HOUSTON, June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Quaker State®, one of the industry's most innovative motor oil brands, has been named the official motor oil of Kelley Blue Book®, www.kbb.com, the leading provider of new and used car information. For the first time in its 87-year history, Kelley Blue Book has decided to specify the use of Quaker State oils in all of its long-term test vehicles.
"More than ever, consumers are seeking practical, value-focused automotive information from trusted sources," says Gita Gidwani, Quaker State Global Brand Manager. "By working alongside Kelley Blue Book, we can achieve this mission and be a valuable, collaborative resource for consumers."
The relationship will be activated through significant media and public relations support, one part of which is a series of informational videos focused on ways consumers can drive longevity and durability for their vehicle. One additional feature will showcase an in-depth discussion with a KBB.com expert, along with Quaker State technical experts covering the topic of fuel economy.
"During the past few years, the average age of vehicles on the road has risen consistently. In fact, we've seen an uptick in the average search age for a vehicle on the website go from three to five years old," says Jack Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst of Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com. "Knowing there are brands like Quaker State that put together products and programs to help consumers continue to squeeze value from their vehicles creates a connection that the Kelley Blue Book brand can support."
With this in mind, the public relations initiative that Quaker State and Kelley Blue Book will be kicking off is designed to provide consumers with value-oriented seasonal automotive and driving advice, both online and in retail stores.
Initiated in 2011 with the Cash Back Warranty Program, Quaker State offers consumers the opportunity to get the Kelley Blue Book® Value of their vehicles (up to $3,000) when they reach 300,000 miles under the warranty program using eligible Quaker State products.
Quaker State and Kelley Blue Book have a shared mission to equip motorists with practical information to help inform vehicle decisions.
About Quaker State®
Quaker State® motor oil has a 70-year history as a leader in consumer automotive products and vehicle care. Quaker State is among the industry's most innovative motor oil brands and offers a full line of products to meet every type of vehicle engine need and is one of the first brands to develop high mileage engine motor oil. For more information about the full line of Quaker State products, visit www.quakerstate.com.
Quaker State is produced and marketed by Shell Lubricants.
About 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 more than 13% of global lubricants volume.(a) The companies manufacture and blend products for use in consumer, heavy industrial and commercial transport applications. The Shell Lubricants portfolio of top-quality brands includes Pennzoil®, Quaker State®, FormulaShell®, Shell TELLUS®, Shell RIMULA®, Shell ROTELLA® T, Shell SPIRAX® and Jiffy Lube®.
Globally, Shell motorsports technical alliances provide a testing ground for fuel and lubricant technologies and products in demanding road conditions to gain insight and develop technology for use on-track and in consumers' vehicles. The knowledge from these and other alliances also help Shell to address tomorrow's energy challenge with efficient mobility solutions that power and protect motorists around the world.
About Kelley Blue Book (www.kbb.com)
Founded in 1926, Kelley Blue Book, The Trusted Resource®, is the only vehicle valuation and information source trusted and relied upon by both consumers and the industry. Each week the company provides the most market-reflective values in the industry on its top-rated website www.kbb.com, including its famous Blue Book® Trade-In and Suggested Retail Values and Fair Purchase Price, which reports what others are paying for new cars this week. The company also provides vehicle pricing and values through various products and services available to car dealers, auto manufacturers, finance and insurance companies as well as governmental agencies. KBB.com provides consumer pricing and information on cars for sale, minivans, pickup trucks, sedan, hybrids, electric cars, and SUVs. Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of AutoTrader Group.
(a) Kline & Company, "Global Lubricants Industry 2012: Market Analysis and Assessment."
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