The current challenge to the auto industry is the reduction of carbon dioxide (CO²) emissions from motor vehicles, the major source generating the gas. Increasing amounts of CO² in the atmosphere are causing global warming which will can cause climate change, increasing the frequency and intensity of heatwaves, floods, droughts and storms. While there has been progress in reducing emissions of air quality pollutants from vehicles, there has been less progress in reducing CO² from cars despite improvements in engine efficiency.

While carmakers are looking for ways to reduce CO² emissions, the oil companies are also working equally hard to provide solutions. PETRONAS Lubricants International (PLI) is one of them and has been researching and developing products oriented towards reducing emissions. The 10-year old subsidiary of Petronas which is global lubricants manufacturing and marketing arm has made many advancements and with its Ultra Low Viscosity technology, it offers an oil which lubricates the most powerful hybrid engine in the world in the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS team’s F1 racing car.

2018 is the ‘Year of Technology’ for PLI which has its Global Research & Technology Centre in Turin, Italy. It marks the start of an operating plan for coming years which is based on three cornerstones: CO² [reduction], innovation and sustainable mobility.

At this year’s Geneva Motor Show which is on this week, PLI unveiled two new products: PETRONAS Selenia Quadrifoglio 5W-40 and PETRONAS Syntium 7000 0W-16, both contained in packs which also have a new design.

Selenia Quadrifoglio 5W-40 is a fully synthetic lubricant formulated to enhance the characteristics of Alfa Romeo engines and to improve the performance. The oil can protect the engine even in the most difficult driving conditions and its launch coincides with the launch of the new Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio.

Fully synthetic Syntium 7000 0W-16 is part of the new range of products that are Fluid Technology Solutions. Meeting the API SN service level, its resistance to wear of the mechanical parts is claimed to be higher than 70%, with resistance to oxidation greater than 60%. The new formulation also offers greater resistance (more than 30%) against formation of deposits on the pistons.

A key technology in both of the new engine lubricants is PETRONAS CoolTech. This technology enables the oil chains to effectively absorb and transfer heat out of critical engine parts. Maintaining optimum and stable temperatures is crucial to the longevity of the engine as well as efficient per

With CoolTech helping, CO² emissions can be reduced because the engine has more efficient combustion and greater thermal efficiency, lower intake and exhaust resistance (less pumping losses) and has lower frictional levels.

The two new oils will be progressively introduced in various markets (PETRONAS has a presence in some 80 markets around the world).

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