The History of Mobil Delvac

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A lot of things have changed since 1925, when Mobil Delvac became one of the world’s first diesel engine oils. Our commitment to the trucking industry, however, has remained very much the same. In its 90-year history, Mobil Delvac has responded to the industry’s ever-evolving needs with continued innovation and performance.
From the pioneering efforts of early owner/operators to today’s large and sophisticated fleets, from the days of dirt roads to our era of super highways, Mobil Delvac has been there to help the industry advance. It’s been a twisting, turning ride full of challenges met and obstacles overcome. As we look back on our history in the timeline below, we also look forward to the road ahead — and to keeping trucks on it.

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    90 years of innovation
    1925 – Pioneering new technology

    With the use of diesel engines growing significantly in the trucking industry, the Vacuum Oil Company files the patent for one of the first diesel engine oils, named Delvac: D-iesel E-ngine L-ubricant VAC-uum.

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    1930s – An age of expansion

    To keep pace with the explosive growth of the trucking industry, Mobil Delvac formulators make ground-breaking improvements in wear and corrosion protection.

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    1950s – Shifting global demands

    With a potential shortage of crude oil looming, Mobil Delvac synthetic diesel engine lubricant is developed to ensure product supply for truckers.

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    1990s – Solutions for new challenges

    As rising fuel costs and increasing competition create tough challenges for the trucking industry, Mobil Delvac formulators discover innovative ways to help protect engines for long life*, helping truckers protect their investments.

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    Today – Expanded service and innovation

    Innovations continue with customized solutions such as oil analysis, express oil-change service (Mobil Delvac Express), maintenance consultancy (Field Engineering Services and Mechanic Academy) and improved formulations to maximize oil drain intervals and boost fuel economy †.

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