Friday, December 14, 2018

The Cleanest Fuel in the Philippines Comes from Caltex


Caltex announced the results of a borescope test conducted in October of this year wherein regular use of its fuels resulted in an engine intake valve cleanliness score of 9.7 out of 10 across Asia, and 9.8 out of 10 in the Philippines.

The borescope test was conducted in four Asian markets (Philippines, Hong Kong, Cambodia, and Thailand) where they inspected 694 valves from 94 cars. The test utilized a Karl Storz borescope to examine the interior of a vehicle’s fuel system, comparing against the industry standard Co-operative Research Council (CRC) Intake Valve Deposit (IVD) rating system, where 10 denotes perfectly clean.

Mr. Greg Engeler, Chevron’s Product Engineering Manager for Asia Pacific, shared the findings of the borescope test.

“The recent borescope test once again helps demonstrate to local motorists that not all fuels are created equal. Since our last test in 2013, Caltex fuels continue to work at keeping parts clean, thereby contributing to five performance benefits: maximized power, better fuel economy, lower emissions, a smoother drive, and reliable performance,” shares Engeler.  “This is also the first time the new Caltex with Techron formulation has been tested under the local market—with local fuels, under local climatic, driving, and traffic conditions. We are delighted that the latest Clean and Glide technology is proven to deliver unbeatable cleaning power to help our customers’ cars perform at their best.”


Vehicles that used Caltex with Techron achieved an average score of 9.7 out of 10 across all four Asian markets, surpassing the average 8.9 score of vehicles using lower quality fuel. In comparison, some vehicles using lower quality fuels recorded valve readings of as low as 5.0, 5.0, 6.5, and 8.5 for Cambodia, Philippines, Thailand, and Hong Kong respectively. The vehicles selected, in the case of the Philippines a Toyota Vios, Mitsubishi Mirage, and Kia Rio, were chosen to represent a cross-section of the market to reveal an unbiased and true state of local passenger cars.

“We are extremely proud of the borescope test results as these provide concrete evidence of the consistent performance of Caltex with Techron. Achieving such a high score in valve cleanliness reflects our commitment to providing only the best-quality fuel products,” said CPI country chairman Louie Zhang.

A clean engine is important as when there is dirt buildup, the mixture of air and fuel is disrupted; impacting performance, power, acceleration, fuel economy, and emissions.

The borescope test demonstrates Caltex’s commitment to cleaner engines, while staying true to the evolving nature of Techron in anticipation of future engine technology and local market needs. All grades of Caltex gasoline contain Techron, a fuel additive package backed by over 30 years of research and development, which has a polyetheramine component designed to clean up fuel system deposits and prevent them from reforming. Filipinos can head down to any Caltex service station to experience the benefits Caltex fuels with Techron.

2 comments:

  1. Need to be careful in claiming the Cleanest Fuel in the Philippines as there are 2 types of fuel (gasoline and diesel) and 3 grades of gasoline (regular, premium and premium plus) in the country. Using Intake Valve Deposit (IVD) rating system to compare fuel additive cleaning effect is only applicable to port injected gasoline engines only. IVD test is not applicable in fuel additive cleaning effect for direct injection diesel engines.

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