++Car Fuel Additive Blog

+Choose the best fuel additive: Dosage, homologation, certifications, standards … and testimonials!

The most important thing is not to know the price of a particular packaging of a best diesel fuel additive, but to know the cost of treatment per liter of fuel of said fuel additive.

A diesel additive A of 250 ml to 18.40 euros may seem immediately cheaper than a gasoil A additive of 250 ml to 24.50 euros. But to what extent these two diesel additives must be used according to the recommendations of their manufacturer? If the recommended dosage for these two additives gasoil is strictly the same, then yes, we can say that the A is the least expensive. It is essential to read carefully the instructions for use and in particular the recommended dosage and the list of efficiencies.

Almost all additives of composition are recommended at a dosage of one per thousand (1: 1000). Some show 1: 1000 in winter and 1: 2000 in summer, during which time some constraints are less drastic. The rare bio-additives of natural origin, thanks to their hyper concentration in enzymes and proteins, are very effective at only 1: 4000, four times less than the chemical additives.

Let's take a look at our comparison: a 250 ml chemical fuel additive at 18.40 euros is half the price of a 250 ml diesel fuel additive at 36.80 euros.
But if the chemical is to be dosed at 1: 1000 and the bio-additive at 1: 4000, the former is finally twice as expensive as the bio-additive.
On online sales sites, including some of the big names of distributors specializing in cars, it is not uncommon to see proposed chemical additives without it being specified at all their dosage: how a buyer can compare objectively in such a case?

+Learn about the REAL effectiveness of the additive (and its approval!) …

Regardless of this first crucial point, it is also important to read the list of efficiencies advanced by the manufacturer. Normally, they appear first on the product label. But to know more, we strongly recommend a visit to the website.

Almost all manufacturers and distributors of fuel additives offer a range of products. For at least two reasons:
- it is recommended from a marketing point of view, to always present a range rather than a single product. The range is more sales, and it often takes two or even three products in the range to provide the results that the customer is looking for: an additive to clean the tank of fuel oil, another additive to improve the performance of your boiler, etc … The most of the time, it also requires an additive for diesel, another for gasoline …
- because it still does not seem possible, in the 21st century, to design based on chemical components, a unique additive, valid for all fuels, with a very wide field of action.

Buying a diesel additive (only biocidal effect ) of 250 ml to 18.40 euros is not at all equivalent to the purchase of a bottle of 250 ml at the same price which in addition to fight, too, against the bacterium, says improve combustion, reduce consumption …

On a bottle of less than one liter of additive, the label is actually limited in size, it is obviously not possible for the manufacturer or distributor to write anything he wants.
Then a visit of the website of some additives is necessary to try to establish a more objective comparison. Attention, previous remark: on a label and much more on a website, we can say everything, we can especially lie and assert against truths. Check the MSDS Safety Data Sheet of the additive: density, flash point and viscosity are important points to consider.

But above all,
- demand a (true) proof that this additive which you visit the website perfectly respects the standard of the fuel (s) that you want to add.
- require a (true) certification of the manufacturers demonstrating that the said additive has passed the regulatory tests in this respect,
- finally, if possible, request the composition analysis report of the additive by an accredited and internationally recognized laboratory. It is normal, it seems to us, that the manufacturer or distributor of the additive is able to present the detailed and extremely precise composition of his product. The data sheet is not sufficient: this document is produced by the manufacturer or the distributor himself, and is not objective. You need an external analysis report.
Note: (true) means here that these documents must come from international, neutral and recognized laboratories and organizations, with all the relevant information for a usage check.

+Read customer testimonials … the real ones!
The visit of a website must also allow the interested party to consult user testimonials. Of course the manufacturers and distributors of a product, whatever it is, do not put online negative testimonials. So you will see only overall positive testimonials on the product, but how much can you consult? Some sites manage painfully, over several years, to present half a dozen testimonials, with in general none of recent. What's more, almost none shows real evidence: an undated letter signed Gerard P. of Aix en Provence is not a true testimony. Two photos of trucks without any marking with the text "I save two liters to 100, signed: Pascal ROULIER- Avranches" does not mean anything. Any serious testimony must be circumstantial,

If an additive is able to bring you these three proofs and certifications, and if some dozens of testimonials worthy of the name are available on its website, then you can more serenely grant him a beginning of confidence.


+The future Renault Clio 5 will be one of the stars of the year 2018. What do we know about the one that will be largely inspired, in terms of style, of the recent concept cars TreZor and SymbioZ?

In 2016, the Paris Motor Show has closed its doors on promising promises. In the style of the concept car Dezir, revealed in 2010, the Renault Trezor show-car left hope for a good tomorrow at Renault, by starting a new cycle of design , for the next five to six years, still under the leadership of Laurens van den Acker , boss of the Renault style. But the harvest of the Mondial de Paris 2018 , which will reap the benefits of this new momentum, could prove disappointing through the next generation of the Clio, fifth of the name, as the silhouette of the latter is close to the current one .

A look very close to the current Clio
In 2012, the revelation of the Renault Clio 4 was a real shock for the city, until then uninspired, stylistically speaking. This fourth generation, with unpublished Latin curves, has finally given its letters of nobility to the one borrowing its name from a muse of Greek mythology. On the contrary, the look of the future Renault Clio 5 should not cause as much astonishment. Witness the silhouettes of the first prototypes surprised on open road, in early spring.

Obviously, the house designers are committed to evolve the style smoothly . Only to believe that it would be almost a simple restyling. But in detail, the look of the Renault Clio 5 should be refined, while the grille sees its entrance air indented. The beautiful part will be made to daylight signatures, emancipating main optics. On the flanks, we guess the renewal of the rear door handles embedded in the amounts. With the exception that notches seem to have been dug in the third side windows , like those worn by the second generation of Seat Leon, to actuate the opening. At the bottom of the crates, the new Renault Clio 5 should be adorned withside protections less demonstrative than the prominent bumpers that prides the Clio 4. Finally, we notice that flags mirrors are still part of the trip, but surmounted by hulls from the Megane, which it also borrows the door handles.

A cabin much more demonstrative and connected
On the other hand, the revolution should take place on board. If the current Clio surprised in 2012, with its levitated central tablet, the latter could cover the entire cockpit on the Clio 5, for a 100% digital experience, but optional, as on the latest generation of Polo . Once again inspired by the brand's latest concept cars, this virtual cockpit will combine all infotainment controls with two separate screens , one facing the driver, instead of analog meters. Laurens van den Acker does not hide it: the cockpits of the future Renault are his priority.

Micro-hybridization … even an electric version
Technically, the small versatile will rely on the modular platform CMF-B, which will accommodate the micro-hybridization Valeo , which has the recent Scénic. A 100% electric version could also be on the menu, at the risk of overshadowing the Zoe. But what about a true hybrid-petrol proposal? It is time for Renault to think about it, the competition already holding this technology, like Toyota with its Yaris. The arrival of Mitsubishi in the Renault-Nissan alliance could change the situation.

This future Renault Clio 5 will obviously have a lot to do when it was launched in late 2018, a few months after being revealed in Paris. The competition will be ready to fight, with a future generation of Peugeot 208, which should appear in 2019, not to mention a recently renewed Citroen C3 , and many foreign contenders, such as the new Ford Fiesta, Seat Ibiza and Volkswagen Polo.

At the end of 2018, this Renault Clio 5 should hardly trade under the € 14 500 mark.