HOUSTON, April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Shell, the no. 1 selling gasoline brand in the U.S., recognizes that Americans are continuing to approach purchasing decisions with a cautious stance, even for everyday necessities such as fuel. In response, Shell continues to offer new and innovative ways for consumers to protect their vehicle while saving at the pump. From significant money saving programs to help consumers save on their fuel purchases to the recent launch of its free "Shell Station Locator" mobile application to help consumers find a nearby station, Shell is making it easier for consumers to protect their vehicle and budget.
Since the economic and auto industry downturn in 2008, data from Polk(1) shows that the average length of new vehicle ownership has dramatically increased. On average, consumers are holding onto a new vehicle for 63.9 months based on second quarter 2010 data, up 4.5 months from the previous year. Since a vehicle for many consumers is their second largest investment, it is important to protect it by avoiding lower-quality gasolines. And, one of the best ways to protect your vehicle is by using Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines which help to clean and protect critical engine parts and improve engine performance while driving.
Choose the right gasoline to protect your vehicle
Choosing the right gasoline for your vehicle can make the difference between trouble-free driving and costly repairs. Six of the world's top automakers - Audi, BMW, GM, Honda, Toyota and Volkswagen - recognize that current minimum detergent requirements do not go far enough to prevent the build-up of engine "gunk" which can harm engine performance. To raise the bar on fuel quality, these auto manufacturers designated the voluntary TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline Standard to help drivers avoid the problems that can be associated with using lower-quality gasolines.
As a leader in engine protection, Shell developed an exclusive Nitrogen Enriched Cleaning System specifically designed to clean and protect intake valves and fuel injectors to improve engine performance as you drive. All three grades of Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines including Shell V-Power® premium gasoline include the Nitrogen Enriched Cleaning System, which has been extensively tested with more than a half-million miles clocked in various engines and vehicles, including a wide range of conventional, modern turbo-charged, direct fuel-injected and hybrid engines.
Save on high-quality fuels to protect your budget
Shell also understands the changing needs of consumers can affect their purchasing decisions. Our passionate experts continually look for ways to provide consumers increased value and savings at the pump without lowering the quality of their fuel through valuable fuel reward programs and the Shell Family of Cards.
Since 2009, Shell has been teaming up with many of the nation's leading traditional supermarket retailers to make it easier for consumers to save on high-quality fuels at Shell by redeeming their supermarket loyalty card points at the pump. Shell has exclusive alliances with leading grocers in more than 80 markets across the U.S. including the Kroger family of stores, Giant Foods and Stop & Shop. It's easy -- when customers make a qualifying purchase at participating grocery stores using their existing supermarket loyalty card at the register, they earn points that can then be redeemed at participating Shell stations. While the offer can vary by grocer and market, consumers can earn significant savings at participating Shell stations. To find a full list of participating grocers and Shell stations, please visit www.shell.us/grocery.
Shell has also teamed up with Excentus, the leader in providing marketing programs and services utilizing cents-per-gallon fuel discounts as the ultimate consumer reward. This alliance provides savings at the pump leveraging fuelperks!, which includes opportunities to earn savings at grocers like Winn-Dixie and BI-LO to be redeemed at participating Shell stations in select markets. The relationship between Shell and Excentus recently expanded to include a national program through an exclusive, long-term strategic deal. This will bring the first U.S. national reward program where consumers can earn cents-per-gallon discounts redeemable exclusively at participating Shell stations.
Another option for saving at the pump is to use one of the Shell Family of Cards. From credit to debit or even gift cards, Shell has a number of payment options to address the diverse financial needs of today's consumers. Credit Card payment options like the Shell Drive for Five Card provide new and existing cardholders the opportunity to save on all three grades of Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines as well as Shell Diesel instantly. Another option is the Shell $aver Card, which acts like a debit card by linking directly to a checking account, and provides cardholders with a hassle-free way to save at the pump without incurring fees. The Shell Family of Cards can also help consumers easily track their gasoline purchases separately. For more information about the Shell Family of Cards, visit: www.shell.us/cards.
Don't settle for lower-quality gasolines
Whether running low on fuel or travelling a new route, the experts at Shell want consumers to know that they don't have to settle for second best for their vehicle. The new "Shell Station Locator" mobile application helps consumers to protect their vehicles even when they're in an unfamiliar area by locating the closest Shell station. The new "Shell Station Locator" is now live on Apple iPhone and Android mobile platforms in the U.S. and Canada. Consumers can download the application by accessing iTunes or the Android Market and searching for 'Shell Station Locator.'
The application for Apple handsets is 1.9MB in size and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. For Android devices the app is 516KB in size and available for Android OS 1.6 (API level 4) and above. Future platforms identified for launch include Windows 7, RIM (Blackberry) and Nokia Symbian.
For more information visit: www.shell.us
Shell Oil Products US, a subsidiary of Shell Oil Company, is a leader in the refining, transportation and marketing of fuels, and has a network of approximately 6,100 branded gasoline stations in the Western United States. Shell Oil Company is an affiliate of the Shell Group [(NYSE:RDS.A) and (NYSE:RDS.B)]. Shell Oil Company is a 50 percent owner of Motiva Enterprises LLC, along with Saudi Refining, Inc. Motiva Enterprises LLC refines and markets branded products through approximately 8,200 Shell-branded stations in the Eastern and Southern United States.
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(1) 2010 Polk Study
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