Thursday, 27 February 2014

Pulman SEAT teams up with SunFM again

26 February 2014

Pulman SEAT teams up with SunFM again
       /Partnership will see SEAT Leon ST taken on as station car
            /Fourth year of tie-up celebrated at event at Bridges Shopping Centre
            /Leon ST’s cavernous boot ideal for loading up bulky sound equipment

Leading car retailer Pulman SEAT is proud to announce the continuation of its partnership with top local radio station, 103.4 SunFM, for the fourth consecutive year.

And this year the lucky ‘street team’ at SunFM can look forward to driving around the Sunderland area in the newly launched SEAT Leon ST (Sports Tourer), which makes for an ideal station car.

The Leon ST is equipped with a cavernous boot, ideal for storing the radio crew’s sound equipment, as well as state-of-the-art satellite navigation.

Recently the liveried Leon ST was presented to Sun FM at The Bridges Shopping Centre. The handover event featured a competition to win an iPad, iPod and earphones.

Chris Slater, Site Manager at Pulman SEAT, said: “The partnership between Pulman SEAT and SunFM continues to go from strength to strength and we are sure the Leon ST with its cavernous boot will make for a superb station car.

“In keeping with the music theme on the day we asked everyone who entered the competition to name their favourite song to generate a playlist for people to download in our Spotify account.”

Julian Carter, Managing Director of 103.4 SunFM, said: “We are excited about taking delivery of the new station car which is sure to turn heads as it makes its way around Sunderland.”

Julian Carter (left) receiving the keys to the radio stations New SEAT Leon ST from Pulman SEAT's Chris Slater (right). 

Pulman SEAT, based in Burntland Avenue, Southwick, have been trading for two-and-a-half years, transforming the showroom and renowned for delivering a fantastic customer experience. Offering a newly refurbished hospitality area with free Wi-Fi and refreshments.

The SEAT Leon ST enjoys the same beautiful curves and sharp lines as the rest of the Leon family, while within its sleek body is 587 litres of boot space, which is among the biggest in its class. And with the rear seats folded it goes from spacious to vast, with a huge 1,470 litres available – at the simple pull of a lever with the seat back release handles of the SE and FR versions.

Available in three trim levels – S, SE and FR, the Leon ST also offers a panoramic sunroof, cruise control, full-LED headlights, SEAT Easy Connect entertainment and communication system, Front Assist to detect possible collisions and give a warning, High Beam Assist to dip the headlights when there is oncoming traffic at night and switch back to high beam when cars have been passed, and Tiredness Recognition System and Lane Assist to keep you on track if you unintentionally drift out of lane.

SunFM is part of UKRD Group Ltd, which for the last 3 years has been named as the Sunday Times Number One best company to work for.

Louise Richardson, Bethany Knill and the 103.4 SunFM Sunny the Seagull – handing over the new SEAT Leon ST at the Bridges shopping centre, Sunderland.     

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

The Leon Cupra has it nailed says the UK press

Leon Cupra first-drive reviews by UK press hit the web

“The Cupra is a stunning car to behold, especially the shorter-wheelbase three-door version. It’s a feast of angles and blade-like creases,” say Auto Express in its four-star review

The UK motoring press has got its hands on the eagerly awaited Leon Cupra and driven it on some testing Spanish roads. Here’s what they had to say about the 265PS three-door Leon SC Cupra and the five-door Leon Cupra 280 with DSG and manual gearboxes.

What Car? four stars

 “The steering is meaty and accurate, and conveys a reasonable amount of sensation to your palms. A standard front differential means traction out of corners is strong and there’s none of the to-and-fro steering tug that afflicts rivals such as the Ford Focus ST, either.

“The way the 265PS car rides is great; it smooths away bumps and is unfazed by ruts, ripples or potholes. It also grips well and changes direction crisply.

“Of the two, the more powerful car is undeniably more capable, but its little brother is actually more enjoyable.

Inside “you grip a thick-rimmed, sporty flat-bottomed steering wheel, and the grey dials ahead certainly have some fairly serious numbers on them.

“Your body, and that of your passenger, is held in place by suitably hefty-looking sports seats that are trimmed in grey Alcantara. “

“You don’t buy a hot hatch simply because it makes a good investment. You buy it because it’ll be a proper hoot when you want it to be and unobtrusive the rest of the time. If that’s the case, the Leon Cupra has it nailed.”

Auto Express: four stars

“The most important addition to the Cupra’s standard equipment list is a limited slip differential fitted to the front axle. In normal circumstances, sending 276PS to the front tyres is a recipe for torque steer and understeer, but by shifting power to the front wheel with more grip during cornering it helps the Cupra stick like glue to your chosen line.”

“The steering is light, but sharp enough, and you can really feel the variable ratio working its magic in tight corners.

“The Cupra is a stunning car to behold, especially the shorter-wheelbase three-door version. It’s a feast of angles and blade-like creases.”

Car Enthusiast: four and a half stars

“The first thing that strikes you is how mature the Leon feels. If you're expecting a nervous, fidgety ride from something over-sprung and under-damped, you'll be pleasantly surprised. The Cupra 280, riding on its goliath 19s, manages to smooth out almost all undulations and keeps wind noise, tyre roar and engine/exhaust boom to the barest minimum. Luckily, however, when you start to up the pace, the Leon's inherent playfulness comes back to the fore.

“Adjust the dampers through Comfort, Sport and Cupra settings and you'll notice the difference between them, yet the car never becomes too soft or uncomfortable at either extreme. It's all very commendable.

“The Leon is better looking, better equipped and therefore cheaper spec-for-spec, pretty much as smooth as the Volkswagen [Golf GTI] and quicker to boot.”

Autocar: four stars
“Unsurprisingly, much more grown up. As with the base Leon, memories of the former car, stiff-backed hollow-sounding prospect that it was, dissipate in moments…

“On 18-inch wheels and ContiSport Contact5s, the 265 flows along with considerably more elan than the Golf...”