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Best-Selling Sedans in Africa

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.

Toyota Etios

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Minivan Buying Guide

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.

Used Toyota Noah

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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.

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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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