Monday, March 5, 2012

Why Zero Weight Oils Drive New Vehicle Fuel Economy

If you’ve been in the market for a new vehicle or have recently purchased one, you may have noticed that manufacturers such as Toyota and Honda are building new vehicle models that now specifiy using zero weight motor oil rather than a heavier 10W-30 oil. The reason for the change is simple according to synthetic oil manufacturer Royal Purple®. Changing to a thinner, lighter oil viscosity like 0W-20 can mean better fuel efficiency and increased savings for consumers.

 More Power to Ground, Better Fuel Economy
Zero weight motor oils are formulated to be able to lubricate the internal structures of the engine more freely, helping to extend engine life and deliver maximum fuel economy because the engine doesn't have to work as hard to move the oil around. These low viscosity oils also provide excellent protection in low temperatures, uniform lubrication, reduced friction and help make the engine produce more power over heavier weight oils.

To meet manufacturer and consumer demand for zero weight viscosity oil in today’s vehicles, Royal Purple recently developed its fully-synthetic 0W-20 motor oil. According to the company, use of a synthetic oil helps conserve natural resources and can save consumers money because of oil change intervals that increase by as much as 5,000 miles over use of conventional mineral-based low viscosity oils. Between extended service intervals and fuel economy improvements, drivers may see up to a 5% improvement in fuel and maintenance costs.

Premium Protection
Royal Purple’s low viscosity synthetic oil provides added defense against wear, maximum corrosion and extended emissions protection, optimized fuel economy as well as increased ethanol compatibility for today's flex-fuel vehicles  and automobiles running on seasonally blended gasolines.

So What Oil Should You Use?
For vehicles still within their original warranty, Royal Purple recommends always following the manufacturer’s suggested specification for oil viscosity generally found in the vehicle owner’s manual. Once the vehicle warranty has expired, consumers may want to consider using heavier or lighter weight oils based on individual driving characteristics and local weather. For example, drivers in colder climates may want to consider switching to lighter weight viscosity oils in the winter because oil has a tendency, just like syrup to get thicker the cooler it gets. Drivers interested in maximum performance and protection might want to consider using Royal Purple’s High Performance Street (HPS) line of oils.

In addition to its new 0W-20 synthetic motor oil, Royal Purple manufactures a complete line of other weight oils and oil filters for a variety performance, street, marine and industrial applications. A full product catalog is available by accessing Royal Purple's website at

About Royal Purple
Royal Purple manufactures synthetic products for numerous industrial and consumer needs. Join Royal Purple on Facebook at and Twitter @RoyalPurpleInc. For more information on Royal Purple or its products, contact Royal Purple Inc. via mail at One Royal Purple Lane, Porter, TX 77365; by calling 281-354-8600; or by visiting

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