Your April 8 article concerning sludge in Toyota vehicles misquoted me and ExxonMobil Lubricants & Specialties Co.
When questioned by an Automotive News reporter specifically about an issue of sludge in Toyota engines at ExxonMobil's press conference to roll out new Mobil 1 synthetic motor oil with SuperSyn, I noted that ExxonMobil is proud to have a long and involved relationship with Toyota and I was not aware of a sludge issue except what I had briefly read in Automotive News.
I also noted that, generally speaking, the most likely cause of sludge in any engine is that an oil change has not been made on time.
That information did not appear in Automotive News' story on April 8 and on your Web site, and what was printed and placed online implied that I was being quoted about Toyota engines, when in fact I specifically declined to comment.
We are saddened that Automotive News took general information we provided to help the editor understand the potential causes of engine oil sludge and selectively used some of that background information in an article about the Toyota gel issue.
As you can imagine, ExxonMobil engineers are asked about oil drain intervals, performance of motor oils, sludge, soot, etc. on a regular basis. We also write a number of technical articles about preventive maintenance, oil drain intervals.
We are happy to be a resource for technical information that is of interest to your readers as background information, but we take issue when that information is cut and pasted, quoting us, into a story for which we specifically declined to comment.