The European Automobile Manufacturers Association (Association des Constructeurs Européens d'Automobiles). The primary automotive standards organization in the European Union, ACEA defines performance specifications for automotive lubricants. Oil Sequences define the minimum quality level for engine lubricants used in service fill in gasoline engines, light duty diesel engines and heavy duty diesel engines.
The 2016 update was introduced to ensure the engine lubricants used in service fill fulfil the demands of increasingly advanced developments in engine and aftertreatment system technology. As the first major update for four years it highlights the ongoing development challenges facing passenger car manufacturers and the complexity of vehicle hardware.
ACEA 2016 was introduced on the 1st December 2016 and became mandatory for all new performance claims made after 1st December 2017. Oil marketers may still make claims against the previous ACEA 2012 edition of the oil sequences until 1st December 2018. After this date, all formulations making a performance claim must do so to the requirements of the 2016 edition.
ACEA 2016 sees the introduction of ACEA C5-16, a new, low High Temperature High Shear. A measure of a fluid’s resistance to flow under conditions resembling highly-loaded journal bearings in fired internal combustion engines, typically 1 million s–1 at 150°C., oil category that is designed for improved fuel economy in vehicles with all types of modern aftertreatment system.