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New Survey Of Mechanics Reveals Best Methods To Keep Cars Running Longer

AGING VEHICLES AND ECONOMY RENEW SPOTLIGHT ON PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

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HOUSTON, May 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With the average age of vehicles on the road at nearly 11 years old[1], consumers are looking for ways to keep their cars running longer.  To help, Shell, the no. 1 selling brand of gasoline in the U.S., sponsored a national survey of auto mechanics to gather straight-forward, practical advice on how consumers can best care for their vehicles.

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According to the national survey of 450 auto mechanics, the following are some of the great tips that mechanics agree will help keep your vehicle healthy and on the road longer:

  • Change oil at manufacturer suggested intervals
  • Replace fluids regularly
  • Fill up with high quality gasoline
  • Rotate/align tires regularly

While many vehicle owners are aware of the importance of oil changes and tire rotation, many may be surprised to learn the importance of using high quality gasoline. In fact:

  • More than half the mechanics surveyed agree that most fuel system repairs can be prevented by using high quality gasolines;
  • Two-thirds of mechanics report using high quality gasoline in their personal vehicle all or some of the time;
  • 7 out of 10 mechanics agree that individuals who keep their cars longer can benefit from using a high quality gasoline; and
  • Shell is the most recommended brand of gasoline among mechanics.

Furthermore, 97% of mechanics agree that clean fuel injectors and intake valves are important to an engine's optimal performance.  That's why Shell developed the New Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines. The new formulation delivers 20 % more active cleaning agents than before, designed to protect the engine's intake valves and fuel injectors from performance-robbing gunk. So no matter what you drive, no other gasoline protects your engine better. 

Regular maintenance and the use of high quality gasoline can also help improve fuel efficiency.  Knowing this, Shell developed a Smarter Driving Program that shows consumers how they can go farther on less fuel by combining smarter maintenance, actions, and products.

For more information on the benefits of NEW Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines, visit shell.us/ontheroad or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/Shell. Or, for more information on the Shell Smarter Driving Program, go to www.shell.us/smarterdriving.

Shell Mechanics Survey Methodology

The Shell Mechanics Survey was a 7-minute online survey conducted by StrategyOne.  The survey fielded from March 30April 2, 2012 and sampled 450 automotive technicians across the United States. The margin of error is +/- 4.62% at 95% confidence.

Shell Oil Products US, a subsidiary of Shell Oil Company, is a leader in the refining, transportation and marketing of fuels, with a network of approximately 6,000 Shell-branded gasoline stations in the western United States. Another 8,300 Shell-branded stations in the eastern and southern are managed by Motiva Enterprises LLC, a 50/50 joint venture between Shell Oil Company and Saudi Refining, Inc.

Shell Oil Company is an affiliate of the Royal Dutch Shell plc, a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with 93,000 employees in more than 90 countries. [(NYSE: RDS.A) and (NYSE: RDS.B)]

Definitions and cautionary statement

The companies in which Royal Dutch Shell plc directly and indirectly owns investments are separate entities. In this press release "Shell", "Shell group" and "Royal Dutch Shell" are sometimes used for convenience where references are made to Royal Dutch Shell plc and its subsidiaries in general. Likewise, the words "we", "us" and "our" are also used to refer to subsidiaries in general or to those who work for them. These expressions are also used where no useful purpose is served by identifying the particular company or companies. ''Subsidiaries'', "Shell subsidiaries" and "Shell companies" as used in this press release refer to companies in which Royal Dutch Shell either directly or indirectly has control, by having either a majority of the voting rights or the right to exercise a controlling influence. The companies in which Shell has significant influence but not control are referred to as "associated companies" or "associates" and companies in which Shell has joint control are referred to as "jointly controlled entities". In this press release, associates and jointly controlled entities are also referred to as "equity-accounted investments". The term "Shell interest" is used for convenience to indicate the direct and/or indirect (for example, through our 23% shareholding in Woodside Petroleum Ltd.) ownership interest held by Shell in a venture, partnership or company, after exclusion of all third-party interest.

This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning the financial condition, results of operations and businesses of Royal Dutch Shell. All statements other than statements of historical fact are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements of future expectations that are based on management's current expectations and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in these statements. Forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements concerning the potential exposure of Royal Dutch Shell to market risks and statements expressing management's expectations, beliefs, estimates, forecasts, projections and assumptions. These forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as ''anticipate'', ''believe'', ''could'', ''estimate'', ''expect'', ''goals'', ''intend'', ''may'', ''objectives'', ''outlook'', ''plan'', ''probably'', ''project'', ''risks'', ''seek'', ''should'', ''target'', ''will'' and similar terms and phrases. There are a number of factors that could affect the future operations of Royal Dutch Shell and could cause those results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements included in this press release, including (without limitation): (a) price fluctuations in crude oil and natural gas; (b) changes in demand for Shell's products; (c) currency fluctuations; (d) drilling and production results; (e) reserves estimates; (f) loss of market share and industry competition; (g) environmental and physical risks; (h) risks associated with the identification of suitable potential acquisition properties and targets, and successful negotiation and completion of such transactions; (i) the risk of doing business in developing countries and countries subject to international sanctions; (j) legislative, fiscal and regulatory developments including regulatory measures addressing climate change; (k) economic and financial market conditions in various countries and regions; (l) political risks, including the risks of expropriation and renegotiation of the terms of contracts with governmental entities, delays or advancements in the approval of projects and delays in the reimbursement for shared costs; and (m) changes in trading conditions. All forward-looking statements contained in this press release are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements contained or referred to in this section. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Additional factors that may affect future results are contained in Royal Dutch Shell's 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2011 (available at www.shell.com/investor and www.sec.gov ). These factors also should be considered by the reader.  Each forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date of this press release, May 23, 2012. Neither Royal Dutch Shell nor any of its subsidiaries undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or other information. In light of these risks, results could differ materially from those stated, implied or inferred from the forward-looking statements contained in this press release.

We may have used certain terms, such as resources, in this press release that United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) strictly prohibits us from including in our filings with the SEC.  U.S. Investors are urged to consider closely the disclosure in our Form 20-F, File No 1-32575, available on the SEC website www.sec.gov. You can also obtain these forms from the SEC by calling 1-800-SEC-0330.

[1] Data from Polk's analysis of the national vehicle registration database (January 17, 2012)

 

SOURCE Shell Oil Company



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