China implemented National V fuel emissions standard nationwide last week. Lubricant additive supplier Infineum International called it a reminder that tighter regulations will intensify automaker demands for low-viscosity motor oils compatible with emissions control systems.
China had been rolling out National V – which is comparable to the European Unions Euro 5 and Euro V standards – in some major cities throughout the past decade. On Jan. 1, the standard was implemented across all of China, enforceable on all passenger cars and light- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles. China is also ratcheting fuel economy standards, with the next upgrade scheduled to take effect in 2020.