GF-5 Brings Opportunities and Challenges

The GF-5 specification has a significant impact on the lubricant industry.


Opportunities: Better performance benefits everyone

ILSAC GF-5 lubricants 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.

GF-5 lubricants 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 benefits to consumers.

Challenges: Some significant changes are possible

The ILSAC GF-5 specification is a performance upgrade, with additive packages requiring advanced technologies at higher costs.