Chauffeur legends and bikes are almost as old as cars. Simultaneously with the proliferation of self-propelled vehicles, various stereotypes and prejudices began to gain popularity. And some of them are still alive – let’s say that women are “not given” to drive well.
With the spread of the Internet, car myths have gained a new spiral of development. In many respects popular stereotypes can be explained by psychology: it is much easier to believe in a generally accepted statement than to try to understand what is happening. Although these days it is much easier than before due to free access to a wide variety of information. We in turn propose to deal with some popular myths, and we are sure that after reading this article you will not simply agree with the widespread but incorrect statements.
Myth: before cars were stronger
Who among us, sitting in the grandfather “Volga” or another old car, did not feel a sense of pride? That’s because they knew how to make cars! And the technique was stronger, not that the current “rattles” … But is this really so? Of course, if we talk about minor damages, this is partly true. For example, a painted plastic bumper is much easier to scratch than an old steel one. But if we talk about serious accidents, then we already have to say: modern cars protect the driver and passengers much better than before. And do not think that if a car crashes under a small accident, then it is not strong enough. Zones of deformation do not just so, but to protect passengers. And the most illustrative example of this was demonstrated in 2009, when the Consumer Reports company crashed the test, in which the modern Chevrolet Malibu pushed the 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air. The result clearly demonstrated the superiority of today’s cars in the field of security over the technique of yesterday.
Myth: Korean cars are worse than European and Japanese cars
Many people are convinced that the cars of Korean brands are inferior to competitors both in quality and in capabilities. At the same time such motorists usually expect that Korean cars will be much cheaper than “Europeans”. It used to be that way. Back in the late 90s, the “Koreans” were in fact the most affordable new foreign cars on the market, which was why they were forgiven by design features and some quality problems. However, these days it is necessary to recognize: the products of Hyundai and Kia brands are more than competitive, which is confirmed by sales statistics. And in 2016, the brand Kia won first place in the prestigious research company JDPower, dedicated to the quality of machines “from the conveyor” (initial quality study). And according to the availability of various options, Koreans certainly do not lag behind competitors. Of course, all this has its downside. Korean cars are no longer cheap and are worth not less than their rivals. You can verify this by looking at the price lists and doing a small comparison.
Myth: hybrids are slow, and on electric cars you will not go far
When the Toyota Prius of the first generation appeared on the market, and the Honda Insight installed a 1.0-liter 70-horsepower engine this statement was true. But since then, a lot has changed, and today’s hybrids in dynamics are not inferior to cars with a traditional ICE.
Another story with electric cars. Many will be surprised, but in the early twentieth century, cars with this type of power plant were more popular than gasoline ones, but then lost the last because of the need to spend a lot of time to recharge the batteries, which were also heavy. However, in our day, technology has moved far ahead. For example, the power reserve of the Tesla Model S on the passport is 500 km, which is quite comparable with some gasoline cars. And thanks to the Supercharger, you can quickly recharge the batteries, which takes only 20 minutes. And the similar solutions are already in full swing with Tesla’s competitors. Of course, before the widespread use of electric vehicles, time must pass. But even now such a technique can compete on an equal footing with gasoline and diesel cars.
Myth: SUVs tend to overturn
Sometimes the address of crossovers and SUVs can be heard the following reproach: yes, they are comfortable, but they are much easier to “put on your ears.” And again, once this statement was absolutely true, since SUVs have a higher altitude, are prone to swinging and with sudden movements of the rudder (for example, when the “elk test” when you have to go around an obstacle) could roll over.
However, now both crossovers and SUVs are equipped with a system of exchange rate stability or ESP, which allows you to extinguish the skid before the values become critical. So the chances of turning over on a modern SUV are not much higher than on any other car. Of course, you should not relax. First, the laws of physics apply equally to cars with any type of bodywork, so do not get carried away by speed. Secondly, some models are still prone to overturning. For example, in October 2016, the edition of Technikens Värld held a “elk test” of pickup trucks, in which the new Toyota Hilux showed itself not on the best side. Therefore, sometimes this myth can be justified.
Myth: Japanese cars are made in Japan
“The real Japanese quality” – how much in these words has merged for some Russian motorists. At the same time, many of those who buy a Japanese brand car are sure: they acquire a real car made in the Land of the Rising Sun. But only in reality this is not always the case! Did you know that Toyota Corolla is going to Turkey, and Nissan Qashqai – at the plant near St. Petersburg? No? Then take an interest in the geography of production models, learn for yourself a lot of new things. Certainly, the fact of release of the car in this or that country still does not speak about its quality. Just do not need to think that the presence of a nameplate on the hood makes the car “real” German, Japanese or Korean. There is almost no such thing left in our world. Globalization, whatever one may say.
Myth: high-octane gasoline will give an increase in power
Another popular misconception is associated with fuel at the gas station. Many are convinced: if you fill in gasoline with a higher octane number, the engine’s power will rise and the car will go faster. The truth is that few people think about it, but what is an octane number in general?
We reveal the secret. The octane number is an indicator characterizing the detonation resistance of the fuel. That is, the ability of the fuel to withstand self-ignition during compression. For engines with a high compression ratio, gasoline with a high octane rating is required. Therefore it is quite logical that a sports car requires that 98-th gasoline be poured into its tank. But only to the power of the engine it has nothing to do!
And you can check this statement very simply. Ask yourself a simple question: if the 98th gasoline is poured into the old Kopeyka, will it go faster? If in doubt, try an experiment. We assure you will not feel any difference in the results.
Myth: premium cars are reliable
Everyone who buys a prestigious brand car is sure that he pays for quality. Of course, this is largely true. Premium brand cars are equipped with more powerful motors, various modern options, have the best materials for interior trim, and look, as a rule, very presentable. But all this does not mean that the luxury car in operation will be unpretentious. In particular, this applies to various minor breakdowns.
Perhaps you will be surprised, but statistics confirm this. For example, the British organization Warranty Direct, collecting data on warranty and post-warranty repair, regularly publishes reports on the reliability of cars, which take into account all the breakdowns and the cost of repairs. During the last study, the most “worst” car in terms of reliability and repair costs was recognized as the Nissan GT-R. But next the TOP-10 antireytinga looks very interesting. The list includes Mercedes-Benz GL, Bentley Continental GT, Mercedes-Benz R-class, Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz M-class, BMW M3, Skoda Superb, Mercedes-Benz S-class and BMW 7-series. With the exception of “Skoda”, all this is premium cars. So when buying an expensive car, do not think that you have rid yourself of problems.