Month: August 2020

A Comparison of Mazda and Ford

In the 1960s, Mazda and Ford had one of the strongest partnerships in the automotive industry. This partnership began during Mazda’s financial troubles, which caused the company to be in need of an investor, and Ford offered a helping hand. During their alliance, they produced several joint ventures, including new vehicle models. Because of this, many people fell under the mistaken impression that vehicles developed by Ford are similar to those developed by Mazda. However, there are several notable differences between the two companies and their vehicles.

The origin of each company

While Ford Motor Company is an American manufacturer based in Dearborn, Michigan, Mazda is a Japanese car manufacturer based in Hiroshima, Japan. In 1903, Henry Ford and a team of businessmen founded Ford, while Mazda was created 17 years later by Jujiro Matsuda and several Japanese investors.

Additionally, Ford’s operations were solely confined to the United States in the beginning, until the company expanded into Europe and other areas of the world. However, Mazda started out by operating not only in Japan, but other Asian countries, including China. Once Mazda successfully developed the rotary engine and began exporting their cars abroad, the company’s markets expanded even further—to eventually include the U.S. market. However, even when the two companies joined forces, they were still two separate entities and never merged into one.

Kind of vehicle each company develops

One of the most notable differences between the two companies is the kind of vehicles each manufactures. Mazda’s product offerings are composed of cars, crossovers and SUVs and sports cars. In contrast, Ford not only produces those vehicles, but also trucks, mini trucks, commercial vehicles and electric and hybrid vehicles. Some of the widespread confusion about the differences between the companies’ vehicles is caused by the fact that some of the key elements are the same—however, these similar vehicles were still sold under different names and with different prices.

Where the vehicles are developed

The majority of Ford’s vehicles are manufactured by North American assembly plants, whereas Mazda’s vehicles are produced in Japan and then shipped to other areas of the world where branches of the company are located.

All in all, although the two companies and their vehicles might seem alike on the surface, these key differences show a clear delineation between them. Consumers usually have a preference between the two companies, and usually this opinion stems from the region of the world they call home. However, both companies and their vehicles have a strong track record. To find and import a reliable vehicle, email Gazooba at [email protected] or call +81 90 8832 6621.

Uses of Mini Truck Around the World

While anyone can benefit from purchasing and using a mini truck, there are several groups of people whose activities make a mini truck the ideal vehicle. These groups include farmers, contractors, business owners, property owners, hunters, off-roaders and drivers with a love of unique vehicles.

For bigger farms, mini trucks are extremely helpful and cost-effective. Whether it is a dairy farm, fruit and vegetable farm, livestock farm or even a vineyard, a mini truck will offer reliable transportation that can handle any weather or season. With a capacity of 1500 pounds, a mini truck can carry any produce or animals that a farm needs to move. They are fuel-efficient to save the farmers money, and they can be easily parked out in the fields. To help farmers avoid damaging the ground, mini trucks are also quite lightweight. Farmers have the option of adding a custom hitch, which increases the convenience of owning a mini truck. To give farmers extra loading space, a mini truck has a foldable and removable tailgate as well as bed sides. They are also legal to drive on any street when it is time to sell produce or animals at a market or journey between farms.

Contractors in the fields of carpentry, electrical, appliance repair, landscaping, renovation, cleaning, painting, plumbing, welding and many more will benefit immensely from owning a mini truck. Heavy machinery will be a breeze for a mini truck to carry, and the truck is durable enough that it will not get damaged easily if anything falls over en route. A mini truck is small enough to park anywhere, and the low purchase price makes it easy to buy multiple trucks for additional work crews. Best of all, the truck bed that is low to the ground reduces the amount of lifting for your crew. Another convenient feature is that it is simple to attach ladder racks to the truck bed.

For business owners in the areas of product delivery, newspapers, animal transport, equipment repair and others, a mini truck provides plenty of cargo space with low costs and high efficiency and reliability. Mini trucks allow business owners to travel long distances fuel-efficiently—about 21 kilometers per liter. Most useful is the fact that they are right-hand drive, which means that delivery drivers will not have to step out into oncoming traffic to get in or out of the vehicle—plus it is easier to parallel park than vehicles that are left-hand drive. The insurance rates for mini trucks are typically low, which saves business owners money, and it even provides free marketing, as a mini truck always catches the eye of other people on the road.

In addition to all the reasons above, property owners will love having a mini truck to haul lumber, dirt and other materials to the dump, transport a quad or tools and equipment and work on uneven terrain.

With a mini truck, hunting enthusiasts will no longer have to worry about how to transport animals they manage to kill. Mini trucks enable hunters to drive straight into the fields or back roads areas where they are searching for prey. To make mini trucks even more of a perfect hunting vehicle, lift kits can be installed to provide a greater amount of ground clearance and the truck can be painted with camouflage colors. Mini trucks have a low center of gravity, which gives them more stability on uneven ground. If hunters are not using the mini truck on the road, they can even install ATV tires to give them additional traction on rough terrain.

For fans of off-roading, a mini truck is a dream come true because it is a highly customizable vehicle. Off roaders can install custom bumpers, a winch, a lift kit and frame accessories. If they do not plan to drive it on the street, they can also add ATV rims and tires, although that makes it less convenient for driving to and from the off-roading location. Best of all, a mini truck is guaranteed to make you stand out in competitions.

Lastly, for all the drivers who simply want to own a unique vehicle that is still practical, a mini truck is the ideal solution. Mini trucks have an attention-grabbing design, and they are perfect for driving through a city. You will gain an audience wherever you go.

Gazooba keeps more than 100 units ready for export on our website: www.gazooba.jp. Gazooba offers a selection of mini trucks that are 2WD or 4WD, flat body trucks and dump trucks. They are available in automatic transmission and manual transmission, but 95 percent are manual transmission. To import one of these highly reliable vehicles, contact Gazooba by email at [email protected] or by phone at +81 90 8832 6621.

How to Winterize a Mini Truck

For those in Canada or other areas with somewhat severe winters, it is especially important to winterize your vehicle. If you own a mini truck, the first step is to check for any repairs that need to be done before the weather gets colder and aggravates the problem. Once your mini truck is in prime condition, it is time to go through a checklist of steps to winterize your vehicle.Avoid rust
Because salt is not used in Japan, mini trucks will rust quickly in a country such as Canada. Be sure to undercoat and rust-proof your mini truck either on your own or through a service shop.

Ensure visibility

First check the windshield wipers to make sure that they are functioning correctly. If you see any damage to the rubber part of the blades, unfortunately the whole wiper blade will need to be replaced because it is a bit different in size from the typical North American blades. Thirdly, replace any summer windshield washing fluid or water with winter-grade washer liquid

Stock winter supplies

Putting an ice scraper and a snow brush in the mini truck before winter sets in will save you from headaches and hassles later on.

Check the battery

Clean the ends of the battery terminal and add distilled water if it is necessary. Check to see if it can hold a charge. To avoid any unpleasant surprises, you might want to replace the battery proactively if it is older than five years old

Use the A/C to your advantage

Lubricate your compressor by running your air conditioning once every month. Using your air conditioning will also increase the speed of defogging your windows.

Prepare your tires

Inspect the air pressure level of all of your tires, including the spare, and add air if any of them are below the desired level. Ensure that your tread depth is 3/16” or more. If the tread depth is too low or you have all-season tires on currently, it is best to replace them with snow tires.

Ensure safety and comfort

Make sure that the heater, lights and defroster are working correctly. It is important to note that on certain mini trucks it is normal for the dash vents to blow only cold air, and the heat emits from the floor vents and defroster. Maintaining a fairly full gas tank will help keep moisture from freezing in your gas lines, but be sure to have a bottle of anti-freeze for your gas lines just in case. Lastly, test your brakes if they have not been examined in the past six months

Following these steps will help ensure the safety of both you and your minitruck this winter. If you are looking to purchase and import a mini truck, Gazooba keeps more than 100 units ready for export on our website: www.gazooba.jp. Gazooba offers a selection of mini trucks that are 2WD or 4WD, flat body trucks and dump trucks. They are available in automatic transmission and manual transmission, but 95 percent are manual transmission. To import one of these highly reliable vehicles, contact Gazooba by email at [email protected] or by phone at +81 90 8832 6621.

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