ACEA publishes ACEA Oil Sequences 2016

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has published its European Oil Sequences 2016, which define engine lubricant quality requirements for gasoline engines and light- and heavy-duty diesel engines.

The new Sequences, which set out the minimum performance levels required of service-fill engine lubricants, became available for first use on December 1, 2016.

Oil marketers may continue to make new claims against the 2012 sequences until December 1, 2017, after which every new claim has to be made against the 2016 sequences.  Existing engine lubricants using claims against the 2012 sequences can be marketed until December 1, 2018.

The new Sequences make reference to the revised EELQMS, available on a new, dedicated website at  The website currently comprises a holding page until the new stand-alone EELQMS document is officially launched at the beginning of January, together with Issue 20 of the ATIEL Code of Practice.

This document details the ACEA 2016 European Oil Sequences for Service-fill Oils for Gasoline engines, for Light Duty Diesel engines, for Gasoline & Diesel engines with aftertreatment devices and for Heavy Duty Diesel engines.

These sequences define the minimum quality level of a product for presentation to ACEA members. Performance parameters other than those covered by the tests shown or more stringent limits may be indicated by individual member companies. These sequences will replace the ACEA 2012 sequences as a means of defining engine lubricant quality from December 1, 2016.

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