A new class of gasoline, called TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline, is appearing at retail stations of some fuel marketers. This gasoline meets detergency standards developed by four automotive companies. A description of the concept and benefits of TOP TIER is provided in the following question and answer section.
As of February 23, 2005, the following gasoline brands meet the TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline Standards:
Chevron: Chevron has markets in 29 states in the West, Southwest and South, as well as in Alaska and Hawaii. ALL grades of Chevron with Techron gasoline meet TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline Standards.
QuikTrip: (Not to be confused with Kwik Trip). QuikTrip operates convenience stores and travel centers in a number of metropolitan areas:
- Tulsa, OK
- Springfield, MO
- Kansas City, MO
- Kansas City, KS
- Wichita, KS
- Des Moines, IA
- Omaha, NE
- St. Louis, MO
- St. Louis, IL
- Atlanta, GA
- Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX
- Phoenix, AZ
- Bartlesville, OK
- Miami, OK
- Vinita, OK
- Columbia, MO
Kwik Trip: (Not to be confused with QuikTrip). Over 450 Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Hearty Platter® and Tobacco Outlet Plus stores throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.
Conoco: Conoco has over 4,000 stations located in 33 states.
Phillips 66: Phillips 66 has locations in 32 states across the nation.
76: 76 has over 2,700 stations located throughout the country.
Shell: Shell Oil Products has a network of nearly 7,000 branded gasoline stations in the Western United States. Shell Oil Company markets branded products through more than 10,000 stations in the Eastern and Southern United States.
Entec: Entec Stations offer gasoline through stations located in the greater Montgomery, Alabama area.
MFA: MFA Oil Company offers gasoline at "Break Time" convenience stores located throughout Missouri.
What is TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline? TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline is a new class of gasoline with enhanced detergency. It meets new, voluntary deposit control standards developed by four automotive companies that exceed the detergent requirements imposed by the EPA. Who developed TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline standards? TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline standards were developed by four automotive companies: BMW, General Motors, Honda and Toyota.
Does it really matter what gas you use? Absolutely. Four of the worlds top automakers, BMW, General Motors, Honda, and Toyota recognize that the current EPA minimum detergent requirements do not go far enough to ensure optimal engine performance. A lower level of detergent may cause a buildup of deposits on critical engine parts. These deposits can cause stalling, rough idling, lowered acceleration and other unnecessary problems in your vehicleand your life.
Why was TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline developed? TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline was developed to increase the level of detergent additive in gasoline. The EPA requires that all gasoline sold in the U.S. contain a detergent additive. However, the requirement is minimal and in many cases, is not sufficient to keep engines clean. In order to meet TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline standards, a higher level of detergent is needed than what is required by the EPA. Also, TOP TIER was developed to give fuel marketers the opportunity to differentiate their product.
Why did the four automotive companies join together to develop TOP TIER? All four corporations recognized the benefits to both the vehicle and the consumer. Also, joining together emphasized that low detergency is an issue of concern to several automotive companies.
What are the benefits of TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline? TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline will help keep engines cleaner than gasoline containing the "Lowest Additive Concentration" set by the EPA. Clean engines help provide optimal fuel economy and performance and reduced emissions. Also, use of TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline will help reduce deposit related concerns.
- Improves fuel efficiency
- Prevents driving upsets (rough idle, hesitation, stalling and surge)
- Improves acceleration
- Provides more power
- Reduces emissions
- Cleans dirty engines and keeps new engines clean
Who should use TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline? All vehicles will benefit from using TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline over gasoline containing the "Lowest Additive Concentration" set by the EPA. Those vehicles that have experienced deposit related concerns may especially benefit from use of TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline.