Base oils 2013: Fuel economy drives up base oil quality

by Cynthia Challener
February 15, 2013

Legislation around the world is driving new engine design for both passenger vehicles and heavy duty trucks, leading to the need for new lubricant standards and the introduction of new lubricant grades. These lower viscosity lubricants must have greater thermal and oxidative stability under more stressful conditions; properties that can only be achieved through the use of high quality base oils…

Clearly, weight reductions, improved aerodynamics and new engine designs will have the greatest impact on fuel economy. How­ever, lubricants also play a part and will be increasingly important as smaller, often turbocharged, engines that have higher power densities and run hotter, need greater protection, according to Stephen Ames, managing director of SBA Consulting.

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