I was in Croatia for 2 wks. OK, it wasn't Germany, but I got a chance to look at the oils on the shelf at a local large shopping outlet. The synth oils grades ranged from 5-40, 15-50 and 10-60. All the oils were A3 rated except for GTX 15-40 (the only conventional grade on the shelf) which was A2. The brands included Shell Helix, Castrol GTX and SLX, and Fuchs-Titan. There was no 0w-anything. And no Mobil on the shelves. The synth's were priced at about $20/L. On a side note, our `97 M-Benz C280 went in for a 60k km. service there and got M-1 0-40 as an added-cost option. $140 for the oil alone. The sticker inside the engine showed the last oil service to have been performed at 46k km with an illegible german branded 5w-40 oil (car purchased in Germany). That would put it at a 15k km interval. The inside of the engine looked spotless relative to our previous M-B with the same 60k km using M-1 5-30 convincing me again that 15k km. intervals are possible with a 40-weight A3 rated synthetic.