Iggy A Fram rep / member here stated that the 9688 was made to South Korean mandated specs. The whole Fram lineup of 9688s. EG / TG / XG. It's the reason why the 9688s cost a couple dollars more than the same Fram (with different number) sitting next to it on the store shelf. Just a guess that the 9688s are not [email protected] They are probably under that. My AC Delco Korean Ecore filter is listed as 98/25-30. That's fine with me and keeps me away from the smaller, half-shut-eye louvers that I don't care for. The bigger round louver holes are OK with me..... like what's shown in this Titanium.