Ensuring lubricants provide the right level of protection, lubrication and performance benefits for passenger cars

Passenger Car Specifications

China 6: The World’s Most Challenging Emissions Standard

China 6: The World’s Most Challenging Emissions Standard

Keith Howard, Strategic Technology Manager Ping Zhu, Director of Technology, Asia Many of China’s cities have had serious air quality ... Read More
Why has SAE J306 for Automotive Gear Lubricants Been Revised?

Why has SAE J306 for Automotive Gear Lubricants Been Revised?

Effective February 2019, the SAE J306 standard has been revised, better outlining low viscosity grades for future manual transmission fluid ... Read More

Specification Overviews

Learn more about the main passenger car industry and OEM specifications.
Understanding the Chinese Automotive Market (Part 4)

Understanding the Chinese Automotive Market (Part 4)

Robin Wang, Marketing Manager - China, discusses how the introduction of higher emissions limits with China 6 will result in ... Read More
Understanding the Chinese Automotive Market (Part 3)

Understanding the Chinese Automotive Market (Part 3)

Robin Wang, Marketing Manager - China discusses how the introduction of fuel efficiency regulations will impact the types of engine ... Read More
Are You ACEA 2016 Compliant?

Are You ACEA 2016 Compliant?

From December 1, 2018, all engine lubricant formulations making ACEA performance claims must comply with the latest ACEA 2016 European ... Read More
Understanding the Chinese Automotive Market (Part 2)

Understanding the Chinese Automotive Market (Part 2)

Robin Wang, Marketing Manager - China, discusses how the introduction of the China 6 emissions legislation will impact engine lubricants ... Read More

ACEA 2016 Compliance Deadline: December 1, 2018

From December 1, 2018, all engine lubricant formulations making ACEA performance claims must comply with the latest ACEA 2016 European ... Read More

Importance of BMW Longlife-04 Approved Performance for Oil Marketers

As European emissions regulations become increasingly stringent, vehicle manufacturers have had to evolve their hardware designs to ensure compliance ... Read More

Proposed Changes to the ACEA Light-Duty Oil Sequences

The Light-Duty Sequences consist of detailed sets of specifications for light-duty diesel and gasoline engines, with differentiations for those with ... Read More

BMW Longlife-04: Evolving Performance Requirements

Dr. Craig Jones, Technology Manager - Engine Oils, discusses the importance of BMW Longlife-04 ... Read More

How Specification Development Impacts Society

The certification of lubricant performance has important ramifications—not just for product performance, but for society at large ... Read More

The Real Impact of Engine Oil Performance

The current process for certifying engine oil performance has some major implications not just for engine performance, but for the ... Read More

Delivering Necessary LSPI Protection—and Beyond

API SN Plus validates much-needed low speed pre-ignition (LSPI) protection to the lubricant marketplace, but it’s not the end of ... Read More

What the API SN Plus Process Can Teach Us

Test development tied to comprehensive specification development has a limiting effect on the lubricants industry. What we can learn from ... Read More
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