Pennzoil® Named Favorite Motor Oil Brand by Popular Mechanics' Readers

Oct 29, 2010, 15:46 ET from Pennzoil

HOUSTON, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennzoil® has been named the "Favorite Motor Oil Brand" in Popular Mechanics magazine's Readers' Choice Awards. More than 10,000 Popular Mechanics readers, including automotive enthusiasts, participated in the 2010 survey to determine readers' favorite consumer products across more than 30 categories. Among the brands included in the survey, Pennzoil® was voted as the preferred motor oil brand.

"We congratulate Pennzoil for winning this award for the first time," said Bill Congdon, Publisher, Popular Mechanics. "Our readers are knowledgeable consumers who are savvy when it comes to their automobiles, and their influence is felt in garages and gas stations nationwide. They demand quality and performance in any product they buy, and they advise others to do the same."

The recently revamped portfolio of products, which includes five Pennzoil® motor oils, elevates cleansing and engine protection beyond industry requirements.  Each Pennzoil® motor oil offering is formulated with special Active Cleansing Agents™ that not only help prevent sludge beyond industry requirements, but also clean out existing sludge.

The new, tiered portfolio includes the ultra-class synthetic Pennzoil Ultra™, Pennzoil Platinum® full synthetic, Pennzoil Gold™ synthetic blend, Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle® and Pennzoil® conventional motor oils.

Pennzoil Ultra™

The ultra-class synthetic is the Pennzoil® brand's top-tier oil and is formulated with Hyper Cleansing Technology™.  Nothing keeps your engine closer to factory clean than Pennzoil Ultra™.(1)  Pennzoil Ultra™ also cleans out existing engine sludge better than the brand's conventional and synthetic blend oils.(2)  In addition to its cleansing capabilities, no leading synthetic oil provides better wear protection(3), and Pennzoil Ultra™ is the only motor oil recommended by Ferrari North America.  The oil exceeds ILSAC GF-5 engine cleanliness and protection requirements.  

Pennzoil Ultra™ SAE 5W-20, 5W-30 and 10W-30 viscosities can be found in major automotive retailers nationwide.  Pennzoil Ultra Euro SAE 5W-40 and 10W-60 viscosities can be found at retailers and installers servicing mostly European cars, or through Ferrari dealerships.

Pennzoil Platinum®

Pennzoil Platinum® full synthetic motor oil with superior Active Cleansing Agents™(4) keeps pistons up to 40% cleaner than the toughest industry standard.(5)  Pennzoil Platinum® overall cleans out engine sludge better than the brand's conventional and synthetic blend oils.(2) The oil exceeds ILSAC GF-5 engine cleanliness and protection requirements.  Pennzoil Platinum® SAE 0W-20, 5W-20, 5W-30 and, 10W-30 viscosities can be found in major automotive retailers and installers nationwide.  Pennzoil Platinum® SAE 5W-50 viscosity can be found at retailers and installers servicing mostly European cars.

Pennzoil Gold™

Pennzoil Gold™ is a synthetic-blend motor oil that is suitable for SUVs, trucks, minivans and cars.  Pennzoil Gold™ keeps pistons up to 10% cleaner than the toughest industry standard.(5)  The synthetic blend oil cleans out up to 40% of engine sludge in the first oil change and continues to clean in the next oil change.(2)  No leading conventional or synthetic blend helps keep engines cleaner, and no leading conventional or synthetic blend provides better wear protection.(1,3) Pennzoil Gold™ exceeds ILSAC GF-5 engine cleanliness and protection requirements.  Pennzoil Gold™ motor oil is available in SAE 5W-20, 5W-30 and 10W-30 viscosities.

Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle®

Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle® motor oil is formulated for vehicles with engines that have been driven more than 75,000 miles.  The oil helps reduce leaks and oil burn-off in worn and high-mileage engines.  Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle® motor oil cleans out up to 40% engine sludge in the first oil change and continues to clean in the next oil change.(2) The oil exceeds ILSAC GF-5 engine cleanliness and protection requirements.  Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle® motor oil is available in SAE 5W-30, 10W-30, and 10W-40 viscosities.

Pennzoil®

No leading conventional oil keeps engines cleaner(1), and no leading conventional oil provides better wear protection.(3)  Pennzoil® conventional motor oil also cleans out up to 40% engine sludge in the first oil change and continues to clean in the next oil change.(2) Pennzoil® conventional motor oil exceeds ILSAC GF-5 engine cleanliness and protection requirements.  Pennzoil® conventional is available in SAE 5W-20, 5W-30, 10W-30, 10W-40, 20W-50, 30 and 40 viscosities.

For additional information on the portfolio of Pennzoil® products, please visit www.Pennzoil.com.

About Pennzoil®

Pennzoil® motor oil is one of the most trusted brands in America.  The Pennzoil line of quality products meets or exceeds industry specifications to offer exceptional engine protection, and includes Pennzoil Ultra™ motor oil with Hyper Cleansing Technology™, Pennzoil Platinum® Full Synthetic motor oil, Pennzoil® Advanced Protection motor oil, Pennzoil Gold™ motor oil, Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle® motor oil, and Pennzoil Marine® engine oil.  For more information about Pennzoil products, please visit www.pennzoil.com.

Pennzoil is produced and marketed by Shell Lubricants. The term 'Shell Lubricants' collectively refers to the companies of Royal Dutch Shell plc that are engaged in the lubricants business. Shell Lubricants companies lead the lubricants industry, supplying 13.4% of global lubricants volume.(6) The companies manufacture and blend products for use in applications ranging from consumer motor oil and food processing oils to heavy industrial lubricants and commercial transport oils. The Shell Lubricants portfolio of top-quality brands includes Pennzoil®, Quaker State®, FormulaShell®, Shell TELLUS®, Shell CASSIDA®, Shell RIMULA®, Shell ROTELLA® T, Shell SPIRAX®, Jiffy Lube® and a portfolio of leading car care brands.

About Royal Dutch Shell plc

Royal Dutch Shell plc is incorporated in England and Wales, has its headquarters in The Hague and is listed on the London, Amsterdam, and New York stock exchanges. Shell companies have operations in more than 100 countries with businesses including oil and gas exploration and production; production and marketing of Liquefied Natural Gas and Gas to Liquids; manufacturing, marketing and shipping of oil products and chemicals and renewable energy projects including wind and solar power. For further information, visit www.shell.com.

(1) Based on Sequence VG sludge test using SAE 5W-30

(2) Based on severe sludge clean-up test using SAE 5W-30

(3) Based on Sequence IVA wear test using SAE 5W-30

(4) Superior versus our conventional and synthetic blend oil

(5) Based on ILSAC GF-5 and Sequence IIIG piston deposit test using SAE 5W-30

(6) Kline & Company is a worldwide consulting and research firm.  All data in this media release has been sourced from Kline & Company's report "Global Lubricants Industry 2009: Market Analysis and Assessment, 2009-2019", unless otherwise stated.

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