Thursday, November 29, 2012

Hyundai-Kia Gas Mileage Misunderstanding in America

A legal campaign gathering momentum in the United States over the alleged exaggeration of the MPG (Miles Per Gallon) ratings of Hyundai and Kia cars has exposed a shocking ignorance among Americans of Korean culture despite Psy's recent 'Gangnam Style' educational video.

According to reports, Hyundai-Kia has found itself in trouble for overstating the gas mileage for its North American models by as little as 3 percent, and typically the anti-corporate and therefore anti-Korean newspaper 'the hankyoreh' has called for Hyundai-Kia cars in this country to be audited too, possibly also demonstrating its pro-Scientology leanings.

But it is clear to any right-minded individual that there is no need to audit the cars because the distances estimated for fuel economy are actually correct in Korea, but for natural reasons they do differ slightly in a far-away place such as America; Einstein's theory of relativity dictates that measurements are relative to the velocities of observers. The observation of different miles per gallon being achieved is caused by the expansion of the universe from its point of origin, which is in Korea. Expansion is accelerating the further away from Korea one gets due to the phenomenon known as 'dark energy', a mysterious force that will eventually rip the very fabric of the universe outside Korea apart, probably starting with Africa.

What this stretching of spacetime means in practice is that a Korean car rated at achieving 40mpg in Korea will actually only attain around 39.5mpg in a place far away from Korea such as America. But crucially, it would still be obtaining 40mpg if the car were closer to the center of the universe in Korea. However, the stretching of spacetime also means it is taking Americans longer to realize this fact, as it takes impulses transmitted by the neurons in their big heads longer to reach their destinations.

The slight differences in fuel economy also highlight the issue of the so-called 'mock driving conditions' under which the estimates are drawn up. In America, cars typically slow down when gridlocked which leads to lower fuel efficiency. But on Korean roads drivers will typically take to the sidewalks when encountering such conditions, or find some other non-conventional means of maintaining their speed.

The solution is clearly for American drivers to adopt the superior driving approach of Koreans, rather than trying to find excuses to complain about superior Korean products they don't understand.

Related Links
[Editorial] Audit Hyundai-Kia cars in Korea, too
Hyundai And Kia's 'MPG Gate' Fallout
Fuel economy in automobiles
Theory of relativity
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