In the late 90s, South Africa made great strides, as a nation just liberated from colonialism, emerging from the entrapment of their political situation, and searching for a new national identity. However, somewhere along the way, it rose to the top of the list as the most crime-ridden country in the world and carjacking in South Africa was at an all time high. This serious security risk on the roads led to the invention of the 1998 BMW Blaster, also known as the Flamethrower.
Photo Credit: REUTERS/Peter Andrews (1998)
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According to some sources, the roads in Africa range from “pretty good” to “impassible,” part of which depends on what vehicle you drive. A decent sedan is enough to handle all the “pretty good” roads in the city and suburbs, the occasional pothole, or even some of the rougher patches in undeveloped areas. Go any further, and you need a vehicle with a little more ground clearance, bigger tires, maybe all-wheel drive (AWD) or four-wheel drive (4WD), and an engine to match.
Before you quickly jump into the first full-size SUV you can get your hands on, you should be aware that these things use a lot of fuel and take up a lot of space. Of course, if you spend the majority of your time on roads that consist of more hard-packed dirt and mud than pavement, a full-size SUV may be your only option. On the other hand, a properly -equipped crossover SUV might be the perfect companion for around town or the occasional excursion to less-traveled territories.
Interestingly, some of today's crossover SUVs have become just about as capable as a comparable sedan, as they are often equipped with front-wheel drive (FWD) and tires that are made for fuel economy. They do have better ground clearance, which helps in some situations, but you have to look hard for an AWD option if you need to do anything out-of-town. If you're in the market for a crossover SUV, and you need more than the typical hatchback or sedan, then you will do well to take a look at some of the best-selling crossover SUVs in Africa.
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Have you ever looked at the description for a vehicle in a commercial, classified ad, or the sales brochure, and asked yourself, “What are all the abbreviations, initialisms, and acronyms?” Every automaker uses automotive-speak and, like all abbreviations, it makes it easier to describe things in shorter terms. For example, isn't it easier to say “ABS” in conversation than “Anti-Lock Braking System?” In an automobile, to save space on the dashboard, an “ABS” light may illuminate to let you know the system is activating or is malfunctioning. “ABS” is much quicker to recognize than, and takes up much less space than, the entire “Anti-Lock Braking System” spelled out on the dashboard. Here are a few common automotive-related abbreviations, initialisms, and acronyms and what they mean.
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Small cars out of Japan actually come as no surprise, since the island nation of Japan is one of the most densely populated in the world. Still, people and goods need to move around, which is why Japan seems to be the home of the compact hatchback. In less densely populated countries, small cars took a while to catch on, but after the 1974 OPEC Oil Embargo, and the decades of rising fuel prices which followed, small fuel-efficient cars suddenly made a lot of sense.
Toyota is one of the world's largest automakers, and Toyota hatchbacks have earned worldwide appeal, such as these Toyota hatchbacks that we think are worth considering, the Toyota Passo and Toyota Vitz. On paper, they look very similar, but in sheet metal, they demonstrate a couple of differences that are worth noting.
First, both of these Toyota hatchbacks sport a series of fuel-efficient three- or four-cylinder engines, ranging from 1.0ℓ to 1.8ℓ, in both gasoline and diesel flavors, actually two of the top-ten most fuel-efficient vehicles in Japan. The engine options are paired with either four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmissions, and a choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Continue reading “Compact and Affordable Hatchbacks - Toyota Vitz vs. Toyota Passo” »
Presenting Vazir Imankulov from Kyrgyzstan, our December 21st winner from BE FORWARD's 25 Car Xmas Campaign! An award ceremony was held for Mr. Imankulov on January 14th at CENKO LOGIX, our Kyrgyzstan shipping partner, along with CENKO LOGIX staff members. Mr. Ken, BE FORWARD's Sales Manager, traveled to Kyrgyzstan so he could hold the ceremony and congratulate Mr. Imankulov in person! Congratulations, Vazir Imankulov on your Toyota Alphard!
Toyota Motor Corporation unveiled the Toyota Corolla to the Japanese public in November 1966. The Corolla gained instant fame, and has since sold over 40 million models in more than 150 countries and regions. After 11 generations, the Toyota Corolla, to this day, holds the title as the best-selling sedan worldwide.
The Toyota Corolla was designed to be the classic family car, to meet the changing needs of the Japanese commuters during the 1960s. While other automakers offered basic safety features as optional, the Corolla was among the first to include safety features, such as rear back-up lights as a standard feature. Toyota has a long history of putting safety, quality, and customer needs at the forefront of their manufacturing, which remains alive today.
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BE FORWARD is contributing to the community building projects in some areas in Mongolia. On November 30th, we donated a car (Toyota Alphard Hybrid ) to Children and Family Development Center in Songin Kharihan district of Ulaanbaatar to give aid to orphans. We organized a football tournament for the children and gave away 100 footballs and BE FORWARD t-shirts. We were very happy to see the smiles in children's faces. During the awarding of winners, some local officials attended and some of the children played instruments.
Our customers, Myles and Mary from New Zealand, sent a thank you card to Masato (their BE FORWARD sales agent) and the rest us here at BE FORWARD! Here's a picture of Masato with his New Zealand calendar and thank you note! The note says:
"To Masato and all the Staff at "BE FORWARD,"
Thank you for the kind and professional help in getting our two cars recently.
Mary and Myles"
Thank you Mary and Myles! We're glad you're happy with our vehicles!
-Masato and the rest of the BE FORWARD team