Tuesday, 9 December 2014

The all new Volkswagen Passat

The all new Volkswagen Passat

The Volkswagen Passat is set to arrive at Pulman Volkswagen in January 2015 and we can’t wait. It’s the eighth of its generation and is available to order now.

The New Passat is built of the revolutionary MQB platform meaning a range of new technologies will be available. New technologies include; Car net guide and inform – an in car connection to the internet via a smartphone Wi-Fi spot which provides the driver with online traffic data, news and weather which can be accessed through the colour touchscreen infotainment system. Another new feature the Passat boosts is traffic jam assist which brakes, accelerates and steers automatically easing the strain for the driver in stop and go traffic.  Other new features include predictive pedestrian protection, emergency assist and trailer assist.

In addition the new Passat benefits from a range of new efficient engines meaning a reduction of up to 14 percent in C02 emissions.  The Passat comes in a range of diesel only engines with the entry engine being 1.6 litre unit producing 120ps and is available in a 6-speed manual gearbox and 7 speed DSG transmissions. A brand new Bi-Turbo engine coupled with a 7-speed DSG gearbox and 4MOTION is also available, producing 240PS and with a 0-62mph acceleration speed of 6.1 seconds.

Despite exterior dimensions marginally smaller than those of the previous Passat, interior space is improved, with more leg and head room, as well as increased luggage space. The interior has been developed to match the sophisticated exterior through the use of high quality materials and a design that creates an air of spaciousness. The new Passat comes with high specification as standard with a dramatically styled R-Line topping the range.

For more information on the new Passat visit www.pulmanvolkswagen.co.uk or call Pulman Volkswagen Durham 0191 383 2444 and 0191 549 29 26 for Pulman Volkswagen Sunderland.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Volkswagen successfully defend WRC title!

Volkswagen successfully defend WRC title!

Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia have claimed the World Rally Championship title after victory at the Rally Spain.

The win – the pair’s seventh of the season – leaves them with an unassailable 31-point lead in the
drivers’ and co-drivers’ standings going into the final event, Rally Great Britain. It was also Volkswagen’s 11th win in the 12 events this season, equalling Citroën's previous two best results – 11 out of 16 rallies in 2005 and 11 out of 15 in 2008.

Volkswagen team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila took second place in Spain to clinch the tenth one-two victory for Volkswagen in the WRC. Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola Fløene finished seventh in Spain, guaranteeing them at least third place in the championship.

Ogier said: “It's a fantastic feeling to become world champion for a second time! I'm over the moon – it was a real battle to defend the title. Jari-Matti Latvala showed an incredibly strong performance in the last few months.

“Big thanks go to our fantastic team at Volkswagen. Not just for giving us a fantastic car throughout the season but also for the unique solidarity that we have. It doesn't matter whether things are going well or badly – the team stands by every driver crew and that is extremely motivating. I'm happy and proud to be part of this team.”

Ogier and Ingrassia are only the fourth duo since 1977 to successfully defend the title and are now the eighth team to become double world champions.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Which one to choose? Volkswagen, SEAT or SKODA?

As a Fleet Manager it can be a tough a choice to know what is the best car and package available for your fleet, which car will give you the best running costs and who will help you look after your fleet? Is contract hire, leasing or outright purchase the way to go? What mix of cars do you need? All questions a Fleet Manager faces to ensure there is no downtime on their own business needs.

Paul Adams, Senior Fleet Manager at Pulman Group comments: “It can be very challenging for Owners and Fleet Managers to be informed of all the options available to them. Here at Pulman we have a fantastic team of specialist account managers who primary purpose it to help and deliver a fantastic customer experience.”

Pulman Group, based across the North East specialise in offering Volkswagen, SEAT and SKODA cars from small, medium local businesses to large fleets. Providing a range of solutions from contract hire, PCP and even the short-term 28 day rental for that extra car when needed.

Paul continues, “To offer such a fantastic range cars is fantastic to support any Fleet Manager in keeping those running costs down. We also offer very competitive rates for contract hire and short term rentals.

Above all we dedicate ourselves to delivering a fantastic customer experience. Giving advice and support when needed through a dedicated Volkswagen, SEAT and SKODA Account Manager. Ensuring the package we propose is the package our customers need. When you join Pulman, you join our family which means you can use one of our fantastic meeting rooms if needed, free WiFi, collect and delivery service, free courtesy cars and corporate hospitality at Newcastle United, Sunderland AFC and Metro Radio Arena.”

When deciding which car you need next, Pulman Group not only have a fantastic and reliable range of Volkswagen Group cars: Volkswagen, SEAT and SKODA to choose from, but are there to support and supply the right cars at the right time for the businesses needs and requirements.

If your fleet consists of a range of Volkswagen, SEAT or SKODA cars, or Volkswagen commercial vehicles already, Pulman can also help, with Volkswagen Group factory trained technicians to service and look after your vehicles. Add to this our fantastic winter tyre scheme: Pulman supply, fit and store winter and summer tyres on behalf of companies, ensuring minimum downtime Pulman can deliver a fantastic customer experience.

For more information on how Pulman Group can help you contact Paul Adams on 0191 383 7505 or visit www.pulmanfleet.co.uk – join us on LinkedIn for up-to-date fleet news.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Bike rider bags a £900 ŠKODA bike from Pulman ŠKODA

After a very successful Durham Big Ride there was an extra surprise for one of the riders, in the form of a brand new ŠKODA bike from Pulman ŠKODA, who pride themselves on delivering a fantastic customer experience!

Nic Luker was the lucky winner of the £900 ŠKODA MTB 27 bike from Pulman ŠKODA Durham, who came on board to supply lead cars for both the Durham Big Ride and The Beast.

"I have a job that takes me across the country so I was lucky to be in the area when the Beast ride was on.  I live in Surrey so I hope to get back up here to Durham to do the Beast again - might even be on my new bike!"

Nic actually thought it was a joke when Pulman ŠKODA contacted him to say he had won, “I don't normally win things so when Pulman ŠKODA called to say it was mine, I was surprised and pleased in equal measure. I had a feeling it was a couple of pals playing a joke on me”
Nic collected his prize from the ŠKODA showroom in Durham Pity Me from Gary Irwin, Sales Executive at Pulman ŠKODA:  “The Durham Big Ride is a fantastic event in the local area that has grown year on year. With being a new ŠKODA retailer in Durham we thought it was a fantastic opportunity to get involved with cycling in our local area. We would like to pass our congratulations onto Nic for winning the fantastic ŠKODA bike.
Pulman ŠKODA joined the Pulman family in July 2014 and currently have a pop up showroom near Pulman Volkswagen in Pity me Durham. Pulman are in the process of building a state of the art ŠKODA showroom in Belmont, Durham to continue to give customers a fantastic experience. The state of the art showroom will provide customers with a wide range of choice and state of the art facilities when purchasing a new car.
ŠKODA Sales Manager, Ian Jarvis said “We thought this was the perfect opportunity, sponsoring a bike ride event when ŠKODA have a fantastic brand within the cycling community – it made perfect sense. At Pulman we take pride of delivering a fantastic customer experience and are pleased we had this opportunity to giveaway such as fantastic prize.”
The Durham Big rides saw over 1,500 people take part in routes ranging from 3 miles to the 50 miles of the beast.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

SEAT celebrates 5 millionth Ibiza

SEAT’s Martorell plant in Barcelona, Spain, is celebrating the production of the 5 millionth Ibiza. The Spanish Brand reached the milestone on the iconic model’s 30th anniversary.

This week SEAT will celebrate the 30 anniversary of its iconic Ibiza at the Paris Motor Show, which is where the first-ever Ibiza was unveiled to the world three decades ago. The Spanish Brand will also unveil the Leon X-PERIENCE, the brand’s most adventurous version of its compact car.

Since its launch in 1984, the SEAT Ibiza has become the best-selling and most-exported Spanish passenger car. Seventy per cent of those 5 million cars (about 3.5 million) have been sold outside Spain in more than 75 countries where the company has a presence. Italy, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Portugal and Mexico have proved to be the most important markets for the best-selling car in SEAT’s history.

Esther García Castellanos, a member of the SEAT Ibiza production team for more than a decade, said: “SEAT has always been a part of my life. My father was an employee at the SEAT plant in the Zona Franca, and this is the company that has given me the opportunity to get ahead in my career. I have always worked on the Ibiza production line. For me, reaching the figure of 5 million cars produced is the result of the passion we put in every day, the motivation of the personnel and positive proof of a job well done”.

Did you know that...?

  • 700 SEAT Ibiza leave the Martorell plant every day
  • It employs around 1,600 people
  • Around 700 robots contribute to the success of the SEAT Ibiza
  • An Ibiza covers around 12km during its production process
  • Five million Ibiza models placed end-to-end would stretch almost 19,300 km, the distance between Martorell in Spain and Auckland in New Zealand
  • The five million Ibizas have consumed a total of 70 million kilograms of paint
  • The Ibiza with female touches:
    • The first SEAT to open the door to women on the production line
    • Women account for 21 per cent of the production line
    • Two pop icons, Shakira and Katy Perry, have provided the music for the best-selling car’s advertising spots
  • The approximate price of the Ibiza in 1984 was 825,000 pesetas (4,950€). This is the equivalent of 15,620€ at today’s prices
  • The SEAT Ibiza was the official car at the Barcelona Olympic Games 1992

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Handbags, make up, clothes and…cars!

11 September 2014


Handbags, make up, clothes and…cars!

/SEAT Mii by MANGO on display at Metro Centre, Gateshead on 13th & 14th September

    /Chance to win great prizes from Spanish fashion label MANGO

        /Ideal as ultimate retail therapy experience for style conscious women

Shoppers heading for the Metro Centre, Gateshead this weekend 13th & 14th September will have an early chance to check out the new cat walk queen of the car world, SEAT’s Mii by MANGO, the special edition created in partnership with the leading Spanish fashion label.

Aimed squarely at fashion conscious women, the special display will highlight the Mii by MANGO’s host of exterior and interior touches that make this car stand out from the city car crowd.  Visitors will also be have the chance to win an exclusive Mii by MANGO handbag, umbrella, fashion pouch and design bag in a free to enter prize draw.

Chris Slater, Site Manager of Pulman SEAT said: “Mii by MANGO is already attracting a lot of interest from our female customers and where better to show off this stylish city car than in the Metro Centre over a busy retail weekend.”

The SEAT Mii by MANGO comes in a choice of two striking and modern paint colours – Deep Black or Nude. There is special badging on the car’s body, with tinted rear windows, dark grey 15-inch alloy wheels and contrasting detailing around its sides.

The car’s interior also benefits from a very fashionable makeover with unique alcantara upholstery and a discreet Mii by MANGO logo on the headrests, doors and floor mats. The special edition also includes a hook on the glove box to safely hang a bag, while for an outlay of an extra £690 you can opt for the Mii by MANGO styling pack, which adds a panoramic sunroof and front fog lights.

Chris added, “The interior of the Mii by MANGO is like the inside of your favourite bag: there are cool compartments made specifically for women. The MANGO topstitching on the leather steering wheel as well as the gearstick are subtle, but fashionable touches and a reminder of the iconic brand behind the car.

“However, there is a lot more to the SEAT Mii by MANGO than its stylish exterior and fashionable interior. All the cars are equipped with the SEAT Portable System Live which allows users to access the car’s sat-nav, Bluetooth phone connectivity and music controls via a removable touch screen placed on top of the dashboard.”

Other standard kit comprises electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, remote central locking and electric door mirrors.

Mii by MANGO is powered exclusively by the punchy 75PS version of the VW Group’s three-cylinder 1.0-litre engine with five-speed manual gearbox, offering a combination of sound performance with impressive eco credentials. This frugal engine returns good fuel economy figures of 60.1 mpg, while emitting 108g/km of CO2.

Prices for Mii by MANGO start at £10,995 and the car is available from just £168 deposit and £168 per month with 0% finance. More details are available from Pulman SEAT in Burntland Avenue, Sunderland, telephone 0191 549 2926, www.pulmanseat.co.uk.




Tuesday, 9 September 2014

It’s time to say goodbye to the paper tax disc!

Its nearly the 1st October 2014, are you ready for the vehicle tax change?

If you have any queries about the changes please don't hesitate to ask, we will more than happy to assist you!
Head to: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/vehicle-tax-changes for more information.                    

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Mii by MANGO is a car women go for...

Mii by MANGO is a car women go for...

          /SEAT joins forces with fashion label MANGO for special edition launch
          /Available as a three or five-door, car can be bought from just £85 a month
          /Unique exterior and interior styling makes Mii by MANGO stand out

Is your perfect car stylish, urban and sporting a unique feminine touch? Then the SEAT Mii by MANGO available from Pulman SEAT is just the car for you.

SEAT and leading Spanish fashion label, MANGO, have joined forces to create this special edition top-of-the-range car, which is available in Pulman SEAT’s showroom in Sunderland now.

The SEAT Mii by MANGO, available as a three- and five-door boasts an abundance of exterior styling touches to make it stand out from the city car crowd. It comes in a choice of two striking and modern paint colours – Deep Black or Nude, the latter exclusive to the Mii by MANGO. There is special badging on the car’s body, with tinted rear windows, dark grey 15-inch alloy wheels and contrasting detailing around its sides.

The car’s interior also benefits from a very fashionable makeover with unique alcantara upholstery and a discreet Mii by MANGO logo on the headrests, doors and floor mats. The special edition also includes a hook on the glove box to safely hang a bag, while for an outlay of an extra £690 you can opt for the Mii by MANGO styling pack, which adds a panoramic sunroof and front fog lights.

Chris Slater, Site Manager, Pulman SEAT, said: “The interior of the Mii by MANGO is like the inside of your favourite bag: there are cool compartments made specifically for women. The MANGO topstitching on the leather steering wheel as well as the gearstick are subtle, but fashionable touches and a reminder of the iconic brand behind the car.
“However, there is a lot more to the SEAT Mii by MANGO than its stylish exterior and fashionable interior. All the cars are equipped with the SEAT Portable System Live which allows users to access the car’s sat-nav, Bluetooth phone connectivity and music controls via a removable touch screen placed on top of the dashboard.”

Other standard kit comprises electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, remote central locking and electric door mirrors.

Mii by MANGO is powered exclusively by the punchy 75PS version of the VW Group’s three-cylinder 1.0-litre engine with five-speed manual gearbox, offering a combination of sound performance with impressive eco credentials. This frugal engine returns good fuel economy figures of 60.1 mpg, while emitting 108g/km of CO2.

Prices for Mii by MANGO start at £10,995, and the car is available for as little as £85 per month on 0% finance. For a limited time, several MANGO accessory packs are available for each order. They comprise a suede handbag, umbrella and two fashion pouches.

To find out more about the SEAT Mii by MANGO visit Pulman SEAT in Sunderland or www.pulmanseat.co.uk

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

New Polo infotainment system - better than the Golf 7?

The new Polo infortainment system is faster, more responsive and better connectivity than Golf 7 system.

The new Polo features a brand new infotainment system, which is a step up from the MIB system originally launched on Golf 7.

The colour touchscreen of the Composition Media system in the Polo is 0.7 inches larger than the one supplied with the Golf. The Polo’s system also has faster processing times and a more responsive user interface.

Bluetooth connectivity in particular has improved significantly. New Polo enables Bluetooth audio streaming when connected with compatible Android or Apple devices. You can view album, artist, and track listings, see track titles and control track selection via the multifunction steering wheel from SE trim.

With Bluetooth hands-free telephony, the Composition Media and Discover Navigation systems on new Polo feature a new SMS function which allows customers to read, compose and send text messages using the 6.5 inch touchscreen, when paired with compatible Android phones. This feature includes convenient SMS templates for quick responses such as ‘On my way’, and the Polo reads received SMS messages out loud for greater ease of use.

Voice Activation is offered on new Polo as part of the focus on convenience and customer safety. Spoken voice commands for telephone and navigation functions help ensure that eyes are on the road at all times. This feature is a £185 option from SE trim and above.

There are two levels of USB connection on new Polo. The S (A/C) trim offers audio playback from a USB stick and also charges devices when connected with the correct charging cable.

From SE trim and above, with the Composition Media system (or optional Discover Navigation system), the USB port connects with audio devices and mobiles phones, including Apple products, to allow track listings, track titles and track selection via the car controls.

For more information on the new Volkswagen Polo visit www.pulmanvolkswagen.co.uk

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Pulman ŠKODA - Simply Clever

Pulman, the Volkswagen Group retailer with sites in Durham and Sunderland has launched a fantastic and innovative new retail concept for its latest brand - ŠKODA.  

Pulman ŠKODA opened the doors on a new pop-up facility in Durham this week offering customers the full ŠKODA experience in the area for the first time since 2008.  The family run business that prides itself on “Delivering a fantastic customer experience” has exciting plans for the brand which it has represented as an authorised repairer since 2008.

The pop-up facility will provide customers with a fantastic selection of new and Approved Used ŠKODA vehicles. The simple and clever idea brings forward the brands representation in the Durham and Sunderland area whilst a fantastic new purpose built retail destination is developed in Belmont, Durham. 
Mike Pulman Managing Director said “We have exciting plans for the ŠKODA brand; a fantastic new retail concept will be ready in 2016 blending the best of the brands products and the latest technology.  We will provide customers with a unique retail experience including the onsite Pulman Café.  In the meantime our new pop-up Pulman ŠKODA showroom will offer customers a fantastic experience showcasing the brands exciting new products.”

Mr Hayes - Pulman SKODA very first customer
The pop-up showroom located on Abbey Road provides customers with a fantastic environment to experience ŠKODA vehicles whilst also offering complimentary refreshments, TV and Free Wi-Fi whilst on site.

Full details of the new site including exclusive special offers to celebrate the launch can be found on the company’s website, www.pulmanskoda.co.uk

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Pulmans’ New Ed chef

Pulmans’ New Ed chef

The fantastic Pulman Café based at Pulman Volkswagen, Durham just got even better with the introduction of new Head Chef Ed. With over 8 years’ experience in the catering industry, Ed certainly has the experience of providing exquisite fresh food and exceptional service, a quality welcomed by Pulmans’ philosophy of “Delivering a fantastic customer experience”.
The Pulman Café is at the heart of the Pulman Volkswagen showroom. A little gem of a place that provides delicious fresh food to eat in or takeaway, from quick snacks to 3 course meals. Open to the public as well as Pulman customers, this café has a bustling and welcoming atmosphere.

Ed Lambe, Head Chef comments, “Working with Pulman is an exciting opportunity, to create and have the freedom to build my own menu and be a part of the fantastic Pulman Café. It’s all about delivering that fantastic customer experience, and that’s why I’m keen to start trialling different dishes to see what our customers prefer.

It’s the first time I’ve worked in a café that is within a car showroom, it’s a brilliant idea! The café and the showroom combined create a fantastic atmosphere for everyone.”
The Pulman café provides freshly made dishes, hot drinks with a focus on homemade delicacies available to eat in, with free Wi-Fi hotspots, daily newspapers and free view TV on our widescreen TV. You can also book tables and dishes in advance so they are freshly made when you walk through the door, or available to takeaway. Service and sales customers also get complimentary refreshments as part of the experience of owning a car or van from Pulman.
Michael Lines, Brand Manager for Pulman Volkswagen Durham comments: “We are very pleased and excited that Ed has joined our team. The Pulman café has always been about providing delicious freshly made food with exceptional service, Ed can certainly deliver and enhance what we currently do.

In the short time Ed has been here he has already made fans amongst our regular customers, with fantastic comments on the new menu trials. So much so that our Trip Advisor ranking has increased from being in the top 100 for Durham restaurants and Café’s to be sitting at number 35! I’m sure this will only get better!”

The Pulman Café is open Monday to Friday’s 7.30am to 5.00pm and on a Saturday 8.00am to 4.00pm. Breakfasts with bottomless teas and coffees start from just £3.95, with lunches served between 12.00pm and 2.30pm where daily specials start from just £3.00. 

Visit www.pulmancafe.co.uk for more information.

 Pictured: Ed head cafe at Pulman Café

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Sunderland car dealer motors off with ‘Garage of the Year’ gong

Sunderland car dealer motors off with ‘Garage of the Year’ gong

/Dealership voted one of 20 most trusted UK garages
                              /Pulman SEAT is focused on offering first-class customer service
                         /Motor Codes’ online garage finder holds over 230,000 online reviews

Leading car retailer Pulman SEAT is celebrating being named as the most trusted main dealer in the North East.

The dealership in Burntland Avenue, Southwick, Sunderland, has been voted the region’s Motor Codes ‘Garage of the Year’.

Chris Slater, Site Manager at Pulman SEAT, said: “This is great news. At Pulman SEAT we are focused on delivering a fantastic customer experience to all our customers so we are thrilled that they have recognised this by voting for us as their number one garage.”

Pulman SEAT was also named as the young-spirited carmaker’s ‘Dealer of the Year’ in January last year for the second year running, even though it had only been trading for two-and-a-half years at the time.

The Motor Codes ‘top 20’ regional Garage of the Year winners are made up of 10 franchised main dealers and 10 independent garages, as nominated by customers of its 8,000-strong garage network.

The garages which made the shortlist – people’s favourite 10 main dealers and 10 independent garages – topped their regions following a month-long competition that generated more than 13,000 online reviews from garage customers.

Motor Codes’ online garage finder holds over 230,000 online reviews and it is this customer feedback that helps direct people to approved garages rather than unscrupulous traders.

Chris Mason, managing director of Motor Codes, sees Garage of the Year as a way of promoting those garages that consistently provide excellent customer service.

He said: “Everybody shops online these days and it’s no different when it comes to looking for a trustworthy garage. By putting themselves in the spotlight and being open to review, Motor Codes garages are helping to boost confidence. People can now make an informed decision about who to trust when it comes to spending on car servicing.”

Motor Codes is the government-backed, self-regulatory body for the motor industry. Its voluntary membership of thousands of garages is committed to maintaining high standards throughout the new car sales process, administration of new car warranties and car service and repair.

SEAT is the only company in its sector with the full-range capacity to design, develop, manufacture and market cars in Spain. A member of the Volkswagen Group, the multinational has its headquarters in Martorell (Barcelona), exporting 83% of its vehicles, and is present in 77 countries. In 2012 SEAT had a total turnover of more than 6 billion euros, with overall deliveries amounting to 321,000 units.
SEAT Group employs 14,000 professionals at its three production centres in Barcelona − Zona Franca, El Prat de Llobregat and Martorell, where it manufactures the highly successful Ibiza and Leon, amongst other models. Additionally, the company produces the Alhambra in Palmela (Portugal), the Mii in Bratislava (Slovakia) and the Toledo in Mladá Boleslav (Czech Republic) at Volkswagen Group plants. 

The Spanish multinational also has a Technical Center, a ‘knowledge hub’, bringing together more than 900 engineers whose goal is to be the driving force behind innovation for the number one industrial investor in R&D in Spain. In line with its declared commitment to environmental protection, SEAT undertakes and bases its core activity on sustainability, namely reduction of CO2 emissions, energy efficiency, as well as recycling and re-use of resources.

SEAT UK enjoyed a tremendous year in 2013, selling 45,312 cars and achieving a 2.0% market share – both company records.  

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

New Polo available to order now

New Polo available to order now 

New technology and styling, more efficient engines, same great customer offer

The new Polo will be available to order from the 23rd April, with the first cars in the UK arriving in July. 

The main changes for the face-lifted super-mini include:

  • Technology: new touch-screen infotainment system (second generation of the system in the new Golf) and new driver assistance systems such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which are more commonly seen on higher-segment cars 
  • Style: new exterior and interior styling includes new bumpers, wheels, lights, dash trim, instrument clusters, upholstery and paint colours such as Mayan blue and Sunset red
  • Efficiency: it's up to 23% more efficient compared to the outgoing model because of the new BlueMotion technology engines, including a new 1.0-litre unit available in various power outputs. Other features include stop-start function and battery regeneration
All models have reductions in CO2 emissions of between 14 and 32g/km, meaning road tax will be lower for some variants. 

BlueMotion and GTI models won't be available to order until later this year, with customers deliveries expected in 2015. 

New Polo- Highlights 

  • New MIB II Infotainment system and multifunction steering wheel (same as Golf Mk7)
  • New safety & Driver Assistance features usually seen in Golf size cars such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with front assist and City emergency braking. 
  • New interiors; upholsteries, dash trims, instrument gauges, leather multifunction steering wheel
  • New exterior features; bumpers, headlights, wheels, colours
  • New intuitive, connected Infotainment system 
  • New BlueMotion technology engines; up to 23% more fuel efficient 
  • New petrol Polo BlueMotion 1.0 TSI 90ps
  • New 1.0 three-cylinder petrol engines; 60ps, 75ps, 90ps, 110ps
  • Increased power outputs; BlueGT 1.4 TSI ACT engine increases from 140 to 150ps, GTI engine is up weighted to 1.8 TSI 192ps
Key Dates 
  • The new Polo is available to order from Wednesday 23rd April 2014
  • The official brochures and price lists will be available in May 
  • Production of the new Polo begins in June 
  • The first UK deliveries will be available from July

The new Volkswagen Polo has more standard fit equipment than the previous models. 

This includes Volkswagen's touch-screen infotainment system- featuring a 6.5- inch colour monitor, as well as Bluetooth and USB connectivity- Hill Hold control, DAB radio and an Automatic Post-Collision Braking System to improve safety. 

Above the base spec S trim level sits the S A/C grade. Available with the sane 106g/km CO2 1.0 litre three-cylinder petrol unit and five-speed box, this model adds air conditioning to the standard car's competitive list of features. 

You can upgrade to the SE trim on top of the S A/C spec, this adds 15-inch 'Lyon' alloy wheels, chrome strips on the front bumper, electric mirrors, remote central locking and a glove box-mounted CD player. Five-door models get electric windows all round, too. 

On top of the 60.1 mpg 1.0 petrol, SE trim also gets the choice of a more powerful 75hp unit, as well as a 90hp 1.2-litre TSI turbo engine with the option of a seven-speed DSG automatic - returning 60.1 mpg - and a 75hp 1.4-litre TDI turbodiesel returning 83.1mpg. 

SE Design specification is available with the same choice of power units, and adds 'more style', according to Volkswagen. 

Volkswagen will launch with a limited time special edition model, the SE Design. 

Exterior features 
  • 16' ''Portago'' anthracite alloy wheels
  • Choice of 5 colours 
  • Black door mirrors 
  • Gloss black radiator grill
  • Front fogs with static cornering 
  • Tinted rear windows 
  • Darkened rear taillights 
  • LED rear license plate lighting 
Interior features 
  • 'Pyramid' Upholstery in Palladium grey or ceramique 
  • Front sport seats 
  • Ceramique door inserts and lower dash
  • Ceramique contrast stitching on controls and floor mats 
  • White footwell lighting 
  • Aluminium look pedals 
  • Dark Rhodium heating, vents and radio trim 

For more information please contact us. 

Pulman Volkswagen 
Durham Tel- 0191 383 2444
Sunderland Tel- 0191 548 0235
Website- www.pulmanvolkswagen.co.uk
Facebook- Pulman Volkswagen 
Twitter @Pulmanvw

Friday, 11 April 2014

Pulman Volkswagen helps Cash for Kids raise over £22,000

Politeness Pays!

One lucky winner scooped the top prize of a brand new Volkswagen Take Up! Car in Metro Radio’s Cash for Kids recent campaign and all because she said “Thank You!”

The Mission Thank you Campaign, led by Cash for Kids, gave local people and companies the opportunity to publically thank their friends, family, neighbours and customers and by doing so, were entered into a raffle to win a fabulous new Volkswagen Take Up! car, donated by Pulman Volkswagen.

The campaign was to remind people of just how important it is to say ‘thank you’.  On average, people hear a spoken ‘thank you’ 5-10 times a day, and over 60% of people believe that receiving a ‘thank you’ brightens up their day. Over 40% of people think that as a nation, we don’t say ‘thank you’ enough, and the goal of Mission Thank You was to reverse this trend.

The Cash for Kids and radio team including presenters Steve and Karen, Brian Moore and Stu Elmore toured the region displaying random acts of kindness, giving gifts to members of the public and completing a fundraising bag pack at Asda, Metrocentre. Members of the public entered into the spirit by paying a £1 donation and sending a thank you message to someone who deserved it.

The lucky winner was Valerie from Penrith who said: “I can’t believe I’ve won, I’m in total shock!”
Chris Slater, Communications Manager for Pulman Volkswagen said “We are delighted to work with Cash for Kids on this campaign. Here at Pulman Volkswagen, we take pride in our customer service, ensuring that we deliver a fantastic customer experience, as well as saying thank you to every one of our loyal customers. To be able to reward one listener who has said thank you with a new Volkswagen Take Up! and helping Cash for Kids raise over £22,000 along the way shows our commitment to supporting local people.”

Stu Elmore, Metro Radio presenter “The Mission Thank You Campaign was a win-win for everyone. Not only did you get to make someone’s day by sending them a lovely thank you, but the £1 donation will help a disadvantaged child AND you had the chance of winning an amazing VOLKSWAGEN Take Up car!”

The competition ran throughout the Northern Network (Metro Radio, TFM, CFM and Borders) 

Winner Valerie (left) collecting her car from Marketing manager Natalie Wilson, and Communications Manager Chris Slater. With a helping hand from Courage the Cat from Cash 4 Kids. 

Thursday, 27 March 2014


Much-anticipated SEAT SUV will come to market in 2016

SEAT has today confirmed that it will produce a new compact SUV model, which will come to market in 2016. The Spanish company has been working on the design and development of the new model at its Martorell facility for almost two years.
“This is an excellent piece of news, since it takes SEAT into a new territory, in one of the largest and fastest growing segments in the world,” declared SEAT Chairman Jürgen Stackmann today in the Annual Results Press Presentation. “The SUV is an important pillar in the future corporate strategy and is a major step forward on the road to reaching sustainable profitability for the company,” he added.
Confirmation of the production of a SEAT SUV is a clear sign of the Volkswagen Group’s commitment to the Spanish brand. The new model will achieve a foothold in a growing segment that represents close to one million cars per year in Europe alone – a segment that has increased more than 40 per cent over the past five years, and will continue to grow in the future.
The new SUV will further broaden SEAT’s product range, enabling the brand to maintain its current growth momentum following the successful launch of the Leon family, which is receiving numerous accolades and awards across Europe.
Development of the SUV will continue at the SEAT Technical Centre in Martorell, a unique hub of excellence in southern Europe with more than 900 engineers dedicated to innovation.

Note: pictures shown are of SEAT's IBX Concept from 2011. There are no images available of the planned SUV.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

SEAT success at Fleet News awards

 SEAT success at Fleet News awards

21 March 2014
Leon beats Ford Focus and BMW 1-Series to claim best Lower-Medium Car award

Leon won the best medium-sized car category at the biggest awards event in the fleet industry, the Fleet News awards. The annual ceremony was held in London on Wednesday 19 March 2014.

The award marks the Leon out as the most outstanding medium-sized family hatchback for fleet users, according to the Fleet News panel of experts.

“The Leon is one of the great all-rounders in the sector with desirable looks, strong residual values and very low running costs.
The new model represents a big leap forward compared to the old car. It’s bang on the fleet button with a range of body styles, good kerbside appeal and a quality interior,”
enthused Stephen Briers, Fleet News Editor-in-Chief. 

SEAT UK's Head of Fleet and Business Sales said: “These awards often go to premium manufacturers (BMW and Mercedes Benz won the majority of this year’s awards).This year we beat all of them in what is probably the most important award of the evening. “Winning the best lower-medium car category with Leon is a great accolade for our fleet team and the Brand. It shows that the judges, who are from leasing companies and influencers in the fleet industry, have great confidence in our product and the service our network provides.

“This year we hosted 14 of our most important fleet customers at the event,” said Peter. “That’s a first for us, and they were as genuinely excited about our win as we were.
“We’re seeing a massive growth in true fleet volume this year. In March we sold two and half times more cars than in March 2013. This award will accelerate that growth!
On the night, SEAT was nominated for three awards for the first time in its history:

• Small Car for Ibiza
• Medium Car for Leon
• Estate Car for Leon ST

Pulman SEAT
Burntland Avenue,
Telephone: 0191 537 0010

Monday, 3 March 2014

SEAT Leon Cupra Launches Tomorrow At Pulman SEAT.

 Introducing the all-new SEAT Leon Cupra and Cupra 280

 Two versions of the new Leon flagship: Cupra and Cupra 280
 New Leon Cupra 280 is SEAT’s most powerful series production car ever
 New 2.0-litre engine combines razor-sharp responsiveness with surprising efficiency, in 265 PS and 280 PS guises
 Cupra 280 DSG completes 0-62 mph sprint in just 5.7 seconds, yet returns 42.2 mpg; every Cupra hits 62 mph in less than six seconds
 Order books open today (8 January) with prices from just £25,690
 First deliveries expected early March 2014

Tomorrow SEAT will officially release the quickest and most powerful series production car it has ever made: the SEAT Leon Cupra 280.

The Cupra 280 sits at the top of a five-strong family of brand new Cupra models that begins with the 265 PS Leon SC Cupra and ends with the five-door Cupra 280 DSG. Here’s the range at a glance:

Every Leon Cupra completes the benchmark 0-62 mph sprint in less than six seconds, while all manual versions return exceptional 44.1 mpg average fuel consumption.

The drive: stunning performance as standard

Cupra stands for power, performance and dynamics – and the new Leon Cupra and Cupra 280 have all those qualities in abundance. The Cupra 280, with optional DSG transmission, catapults from zero to 62 mph in just 5.7 seconds, or 5.8 seconds with the six-speed manual gearbox equipped; every Cupra model has a 155 mph limited top speed.

The 350 Nm maximum torque of both versions spreads from just 1,750 rpm all the way up to 5,300 rpm, guaranteeing impressive pulling power and overtaking flexibility.

Against this, the new Leon Cupra is astonishingly efficient. The average fuel consumption for both power variants is just 44.1 mpg with a manual gearbox equipped, and 42.2 mpg with DSG. This equates to CO2 figures of just 149 g/km and 155 g/km; by comparison the second generation Leon Cupra R with 265 PS emitted 190 g/km CO2.

The engine: cutting edge technology

As a true sports engine, the 2.0 TSI turbo petrol unit of the Leon Cupra and Cupra 280 reacts spontaneously to every movement of the accelerator pedal and is wonderfully high revving. This is paired with a rich and refined sound that is aided and modulated by a standard sound actuator.

The all-new power unit, with its exceptionally responsive turbocharger, is packed with hi- tech and ground-breaking features. The dual-injection system, for example, combines direct injection with manifold injection under partial load, which optimises fuel economy and reduces particulate emissions. Cylinder fill is always in the optimum range: the camshafts are adjustable, with the valve lift system regulating opening on the exhaust side. The exhaust manifold is integrated into the cylinder head and is part of the intelligent thermal management system. In addition, a new kind of coating on the aluminium pistons and the bearings keeps friction to a minimum.

And like every other Leon in the range, the Cupra efficiency package also includes Start/Stop and Energy Recovery systems.

Key equipment

In the UK, additional standard equipment for the Leon Cupra over and above the FR model (and the aforementioned styling details) includes 18-inch alloy wheels, full-LED headlights, DAB digital radio, SEAT Media System Plus, aluminium front door sill trims with Cupra logo, rain-sensing wipers and automatic headlights.

The Cupra 280 is distinguishable by its standard 19-inch alloy wheels, gloss black mirror caps, black exterior mouldings and frames, black rear roof spoiler, red brake callipers with Cupra logo, and black interior inserts. Satellite navigation comes as standard with the Cupra 280, too.

Cupra Drive Profile

The Cupra Drive Profile enables the characteristics of the new Leon Cupra to be adapted across a very wide range to meet the individual preferences of the driver. Alongside the Comfort and Sport modes, the Cupra mode was a focal point for the engineers in Martorell. Throttle response is particularly sensitive in this setting, while the DSG
operates in its sportiest shifting mode and the sound actuator accentuates the full tone of the turbocharged engine. DCC dynamic chassis control, progressive steering and the front-axle differential lock also operate at their sportiest settings.

The SEAT Leon Cupra is officially launched tomorrow and available to test drive on Tuesday 4th March 2014 at Pulman SEAT. For more information please go to our website http://www.pulmanseat.co.uk/. Or contact us on 0191 549 2926.