Lubricant characteristics and performances are managed by standard or industrial organizations as API, ACEA, and SAE through specific norms. Each norm defines technical requirements as physical properties, engine tests results and other various criteria. This month we've decided to focus on the ACEA norms.
The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association, commonly called the ACEA, has created a classification of lubricants according to their technical specifications and the requirements of each engine type.
Among the Association’s members you can find the following carmakers: Ford Europe, PSA Peugeot-Citroën, Daimler, BMW, Jaguar-LandRover, Renault Group, DAF Trucks, Fiat, GM Europe, MAN, Porsche, Scania, Volkswagen, Volvo and Toyota Europe.
Tests are performed in order to classify lubricants into standardized categories, primarily using European engines and under European driving conditions.
The standard is made up of a letter which represents the engine type and a number which represents its performance. The latest version of the ACEA dates from 2012 and is applicable as from December 2013; it defines:
- four categories of common standards for gasoline (letter A) and diesel (letter B) engines.
- four categories for vehicles equipped with post-treatment systems (letter C).
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