The more you learn about modern oils, one thing becomes painfully obvious: there are very few oils sold in the US that meet the OEM performance requirements of virtually any European car maker. There is only ONE oil that you can buy off the shelf at Wal-Mart (Mobil 1 0w40) that meets the requirements of the VW Group (Audi, VW, Bentley), the BMW Group (BMW, Mini, Rolls-Royce), Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Aston Martin, and GM of Europe. All of these cars come from the factory with either synthetic or synthetic blend oils that meet ACEA specs that even the best OTC conventional oil sold in the US couldn't even touch.
Why the disparity between what's commonly available in the US and what's required in Europe? My theory is that in Europe, the car makers dictate the performance requirements of the oils, hence that's why you've got oil makers (like Castrol, for example) who sell certain oils branded to meet the specs of certain car makers (along with oils that meet the specs of multiple car makers). In the US, the car makers don't have much input into the performance standards of oils. The API is in the driver's seat, and when it comes to standards, they are currently wrestling with issues that were dealt with a decade ago in Europe.