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ACEA 2016 standards and specs are changing: what you need to know.

ACEA 2016 brings with it significant upgrades for the testing of lubricants. An increase in new technology has pushed the standards of lubricants higher. Here is your guide to be up to date on those changes.

Market news and trends

It’s been four years since the ACEA has updated their oil sequences specs, and with the release of ACEA 2016 the industry is ready for an update. ACEA’s oil sequences are an industry benchmark; here is what you need to know about the changes.

A collection of new tests are aimed at providing performance and efficiency standards in a range of applications:
  • New tests for engine deposits
  • New tests for fuel efficiency and alternative fuels
  • New tests incorporating seal technology upgrades

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How well does your lubricant clear out the sludge?

  • Two new tests for lubricant efficiency for sludge and deposits
  • One new test for soot deposits
With the consistent growth in engine technology, standards need to keep up, particularly when it comes to sludge holding those technologies back from performing at their highest standard. 

Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engines and turbocharged gasoline direct injection (TGDI) ask more of their lubricant. 

In response, ACEA 2016 brings with it two new tests for lubricant resistance to sludge, and resistance to turbocharging and piston deposits. This will have an impact on the passenger car segment moving forward as engines continue to incorporate GDI and TGDI technology.

Modern light-duty diesel engines will also get a new test to assess resistance to soot thickening and deposits. 

Getting that tight seal, with ACEA 2016

It is not just new engine technology that is being addressed; ACEA 2016 will cover new developments in seal materials.

New elastomer sealing materials demand an upgrade in tests. ACEA 2016’s new standards will bring the tests up to scratch with European REACH regulation affecting modern light-duty diesel engines.

The future sees greener pastures ahead

Whether it is fuel efficiency or alternative fuels, the move to greener options is on the rise, and as a result, the standards catch up.
  • New standards for problems arising with biofuels
  • Introduction of the C5 category for fuel economy
  • Removal of the A1/B1 category

The increase of biofuels across Europe brings a host of problems. Oil oxidation, degradation and thickening are all familiar to the Heavy Duty market incorporating biofuels. Two new tests are aimed at assessing lubricants’ effectiveness in preventing these issues.

ACEA 2016 introduces the new C5 category, which includes a higher target for fuel economy tests. This will affect both SAE 0W-20 and SAE 5W-20 lubricants. This provides an opportunity to review the current sequences and explore the potential for complexity reduction.

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The future is now

ACEA 2016 is a considerable upgrade in performance and quality for passenger car and heavy-duty diesel engine oils. With the upgrade comes the opportunity for Wolf to further differentiate with other lubricants to meet and exceed the ACEA 2016 sequences.

With deep involvement in ACEA 2016, Wolf Oil is also staying ahead of the game in order to develop data-backed solutions for our customers. Success in today’s industry depends on higher performance, and we are committed to helping our partners meet future needs now.


  • ACEA 2016 brings new standards in lubrication testing
  • New technology and green fuel standards have made lubricant choice more important than ever
  • A mix of new tests covering deposits and lubricant efficiency
  • Most sectors will be impacted, from passenger cars to heavy-duty diesel

tags: trends, standards, specs, ACEA

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