Thursday, 10 December 2015

Pulman SKODA have a range of exciting career opportunities at our brand new showroom!

Enjoy a new career this new year with Pulman SKODA in our £2 million purpose built showroom!

There are exciting times ahead for Pulman ŠKODA, who are opening their purpose built new ŠKODA showroom in Belmont, Durham early in 2016. The state of the art showroom which is being constructed on 1.75 acres of land represents a £2 million investment for the Durham headquartered motor retailer. This is fantastic news for Pulman and the local economy as over 20 new jobs will be created.

Pulman ŠKODA have a range of careers opportunities in their new site, including showroom host, sales executives, technicans, drivers, valeters and café assistants for their bespoke onsite café that will be open to customers and the general public. Pulman have been operating in Durham offering new, used and Motability ŠKODA cars for over a year in their temporary showroom near the Arnison Centre. Ian Jarvis Sales Manager for Pulman ŠKODA comments, “The past year has been fantastic for Pulman, building an invaluable customer base. We are very excited and proud of our brand new ŠKODA site that will be opening in early 2016.”

The new site will have a 9-car showroom, in-house café with fresh food prepared daily and in a first for the motor industry a yoga studio offering a wide range of classes for all abilities, certainly something you do not see every day in a car showroom. The sites location  just off the A690 at Dragonville Industrial Estate, Durham makes it accessible from a wide area across the region.
Pulman opened its first site, Pulman Volkswagen, Durham in 1998 with 17 members of staff and 2 years later moved into their flagship showroom at Abbey Road Durham that underwent a full refurbishment earlier this year. 17 years later, Pulman have two Volkswagen retail locations, a SEAT site in Sunderland and a ŠKODA site with over 150 staff members. The family owned business prides itself in offering those little differences that deliver a fantastic customer experience.
Ian Jarvis continues, “I’ve been working with Pulman for over a year now and they are a fantastic company to work for! We offer something different to our customers, the in-showroom café, the free WiFi, the complimentary collect and delivery for our service customers. It’s the small things that make the big differences.”

Laura Makepeace, HR Manager for Pulman comments, “It’s an exciting time for anyone thinking of joining Pulman, or the motor industry. At Pulman and through the support of the brands: Volkswagen, SEAT and ŠKODA, there is a fantastic training structure to support anyone who wants develop their career.”

For more information on the vacancies available please visit

Volkswagen Microbus to go electric!

It is rumoured that the classic camper-van will return with an all-electric derivative at the Consumer Electronics Show 

Set for 2017 production at Volkswagen's Puebla factory in Mexico, the concept car will showcase the newly developed electric system as well as other contemporary connectivity technologies.

 The zero local emission driveline, which relies on the Volkswagen Group’s latest lithium-ion battery technology as used by the Audi R8 E-Tron and Audi Q6 E-Tron Quattro concept, is claimed to provide a range of between 400 and 500km (250-310 miles) depending on the driving conditions.

The all-electric Microbus is planned to be offered alongside more conventional turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and diesel powerplants on the production Microbus, which senior Wolfsburg sources describe as being smaller than the latest Multivan.

Above, the 'Bulli' concept Microbus, which was shown at the 2011 Geneva Motorshow. The new concept could have a similar design. 

Speaking at the New York show earlier this year, a Volkswagen spokesman revealed that VW engineers and designers were working on a new Camper van concept using a small electric motor driving the front wheels and battery packs stored under the floor.

The spokesman told Autocar that the design of the original VW van was "so iconic" that any attempt at a new model would have to have three "very important" design cues: "First the wide, solid, D-pillar, second the boxy design of the centre section and, thirdly, the front end must have a very short overhang. The distance from the A-pillar to the front end must be very short."

The key to achieving the unique front-end design is the fact that an electric motor would allow a much lower 'bonnet line' than a conventional petrol engine. This, in turn, would allow the A-pillars to be placed much further forward than in a conventional MPV.

For more information on any Volkswagen vehicles please visit our website
0191 383 2444

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport

Find everything you need to know about the new Volkswagen Golf GTi Clubsport right here!

The Gof GTi Clubsport is a limited edition design and more focused than ever, making it the fastest GTI there's ever been. It is planned to reach the UK in limited numbers in 2016 and has the distinction of it being their fastest GTi model to date!

The Clubsport is differentiated from the existing seventh-generation GTi models by a series of styling upgrades. Included is a unique front bumper featuring a large central air duct with a honeycomb insert, additional trapezoidal ducts used to cool the front brakes, high-gloss black blades low down on the outer edges for added downforce, so-called air curtains to smooth airflow around the edges and a splitter element down low.

The upgrades up front are accompanied by high-gloss black door mirror housings and a black graphic along the lower edge of the doors in homage to the look of the original 1976 Golf GTi.

At the rear, Volkswagen’s design team has provided the new car with a new twin-vane spoiler mounted atop the tailgate, together with vertical vanes along the outer edges of the rear window, a heavily restyled bumper with an integrated diffuser and larger-diameter chromed tailpipes.

The Golf GTi Clubsport is powered by a reworked version of the Volkswagen Group’s turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder EA888 petrol engine, as used by existing versions of the Golf GTi. But while the standard Golf GTi gets 217bhp, or 227bhp in Performance guise, the Clubsport offers up 261bhp between 5350 and 6600rpm.

That’s not the end of the story, though. An overboost function temporarily raises turbocharger boost pressure from 1.9bar to 2.1bar for up to 10 seconds on kickdown, increasing overall power output to 287bhp – albeit only for a maximum 10 seconds. That's just 8bhp less than the Golf R.

For more infortmation on any of the Golf range, contact Pulman Volkswagen:
Call: 0191 383 2444

Volkswagen Scirocco Black Edition

The new Volkswagen Scirocco Black Edition models feature extra kit!

Volkswagen has revealed two new special edition Scirocco models with cosmetic upgrades than the standard car.

The Scirocco GT Black Edition and R-Line Trim levels feature black exterior add-ons: Black alloy wheels, a black contract roof, black door mirrors, a black rear spoilers and 90% black tinted rear windows are standard on both models. The GT models gets 18" alloys and the R-Line gets 19" rims.

The Scirocco GT features sat-nav, climate control, front fog lights, parking sensors, chequered flag decorative inserts and metallic pedals with part-Alcantara seats and interior trim.

The R-Line models gets sportier bumpers, side skirts and scuff plates plus an R-Line steering wheel, handbrake and gear leaver as well as heated leather sports seats.

To find out more about the new Scirocco's or the entire Scirocco range at Pulman Volkswagen contact us via:

Telephone: 0191 383 2444

Information from Auto Express

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Pulman and Newcastle United Drive Partnership Forward

North East car dealership Pulman Volkswagen has strengthened its commercial relationship with Newcastle United by becoming one of the club’s Platinum Partners for the next three years.

Pulman, which has locations in Durham and Sunderland, has been working closely with the Magpies – including supplying cars from its extensive fleet of brand new Volkswagens – since 2009 and will continue to benefit from a range commercial and hospitality opportunities at St. James’ Park.

Dale Aitchison, head of partnerships at Newcastle United, said: “Pulman Volkswagen has been part of the Newcastle United family for a number of years now and we’re very pleased to extend our relationship until 2018.

“We look forward to building on our work together over the coming years and helping Pulman to enhance its reputation as one of the most respected and trusted businesses in the region.”

Paul Adams, Group Fleet Manager at Pulman Volkswagen, said: “We are delighted to be renewing our partnership once again with Newcastle United and are looking forward to exploring further unique opportunities that our relationship with the football club brings.”

To find out more about Pulman Volkswagen, please call 0191 336 0030, email or visit

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Pulman and Silksworth Lions Youth FC team up

Pulman are proud to support the Silksworth Lions Youth FC, providing brand new football strips for each player.

Darren Williams, the Secretary for Silksworth Lions Youth FC comments: “We needed to provide new strips for 27 players across two teams. It’s fantastic that Pulman kindly decided to support our football teams by providing brand new kits.”

Silksworth Lions Youth FC is a local football team for under 11s and under 12s. Playing in the Russell Foster Youth League currently standing 4th in the league, aspiring to be promoted this season. Darren continues: “The football league is fantastic for young people, we meet for a game every weekend and for training twice a week, weather permitting of course. All parents are actively involved in the football club and it is a great team spirit. It’s excellent for the kids, to interact with other kids outside of school, to keep fit and more importantly to have fun!”

Chris Slater, Communications Manager for Pulman Group comments: “When Darren approached us to sponsor the Silksworth Lions, we jumped at the chance. It’s fantastic to get involved with a brilliant local community football team for children, helping them keep health with plenty of exercise and of course to have fun.

Pulman have locations throughout Durham and Sunderland so Silksworth is a natural fit for sponsorship sitting in-between the locations. We pride ourselves on delivering a fantastic customer experience and are excited to get involved with Silksworth Lions Youth football team.”
Silksworth Lions Youth FC are currently fundraising to enter a competition next year, the Blackpool football tournament. Darren comments: “The Blackpool tournament is great fun and we try to enter every year, the kids absolutely love it, so hopefully we can enter once again this season”.

For anyone looking to get involved with Silksworth Lions Youth FC, for either as a coach or as a player please contact Darren Williams via

Pulman are the only Volkswagen family owned business in the North East along with SEAT and SKODA showrooms. For more information on Pulman visit

Monday, 23 November 2015

Pulman promote graduate to Executive role

Pulman Graduate Business Trainee Louise Richardson has been promoted to Fleet Customer Relationship Executive. Louise has had a wealth of experience with Pulman over the last two years on the Pulman Graduate Scheme. Joining Pulman in October 2013 with a degree in Geography from the University of Lancaster, Louise has worked in various areas throughout the group to learn the most intricate areas of the business.

This experience has led Louise to her new role with Pulman. Louise comments, “I am very excited to start a new role, the experience I have learned from being customer facing in most of my placements on the Graduate Scheme will aid me in contacting new and maintaining current customer relationships in Fleet.”

Pulman Fleet focuses on providing a local service for  businesses who require company cars offered at a special contract hire rate. Fleet Manager Paul Adams said “We’re delighted to welcome Louise to our team and having been able to promote from with the business as a result of our Graduate programme is fantastic. As a Volkswagen Premium Partner we are thrilled to see Louise complete her training and now be in a position to promote her to this exciting role to develop further opportunities.  Louise has gained a great foundation of knowledge across the Group and has shown real flair when dealing with customers, all whilst understanding Pulman’s company goal of delivering a fantastic customer experience!”

For more information on Pulman Career opportunities visit 

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

SKODA Heat and Cool Systems

ŠKODA vehicles are sold everywhere from the sweltering heat of Africa to the freezing Arctic Circle. They need to cope with temperatures from minus 35 to more than 50C, so it’s vital they have state-of-the-art systems and even heat exchangers the size of tennis courts.

 Getting up to the ideal operating temperature fast and then maintaining that to get optimum performance, without affecting fuel efficiency, is vital for manufacturers. And according to Aleš Vrána, Chief Designer in ŠKODA’s engine mount department, it’s not just restricted to internal combustion engines.

“The need to discharge redundant heat from the engine is relevant for all vehicles, from those with combustion engines and hybrids to fully electric vehicles and cars with progressive fuel cell technologies,” says Aleš. “Cooling will therefore remain one of the most important areas for development.”

Making use of waste heat

In modern petrol and diesel engines, about a third of the fuel-supplied chemical energy is used by the drive system to turn the wheels. The rest is discharged from the engine as waste heat, in combustion gases and through a sophisticated multi-circuit cooling system. So how can we make efficient use of this waste heat?

 One way of using it is now included in ŠKODA’s EA211 petrol engines: the exhaust manifold is integrated into the cylinder head and connected to the engine cooling circuit. In cold starts, hot combustion gases warm up the coolant right after being blown out of the cylinder, and the coolant then distributes heat throughout the engine to warm the oil.

 But getting the engine up to its optimum operating temperature, to reduce friction and wear on moving parts, is just the first part of the story. Exhaust gases can heat up to almost 1,000C in extreme conditions; reducing that extends the life of the catalytic converter and improves fuel efficiency.

Air is a valuable resource 

The cooling system can have a major influence on the design of the front of a car. Fresh air needs to flow through heat exchangers – including the main radiator – and the engine compartment, all of which is dictated by the shape, size and position of the many inlets at the front of the car. The layout and design influences how efficiently heat is carried away, but a highly efficient cooling system can adversely affect fuel economy.

“Air is a valuable resource that we need to use with a high degree of accuracy,” says Jan Burič, who is responsible for developing cooling systems at ŠKODA Auto. “The air flows in the engine compartment cause passive resistance, which creates as much as 10 per cent of the total frontal aerodynamic resistance. But the aerodynamic resistance coefficient has a major impact on fuel consumption. The goal in developing cooling systems is to minimise the consumption of air while maximising its use.”

Responding to this challenge, engineers in the engine mount department developed a system several years ago that limited the flow of air into the engine compartment when a car was being used in ‘partial-load’ mode. This has been used in some series production models in European markets, including the Octavia GreenLine and the new Superb.

Developing more systems for the future remains a high priority, and Petr Mikšovský, also from the engine mount department, says new calculation methods and ever-more sophisticated technologies are helping ŠKODA to make considerable advances: “We’re like F1 race mechanics, and could never succeed if we weren’t a well-tuned team.”

Did you know?

• Heat is exchanged between coolant and air by up to four main and five auxiliary exchangers, and their total surface area can be the same as a tennis court
• Up to 120 litres of coolant flow through the main exchanger (the radiator) every minute when a vehicle is being driven at maximum speed
• The cooling system components are connected by as much as 50m of hoses and tubes
• The people developing cooling systems at the factory divide the world into four maximum-air-temperature groups; in ‘super-hot’ countries the cooling system has to work reliably with maximum engine load in temperatures of 50C in the shade
• The engine mount department is responsible for integrating engines into vehicles and for developing all peripheral systems (highlighted in green), including cooling, exhaust system, air intake system and engine mount.

To find out more about SKODA Models and to book test drive with any SKODA car, visit our website, or visit our showroom:

Unit 4E,
Abbey Road Retail and Business Park,
County Durham,
(0191) 383 7500

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

The brand new SKODA Octavia Estate vRS 230PS has arrived at Pulman!

The fastest ever vRS at Pulman SKODA!

Pulman SKODA have the brand new Octavia Estate vRS 230PS in stock! Accelerating from 0-60mph in just 6.7 seconds. The new Octavia comes with sports styling and 19" Xtreme alloy wheels as well as SKODA simply clever features. 

The other impressive features of the car are:

  • Sunset glass 
  • Colour Maxi DOT trip computer with lap timer
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Black design door mirrors and front grille
  • Black roof rails
  • Black gloss exhaust tailpipes with sports sound
  • Black decorative inserts
  • Door sill trim with black vRS logo
  • Electric door mirrors and boarding spots and memory function
  • Leather vRS sports seats with red stitching 
  • Amundsen satellite navigation system 

To book a test drive or to find out more information on the Octavia Estate vRS 230PS or any other SKODA vehicles visit our website:

Pulman SKODA,
Unit 4e,
Abbey Road Retail & Business Park,
0191 383 7500

Friday, 23 October 2015

SKODA Citigo Black Edition Revealed

The Skoda Citigo Black Edition has been revealed, adding a variety of technology, comfort and exterior options as standard equipment.

Skoda has expanded its Citigo range with the launch of a new Black Edition, which adds some unique styling features and extra technology to the affordable city car.

In the Citigo range, the new Black Edition bridges the gap between the SE trim and the Monte Carlo special edition.

The Citigo Black Edition sports either a Deep Black or Candy White exterior paint job, depending on customer preference, as well as 15-inch Black Auriga alloy wheels.

The new trim level is available in three-door or five-door formats and with a choice of black or white paint. Outside, it comes with body-coloured door mirrors and 15in black alloy wheels.

Inside, it gets a height-adjustable driver's seat, manual air conditioning and Skoda’s removable infotainment system with satellite navigation as standard. It also gets Bluetooth, front electric windows and tinted rear windows. An entertainment pack with four additional speakers (over the SE’s two-speaker set-up) is included, too.

The Black Edition is available only with the lower-powered version of the Citigo’s 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine, giving 59bhp and 62.8mpg average fuel economy.

The Black Edition bridges the gap between the SE and Monte Carlo spec levels and is available to order now. It carries a £1715 premium over the base-spec Citigo, priced at £9990 for the three-door model and £10,340 for the five-door.

Pulman SKODA now have the Citigo Black Edition in stock

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Friday, 9 October 2015

Three SKODA models win at the Auto Express Used Car Awards

ŠKODA models win three awards – including overall used car of the year – from leading magazine Auto Express

The Citigo and Yeti have scooped three wins in this year’s Auto Express used car awards. The Citigo won the category for best used city car, while the Yeti was named best used crossover and the overall used car of the year.

Auto Express described the Citigo as exceptional value for money. “The ŠKODA is smartly styled and solidly built... second-hand buyers will be in safe hands with this compact four-seater,” said the magazine.

 Talking about the overall winner, Auto Express said: “The Yeti has more than proven itself as a new car, and today it’s more desirable than ever as a second-hand buy, which is why it’s our 2015 used car of the year. The ownership experience is first class – the Yeti is a three-time winner of our Driver Power survey – plus the dealer network is rated highly.”

Nick O'Neill, who recently joined the brand as National Used Car Manager, said: “These awards prove what we and the retail network have always known – that ŠKODA cars are brilliant buys for anyone wanting great-quality, value-for-money used cars.

“The Citigo provides thrift and style for those driving in built-up areas, while the Yeti ticks all the boxes for families needing a robust, well-specified car that can handle anything they throw at it.”

For more information on new and used Yeti and Citigo models contact Pulman SKODA

Telephone: 0191 383 7500
Unit 4E,
Abbey Road Retail & Business Park,

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Spy pictures from 2017 Leon test drive revealed!

2017 SEAT Leon spotted on test drive!

Spy pictures of the 2017 SEAT Leon facelift have emerged showing a heavily disguised car testing on the road. The Spanish hatch is set to get a mid-life upgrade at the end of 2016, with tweaks all-round expected.

Despite this camouflaged prototype's extensive disguise, the Leon will only receive modest external revisions as the firm focuses its restyling efforts on its forthcoming SUV range. Tweaks to the front and rear-end design should see a sportier, sharper look than the current car.

In terms of the interior, its likely we'll see a general boost in quality and new materials, but the most significant change will be the new touchscreen infotainment system from the Ibiza -that will bring Apple Carplay smartphone connectivity to the range.

For more information on the Leon range contact Pulman SEAT:

Call: 0191 549 2926



Pulman SEAT,
Burntland Avenue,

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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Pulman ŠKODA leads the way at the Durham Big Ride

Pulman ŠKODA was proud sponsor of the Durham Big Ride which took place over 2 days throughout the marvellous countryside in the North East.  Over 1500 riders took part in the annual event with friends and family coming along supporting too.
(Pulman ŠKODA new Superb leading the way)
The all new ŠKODA Superb led the way for the Big Ride, with the Yeti as the lead for The Beast Ride. Ed Tutty, Head Organiser commented “This is our 9th year of running this event and once again both days where a fantastic example of the growing enthusiasm for the sport. We were thrilled to have Pulman ŠKODA provide the lead cars again for the second year in a row. It really is a great event for the Durham area.”

Ian Jarvis Sales Manager at Pulman ŠKODA said, “The Durham Big Ride is a fantastic event in the local area that has grown year on year. With ŠKODA already having a synergy with cycling we thought it would be a fantastic partnership once again.”

At the event, Pulman ŠKODA displayed the new Superb, Fabia Monte Carlo and the Yeti, along with the ŠKODA bike. Riders were also given the chance to win a ŠKODA bike worth £895 by simply entering the #winabike competition which was a huge success over 100 entries across the two day event.

(Pictured: Paul Dyer outside Pulman ŠKODA)
Pulman are proud to announce the winner is Durham Big Ride participant Paul Dyer. Local to the Durham area, Mr Dyer has participated in the event for the last two years, along with his son. Being a member of the Spennymoor cycle club, Paul is a keen rider and even cycles the 6 mile commute to work every day. Mr Dyer comments “I am thrilled to win the SKODA bike, and it will go to good use. I haven’t visited Hamsterly forest in a while and that will be my first point of call!”

The new ŠKODA Superb led the way at the Big Durham Ride, after launching at the beginning of September, the new Superb got its first official outing around Durham City. Ian Jarvis continues: “The new Superb is a fantastic car, with more interior space than ever before, with innovative technologies including driver assist and advanced infotainment system!”

Pulman ŠKODA are currently based on Abbey Road Retail and Business Park in Durham and are in the process of building a brand new purpose built SKODA showroom.
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Friday, 25 September 2015

SKODA reports 80% jump in fleet interest of new Superb!

Skoda reports huge levels of interest in new Superb as fleet sales soar Skoda says sales and test drive enquiries for the new Superb have jumped 80%

Skoda has reported soaring fleet sales as it launches its new Superb. The brand says corporate and SME sales have risen by 22% year-on-year and this is set to be boosted by the new model, which it says has already seen unprecedented level of interest for fleet test drives, prompting a fleet of vehicles to be assigned exclusively for corporate and SME customer demonstrations.

Fleet benefits of the new model include running costs among the lowest plus a spacious and practical cabin. In addition the SE Business trim level brings front and rear parking sensors, Skoda’s Amundsen touchscreen satellite navigation system with Bluetooth, SmartLink and Drive Mode selection, which enables drivers to choose between Eco, Sport or Normal driving profiles.

Nadim Mehar, fleet manager at Signalling Solutions Ltd, commented: "I've just taken delivery of a new Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI Laurin & Klement and I am delighted with the vehicle. The exterior looks fantastic and the interior is of a very high standard. I can't believe how good the car looks; well done Skoda!"

Patrick McGillycuddy, head of fleet at Skoda UK, commented: "It's already been a strong year for Skoda corporate and SME sales with 22% growth on last year, and we are already experiencing huge levels of interest for the new Superb.

"The fleet team have been working hard to place new Superb on the list of every fleet manager from Dover to Dundee. The level of interest in a demonstration in the new model has far out-stripped our expectations and they're barely off the production line."

For more information regarding the new Superb email:

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Friday, 18 September 2015

Volkswagen reveals new Golf GTI Clubsport

Anniversary model launched to mark the 40th birthday of the Golf GTI, featuring outstanding performance and design

This thrilling new model has been unveiled at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, giving visitors a first look at the most powerful production GTI ever. The special edition follows in Volkswagen’s tradition of  marking landmark anniversaries of the GTI with special models.

 Prices, specification and key dates have yet to be announced but the model with be available in 3- or 5-door versions, with manual or DSG transmission. It is hoped that the GTI Clubsport will open for ordering in early 2016.

Impressive performance

 The GTI Clubsport’s turbocharged direct-injection engine will offer 265PS, resulting in acceleration from 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds with the optional DSG tranmission (6.0 seconds in manual).

A boost function increases power output to more than 290PS for a short time (around 10 seconds). This added power is activated simply by kicking down the accelerator. Top speed is around 155mph.

 But the GTI Clubsport is surprisingly efficient. With a manual gearbox, consumption is 6.9 l/100km (equivalent to 160g/km CO2). For DSG, the figure is 6.7 l/100km (155 g/km CO2).
New exterior design features

 A host of features distinguish the anniversary model from other GTIs. The new edition has a completely new front bumper, new side sills, a new rear diffuser, new multi-part roof spoiler and exclusive forged-alloy wheels. A range of colours will be available, including the Oryx White with black roof shown here.

 The side profile of the Golf GTI Clubsport is based on the original GTI version, which was characterised by a wide black trim stripe on the side between the front and rear wheel arches at bumper level. This stripe appears on the side of the anniversary model, paying homage to the 1976 Golf GTI, and is enhanced with the lettering ‘Clubsport’.

Forged 18-inch alloy wheels are standard but optional ‘Bresica’ 19-inch alloy wheels are available, designed especially for the Golf GTI Clubsport. The doors are adorned with high-gloss black mirror caps.

 The redesigned roof edge spoiler, which projects above the roof line, was perfected in the wind tunnel and is much larger than its counterpart on the current GTI. There is a narrow air gap between the roof area and the spoiler.

 Lower down, the line of the wrap-around splitter of the side line (below the sill) is continued in the large rear diffuser. The redesigned, chrome-plated tailpipes of the twin-pipe exhaust system have been elegantly integrated in the diffuser. The LED rear lights come in dark black-red.

Interior Features

The interior features iconic details essential to every GTI. These include the ergonomic sports seats with tartan fabric upholstery and red top-stitching, golf ball-design gear knob and a black headliner.

The Clubsport also features folding racing bucket seats instead of sport seats. These are part-Alcantara and feature a honeycomb pattern in the area of the backrests and seat cushions; the backrest also incorporates ‘GTI’ lettering.

New trim strips in ‘Honeycomb 40’ design (instrument strip, centre console and doors) give the interior an even more exclusive appearance. Sporty decorative features include Alcantara trim on the gear lever, new lenses on the gear knob, the Alcantara sport steering wheel (with GTI emblem, red seam and 12 o'clock marking) and customised floor mats with red edging.

When the driver and front passenger open the doors, they see the exclusive stainless steel door sill plates with red ‘GTI’ lettering.

For more information on the full Golf range contact Pulman Volkswagen

Call: 0191 383 2444
Visit us in Durham or Sunderland

Abbey Road,

Newcastle Road,

Information and images from Volkswagen UK

SKODA plans further expansion into SUV market

New 7-seat model and a more mainstream Yeti will spearhead Skoda's further expansion into the SUV market

The brand is planning a total of four new SUVs - a more mainstream Yeti, a seven-seater, a BMW X4-style coupe and smaller Juke rival. All of the new models are based on the versatile Volkswagen Group MQB platform but while the others are earmarked for Europe, it's possible that the coupe SUV may only be sold in China.

The all new Skoda Yeti is set for launch in 2018, with the refreshed small form factor SUV boasting more mainstream looks along the lines of the just unveiled Superb. Skoda has opted for a more restrained and conventional look, with a clean front end that boasts split headlights and a clamshell bonnet. The new Skoda Yeti shares much with the new Volkswagen Tiguan that has just been unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. It features a Superb-style front end and sharp creases down the sides to differentiate it from its Volkswagen Group stablemate.


Family buyers will be catered for by Skoda's new 7-seat SUV. The upscale model looks very smart with sharp lines and high quality detailing. Following the lead of the Superb saloon, interior space is particularly strong with loads of room in all three rows. The rear seats slide an impressive 18cm allowing owners to prioritise legroom or boot space.

7 Seater SUV

There are also some ideas regarding how the current Skoda models will look and evolve in the future. We'll see the return of twin headlights on 2017 Octavia facelift with the inner lights cleverly integrated into grille to give the Skoda family a more distinctive front-end appearance.

Skoda's SUVs will get the same four headlight treatment, with the driving lights lifted up to sit underneath slim headlights. Square wheel arches also feature across the SUV model line with recessed boot opening at the rear. Skoda's SUV designs are further marked out by clamshell bonnets with the new Yeti and bigger 7-Seat SUV inheriting this feature from the current Yeti.

In terms of engine technology, we expect the latest Volkswagen Group turbocharged petrol and TDI diesel units to feature but both the Skoda Yeti and the 7-seater will feature a new plug-in hybrid powertrain that will debut in the Octavia. Familiar trim levels will feature with the rugged Scout trim used across the range of two and four-wheel-drive models. More road-orientated Sportline models will provide an alternative.

For more information on the full SKODA range contact Pulman SKODA
Call: 0191 3837500
Visit us:
Pulman SKODA,
Unit 4e Abbey Road Retail and Business Park,

Information from Auto Express

Thursday, 17 September 2015

SEAT unveil new Mii FR Line and latest Mii by MANGO Limited Edition

Mii by MANGO

The new Mii by Mango Limited Edition comes in Oryx white with a Velvet coloured finish to the door mirrors and wheels. The steering wheel, air vents and instrumental panel match the exterior.
The Limited Edition Mii by MANGO was created in co-operation with Spanish fashion label MANGO. Both companies worked together to produce a car that combines a pleasurable driving experience with innovative fashion design.

Each MANGO Limited Edition comes with a package of accessories created by SEAT Design and the fashion label MANGO. Packaged in a velvet coloured box, accessories include a velvet colour wool scarf, a MANGO key chain and a clutch bag with the MANGO logo. A wireless in-car charging box for mobile phones is also included.
The Limited Edition also provides equipment including, LED daytime running lights, the chrome pack and air conditioning. Standard equipment also includes a hook for securing handbags, a mirror in the driver’s sun visor and designer foot mats, door entry trim and key ring.

Mii FR Line

The Mii FR Line has 16-inch alloy wheels, Atom Grey door mirrors, trim strips and the FR logo in the grille to match its sporty character. The car offers suspension tuning as well as a black interior with high gloss and red accents. Sport seats with piping and FR logo are set alongside a leather steering wheel with red stitching.

For more information on the SEAT Mii Range contact Pulman SEAT:
Call: 0191 549 2926 
Visit us:
Burntland Avenue,

Information and images taken from SEAT UK

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

New Volkswagen SUV unveiled at Frankfurt Motor Show

The more practical and efficient Tiguan will go on sale in the UK towards the end of this year, with a plug-in hybrid version on the way

VW is claiming much-improved interior space and fuel efficiency gains of up to 25% with its latest Tiguan SUV, which has been unveiled at the Frankfurt show.

The new model is 60mm longer, 30mm wider and 33mm lower than its predecessor - and its wheelbase is up by 77mm, to 2681mm. VW claims rear-seat kneeroom is up by 29mm, thanks to a redesigned split-fold rear seat that offers up 180mm of longitudinal adjustment. The boot capacity is up, too - by 145 litres to 615 litres with the rear seats in place or 1655 litres with them folded down.

The redesigned exterior is fairly conventional in look, with a front and rear-end design inspired by the latest Passat and a chunkier overall profile, thanks to enlarged wheels and the increased size.

The core of the Tiguan’s engine line-up will be EU6-compliant diesel engines. There’s a 114bhp 1.6 and a trio of 2.0-litre units offering 148bhp, 178bhp and 217bhp. Certain markets will get a variety of 1.4-litre and 2.0-litre turbocharged petrols too, but the UK is unlikely to see more than a couple of these at most.

The lower-powered engines get front-wheel drive, while the more potent units have a four-wheel-drive system offering four driving modes. Gearbox choices include a standard six-speed manual and an optional six- or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

All four-wheel drive variants now have 200mm of ground clearance - an additional 11mm over the front-drive models. There’s also an optional Off-Road package that brings a reworked front bumper to increase the approach angle from 18.3 degrees to 25.6 degrees. Depending on the engine, the towing capacity extends to 2500kg.

VW also previewed a Tiguan GTE plug-in petrol-electric hybrid at Frankfurt. It uses the same basic powertrain as the recently introduced Passat GTE, mixing a 154bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine with an electric motor for a combined output of 215bhp. It has a range of 575 miles.

Together, they provide the most economical of the new Tiguan models with combined consumption of 149mpg and CO2 emissions of 42g/km - and it can also travel for more than 30 miles in pure electric mode.

For more information on the Tiguan range contatc Pulman Volkswagen

Call: 0191 383 2444

SEAT Leon Cross Sport

Seat has shown a high-performance, off-road-focused three-door Leon concept at the Frankfurt motor show

The ride height has been raised to give the Cross Sport 41mm more ground clearance than the standard Leon SC.

The concept is powered by the recently upgraded 286bhp version of the turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine used by the production Leon Cupra. It also features permanent four-wheel drive.

The Cross Sport’s styling is described as like ‘a highly-trained cross-country runner’: more prosaically, it’s a hiked-up Leon with black bumpers and a wild orange hue.

The Seat Leon Cross Sport comes with styling upgrades including gloss black extended wheel arches and sills, larger air intakes, a quadruple exhaust and a rear roof spoiler. It also has two-tone 19in alloy wheels. The Cross Sport also gains roof rails, wheel arch add-ons and restyled bumpers to give it a more rugged appearance, while inside, the car features leather and Alcantara trimmed seats coloured to match the car’s ultra orange exterior – which was first seen on the SEAT 20V20 SUV concept of the 2015 Geneva motor show.

Technical highlights include SEAT’s latest smartphone connect system, with voice recognition and voice activation features, and a built in touchscreen.

The Leon Cross Sport is only intended as a concept for now, with no word on whether it will make it into production.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

SEAT Leon Cupra 290 Revealed

The new Leon Cupra is set to go on sale later this year following its reveal the the Frankfurt Motorshow this month!

The new Cupra 290 boasts a full 286hp. Standard equipment for the Leon Cupra 290 includes sports seats, a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation, and new ambient lighting. As with its predecessor, this updated Leon Cupra gets a mechanical locking differential on the front axle.
Seat’s Sub8 performance pack is available as an option, and adds larger brakes, new tyres and a bespoke wheel design.

When equipped with a DSG transmission, Seat says the Leon Cupra 290 can reach 62mph in 5.7seconds, with a top speed of 155mph. The car is capable of returning 42.8mpg in DSG form, dropping to 41.1mpg when equipped with a six-speed manual transmission. That equates to CO2 emissions of as low as 149g/km.

To enquire further or to book a test drive when the Leon Cupra arrives at showrooms, contact Pulman SEAT

Call: 0191 549 2926
Visit us:
Burntland Avenue,
Tyne and Wear,

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Skoda provides fleet of vehicles for Tour of Britain

Skoda is providing a fleet of vehicles to the Tour of Britain as it sponsors the elite cycling event for the fourth year running.

The race kicked off in Wrexham yesterday and will finish in London on Sunday 13th September. During this time, a fleet of 50 Skodas will support the world-class riders and their teams, with vehicles including the Octavia, Yeti and Fabia as well as the new Superb, more than a week ahead of its launch in retailers’ showrooms.

Andrew Cullis, head of marketing for Skoda UK, said: "Skoda’s ongoing partnership with the Tour of Britain is testimony to our support for cycling. The company started as a bike manufacturer 120 years ago and cycling continues to play a key part in our company today.

"We’re really excited to show off the new Superb to the country’s growing band of cycling enthusiasts. With its cavernous boot and optional internal bike rack, it’s the perfect union between two and four wheels.  The gruelling course should offer the perfect chance to demonstrate the high standards to which all our vehicles are designed and engineered."

For more information on the Fabia, Yeti, Octavia and the new Superb contact Pulman SKODA

Call: 0191 383 7500
Visit us:
Unit 4E Abbey Road
Retail and Business Park,

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Thursday, 3 September 2015

New Superb model has potential range of more than 1,100 miles on just one tank of fuel

The first glimpse of the new Superb Greenline

SKODA has announced first details about the much-anticipated new Superb GreenLine. It’s set to be our most advanced and efficient model to date, with a predicted combined fuel consumption figure of 76.4mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 96g/km – and a potential range of more than 1,100 miles on just one tank of fuel.

The new Superb GreenLine Hatch and Estate will be unveiled to the public at the Frankfurt motor show this month and will be available in the UK later this year! Both variants will be powered by a 1.6-litre 120PS diesel engine and offer a number of advanced fuel-saving technologies and engineering features, including engine stop/start, brake energy recovery, long gear ratios, selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and wheels fitted with low-resistance tyres.

 Nitrogen oxide emissions will be reduced through the SCR system, using the reducing agent AdBlue. The new Superb GreenLine will also have improved aerodynamics: the chassis will be 15mm lower than the standard Superb, while tailgate and roof spoilers will channel air efficiently around the rear of the car. The new model also has a potential range of more than 1,100 miles on one tank of fuel

To find out more about the new Superb Greenline and to book a test drive when it arrives in showrooms, contact Pulman SKODA

Call: 0191 383 7500

Visit our showroom: 

Unit 4E Abbey Road,
Retail & Business Park,
County Durham,

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

New Volkswagen Tiguan Range

An all-new version of Volkswagen’s Tiguan compact crossover is expected to debut on 15th September at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show 

Volkswagen is preparing to move into the emerging compact performance SUV market with a headlining 300bhp version of its upcoming Tiguan Coupé.

The racy five-seater, conceived and developed by the firm’s in-house R division, is tentatively due to reach UK showrooms in 2018. It is planned to crown the Tiguan Coupé line-up with a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine running a similar tune to that used by the Golf R.

There is large speculation that it will produce up to 280lb ft and come with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, four-wheel drive and an electronic torque vectoring function.

Nothing is official at this stage, but the Tiguan Coupé R is likely to possess straight-line performance comparable with that of the Golf R Estate, which has a claimed 0-62mph time of 5.1sec.

A specially tuned version of the standard Tiguan Coupé’s MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension with reduced ride height and a four-mode adaptive damping system will aim to provide the necessary dynamic traits needed to set the R model apart from the rest of the model’s line-up.

One of three new second-generation Tiguan models, the Tiguan Coupé is planned to go on sale in standard guise in 2017, less than 12 months before the range-topping R model is due to join the line-up.

Included among the standard four-cylinder engine options will be 1.4 and 2.0-litre petrol units, as well as 1.6 and 2.0-litre diesels. Also planned is a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid-propelled GTE model running a similar driveline set-up to that used by the Golf GTE.

The basis for Volkswagen’s first SUV coupé are the same MQB underpinnings as those employed by other second-generation Tiguan models. Sporting its own, distinctive styling, the Tiguan Coupé is described as being “more rakish” than the standard Tiguan, with more acutely angled front and rear screens, a shallower glasshouse and a sloping roofline.

The basic appearance was previewed on the BlueCross Coupé TE shown at the Detroit motor show in January, although the production version is described as being smaller than the show car, with a length of around 4600mm.

Although billed as a coupé, the new Volkswagen will feature a practical five-door body with four conventional front-hinged doors and a one-piece tailgate that can be opened either manually or remotely, via a key fob or a sensor in the rear bumper.

The Tiguan Coupé R is planned to receive a number of upmarket interior appointments, such as an active instrument display, head-up display and a full selection of camera-aided safety features, including an emergency braking function.

Here's an insight into Volkswagen's SUV future

Tiguan (2015) - The standard version of the new Tiguan is the next VW SUV due on sale. It will be shown at Frankfurt before a sales launch later this year.

LWB Tiguan (2016) - A long-wheelbase version of the Tiguan will follow soon after the standard version. It will offer space for seven when it goes on sale next year.

Tiguan Coupé (2017) - The most outlandish Tiguan is a couple of years down the line. High-performance R version is likely a year later.

CrossBlue (2017) - The not-for-Europe CrossBlue is aimed at the US and Chinese markets. It’s due to be built in the US and will sit between the Tiguan and Touareg.

Touareg (2017) - Flagship SUV is due to be replaced in two years’ time. Based on the MLB platform, it promises a lower kerb weight and improved efficiency.

CrossBlue Coupé (2018) - A coupé version of the CrossBlue is on the cards as well and is set to follow a year after the seven-seat standard model.

T-Roc (2018) - First shown in Geneva last year, the Polo-based T-Roc would be a rival to the likes of the Nissan Juke. It is set for production in 2018.

Taigun (TBC) - Up-based entry-level SUV, first shown at the 2013 Sao Paulo motor show, is currently on hold and no date has been set for production

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Friday, 28 August 2015

New Café Dafté @ Pulman Volkswagen Durham opens with award winning chef.

Congratulations to Hannah Coils for winning “Apprentice of the year” award at Durham College. Hannah is the apprentice Chef at the newly refurbished Pulman Café at the Pulman Volkswagen showroom in Durham, now renamed as Café Dafté.
Hannah comments: “It’s fantastic to be named ‘Apprentice of the year’ for the catering course at Durham College! Now that the Café has been refurbished I’m excited to put into practice the skills I’ve gained!”

Whilst refurbishing the Durham Volkswagen showroom, Pulman also took the opportunity to refurbish and relaunch the unique Pulman Café now renamed as Café Dafté.

A cosy and delightful addition to the showroom, the café offers delicious fresh food and drinks to customers as well as members of the public. The café itself has expanded allowing for a greater capacity and creating a more spacious environment which includes high tables with charging points for laptops and iPad’s and a soft furnishing sofa area. Although not your typical find in a car showroom, the café adheres to the modern technology of the Volkswagen Brand, featuring Apple TV’s for customer’s to configure and personalise their cars.

Ed Lambe, Head Chef at Café Dafté comments: “Café Dafté has truly been updated! The seating areas, the free Wi-Fi and Apple TV’s all enhance the customer experience. We have updated our menus as well to offer the classics that our customers are familiar with but with a few added extras, you can even place orders over phone for collection! We pride ourselves on making everything fresh on the day using local ingredients to ensure we deliver a fantastic customer experience!”
The café is rated in top 20% of places to eat in Durham on Trip Advisor, being named a “local gem” by its regular visitors. Offering a wide variety of food made fresh on-site, there is always something warm from the oven to try!

Open Monday to Saturday Café Dafté is a true hidden gem, with mouth-watering dishes made fresh on the day. Offering a breakfast and lunch menu, including a full English breakfast, porridge and pancakes to freshly made sandwiches, wraps, panini’s, salads and jacket potatoes. Pulman also provide a range of speciality hot drinks, cakes, scones, quiches and other freshly made dishes. Another wonderful addition to the menu is the special offers, offering competitively priced daily specialities as well as a delightful afternoon tea.

Ed Lambe continues: “It’s fantastic that Hannah has won the apprentice of the year award, she thoroughly deserves it! You can see the progression from when Hannah first joined us to now! Hannah’s gained vast experience in preparing, cooking and finishing complex dishes.”
For more information on the re-launched Café Dafté visit where you’ll find some fantastic launch offers or visit the Pulman Volkswagen showroom at Abbey Road, Durham.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

New SEAT Ibiza available from mid-September!

The new SEAT Ibiza is available from mid-September 2015

The new SEAT Ibiza is beautiful both inside and out. Designed to give you an unbeatable driving experience, the high quality interior finish and advanced driving technology make it easier for you to enjoy the ride. You can also take comfort in the fact that you know you look great on the road with the exciting new colour packs available. They have been carefully chosen by our team of designers and will add excitement to every ride. This powerful beauty also has an EcoTSI engine at its heart, so you don’t have to sacrifice power for efficiency in this little looker.

A new car with development focused on three core areas:

  • New engines and a more refined ride and drive which takes efficiency and performance to a new level 
  • Upgraded design and quality of the interior 
  • Enhanced infotainment and class-leading connectivity options 

The new styling features a new steering wheel and gear knob design, dashboard design and materials, instrument cluster, decorative mouldings and ventilation controls as well as new upholstery options.

 The Ibiza has the ‘Easy Connect’ infotainment system, featuring: 
  • 5.0" or 6.5" touch screen
  • AUX-In, USB port and SD card slot
  • Four or six speakers
  • DAB radio, Bluetooth® telephone and audio streaming

Full Link technology in the new SEAT Ibiza turns your car’s Easy Connect Gen 2 touch screen into an extension of your mobile phone, seamlessly bringing the smartphone experience into your car. Full Link is compatible with Media System Plus and Satellite Navigation infotainment systems and works through Apple CarPlay, Android Auto or MirrorLink technologies, depending on the user’s mobile device Full Link is standard on the CONNECT model.

Through Full Link technology the user can access features of the SEAT DriveApp. These include: Personal desktop and widgets, Drive Profile, Read to me, Live Graphics and Route Tracker and Challenger. The new Ibiza offers customers a choice from six new colour packs.

The excellent fuel consumption and emissions figures1.0 EcoTSI Ecomotive 95PS has 68.9 mpg and CO2 94g/km. These figures are best in class for petrol engines. The 1.4 TDI Ecomotive 75PS model has 83/1 MPG and CO2 88 g/km.

To enquire further contact Pulman SEAT
Call: 0191 549 2926
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New SEAT Alhambra launches at Pulman SEAT on Friday 18th September

The new SEAT Alhambra is expected in showrooms 18th September 2015!

The new SEAT Alhambra has been orderable since Friday 1st May and launches in
Dealerships Friday 18th - Sunday 20th September along with the new Ibiza.
Crafted for comfort, highly adaptable and generously spacious, the new Alhambra is
ready for everything. The new Alhambra is a versatile car with character. Its high roofline
is evidence of its practicality and comfort whilst the distinctive front grille, clean sharp
lines and arrow-shaped bonnet all help create the profile of a family car with a little
extra sporting appeal.
The new LED rear lights, standard across all models, also help to add a distinctive look
to the rear of the car whilst improving overall safety on the road, and whichever trim
level you choose our stylish range of alloy wheels add a touch of class and sportiness.
Furthermore, the sliding doors are a feature that isn’t easily found in similar family cars
like the Ford Galaxy.

A new car with development focused on the following core areas:

1. Three new engines – all EU6 compliant
2. Infotainment
3. Some exterior changes
4. Major interior changes

Two new 1.4 litre petrol options:

1.4 TSI 150PS Manual (available on S and SE) with 150g/km CO2 and an MPG of 43.5 combined. The second option is 1.4 TSI 150PS DSG-auto available on S and SE with 156g/km CO2 and am MPG of 42.2 combined. 

The MY16 Alhambra will have the MIB2 infotainment system which includes:

  • Media System Plus
  • 6.5" colour touch screen
  • MP3 compatible CD player with combined USB/AUX-In port
  • FM/AM radio
  • Bluetooth® audio streaming
  • iPod connection
  • Eight speakers
  • Voice recognition

The sat-nav system also includes:
  • Navigation System with Rear View Camera (includes Media System Plus) 
  • 3D map display
  • Satellite navigation with dynamic route guidance
  • High resolution colour driver’s display
  • SD card slot
  • Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) digital radio

The new exterior features a new front grille, LED rear lights as well as two new colours (Romantic Red metallic and Urano Grey). There will also be two new sets of alloy wheels, one for S and SE Lux versions and the SE wheels will continue to be used on MY16 models. 

The new interior features Features a new steering wheel design, instrument cluster, infotainment system, decorative mouldings, gear shift surround and upholsteries. For the first time there will be three upholstery options on the SE models, cloth, Alcantara and leather, all in black.

For more information or to book a test drive in September contact Pulman SEAT:

Call: 0191 549 2926

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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

New ŠKODA Superb delights as the ‘Red Car’ of the Tour de France

The new ŠKODA Superb mastered its first appearance brilliantly as the ‘Red Car’ of the 2015 Tour de France. As the ‘control centre’ for the Tour’s director Christian Prudhomme, the new flagship will roll at the front of the pack until 26 July. ŠKODA AUTO is the official partner of the Tour de France (4-26 July) for the twelfth time.

Four brand-new ŠKODA Superbs have been called into action as the ‘Red Car’ for this year’s Tour de France. As the official ‘Red Car’ leading the field of riders, the new ŠKODA Superb is visible for all fans. During the Tour, the vehicle serves as a ‘mobile control centre’ for Christian Prudhomme, the Tour’s director. The ‘Red Car’ is also the only vehicle allowed to cross the finish line at the same time as riders.

ŠKODA has been the Tour de France’s official vehicle partner since 2004. As part of its commitment, the Czech car manufacturer is providing 250 vehicles in total – most notably, the ŠKODA Octavia Combi and ŠKODA Superb.

The new ŠKODA Superb was launched onto the first markets in mid-June. With expressive design, impressive technical qualities and the best interior space of its class, the newly developed flagship sets new benchmarks in its segment. Based on Volkswagen Group’s innovative MQB technology, ŠKODA’s top model, now in its third generation, reaches new heights when it comes to safety, comfort, connectivity and the environment, taking it to the upper end of the automotive mid-class segment.

The new Superb has been sprayed ‘Corrida red’ especially for its appearance as the Tour’s ‘Red Car’. For the powertrain, a 2.0 TDI 140kW (190PS) engine coupled with a DSG six-speed transmission is used.

For its special use at the Tour de France, the red ŠKODA Superb contains extensive technology, equipment and is fitted with a huge panoramic glass roof that can be opened from the rear.

To ensure strong brand presence at the Tour de France, a large fleet of ŠKODA vehicles is also provided again this year. ŠKODA provides approximately 250 cars which are used as escort vehicles – in particular, the ŠKODA Octavia Combi and ŠKODA Superb. Over their near three-week use, the vehicles will travel around 2.8 million kilometres. Since 2004, the ŠKODA fleet’s total mileage at the Tour de France mounts up to over 30 million kilometres. During this time, ŠKODA has stood out with top reliability: up to now, there hasn’t been a single disruption to the journey due to a technical defect.

Cycling is a cornerstone of ŠKODA’s sponsorship strategy. In addition to the Tour de France and the Tour of Spain (‘Vuelta’), the car manufacturer supports other international cycling races as well as numerous international and national cycling events. ŠKODA’s commitment to cycling demonstrates the unique relationship between the brand and the bicycle. ŠKODA’s founding fathers, Václav Laurin and Václav Klement, began the company’s success story 120 years ago by making bicycles.

For more information on any SKODA model or to book a test drive, contact Pulman SKODA

Pulman SKODA,
Unit 4E Abbey Road,
Retail and Business Park,
County Durham,
0191 383 7500

Monday, 20 July 2015

Volkswagen launches the most fuel-efficient petrol-powered Golf yet

Until now, Volkswagen’s Bluemotion badge has been exclusively applied to diesels. This new Golf Bluemotion TSI is the first petrol-engined car to wear it.

Posting 99g/km CO2 emissions and a 65.7mpg economy figure it’s the most fuel-efficient petrol Golf ever.

The engine – a turbocharged version of the 999cc three-cylinder unit already seen in the Up city car – weighs just 89kg, 10kg less than the Golf Mk 7’s four-cylinder 1.2-litre TSI engine. Other fuel-saving techniques include a 15mm lowering of the chassis, deployable flaps ahead of the radiator, underfloor panels and a new spoiler to minimise air drag and low rolling-resistance tyres.

Inside, the cabin is typically excellent, with as much space and comfort in the front as in many larger cars. The seats are wide and relaxing, storage space extensive and the turbine-like engine is virtually silent, seamlessly and all but imperceptibly stopping and starting. .

The compellingly high construction quality means there’s no disputing this Golf’s appeal as an excellent business transport tool.

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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Pulman annual charity Golf Day raises £40,000

The Pulman Group charity golf day has smashed all previous records at the event held on Monday 29th June 2015 at Close House. The event raised £40,000 for two fantastic North East charities CHUF (Children’s Heart Unit Fund) and the Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital. Both organisations perform life-saving procedures to save so many lives both regionally and nationally, Pulman Group are extremely proud to support them.

The day saw 96 players take to the Lee Westwood Filly course at Close House for 18 holes of golf, with 13 on-course competitions. There were three hole–in–one competitions all to win Pulman Group cars, nearest the pin, longest drive and beat the pro competitions! Additionally there was on-course acoustic guitarists, bars, bacon breakfast rolls, the day finished with a BBQ and live evening music from local band North Star. 

Mike Pulman, Managing Director at the Pulman Group was generous enough to cover all costs of the day to ensure that 100% of the funds raised went to the charities. Mike commented “It was a fantastic day overall and I’m so pleased everyone enjoyed themselves and had great fun, all whilst raising money for two very worthwhile causes. It beat the previous year’s record and that is a great achievement resulting in the total raised over the past nine years of £185,000.”

CHUF is an exceptionally important charity, being only one of two cardiac units to operate on babies and small children in the UK. All funds raised are donated to keep the unit functional to offer this amazing help to young children and their families. Chris Gray, Head of fundraising at CHUF reiterated her thanks “Every penny counts and we are so grateful for the help and continued support to this phenomenally important charity from the Pulman Group.” 

Pulman have the support of many sponsors for the event and without them the day would not be anywhere near as successful! Mike Pulman commented “We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors for their fantastic support! We also received a lot of help from fantastic volunteers from across the region, without their help on the day it would not have ran so smoothly!” Prize donations were also given to facilitate our evening auction which added fantastic value to the money raised.

Close House also made fantastic donations and contributions and really helped to make the day very special. Close House Managing Director John Glendinning says of the day “It was a very special day for a brilliant cause, and anything we could do to help out, we were more than happy to accommodate to make it happen.” 

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Wednesday, 8 July 2015

New SKODA Superb forecast to have sector-best RVs

SKODA Superb forecast to have sector-best RVs

The SKODA Superb is officially forecast to have the strongest residual values in the mid-size sector

Four service providers - CAP, EurotaxGlass's, DAT and IBS Automotive - compared the new, third-generation Super against the Ford Mondeo, Hyundai i40, Vauxhall Insignia, Citroen C5, Toyota Avensis, Peugeot 508 and Mazda 5 in the UK and six other key European markets . The results showed the SKODA would be the most resistant to depreciation over the course of three years and 60,000 miles.

Thanks to a retained value that is forecast to be eight per cent higher than the outgoing model, the new Superb is expected to be worth up to £2,650 more after three years and 60,000 miles than its rivals.

In the UK, CAP Gold Book is forecasting than the high-spec Superb SE L Executive 2.0 TDI 150PS will be worth nearly £1,200 more than the outgoing model after three years and 60,000 miles.

Jeff Knight, forecasting editor for CAP, said "With the new Superb SKODA has been added even more space, higher equipment levels and cutting edge technology to a high-quality interior. Enhanced safety features and more efficient power trains, finished off with a dynamic and stylish exterior, make it a compelling choice in the upper-medium sector."

"These figures show the confidence that the industry places in the new Superb - and that comes from recognition that the Superb is the best SKODA ever. The new Superb offers new levels of comfort, space, practicality ad style. It also offers all the characteristics SKODA customers have come to expect: great value, and high levels of safety - as recognised by a top five-start rating from Euro NCAP. All these attributes combine to make a car that will attract new customers to the brand," said Patrick McGillycuddy, head of fleet for SKODA UK.

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Monday, 6 July 2015

Italian Police Force puts its faith in the SEAT Leon

SEAT has won the contract to supply the new Leon to Italian Police Forces!

SEAT has won the fleet contract to supply new Leon cars to Italian police forces The first 206 vehicles will start to be handed over in Verona this Friday, with an initial 106 service vehicles being delivered to the Carabinieri and a further 100 to the Polizia di Stato. Overall, the contract includes the option for up to 4,000 vehicles over the next three years. So far, they have taken orders for 925 cars.

This marks the first time that both police forces in Italy have tendered and selected the same brand and the same vehicle. Major factors in this decision included the Leon’s low fuel consumption and emissions figures, as well as its high quality and excellent total cost of ownership – all core competences of the SEAT brand.

“We are honoured by the trust given by the Italian police in SEAT and the Leon. And we are very proud to be able to contribute thanks to reliable, secure and high quality vehicles to public safety” Jürgen Stackmann, Chairman of the Executive Committee of SEAT. “The contract is also a good example of the great success and major growth of the SEAT brand within the fleet business sector”.

The basis for the new Italian police cars is provided by the five-door Leon powered by the punchy 110 kW / 150 hp version of the 2.0 TDI engine. The law enforcement vehicle also needs excellent pulling power supplied by high torque, as the front end of the Leon will be armoured against small arms fire.

Special safety tyres are a further element of the equipment package, with the suspension adapted perfectly to suit – at the end of the extensive day. The Italian security forces will also be calling upon the Leon’s light-footed dynamics. The service vehicle is rounded off by warning and alarm lights, radio and communications equipment, weapons carriers and other items of equipment. The back seat is also laid out as a secure “prisoner cell”, with police officers seated in the front protected by a dividing partition.

For more information or to book a test drive of the SEAT Leon contact Pulman SEAT:

Pulman SEAT,
Burntland Avenue,
Tyne and Wear,
SR5 2ET,

0191 549 2926

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