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Kubota Approves Use of B20 Biodiesel Fuels in Selected Kubota Diesel Products

TORRANCE, Calif. (July 1, 2010) –Kubota Tractor Corporation announces a Kubota initiative to approve the use of “B20” biodiesel fuels in selected Kubota diesel-powered products in the United States equipment market.  Biodiesel fuels, most often offered in a blended-petroleum format, are derived from vegetable oils such as soybean and are offered in the United States as an alternative source for energy. The approved blends of biodiesel fuel for use in Kubota diesel-powered products range up to a “B20” blend that consists of 20% biodiesel and 80% petroleum diesel.

“Kubota has now approved the use of B20 biodiesel fuels to offer customers the flexibility to select fuels that are available and appropriate for the application of Kubota models approved for B20 biodiesel fuel,” says Dr. Satoshi Iida, President, Kubota Tractor Corporation. “Kubota believes strongly in the efficiency and high performance of our Kubota diesel engines and we are pleased to add the approval for B20 biodiesel fuels as a further commitment to environmentally sound practices.”

Kubota approves the use of B20 biodiesel fuel as a blend component that meets the minimum requirements provided by the American Society of Testing and Materials, Standard ASTM D6751-09b, or most current published standard, specifications.  The petroleum diesel fuel base must meet ASTM D975 specification.  To ensure fuel quality, biodiesel fuels and blended fuel should be purchased from a BQ-9000 accredited producer or certified marketer.

Kubota strongly recommends compliance with appropriate safe handling, storage, operating and maintenance procedures for use of diesel and biodiesel fuels to ensure quality.  Please see your local Kubota dealer for applicable warranty and other information, including a complete list of current Kubota products approved for B20 biodiesel fuel usage.

Kubota Tractor Corporation, Torrance, Calif., is the U.S. marketer and distributor of Kubota-branded equipment, including a complete line of tractors up to 118 PTO hp, performance-matched implements, compact and utility-class construction equipment, consumer lawn and garden equipment, commercial turf products and utility vehicles.

For product literature or dealer locations, contact Kubota Tractor Corporation at 3401 Del Amo Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503, (888) 4-KUBOTA [(888) 458-2682], Ext. 900, or visit www.kubota.com.

 


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