Pennzoil says it has completed the relevant testing protocols for the new ILSAC GF-6 oil standard.
The company anticipates three of its Platinum oil products, in a wide range of viscosities, will meet the standard, which is set to launch in May.
The licensing period is not yet open, but Pennzoil says the following products meet ILSAC GF-6A- and GF-6B test limits:
* Pennzoil Platinum Full-Synthetic Motor Oils – SAE 0W-20, SAE 5W-20, SAE 5W-30 and SAE 10W-30
* Pennzoil Platinum High Mileage Full Synthetic Motor Oils – SAE 0W-20, SAE 5W-20, SAE 5W-30 and SAE 10W-30
* Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic Motor Oil – SAE 0W-16
As soon as the process is open for licensing, Pennzoil will seek licensing approval for these products and claim ILSAC GF-6 on the first-use date which is expected to be May 1, 2020.
The International Lubricant Specification Advisory Committee (ILSAC) announced plans for the next generation standard for passenger car motor oils, GF-6, about seven years ago.
It was driven by the automotive industry’s ongoing push for improved fuel economy which led to engine downsizing and greater use of turbocharged gasoline direct injection (TGDI) technology. This necessitated increased protection against Low-Speed Pre-Ignition (LSPI) and timing chain wear. ILSAC GF-6 motor oils will meet the requirements of modern engines currently unmet by GF-5, including improved fuel economy compared to motor oils meeting the GF-5 standard, and helping prevent LSPI and timing chain wear.
The GF-6 standard will be split into two sub-categories:
GF-6A: Backward-compatible standard for SAE 0W-20, SAE 5W-20, SAE 0W-30, SAE 5W-30, and SAE 10W-30, but not SAE 0W-16. This standard will continue to utilize the ILSAC starburst symbol for licensing.
GF-6B: New standard for SAE 0W-16 ONLY, developed to meet the specific needs of modern engines. This standard will not be backward-compatible to previous categories and will have a new licensing symbol for the bottle.