AOAP Meeting Summary: December 13, 2012
Published January 10, 2013
What is International Lubricants Standardization and Approval Committee. A collaboration between the American Automobile Manufacturers Association (AAMA), Chrysler, Ford, GM, and the Japanese Automotive Standards Organization. ILSAC GF- engine oil specifications target fuel economy, emission system protection, and enhanced engine oil robustness. GF-6?
The Auto-Oil Advisory Panel (AOAP) met on December 13, 2012 to discuss the progress of the proposed ILSAC GF-6 engine oil specification. A new timeline was reviewed with a proposed first API licensing date of September 1, 2016 (NOTE: First licensing date is officially April, 2018). The ILSAC GF-6A/6B would replace the current GF-5, represented by the Starburst/Certification Trademark and would provide a new performance level of an engine oil for spark-ignited internal combustion engines. The final standard would have to result in a balance among these equally important needs listed below. This performance standard would provide improvements relative to ILSAC GF-5 in the following categories:
- Fuel economy and fuel economy retention
- Engine oil robustness to provide performance levels required to protect engines in the global markets
- Adjustments in physical limits to allow improved performance while maintaining overall durability performance