wheel drive (FWD) or rear-wheel drive (RWD) vehicle. Four wheels driving the vehicle has some major benefits when it comes to traction. On loose road surfaces, such as mud, gravel, sand, or rain, it is easier to maintain traction and forward momentum, as well as directional stability, with four wheels pulling. Even if one or two tires lose traction, the other tires can still pull. On the highway, four wheels driving makes cars especially maneuverable, and even sports cars use this technology to give their cars that extra boost in driving performance.

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Three Most Popular 2-in-1 Used Mini Vans Sold in Africa

With so many varieties of vehicles to meet different needs and tastes, it is little wonder that Japan has become the to-go place for Africa. However, one breed of Japanese used vehicles that are a favorite for many people in Africa are the 2-in-1 mini vans. These multipurpose vehicles can be used for business, for family transport, as well as public passenger service! Come to think of it, even most ambulance service providers use the Japanese vans, with little or no modification.

Here are three models of Japanese used cars/mini vans that you will be likely to find prying the roads of Pretoria in the south, Casablanca in the North, Mogadishu in the East and Lagos in the West.

Toyota Noah

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Crossover SUV Comparison – Toyota RAV4 vs Nissan X-Trail

If you're in the market for a small sport utility vehicle (SUV), then you have to choose well, because this is one of the most crowded segments, aside from sedans, that are on the market today. The small SUVs available cover the entire range of interior space, performance, and fuel economy, so there are plenty to choose from when considering which is right for you and your family. Two of the most popular, the Toyota RAV4 and the Nissan X-Trail, are fairly close in cost, yet offer quite a difference in driving experience and performance. 

Nissan X-Trail

2005 Nissan X-Trail

Toyota RAV4

2005 Toyota RAV4

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Tender Love & Care for Your Used Car

After considering the time and money spent shopping for, buying, and maintaining a used car, it should come as no surprise that, for many of us, buying a used car could be the second-biggest purchase that we'll ever make. Clearly, transportation is important, whether for family or for work, but transportation doesn't take care of itself. Buying a used car is merely the start of a hopefully long, relationship.

TLC for Car

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BE FORWARD Tanzania Welcomes Japanese Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs

Earlier this month BE FORWARD Tanzania welcomed, Japanese Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Norio Mitsuya, along with other government members from Japan and members of the Embassy of Japan in Tanzania. We introduced the delegation to the BE FORWARD Tanzania team, where they learned about BE FORWARD's operations and future business goals in Tanzania. 

Japan has been enjoying friendly and cordial relations with Tanzania for five decades now. According to the Embassy of Japan in Tanzania, import from Japan to Tanzania has grown by 248% in 10 years (2001 to 2011), amounting to 22.7 billion yen (equivalent to approx. 281.4 million USD ) in 2011.

It is sure that in the near future the economic relations between Tanzania and Japan will reach a new stage of cooperation.

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Two Used Trucks that Stand the Test of Time - Suzuki Carry Truck and Toyota Dyna Truck

Things need to get from place to place, which is a truth of practically for every activity we take part in. Sometimes, people need to get from place to place and, depending on how many people need to move, you might choose anything from a motorcycle to a van. On the other hand, if you need to move a small amount of cargo, you might opt for something like a minitruck. If you need to move something larger, then you'll need something bigger. There are few used trucks, of any class, that stand the test of time, but the minitruck Suzuki Carry truck and full-sized Toyota Dyna truck deliver. Continue reading “Two Used Trucks that Stand the Test of Time - Suzuki Carry Truck and Toyota Dyna Truck” »

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So You Want to Import A Car To Tanzania? Here is What You Should Know

Like most African nations, used cars from Japan are a favorite for Tanzanians. They are reliable, easy to maintain, and very economical. However, before importing a car to Tanzania, one needs to understand the import regulations and the cost involved.

Imported cars from Japan will be shipped to the maritime port of Dar es Salaam. If you buy your car from BE FORWARD, they will arrange for the export and shipping of your car from Japan to Dar es Salaam.

There is no limit on the age of the used vehicles that you can import from Japan to Tanzania. However, note that different taxation will be levied, depending on the age of the vehicle. For example, the older a car is, the higher the taxation it will attract. Cars older than 10 years attract higher fees and therefore the importer should ensure that they import cars that are under ten years old.

Toyota in Tanzania

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A Comparison of Toyota Sedans – Toyota Corolla vs Toyota Sprinter

With the price of gasoline almost on a continuous rise, the world market for small sedans have never been better, and suppliers of compact cars have been battling it out for supremacy on the world scene. The Toyota Corolla is known as the world's best-selling vehicle, having sold over 40 million units since its introduction.

Toyota Corolla

1990 Toyota Corolla Sedan

 

1990 Toyota Sprinter Sedan

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Most Sought After Luxury Cars in Africa - Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi

Among a fleet of more economical Toyota, Volkswagen, and Ford vehicles, which are the best-selling vehicles today in Africa, you'll also find luxury cars becoming more common. Rich Africans are looking more and more to separate themselves from drivers of lesser vehicles, by buying luxury vehicles that are out of reach of the average African. New models from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, Land Rover, and Porsche, to name a few, are sometimes selling within 24 hours of being displayed on the dealership's showroom floors. Africans know what they want in a luxury car and those who have the cash on hand don't waste any time in getting their very own stately luxury vehicle.

BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz

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People Mover Comparison – Nissan Caravan vs Toyota HiAce

Designed as light commercial fleet vehicles, the Nissan Caravan and Toyota HiAce vans certainly look the part, with simple and functional design features, making them useful and practical. Looking at the two vehicles, you'll note they share a similar boxy shape, made to maximize interior space for cargo, whether that cargo is goods stacked on pallets, or passengers. The cab-over design makes for a highly maneuverable vehicle, yet does present safety challenges for both vehicles, since the driver sits basically right on top of the engine and front wheels.

Toyota Van

The flexibility of the two platforms has made these two vehicles essential equipment for many companies. Whether the vehicle is being used domestic or abroad, new or second-hand, it is found that these vehicles are most commonly put to use as people movers (a term used for vehicles used for transporting large groups of people). Continue reading “People Mover Comparison – Nissan Caravan vs Toyota HiAce” »

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