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New gas, causing grumbles, to be tested

AMID complaints from some drivers that new Shanghai IV-standard gasolines cause their engines to vibrate or fail to start, authorities yesterday said they will organize quality tests.

Officials said the gasolines under the new standard, introduced to be more environment-friendly, all passed inspection before being put on the market this month.

They said vehicles had to spend some time getting used to the new type of gasoline.

The Shanghai Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision yesterday said they picked up samples from 50 Sinopec and China National Petroleum gas stations, and will soon carry out quality tests. The result will be released in two weeks at the earliest.

The Shanghai Office of Petroleum and Chemical Products Quality Supervision said the problem may have a variety of causes.

"Perhaps the problem emerged when the new type of old mixed with the old one," said Wang Chuan, director of the office. "Or the car model also depends."

Angle Xie, who drives a GM Chevrolet Lova sedan, was among a growing number of car owners to complain about the new fuel.

"I tried to start my cars for at least two times every morning and sometimes it took me four times," said the 28-year-old office worker. "I think it should be the problem of the fuel."

A Dongfeng Nissan dealer surnamed Chen said yesterday that the company has received several complaints in the past few days.

The problems "could be mainly caused by the infusion of two types of fuels," Chen said. "We suggest car owners inject some cleansing detergent to help ease the problem."


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