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NextGen Motor Oil Gives Drivers The Opportunity Go Green(er)


LEXINGTON. KY - March 16, 2011: Kentucky-based Valvoline, a division of Ashland Oil, unveiled NextGen a new type of motor oil made with 50 percent recycled oil. Valvoline says that NextGen is more environmentally friendly because the reuse of used oil eliminates the need to dispose of it in a way that contaminates the soil and water. Recycled oil also uses 56% fewer resources compared to oil made without recycled content.

The manufacture of recycled base oils produces less greenhouse and toxic emissions, consumes less energy and reduces the demand for crude oil.

Blair Boggs, vice president of global brands at Valvoline, said that “in the past, used oil was recycled through acid-clay treatment that removed some contaminants, but the quality was not suitable for Valvoline motor oil. But now our Advanced Technology oil recycling uses the same refining processes used for crude oil refining, including hydro-treating and distillation techniques to remove contaminants and used-up additives. This process results in recycled base oils that can have the same quality and performance as base oils made from virgin crude.

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Thom Smith, Valvoline VP says that it's still important to carefully select the best of these recycled base oils because just like crude oil refining, the quality of recycled base oils can vary greatly. That's why they only use recycled oils that meet the same strict standards as they apply to other products. And that customers should be satisfied with only the highest standards for the motor oil they use in their car and that's why NextGen, is made to exceed industry standards and meet customers highest standards.

Boggs said that “NextGen not only protects today’s engines against undesirable deposits, contamination, and both viscosity and thermal breakdown under severe service conditions but does so as it helps minimize environmental impact. “

NextGen like other Valvoline motor oils contains advanced additive technology which has been shown to reduce harmful emissions over the life of the vehicle.

The oil will be sold in traditional sizes and will also be available in convention, synthetic blend and high-mileage offerings and is backed by the Valvoline’s engine guarantee plan.


What is the best way to return used oil for re-refining?

Take care to place used oil in a clean plastic container with a tight lid and never store used oil in a container that has held chemicals, food, or beverages. Oil should not be mixed with anything else, such as antifreeze, solvent, or paint. Don’t forget that additional oil can be recovered by draining used oil filters. Thoroughly drained filters can be disposed of in household trash. You’ll find that many automotive retailers and municipalities collect used motor oil for recycling. To find out more about motor oil recycling, visit Also, Many of the places that sell NextGen accept used oil. Find one here >

How often do I need to change my oil when I use NextGen motor oil?

Valvoline recommends changing oil every 3,000 miles. Most consumers (more than 80% of drivers, according to a State of California study) drive under what is considered severe driving conditions (stop and go, short trips, towing, or very hot or very cold temperatures). So, changing the oil and filter every 3,000 miles is the best way to ensure engine health.

Why doesn’t Valvoline put re-refined oil in all your motor oil products?

Our estimates indicate that availability of the high quality re-refined base stock Valvoline requires to produce NextGen is limited. As supply of recycled oil increases, we’ll continue to explore alternative formulations.

Is NextGen covered by the Valvoline Engine Guarantee program?

Yes. The Valvoline Engine Guarantee covers your engine if it fails, hassle free. If you have 125,000 miles or less, using Valvoline NextGen can give you an engine guarantee up to 225,000 miles. Registration required.

Is it safe to switch to NextGen if I have been using another motor oil?

Yes. NextGen delivers the performance you need and the protection you expect. It’s reformulated to the highest standards, and backed by the Valvoline Engine Guarantee.

Why did Valvoline decide to make NextGen motor oil?

Valvoline is constantly exploring ways to continue to innovate and deliver greater value to our customers. The combination of improvements in re-refining technology and our proprietary formula has allowed us to create a product that delivers 100% Valvoline quality in a product made up of 50% recycled oil. We are extremely excited about bringing a product to market that is better for the environment and great for your engine.

Are there any disadvantages of using recycled oil versus virgin crude?

None at all. With today's re-refining processes, quality is not compromised, and performance is assured. The only disadvantage of using re-refined base stock oil is limited availability