GF-5 Brings Opportunities and Challenges
The new GF-5 specification will have a significant impact on the lubricant industry.
Opportunities: Better performance benefits everyone
ILSAC GF-5 lubricants are expected to improve passenger car performance from the sparkplug to the tailpipe. These performance improvements are good news for lubricant marketers, auto manufacturers, consumers, and the environment.
New lubricants are already being designed to deliver improvements relative to ILSAC GF-4 in the following categories:
- Improved fuel economy and fuel economy retention
- Engine oil robustness
- Protection of emission control systems
Failure to reach government mandated emissions and CAFE fuel economy levels can be costly for OEMs. Manufacturers could face heavy fines or be forced to change product offerings regardless of customer demand in order to limit fines. The GF-5 specification is designed to help OEMs meet regulatory requirements and provide many new benefits to consumers.
Challenges: Some significant changes are possible
The ILSAC GF-5 specification is a performance upgrade. Stepping up to this challenge, performance additive packages will likely require upgrades including new technologies at higher costs.