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Shell named top gas brand in Popular Mechanics' Reader's Choice Awards
HOUSTON -- Shell has been named the Top Gasoline Brand in the 2009 Popular Mechanics magazine Reader's Choice Awards. This is the first year the magazine conducted the survey to determine reader's favorite consumer products across 30 categories. More than 7,000 Popular Mechanics readers participated in the inaugural survey. Among five brand choices, Shell was voted as the preferred gasoline brand.

"Shell is grateful to be recognized by the readers of Popular Mechanics," said Karen Wildman, Shell North American brand and communications manager. "We are passionate [image-nocss] about providing drivers with high-quality gasolines that can help improve their vehicles' performance. Everyone at Shell is thrilled to receive an honor like this that helps reinforce our message that all gasolines are not the same."

In March, Shell introduced its Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines that contain a patented formula it said is designed to clean critical engine parts to help improve engine performance as you drive.

"We congratulate Shell for this honor," said Bill Congdon, publisher of Popular Mechanics. "Our readers are knowledgeable consumers who are savvy when it comes to their automobiles, and their influence is felt in garages nationwide. They demand quality and performance in any product they buy."

Several years ago, BMW, General Motors, Honda and Toyota introduced a TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline standard to enhance detergency performance of gasoline to address problems with engine deposits. Volkswagen and Audi have since become additional sponsors of this standard, which is more stringent than the government standard for detergency. All Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines have been successfully tested against the TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline standard and have been certified as a TOP TIER gasoline, the company said.

Houston-based Shell Oil, including its consolidated companies and its share in equity companies, is one of America's leading oil and natural gas producers, natural gas marketers, gasoline marketers and petrochemical manufacturers. Shell, a leading oil and gas producer in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, is a recognized pioneer in oil and gas exploration and production technology. Shell Oil is an affiliate of the Shell Group, a global group of energy and petrochemical companies, employing approximately 104,000 people and operating in more than 110 countries and territories.Recently Speedway SuperAmerica was named the best gasoline brand in the 2009 EquiTrend Brand Study conducted by Harris Interactive. (Click here for CSP Daily News coverage.)

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