Rutter’s Gains Top Tier Certification for Gasoline

All grades now meet detergency standard set by major automakers
Photograph courtesy of Rutter's

YORK, Pa. — Rutter’s gasoline is now certified to Top Tier standards.

The Top Tier program, which requires a minimum detergent level in gasoline, was established in 2004 by eight major automakers to ensure fuel quality and vehicle performance. More than 50 retail brands in the United States offer Top Tier certified gasoline, including major brands such as BP, Chevron, Exxon and Shell, as well as private brands such as Kwik Trip, QuikTrip and Road Ranger.

Now Rutter’s has joined the list, with all its gasoline products certified to meet Top Tier detergency standards, including its regular, midgrade plus and premium supreme grades, Unleaded 15—the brand name for E15—and ethanol-free E0.

  • Rutter’s is No. 96 on CSP's2019 Top 202 ranking of U.S. c-store chains by number of retail outlets. CSP will release the complete 2020 list in June.

Automakers such as Audi, Ford, BMW, Honda, Volkswagen, General Motors, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and Mercedes-Benz recommend Top Tier gasoline to drivers because the higher detergency levels—which are at least twice the federal minimum requirement—are said to maintain engine cleanliness, minimize emissions and restore fuel economy with continued use.

Rutter’s has also increased its Supreme 93 octane grade's detergency level to five times the lowest additive concentration (LAC), which is the minimum standard for detergency in fuel. 

“We are always looking to separate ourselves from the competition through our products and service, so we examined how we could add further benefits for our gasoline customers,” said Chris Hartman, director of fuels, forecourt and advertising for Rutter’s. “Based on our research, customers are looking for many different results from gasoline, such as reclaimed power, performance and fuel economy, resulting in cleaner emissions.”

York, Pa.-based CHR Corp., doing business as Rutter's, has 76 locations in Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia. 

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