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Rigorous Testing Reveals Leading Lubricants Supplier Surpasses Industry Expectations with New GF-5 Formulation
HOUSTON (April 1, 2011)—ConocoPhillips Company, the nation’s fourth-largest lubricants supplier, today announced that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tests confirm its Kendall GT-1® Motor Oil with Liquid Titanium® delivers more than twice the improvement in fuel economy benefits required to meet the new GF-5 specification adopted by the International Lubricants Standardization and Approval Committee (ILSAC). The Liquid Titanium® additive, used exclusively by ConocoPhillips Lubricants, helps enable the complete line of GF-5 Kendall Motor Oils to exceed the required passenger car motor oil standard for fuel savings, while also providing exceptional engine wear protection.
"When we launched our line of Kendall GT-1 Motor Oils with Liquid Titanium in late 2009, we knew the value that exceptional wear protection benefits would bring to lube business operators, installers and consumers. Now, in addition to reducing engine wear, customers can get a motor oil that actually saves them fuel," said Marshall Cohen, Director, Brand Management at ConocoPhillips Lubricants. "In today’s challenging marketplace, giving consumers more value is extremely important. Our motor oils featuring Liquid Titanium not only meet fuel economy specifications established by ILSAC, they exceed them, as well as surpass what automotive manufacturers had initially requested. This is quite an accomplishment and a great benefit to consumers and the environment."
While auto manufacturers had initially targeted a 0.5 percent improvement in fuel economy over the GF-4 specifications, ILSAC came to the conclusion that a 0.3 percent improvement was more realistically attainable. Kendall GT-1 Motor Oils with Liquid Titanium, however, achieved a remarkable 0.7 percent improvement in fuel economy—more than twice the 0.3 percent established by ILSAC. These results were confirmed through a rigorous independent testing process, including the Federal Testing Procedure (FTP-75) and Highway Fuel Economy Test (HwFET), both required by the EPA to establish vehicular fuel economy performance.
If ten million cars using Kendall GT-1 Motor Oils with Liquid Titanium experience the same improvement in fuel economy as the vehicle tested, the impact on fuel usage will be significant. Assuming a conservative estimate of 12,000 miles driven each year, the annual gasoline savings will be approximately 14 million gallons.
Such an effect on fuel savings would also reduce carbon dioxide emissions, thereby positively impacting the environment. The nearly 14 million gallons of gasoline saved by ten million cars using Kendall GT-1 Motor Oils with Liquid Titanium translates to an annual reduction of 121,000 metric tons of CO2, which is equivalent to taking 30,000 vehicles off the roads.¹
In addition to fuel economy, the product line also offers remarkable engine wear protection, bonding to critical hot spots to create a molecular shield that helps decrease surface damage and reduce friction, ultimately prolonging engine life.
"In today’s economy, people are taking better care of their cars in order to keep them longer and car owners have come to appreciate Kendall Motor Oil with Liquid Titanium for the engine protection it provides," continued Cohen. "Now they can find even greater value in our passenger car motor oils thanks to the new fuel economy benefits."
For more information on the full line of Kendall lubricant offerings, please visit http://www.kendallmotoroil.com. News and updates from Kendall Motor Oil can also be found on the brand’s dedicated Facebook page.
¹ According to "Tables to Convert Energy to CO2 (saved or used) to Familiar Equivalents – Cars, Homes, or Power Plants" from The California Energy Commission, Energy.Ca.Gov
ConocoPhillips is an integrated energy company with interests around the world. Headquartered in Houston, the company had approximately 29,700 employees, $156 billion of assets, and $189 billion of revenues as of December 31, 2010. For more information, go to www.conocophillips.com.