17th Edition – Auto Expo Africa 2014 in Kenya

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?

Auto Expo Africa 2014

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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Japanese Used Cars Win the Award for Most Reliable Used Cars

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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What is a Hybrid Vehicle? A Look a the Toyota Prius

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 first 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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Toyota Raum Review: An Award-Winning Mini-MPV

Toyota Raum

The Toyota Raum is a very useful vehicle, thanks to its award-winning design. In fact, in 2003 the Toyota Raum won the Japan Good Design Award, emphasising the Raum’s ease-of-use for extended families. But just what exactly makes this car an award winner? From the Raum’s fuel consumption through to its roomy interior, we take a closer look at its features and specifications in this used Toyota Raum review.

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Top Ten Best-Selling Used Cars of 2013

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.

 Top Ten Used Cars 2013

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.

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5 Tips to Help You Find Great Japanese Used Cars

How to Find a Great Japanese Used Car

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 do they do it?

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4WD, AWD & 4×4 Drivetrains: What Do They Mean?

Drivetrains: 4WD, AWD, 4×4, and more… what do they 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, but what are the differences between each type and which is best for you? We break it down so you can find out how your car’s drivetrain affects your driving experience.

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Africa’s Top 3 Used Mini Vans Reviewed

best used mini vans for africa from BE FORWARD japanese car exporter

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 exporting used cars to Africa. However, one breed of Japanese used vehicles that are a favorite for many people in Africa are 2-in-1 mini vans. These multipurpose vehicles can be used for business, for family transport, as well as for public passenger service!

Even most ambulance service providers across Africa use Japanese vans, with little or no modifications. Here are three models of Japanese used mini vans that you will be likely to find on the roads of Pretoria in the south, Casablanca in the North, Mogadishu in the East, and Lagos in the West.

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Toyota RAV4 vs. Nissan X-Trail: Crossover SUV Comparison

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, 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. 

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Suzuki Carry Truck vs. Toyota Dyna Truck: Used Truck Comparison Review

To the people who depend on commercial trucks for their livelihood, a lot of thought goes into which truck to buy. Essential considerations like the utility of the truck, the true cost of owning a specific truck, cargo capacity, durability, whether to buy new or used, etc. must be at the forefront of the buying decision. Because there are dozens of models to choose from, the buying process gets even more complicated. Read more to look at two used trucks that will make great additions to your fleet and help make your decision less complicated: the Suzuki Carry Truck and the Toyota Dyna Truck.

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