Growing environmental concerns and tightening fuel efficiency norms, as well as lubricant product innovations, are bringing changes to the North American consumer automotive lubricants market. While it has remained flat in the last five years, the market is now experiencing a fast change in the quality levels of lubricants. The consumption of synthetic and semi-synthetic products, particularly in the United States and Canada, is growing, resulting in extended average drain intervals for passenger vehicle lubricants. Continue reading
As the autonomous vehicle (AV) space continues to evolve and vehicle OEMs and mobility providers make announcements about million and billion dollar investments and initiatives, it is important to understand from a commercial perspective just where/how/why/when these vehicles will be serviced and the impact on suppliers of branded aftermarket engine oil and related lubricants.
Waymo, a business unit of Alphabet, announced on December 5, 2018 that it is launching a commercial self-driving, ride-hailing service in Phoenix, Arizona called Waymo One.
The global passenger car motor oil (PCMO) market is on the cusp of significant change triggered by forces shaping the future of mobility. Kline’s soon-to-be-published analysis The PCMO Market in 2040: A Long-term Outlook evaluates how and when PCMO demand will change as a reaction to emerging disruptive technologies redefining mobility, including the advent of ride sharing, autonomous vehicles, and the emergence of electric vehicles (EVs).Continue reading