The need to be physically distanced from fellow human beings over the course of a pandemic should not prevent your BMW from getting the required care, which is why BMW Group Malaysia has just introduced a contactless Door-to-Door service for BMW and MINI owners who would prefer to have their vehicles picked up on a flatbed transporter to be sent to an auuthorised dealership, and have the vehicles returned after servicing.
However, there is a fee involved starting at RM199 per trip for distances up to 40km, not inclusive of toll and sales tax, with further charges to apply beyond the 40km distance. Additionally, the door-to-door service can also be arranged for new vehicle deliveries with the bonded carrier service costing RM230 per trip (for distances up to 40km), applicable within Klang Valley for now, and particularly useful if you don't want to incur any pre-delivery miles on your spanking new M2 CS. #BMWMalaysia#doortodoor#socialdistancing... See MoreSee Less
If you own a C26-generation CBU Nissan Serena S-Hybrid, there is currently a product recall campaign to reprogramme the Serena's CVT control unit. Do note only fully-imported units manufactured between September 2012 to November 2013 in Japan are affected (totaling 4,001 units); subsequent units that were locally assembled do not have to undergo this recall.
Owners of the affected units will be notified by Tan Chong through correspondence, SMS or Whatsapp. They are also advised to schedule an appointment with a Nissan dealership or call the Nissan Customer Care Centre toll-free line at 1800-88-3838. The rectification work is at no cost to owners and would take approximately 45 minutes. #Nissan#Serena#C26#cvtrecall... See MoreSee Less
No, the rear wheel of the camouflaged Mercedes in the picture isn't out of whack, instead it is showing the extent which the new rear-axle steering technology manipulates the rear wheels in low-speed manoeuvres – up to 10 degrees – in the forthcoming S-Class to be unveiled next month. According to Mercedes-Benz, the new rear-wheel steering system on the seventh-generation S-Class would facilitate a turning circle tighter than that of an A-Class! #mercedesbenz#sclass... See MoreSee Less
Along with Martini Racing, the Gulf Racing livery is arguably more iconic than some of the race cars that bore the blue and orange paintwork. Well, the Gulf Oil's famous livery is rekindling a motorsport romance as the 'strategic partner' of McLaren Automotive and the McLaren Racing team.
From 2021, Gulf will become the preferred lubricant supplier to McLaren Automotive, with all cars to be filled with Gulf oils and fuel while selected customers will be given the option to have their supercars hand-painted by McLaren Special Operations. Of course, you would also be able to spot the Gulf orange discs on the McLaren MCL35 race cars and team personnel starting from this weekend's British Grand Prix. #mclaren#GulfRacing... See MoreSee Less
Shell Malaysia Trading recently added two new products under the Shell Helix engine oil line-up – Helix Power and Helix Protect. Both oils are formulated with ‘PurePlus Technology’ featuring highly refined base oils made from natural gas and are categorised as fully synthetic.
Shell Malaysia hopes that both the Helix Power and Helix Protect will make it easy for car owners to choose the suitable oil to match their driving styles, subject to manufacturer recommendations.
For ultimate engine power and performance with reduced friction and faster acceleration, there's the Shell Helix Power 0W-40 (RM280 for a four-litre pack); and then there's the Shell Helix Protect 0W-30 (RM240 for a four-litre pack) which is optimised for stop-start city driving with priority on engine protection and fuel economy.
The recommended retail prices of both the new Helix engine oils however within the ballpark of the Helix Ultra range which also features PurePlus Technology and come in similar viscosity ratings, so we posed a few more questions to Shell Malaysia:
1) By featuring ride-hailing drivers in the launch images, does that indicate the customer profile of these two new oils?
Shell Malaysia: Not at all. The collaboration with Grab is part of the launch strategy to create visibility and awareness on the ground through the striking visuals of a total of 120 Grab cars actively in service in key market centres. The new Shell Helix Power and Shell Helix Protect are suitable for almost all types of cars (both petrol and diesel powered) on Malaysian roads today.
2) How do these two new oils compare to the Shell Helix Ultra range which is also fully synthetic and is quite close in terms of viscosity to Helix Power and Helix Protect?
Shell Malaysia: The new Shell Helix Power and Shell Helix Protect are similar to the Shell Helix Ultra in the sense they are both premium fully synthetic engine oils featuring PurePlus Technology, our proprietary base oil made from natural gas and is 99.5% pure. However, the additives featured in each product are unique and specially developed.
3) Given the price positioning of the Helix Power and Protect (which are within the ballpark of Helix Ultra), are they supposed to replace the Helix Ultra range?
Shell Malaysia: Our established flagship Shell Helix Ultra range continues have a strong customer base among discerning car owners who are slightly more knowledgeable with engine oils and will remain part of our product portfolio. The new Shell Helix Power and Shell Helix Protect were developed to cater to the majority of the market who are less technically inclined and are likely to appreciate how simple it is now to choose the right engine oil. #Shell #HelixPower #HelixProtect #HelixUltra#Pureplus... See MoreSee Less
Due to the travel restrictions brought on by Covid-19, the unfolding 2020 roster certainly has an old-school, Euro-centric feel to it with circuits such as Nurburgring and Imola making a comeback, while welcoming 'debutants' Mugello and Portimao to Formula 1, with more to be announced soon. Bring 'em on! #formula1#COVID19Three new races added! Which one are you most looking forward to? ... See MoreSee Less
The all-new third generation 1-Series has been launched in Malaysia, but only in M135i guise at RM355,646.25, along with an additional variant of the X1 -- the sDrive18i at RM208,368.48. #BMWMalaysia#the1#THEX1... See MoreSee Less
The eighth generation Volkswagen Golf should be showing up soon, do you think it should come with a DSG transmission or a conventional torque converter automatic? ----------------------------------------------------------------------- The voluntary recall recently announced by Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) involving a possible fault of the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that may result in a loss of drive does calls into question (once again) the long-term viability of Volkswagen's famed Direct-Shift Gearbox (DSG) in certain markets.
The latest DSG-related recall points to a possible failure of the hydraulic pressure accumulator - a key component within the mechatronic control module - due to a 'product deviation'; the fault isn't related to the previous recall that was triggered by a possible short circuit within the mechatronic unit due to the use of synthetic oil.
The models impacted by the latest recall include the Beetle, Cross Touran, Golf (Mk6 and Mk7), Jetta, Passat (B7), Passat CC, Polo (6R) and Scirocco, totaling 12,732 units sold in Malaysia. Vehicles produced from 2016 and later are not affected according to VPCM. To check if your Volkswagen is part of the recall, click here: bit.ly/3eKtFrv, you can make an appointment to get your car checked as well.
Recalls are costly affairs, not just in the form of inconveniences caused to owners, but also the burden which the service network of the brand has to bear, especially when gearboxes have to be dismantled, so fair play to VPCM for initiating the recall. Volkswagen's dual-clutch transmissions have brought driving joy to many... when they are working as intended. But do you think VW should persist with the technology? #Volkswagen#vw#dsg#DCT#recall... See MoreSee Less