Through its numerous marketing campaigns and advertisements, many motorists are aware of the cleaning power of Caltex’s fuel with Techron®. Techron® is a fuel additive that serves as a cleaning agent to remove gunk, corrosion, and other pollutants that have accumulated over time inside the engine, but chances are, motorists may have never seen what is truly going on underneath their car’s engine. Despite all the marketing claims of what Techron® is able to do, there really is no accessible and easy way to find out if Techron® is really able to clean the inside of a car’s engines, until now.
Through a borescope test conducted in four Asian markets (Philippines, Hong Kong, Cambodia and Thailand) where they inspected 694 valves from 94 cars, motorists were able to see what lurks inside their engines. The test utilized a Karl Storz borescope to examine the interior of a vehicle’s fuel system, comparing against the industry standard Co-operative Research Council (CRC) Intake Valve Deposit (IVD) rating system, where 10 denotes perfectly clean. A clean engine is important as when there is dirt buildup, the mixture of air and fuel is disrupted; impacting performance, power, acceleration, fuel economy and emissions.
“The recent borescope test once again helps demonstrate to local motorists that not all fuels are created equal. Since our last test in 2013, Caltex fuels continue to work at keeping parts clean, thereby contributing to five performance benefits – maximized power, better fuel economy, lower emissions, a smoother drive, and reliable performance,” shares Engeler. “This is also the first time the new Caltex with Techron® formulation has been tested under the local market – with local fuels, under local climatic, driving, and traffic conditions. We are delighted that the latest Clean and Glide technology is proven to deliver unbeatable cleaning power to help our customers’ cars perform at their best.”
Vehicles that used Caltex with Techron® achieved an average score of 9.7 out of 10 across all four Asian markets (Philippines, Hong Kong, Cambodia and Thailand), surpassing the average 8.9 score of vehicles using lower quality fuel. In comparison, some vehicles using lower quality fuels recorded valve readings of as low as 5.0, 5.0, 6.5, and 8.5 for Cambodia, Philippines, Thailand and Hong Kong respectively. Vehicles selected represent a cross-section of the market fleet to reveal an unbiased and true state of local passenger cars.
“We are extremely proud of the borescope test results as these provide concrete evidence of the consistent performance of Caltex with Techron. Achieving such a high score in valve cleanliness reflects our commitment to providing only the best-quality fuel products. We are thrilled to be sharing this news with our media and car club friends,” said CPI country chairman Louie Zhang.
Through this test, motorists should now have the awareness about the cleaning power of Techron®. Whichever the grade and fuel type, all products contain the fuel additive that is backed by over 30 years of research and development, which has a polyetheramine component designed to clean up fuel system deposits and prevent them from reforming. Filipinos can head down to any Caltex service station to experience the benefits Caltex fuels with Techron®.