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New high-performance engine coolant from the Glysantin family


Glysantin Dynamic Protect/G 40

The name itself promises loads of power: “Glysantin® Dynamic Protect/G 40” is the new high-performance engine coolant developed by BASF. VOLKSWAGEN AG has already been using the innovative product successfully for two years under the name G 12 ++®. Very soon the product will also be available to end users.

The background to the new development is as follows. Because engines generally are becoming more powerful all the time, the demands placed on the coolant are increasing. And the cooling agent must still provide reliable protection against corrosion, overheating and frost. For this reason, BASF has extended the proven Glysantin® range, Europe’s largest selling engine coolants.

“With regard to the new product, Glysantin® Dynamic Protect/G 40, we have achieved a significant improvement in corrosion protection through the innovative combination of organic additives with highly reactive silicon compounds,” says Ladislaus Meszaros, who is responsible for the worldwide development and applications technology of automotive fluids in BASF’s Performance Chemicals division.
In order to be able to optimize Glysantin® to meet the requirements of more powerful engines, BASF needed a development partner who knew the requirements from practical experience and was able to assess future needs accurately. The Volkswagen Group, with which BASF had worked for many years, proved to be ideal for such a partnership.

“Modern high-performance engines set completely new challenges with regard to the coolant technology used. The demands placed on present and future cooling systems are rising in parallel with the rapidly advancing technology with increasingly powerful and efficient engines. In order for us in the Volkswagen Group to be able to continue to provide customers with the advantages of the lifetime strategy in respect of coolants (“lifetime coolants”) and with preventive protection of all the components in the cooling system, we need to make use of the synergies of the new G 12++® generation of engine coolants,” says Jens Strassmann, who is responsible for coolant additives in the Volkswagen Group.

BASF specialists first subjected the newly developed Glysantin® Dynamic Protect/G 40 to extensive tests in the laboratory and technical center, before the phase of practical trials began at Volkswagen. Here, following in-house laboratory studies, Volkswagen filled the first production vehicles with the product. After a certain time the Volkswagen experts dismantled the engines and cooling systems, in order to assess the condition of the metal surfaces. The result was that all the metal components in the cooling system – such as aluminum, iron and brass – were optimally protected against corrosion. In the next stage an entire fleet of vehicles was given the Glysantin® Dynamic Protect/G 40 treatment. In the endurance test the vehicles were driven 200,000 kilometers (approx. 125,000 miles) on Volkswagen’s test site near Wolfsburg, Germany, to test the durability of the coolant. Here too the results were perfect. Thereupon VW granted official approval for Glysantin® Dynamic Protect/G 40.

After years of careful practical testing the innovative product was finally also used in upmarket vehicles such as the Volkswagen Phaeton and by Bentley. Glysantin® Dynamic Protect/G 40 is now also available for other Volkswagen Group brands such as Skoda, Seat and Audi. Currently all Volkswagen sites around the world are using the new generation of coolant for the first filling, under the name G 12 ++®.

As from now the new high-performance coolant can also be obtained by all workshops and in wholesale and retail outlets. “With immediate effect we will be launching the product on the market under the name Glysantin® Dynamic Protect/G 40, thus also making it available to the end user. In this way we will ensure that, after every change of coolant, the all-round protection in the cooling system is not lost,” says Glysantin brand manager Mike Freche.

The quality coolant from Ludwigshafen, like the other products from the Glysantin® range, can be identified from the unmistakable white can with the red logo. Detailed information on which Glysantin product is suitable for which vehicle can be found at

Note for editors
A photo can be downloaded now from the BASF homepage under the keyword: “Performance Chemicals,” search term: “Glysantin G 40 Dynamic Protect.”
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About Glysantin®

Glysantin, the original from BASF, is Europe’s largest selling engine coolant. The products in the Glysantin range reliably protect engines all year round from corrosion, frost and overheating, even under extreme climatic conditions. BASF first patented Glysantin in 1929, and the coolants from Ludwigshafen have been very popular with motorists ever since. The proprietary products have the most OEM approvals from the large motor manufacturers. BASF works in cooperation with leading automobile suppliers to ensure that the Glysantin range always fulfils the latest demands. The high-performance engine coolants from BASF are suitable for use in all motor vehicles.
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About BASF

BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals to crude oil and natural gas. As a reliable partner to virtually all industries, BASF’s high-value products and intelligent system solutions help its customers to be more successful. BASF develops new technologies and uses them to meet the challenges of the future and open up additional market opportunities. It combines economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, thus contributing to a better future. BASF has over 95,000 employees and posted sales of €52.6 billion (approximately $66.1 billion) in 2006. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at


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