The European Automobile Manufacturers Association is working to complete an upgrade of its ACEA automotive engine oil standards by the end of this year. The first upgrade since 2016, the 2018 European Oil Sequences promise new and replacement tests, additional light-duty categories and the potential elimination of older such categories.
Listed among the new tests are borrowed from other geographies, such as the Toyota VVT wear test Sequence IVB developed for ILSAC GF-6, the next passenger car specification upgrade in North America. The Sequence IVB was adopted into GF-6 this month, despite criticism that it does not adequately distinguish between oils that do provide the desired level of antiwear protection and those that do not. Automaker members of ILSAC, the International Lubricant Standardization and Approval Committee, said the group developing the test will work to fix it before GF-6 comes to market, which is currently expected to happen in the second quarter of 2020.