Lexington, Kentucky -- In a breakthrough with potential to deliver substantial cost savings for Heavy Duty operators and fleet owners, Valvoline (NYSE: VVV) and Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) are excited to announce that Valvoline Premium Blue Heavy Duty Engine Oil is proven to extend oil drain intervals for an additional 10,000 miles, enabling a new maximum ODI of 60,000 miles in the all-new 2017 Cummins X15TM engines, compared to other API CK-4 engine oils.
The results were proven through extensive collaborative development efforts, covering millions of miles of real-world truck testing. In an analysis of cost savings potential, comparing the use of conventional oil and synthetic blend CK-4 oils in the Cummins X15 engine, Valvoline Premium Blue 15W-40 was proven to save upwards of $20,000 in annual oil maintenance cost and productivity savings for a 100-truck fleet*.
“We know that when it comes to performance and investment of your engine and motor oil, everything matters—from the advanced hardware components found in the Cummins X15 engine, to the innovative formulation found in Valvoline Premium Blue. It’s not just one or the other.” said Roger England, Cummins R&D Director of Fuels, Lubricants, and Materials
“Together, we’ve integrated our products in a way that benefits our customer,” added Fran Lockwood, Chief Technology Officer at Valvoline, “making a real impact on the health of their equipment and ultimately, their bottom line. When you can extend oil life without reducing performance, that’s going to add up to incredible savings over the long haul.”
The 2017 Cummins X15 engine was meticulously engineered to provide incredible overall efficiency, delivering up to 3% base engine fuel economy improvement over the EPA 2013 ISX15 engine, and up to a 15-20% improvement over the EPA 2010 model. Valvoline Premium Blue™ diesel engine oil remains the The Only One™ recommended for all Cummins engines, providing lasting performance and protection.
“The partnership between Cummins and Valvoline starts with the technical expertise of the two companies but advances to continuously meet the needs of our mutual customers,” said Cummins Worldwide Chief Engineer, Kerk McKeon, “I am pleased we are able to offer them the dependability of our products to help them succeed with confidence over the long run.
*Assumptions: 125,000 annual mileage, $23/hr labor rate, $125/hr productivity loss rate
About Cummins Inc.
Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emissions solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (USA), Cummins currently employs approximately 55,000 people worldwide, and serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of approximately 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and more than 7,200 dealer locations. Cummins earned $1.39 billion on sales of $17.5 billion in 2016. Press releases can be found on the Web at cummins.com or cumminsengines.com. Follow Cummins on Twitter at twitter.com/cumminsengines and on YouTube at youtube.com/cumminsengines. Press releases can be found on the Web at cummins.com or cumminsengines.com. Follow Cummins on Twitter at twitter.com/cumminsengines and on YouTube at youtube.com/cumminsengines.
Valvoline Inc. (NYSE:VVV) is a leading worldwide producer and distributor of premium branded automotive, commercial and industrial lubricants, and automotive chemicals. In 2016, it ranked as the #2 quick-lube chain by number of stores and #3 passenger car motor oil brand in the DIY market by volume in the United States. The brand operates and franchises more than 1,070 Valvoline Instant Oil ChangeSM centers in the United States. It also markets ValvolineTM lubricants and automotive chemicals; MaxLifeTM lubricants created for higher-mileage engines, SynPowerTM synthetic motor oil; and ZerexTM antifreeze. Visit www.valvoline.com to learn more.
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