The SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) grade determines oil's fluidity at high and low temperatures. Motor oil should remain efficient no

matter the weather conditions (temperatures' range from -30° to +40°).
Total quartz INEO ECS's SAE grade of 5w30 indicates viscosity index at low temperature (5) and at operating temperature (30).



The API (American Petroleum Institute) standard classifies motor oils according to various criteria such as detergency, wear resistance,

anticorrosion etc., and according to their uses and performance.

The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association has developed a standard under its name ACEA and which takes the form of a code (category/class). 

There are three ACEA categories:

  • A and B respectively for Petrol or Diesel engines (light vehicles)
  • C for Petrol and Diesel engines meeting the Euro 4 standard
  • E for industrial Diesel engines more specifically designed for trucks

The "Euro" standards:

European Community standards specifying maximum limits for vehicle pollution emissions have appeared since the beginning of the 1990s. These increasingly severe standards have successively been called Euro 1 (1993), Euro 2 (1996), Euro 3 (2000), Euro 4 (2005) and Euro 5 (planned for October 2008).
To constantly improve air quality the Euro standards take several factors into account when evaluating a vehicle's pollution (the level of carbon monoxide and of the different nitrogen oxides, the fine particle emissions, etc.)
The Euro standards must be directly applied by the automotive manufacturers. Thanks to its environmental policy, Total Lubrifiants is committed to developing oils which meet these standards.


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