Wednesday, 28 January 2015

All the details of the new 'Car of the Year' Skoda Fabia

The 2015 Skoda Fabia is the third generation Fabia and is Skoda's most successful and iconic city car. The new style is lower and broader, offering a more spacious interior and generously sized boot. The Skoda Fabia was not only named 'Best Small Car' at the 2015 Whatcar? awards, it was also given the coveted title of 'Car of the Year 2015'.

The new Fabia surpasses any earlier models due to the new options available to the customer. The engines offer lower than ever CO2 emissions, a wide range of colour combinations so you can customise your new car and an impressive entertainment system.

Whatcar? awarded the Fabia 5/5 and described it as "supremely spacious for a small car, plus it's well equipped, good to drive and undercuts it's main rivals on price. It's a brilliant choice."

Take a look around the Skoda Fabia here!

The third generation Fabia comes in three trims: S, SE and SE L giving you the option to upgrade your car to the spec you require.

To mark the launch of the third generation Fabia, Pulman are hosting an event at the Skoda Durham  showroom on Saturday 31st January and Sunday 1st February 2015. There will be complementary drinks and snacks as well as the chance the test drive the new Fabia and a 'crack the code' competition with a brand new Skoda Fabia as the prize!

Skoda Durham is open 8.30am to 5pm on Saturday and 10.30am to 4.30pm on Sunday.

The third generation Fabia  really is a modern and updated version of previous models and offers customers the potential to upgrade the spec to suit their needs from the car. It can be adapted from a city car to a small family hatchback due to its generous space, clean lines and low fuel consumption. The Skoda Fabia is available to order and test drive at Pulman Skoda and has a range of offers available to customers including £500 deposit contribution, £500 towards part exchange and 3 years free servicing. Terms and conditions apply

Monday, 19 January 2015

SEAT win at the WhatCar awards

Double price category wins for SEAT at WhatCar? Car of the Year 2015 awards
19 January 2015

Best Coupé and MPV in price categories for Leon SC and Alhambra

Pulman SEAT are delighted to share the news that SEAT was awarded two accolades at last week’s WhatCar? Car of the Year 2015 awards for the Leon SC and Alhambra.

Leon SC – Best Coupé up to £25,000

The SEAT Leon SC 1.4 TSI ACT 150 FR was chosen as the best Coupé up to £25,000. Here’s what WhatCar? had to say:

“Is it a hatchback or is it a coupé? Whatever your point of view, there’s no doubting the Leon SC is a brilliant choice if you’re after yle for a reasonable price.”

“For less than £20k, you’re getting a car that’s great fun to drive, packed with standard kit and remarkably practical – at least by traditional coupé standards, anyway.”

“Low running costs are also assured by the 1.4 ACT petrol engine. Trust us, you won’t be able to tell when it’s switched over to ‘economy’ mode."

Alhambra – Best MPV more than £22,000

The SEAT Alhambra 2.0 TDI 140 Ecomotive S was named best MPV over £22,000. Here’s what WhatCar? had to say:

“Another year, another win for the SEAT Alhambra in this top MPV price point. The way it combines serious space with a classy cabin and an impressive driving experience is still the benchmark for MPVs at this price.”

“For large families, little else will cope with their demands so well. Not only will the Alhambra seat seven people in comfort, it will also take a decent amount of luggage with its rearmost seats in place.”

“There’s no need to stray beyond the entry-level 2.0-litre diesel engine, which has plenty of low-down muscle for pulling a fully laden Alhambra, and returns respectable fuel economy.”

Pulman SEAT has demonstrator Leon Sc's and Alhambra's which available for short and long term test drives. We also offer competitive contract hire rates through
Pulman Fleet. For more information please contact Paul Fowler, Pulman SEAT Business Specialist on 0191 537 0017 or email

Friday, 16 January 2015

Records smashed for SEAT

Records smashed across the board for SEAT retail and fleet sales, UK car market share, as well as Ibiza and Leon sales

x-perience tree
The New SEAT Leon X-perience, one of the showcase models helping SEAT achieve record growth

For the sixth consecutive year, SEAT has smashed its UK sales record. Selling 53,512 cars in total, the sporty Spanish brand gained 18.1 per cent on 2013. Outpacing the UK car market’s own growth by nearly 100 per cent, the firm narrowly missed out on chasing down both Honda and MINI, with market share up too, from 2 per cent to 2.16 per cent.
Just as crucially, SEAT performed well in the right channels. Its retail sales rocketed upwards by almost a quarter to 29,901, while its fleet team more than held its own, posting 23,611 sales, a substantial increase of 11.2 per cent on the 21,239 in 2013.

Within SEAT’s six–model line-up, the Leon family led the charge, outstripping the iconic Ibiza for the first time. With 23,125 sales, no doubt its sizeable awards haul in 2014, as well as the full year impacts of its SC (Sports Coupé) and ST (Sports Tourer) derivatives aided its 50.8 per cent gain on the year before. Chasing it hard was the three-model Ibiza range, ending the year on 22,500.

Again, shattering another SEAT UK record, up 13.8 per cent on 2013.
Commenting on its latest set of impressive sales figures, SEAT UK Director Neil Williamson, said, “To set another sales record in the UK is fantastic and I’d like to take the opportunity to thank the SEAT UK team, as well as our dealer partners, in achieving such a superb result for 2014. There’s a real sense of momentum with our brand at the moment, which we’ll be looking to capitalise on in the months ahead, with unsurprisingly, yet more ambitious growth targets to hit. “We’ve made great strides in fleet and retail over the last couple of years, so as well as cementing our position in both in 2015, the most pleasing thing for me will be the upgrading of our UK dealer network. It’s a huge undertaking to install our new corporate identity across  130-plus sites, but I’m confident the more modern and upmarket look will allow us to deliver an even greater customer experience, in line with the desirability and high quality of our cars.”

SEAT delivered 390,500 cars internationally in 2014

SEAT ended 2014 having delivered 390,500 internationally, 10 per cent more than in 2013 (355,000), its best achievement since 2007. As a result, SEAT has accumulated 21.7 per cent growth in the last two years alone, having found homes for almost 70,000 vehicles more than in 2012 (321,000). The UK cemented its position as the brand’s third largest market, behind Spain and Germany.

SEAT sales have been largely boosted by the Leon family. In 2014, it saw a 50 per cent increase, rising to 154,100 units, 51,300 more than the previous year. Since the launch of the new generation in 2012 – the first with three different bodystyles – the Leon has more than doubled its sales, and has posted a 116 per cent increase (2012: 71,200 vehicles). It has also achieved the best sales results since its launch in 1999, and for the first time has replaced the Ibiza as SEAT’s best-selling car.
The ST estate version of the Leon, launched at the end of 2013, accounted for a healthy volume of 47,100 units – 30.5 per cent of the model’s overall figure. The brand’s MPV, the SEAT Alhambra, also achieved double-digit growth in 2014, exceeding 23,000 units (23,100; +15.6 per cent).
SEAT Executive Committee Chairman Jürgen Stackmann, made a satisfactory assessment of these results.

“For the second year running SEAT sales have seen double-digit growth. The Leon family has been a turning point in our history. It has become the second pillar of the brand and has opened the door to new customers”. Stackmann said of 2015: “Our goal is to consolidate growth. The range is going to grow and be renewed this year, starting with the models we already have, and we are getting ready for the immediate future – the arrival of the compact SUV in 2016”.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

New Golf GTE available to order from today @ Pulman Fleet

Plug-in hybrid will be open for order from today

The long-awaited Golf GTE will open for ordering today 14th January 2015.

The open for order date was pushed back because of a delay in right-hand drive production. This was caused by the increased volume needed to sell the car through all UK Retailers, and greater than expected demand worldwide

Our new plug-in hybrid version of the multi-award-winning Golf hatchback combines the benefits of electric mobility with the dynamics of a Golf GTI. It provides the fifth variety of drive type for the Golf, which is now available with petrol, diesel, natural gas (not in the UK), electric and hybrid power.

The name of the Golf GTE reflects its position in the line-up alongside the iconic petrol-powered GTI and the diesel GTD. Where ‘GT’ stands for ‘Gran Tourismo’, ‘I’ stands for ‘Injection’, ‘D’ for Diesel and ‘E’ for Electricity.

Impressive, economical performance

The Golf GTE is driven by two engines: a 1.4-litre 150 PS TSI direct-injection petrol engine and a 102 PS electric motor. Together, they combine to produce power of 204 PS and a theoretical range of around 580 miles.

Using the electric motor alone, the GTE is capable of speeds of 81 mph. With the TSI engine as well, the Golf GTE can sprint from zero to 62 mph in 7.6 seconds and on to 135 mph.  Torque is a remarkable 350 Nm (258 lbs ft).

Alongside this impressive performance, the Golf GTE offers remarkable fuel efficiency, with a combined cycle figure of 188 mpg* and CO2 emissions of 35 g/km* (*provisional data). In pure electric mode (activated at the press of a button), the Golf GTE can travel up to 31 miles, depending on conditions, and the electric power can also be saved – for example when driving to a zero-emissions zone.

The 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery can be charged in around three and a half hours from a domestic mains outlet, or two and a half hours from a domestic wallbox.  The battery weighs 120 kg, giving the GTE a total kerbweight of 1,520 kg.

The Golf GTE uses a six-speed DSG gearbox with a triple-clutch system specially developed for hybrid vehicles. The electric motor is integrated into the gearbox housing, while further hybrid components include power electronics and a charger. An electro-mechanical brake servo and an electric air-conditioning compressor make for energy-efficient braking and air conditioning. 

For more information please contact Simon Cullen @ Pulman Fleet on 0191 383 7505 or email