Shell Philippines officially launched a new range of Shell Advance engine oils exclusively for scooters at the Manila Hotel last March 4.

Formulated to cool, clean and protect engines of automatic transmission scooters as well as to meet the growing demand for scooter-specific lubricants, the products consist of the Shell Advance Ultra, AX7, AX5 and Scooter Gear Oil.

Shell Advance launches scooter oils

Shell Advance Ultra Scooter (1L) is 100 percent synthetic with a viscosity grade of 5W-40, intended for all modern scooters . Advance AX7 (0.8L) is synthetic-based with a viscosity grade of 10W-40, intended for modern 4-stroke scooters fitted with a dry type clutch system. Advance AX5 (0.8L) is a premium mineral oil with a viscosity grade of 15W-40, intended for modern 4-stroke scooters. The Shell Advance Scooter Gear Oil (0.12L), with viscosity grade of 10W-40, is designed for all gearboxes of major scooter makes and models. It is best used with Advance lubricants. They are all available in Shell retail stations and motorcycle parts and supply shops nationwide.

PurePlus and Active Cleansing

The scooter oils, like their counterparts for motorcycles, are made with Shell's revolutionary PurePlus and Active Cleansing Technologies that ensure durability, more power, smoother ride and increased fuel economy.

Shell PurePlus Technology is a process of converting natural gas into crystal-clear base oil. The oil's enhanced viscosity maintains performance in extreme and low temperatures. It flows rapidly for easier engine start-up and faster engine warm-up. It also reduces friction for better fuel economy.

Active Cleansing Technology creates a fully synthetic lubricant that cleans the engine and prevent the build-up of dirt. Protection from engine deposits and sludge result in better defense against wear and corrosion—helping to extend engine life and reduce maintenance costs. Increased savings for the consumer are also achieved because of less frequent top-ups, owing to Shell Advance's lower volatility.

Growth market

Shell Philippines explains that scooter engines are different from motorcycle engines, because they require a compatible oil that is low friction and has better oxidative stability. The introduction is also timely as the number of scooter users in the country is increasing.

Sales of motorcycles and scooters in the Philippines last year increased 7.6% to 850,509 from 790,245 in 2014, according to statistics from the ASEAN Automotive Federation (AAF). The production of motorcycle and scooters in the country also increased in 2015 by 5.4 percent to 795,840 from 755,184 in 2014, AAF data showed.