Tuesday, 31 March 2015

SKODA are showing their UK Customers the business end of their flagship model!

As SKODA is getting ready to ship its all-new SKODA Superb to UK customers later this year, they made sure not to overlook to Fleet market, which is what the SE business trim level is for. 

Keeping its size and comfort from previous models, SKODA has also added some visual incentives into the mix. It looks fantastic and is extremely practical due to its 625 litres of boot space, which can expand to 1,760 with the rear seats folded down. Then there are extra touches such as the virtual pedal system, blind spot detection and 3rd gen parking assist.

The SE business level is 1.6 TDI 120 PS model is without doubt the best value for money, with plenty of additional extras such as front and rear parking sensors, sunset glass, front and rear parking sensors, plus the SE spec additionally to this which boasts dual-zone air conditioning, cornering front lights, electrically folding door mirrors and adaptive cruise control.

To enquire further please contact Pulman SKODA Fleet specialist Simon Rayner:


Or head to our SKODA Fleet website: www.pulmanskoda.co.uk/business

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Meet the Pulman Volkswagen Sunderland Team!

Sunderland Volkswagen Team!

Photograph courtesy of The Sunderland Echo

With the Pulman brand expanding across the North East in the last 17 years, you can rest in the knowledge than any contact our customers have with us is coming from highly trained staff and factory trained technicians.

The Pulman Volkswagen  team is headed at Sunderland by a brand new management team with a wealth of experience between them, looking to spearhead the brand into new success in the area.

Our new showroom is Volkswagen standard and up to date with all modern technology to provide our customers with a fantastic experience each and every time. We offer affordable SKODA and Volkswagen approved service and repairs as well as a welcoming hospitality area while you wait with complimentary drinks and refreshments. With free WiFi access, customers can enjoy the unlimited use of our multiple iPads in our comfortable leisure area, topped off by the eagerly anticipated Apple TV, due to arrive at our showroom in the near future.

If you have any questions regarding our Sunderland showroom, staff or services contact us on:

Email: enquiries@pulmanvolkswagen.co.uk
Telephone: 0191 548 0235
Website: www.pulmanvolkswagen.co.uk

SKODA Superb Estate Third Generation

New SKODA Superb Estate expected late 2015 

The new SKODA Superb executive car was only revealed this month, however the estate version is already on test and is in the advanced stages of development.

It is scheduled to arrive at UK dealers around a month after the third generation Superb hatchback goes on sale in September 2015. It is also expected to make its likely to have its first public outing at the Frankfurt Motor show, also in September.

Pictured below in Czech Republic out on test in minimum camouflage, allowing full view of the vehicle's details!

The Mazda 6 rival will again be offered in the UK as a 'combi' estate variant is set to go on sale in late 2015 with the starting price slipping just under the £20,000 bracket. Using the same conservative yet sharp design as the Saloon, it will benefit from a raft of new cabin technology. Using Apple's CarPlay smartphone technology to wireless charging and the same range of engines as the Saloon.

It will come with 12 'Simply Clever' features including a rear seat tablet holder, an LED torch and an umbrella in each of the front doors topped off by a boot space of around 700 litres without the rear seats folded down.

"The new Superb Estate will be lighter, more powerful and quite a lot sharper looking" - Carwow

For more information and to enquire about dates of the SKODA Superb Estate's arrival at Pulman email us at: enquiries@pulmanskoda.co.uk

Alternatively call us on: 0191 383 7500

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Get the 2015 SKODA Fabia on Busines Contract Hire!

The 2015 SKODA Fabia entered the market in early 2015 to rave reviews and the highly prestigious 'Car of the Year' title from WhatCar due to its perfect blend of style and economical sense.

The new Fabia is very much a return to its original roots, proving that emotion and incredible functionality compliment each other perfectly. The result is a fresh, modern, attention stealing car.

The 1.2 Fabia SE is available from Pulman Fleet for business contract hire for just £99 per month!

The SE Trim Features:

  • 15" Mato Alloy Wheels
  • Air Conditioning
  • Black Roof Rails
  • Chrome Pack
  • 6 Loud Speakers
  • Speed Limiter
  • Maxi DOT Trip Computer
  • Radio Bollero - Mirror link, USB, SD card, Bluetooth
  • Stop/Start technology 
"If you're looking for a new and eminently practical small estate car, it's well worth considering this new Fabia." - Auto Car 

"The third generation Fabia is 65kg lighter than its predecessors, and can be felt immediately as the Fabia responds eagerly, turning into corners sharply and benefiting from plenty of grip." - Auto Express

To enquire about the Fabia or any other Business Contract Hire SKODA vehicles with Pulman visit our website: http://pulmanskoda.co.uk/business

Monday, 16 March 2015

SEAT 20v20 Concept Car

The Perfect Blend of Style and Passion 

The SEAT 20V20 concept car is the ideal expression of the evolution of SEAT’s design language. It’s the perfect vision of unmatched performance, versatility and power. And combines the dynamic silhouette of a four-door sports coupé with the refinement and versatility of an SUV.

Exterior Design 
The muscular exterior emulates an athletic figure with precise detailing and refined lines to create a perfect profile. Every single exterior design element works together to create a phenomenal sculptured figure with a great depth of passion.
The 20V20 has been designed to strict dynamic proportions. 20-inch wheels are supported by a long 2791 mm wheelbase and supported by a 1648 mm wide track in the front with 1638 mm in the rear, all brought together by a taut straight roofline.
The front end of the 20V20 features the X-shape as a fundamental design element. The V-shape of the bonnet and the grille embody dynamic performance and forward momentum. The inverted V shaped front bumper conveys firm road presence, exuding stability and robustness. The full-LED headlamps also convey a distinctive character, their focus appears distant, their expression determined and powerful.

The rear design also picks up the X reference. The lines are more subtle, as expressed by the deep tailgate and the strong rear bumper. The rear lights possess the characteristic triangular form used in a number of the 20V20’s design details.

Interior Design 

The combination of sports performance, relaxed refinement and precision is also evident in the interior. Low dynamic lines offer a generous amount of space whilst maintaining the pleasant feeling of solidity and safety one looks for in an SUV.
The dominant materials of leather, aluminium, glass and high-gloss trims are of exceptionally high quality and crafted with enormous attention to detail. Everything feels safe and secure – yet, at the same time, airy and lightweight.
With a boot of more than 600 litres of space, there’s plenty of room for luggage and anything else you need to transport. Rear seat passengers can relax thanks to the long wheelbase and clever packaging, while the variable layout of the rear seat bench means that the it can be used as either a four or a five-seater.

The innovative use of information and communication technologies give the 20V20 an intelligence befitting its revolutionary design. The SEAT Personal Drive Device acts as the operating interface inside the car, and seamlessly integrates connectivity and technology with a sporty and versatile design. Outside the vehicle, the Drive Device functions as a mobile navigation system, as well as a remote control for functions such as stationary heating or cooling and for managing the charging process on a plug-in hybrid model.
The SEAT 20V20 is an extremely dynamic SUV that possesses a compelling degree of utility and all kinds of drive options. The TSI drives up to around 220kW / 300 PS and the TDI 176 kW / 240 PS, both powerful as they are efficient, with the option for plug-in hybrid and electric only driving.
SEAT is a perfectionist in its demands and passionate in its expression, the 20V20 is the embodiment of both of these ideals.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Pulman Volkswagen’s dynamic new duo!

Pulman Volkswagen Sunderland are proud to present a new management team! Michael James Combe and Ryan Cunningham are welcomed into the Pulman family as the new sales and service managers, focused on delivering a fantastic customer experience. 

Michael is the new Sales Manager at Pulman Volkswagen Sunderland and joins the company with a wealth of experience in retail sales. Joining Pulman as an Assistant Sales manager in 2014, he quickly excelled to become Sales Manager.

Michael commented “I am thrilled to have made such progression within the company in such a short period of time and I’m thoroughly enjoying my new role. I believe strongly in delivering a fantastic customer experience and I’m excited to spearhead the digital showroom environment that has been created in Sunderland since the amazing refurbishment a year ago.  We've got a fantastic team here in Sunderland and we will look forward to welcoming new and existing customers.”

Ryan Cunningham joins Pulman Volkswagen, Sunderland as Service Manager having just helped Hyundai become retailer of the year in Peterlee.  Transferring this expertise to the Pulman Volkswagen and Pulman ŠKODA authorised repair centre on Newcastle Road, behind Fulwell Mill Ryan is relishing the challenge ahead. He has a wealth of experience, starting his journey in the motor trade as a mechanic 16 years ago and he’s continued to progress successfully through the automotive industry, picking up awards for his fantastic customer service skills along the way.

Speaking of his new role, Ryan commented “I’m excited to be working for both a Pulman Volkswagen and SKODA authorised repair centre, I've always wanted to work for the brand and I think this new position will strengthen my skills and knowledge base whilst continuing the Pulman aim of delivering a fantastic customer experience. Working for a family company has always been an aspiration and with new challenges comes new successes!”

Pulman are expecting big things from the dynamic duo and they will be valued members of the Pulman Family, continuing to achieve the company goal of delivering a fantastic customer experience across Sunderland and beyond.

Pulman Volkswagen, Sunderland Brand Manager Simon Sumner commented “we are thrilled to both Michael and Ryan joining our team, they will inject excitement and enthusiasm into the business bringing with it new opportunities in both sales and after sales business. Between them they have a wealth of experience and a fantastic skill set which will further enhance our reputation in Sunderland.”

Monday, 9 March 2015

Volkswagen to build 7 million MQB cars by 2018

Volkswagen confirms its intention to make and sell more than seven-million MQB-based cars by 2018. It currently manufactures two million MQB models each year, with plans to make more than triple it's output by the end of the decade. 

The MQB platform – which underpins a variety of cars across the Volkswagen Group – is set to expand over the coming years, with an increasing number of variants using the scalable product architecture.

Currently, everything from the Mk7 VW Golf to the new Audi TT uses MQB, with plans for smaller cars such as the next Polo – as well as bigger models like the US-only Volkswagen CrossBlue SUV – set to join the line-up soon. We also learnt that the all-new seven seat Touran will also use an MQB setup when it goes on sale later this year.

By using the versatile and flexible chassis, Volkswagen can dramatically reduce costs and introduce big car features into more mainstream models. As a result, the new Touran isn’t expected to cost any more than the current car – despite being offered with kit such as Apple CarPlay, more efficient engines and a new modular infotainment system.
Dr Heinz-Jacob Neusser, board member for VW R&D, said: “Without MQB it’s not possible for us to keep the price constant from the previous one, while putting more technology inside the car. We call it the MQB effect.
“This is what we said when we started with the new Golf. Wait some time and MQB will bring the costs down. The platform is everything – it’s steering, it’s braking, the powertrains – all these things are platform.”
In fact, the adaptability of the MQB chassis also helps meet varying market demand and cut model waiting lists. Due to the relative simplicity of the setup, any one VW Group factory can shut down its Golf production in favour of TT, or switch from Touran to Octavia– almost overnight.

It reduces import and export costs, too – with all MQB-equipped factories capable of making each different MQB model. VW’s European plants, for example, have the ability to produce exactly the same cars as the group’s Chinese factories – and vice versa – reducing the need to ship individual models thousands of miles across the globe.
The plans to reach seven million cars by 2018 may sound ambitious, but as more models come to the end of their lifecycle and adopt MQB for their next iteration, Volkswagen will need to ramp up production around the world. Across VW, Audi, Skoda and SEAT, the company already intends to piece together four million MQB-based models annually by the end of 2016. 

Friday, 6 March 2015

Samsung and SEAT - The Perfect Alliance To Be Always Connected

The brand has premiered new ConnectApp - Read tweets, Facebook posts and emails out loud from your smart phone while your driving 

SAMSUNG and SEAT have signed an agreement to develop technological solutions to provide total connectivity across the range of models. In the coming months, with the launch of a new SEAT model line up equipped to keep the customer always connected, with the technology being gradually extended across the rest of the SEAT range. 

These vehicles will be equipped with MirrorLink technology and the car Infotainment system linking them to SAMSUNG devices through the apps developed by SEAT. MirrorLink is SEAT’s answer to connectivity between the car and the smart device. Smartphone content is mirrored in the vehicle display in a safe way, with no distraction for the driver, who is afforded access to apps while keeping both eyes on the road.

According to Rick Segal, Vice-President of Enterprise Business Team, IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics, “SAMSUNG is delighted to be announcing this agreement at the Mobile World Congress, particularly in Barcelona – SEAT’s home town. The idea behind the agreement is to work together, joining the know-how of both brands, to develop on board safe technological solutions which simplify our customers’ lives. The aim is to keep consumers always connected. We are expecting great things from this agreement with SEAT.”

In the words of Jürgen Stackmann, SEAT Executive Committee Chairman, “In 2015 we fully entered the Internet of Things, with 6 billion things now connected to Internet. One of SEAT’s main objectives is to meet emerging needs and SEAT customer expectations. To fulfil our commitment to our customers, we want to strengthen the competitiveness of the SEAT range. For us, SAMSUNG is the ideal partner in this new global challenge”.

SAMSUNG and SEAT- the latest in-car integration of technology and future concepts

Both companies are attending the Mobile World Congress, the largest in the world, currently being held in SEAT’s home, Barcelona.
The SAMSUNG Business Showcase stand in Hall 8.1 App Planet hosts a SEAT Leon   equipped with SAMSUNG smartphones available in a few months in the new SEAT range. The stand also showcases the future concepts on which both brands are working, while driving the car as well as remotely.
Visitors will be given hands-on experience by getting close up and personal with: 
  • How to select the car’s ambient lighting, climatronic settings, favourite music and even a greeting message when you get in the car
  • Unlocking and locking the doors of your SEAT using a smartwatch
  • SEAT ConnectApp: The new SEAT ConnectApp offers efficiency, productivity (reading and writing emails) and fun while driving, for instance through interaction with vehicle data
  • It can even check your heartbeat as you experience the thrill of driving a SEAT​
For any more information on the Samsung and SEAT venture email Pulman SEAT on: enquiries@pulmanseat.co.uk 

Thursday, 5 March 2015

New Passat Alltrack Revealed at Geneva Motor show 2015

The New Passat Alltrack Revealed at Geneva Motor Show! 

The go-anywhere version of the Passat Estate has debuted at the Geneva Motor show.
Fitted with permanent four wheel drive and protective body cladding the rugged new all rounder is available in a choice of two petrol engines and three diesels, all which are shared with other models of the Passat line up.

The off road ability comes from a 27.5mm increase in ride height over the Passat estate on which the car is based. The transformation with family wagon to rugged estate is made through the addition of plastic wheelarch mouldings, protective side skirts, redesigned front and rear bumpers and bespoke  17-inch alloy wheels.

The theme of infotainment also assumes high priority in the Alltrack

Volkswagen has introduced a whole host of tech to help the Passat Alltrack excel including Apple CarPlay and trailer assist which will help the car reach is maximum trailer capacity of 2,200 kg.

A start/stop system and recover of braking energy with battery regeneration are also included as standard. The various interfaces include connecting to smartphones via App Connect. App Connect consists of applications like Mirror LinkTM, Car Play (Apple) and Android Auto (Google), which permit integration of nearly all smartphones and an enormous bandwidth of apps.

The Passat Alltrack will be available from September 2015 

For more information contact Pulman Volkswagen:

Pulman Sunderland, SR5 1QE
0191 541 2025

Pulman Durham, DH1 5HA
0191 336 0030


Tuesday, 3 March 2015

New Passat wins Europe Car of the Year and UK Estate Car of the Year

New Passat Wins Europe Car of the Year and UK Estate Car of the Year!

Our fabulous new estate car tops category in prestigious UK  Car of the Year Awards

The new Volkswagen Passat Estate, which went on sale in the UK in January, has been named Estate Car of the Year in the UK Car of the Year Awards 2015.

Voted for by a panel of 27 professional motoring journalists, the UK Car of the Year Awards recognise the best new cars on the market for UK customers, which are test driven and judged on UK roads.

In assessing the Passat Estate, the judges were impressed by the car’s quality, prestige, space and value for money.  John Challen, Managing Director of UK Car of the Year Awards, said: “The ultimate estate just happens to also be a car that is comfortable, great to drive and a very pleasant place to be.”

Towcar expert and motoring journalist David Motton added: “With sharp new styling and a huge 650-litre boot, you can't buy a better estate than the Passat for sensible money.  It's spacious, economical and rivals the prestige German brands for interior quality.”

An Alltrack version of the Estate will make its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

To book a test drive of the new Passat Estate at Pulman Volkswagen, drop us an email on: enquiries@pulmanvolkswagen.co.uk

The new Passat has been named Europe's Car of the Year 2015!

 Car of the Year is one of the oldest and best-known automotive awards in Europe, honouring the best new releases in the car industry every year since 1964. Two current Volkswagen models have received the award in the past – the Polo in 2010 and the Golf in 2013. 

“We are extremely proud of this accolade,” said Prof. Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen, at the prize-giving ceremony in Geneva. “In the new Passat, we have again succeeded in developing a car that sets the standards for its class in terms of technology and quality. This honour is a tremendous confirmation for the work of our engineers, designers and the entire team. The new Passat shows that the Volkswagen brand has the right answers to the challenges of our time.”

A jury of 58 European motoring journalists from 22 countries nominated seven candidate cars ahead of the final. The finalists underwent detailed testing, comparisons and evaluations against criteria such as economy, comfort, safety, driving characteristics, functionality, design and technical progress. The new Passat triumphed over its rivals with a total score of 340 points. 

 Heinz-Jakob Neusser, Member of the Board of Management Volkswagen Brand for the Development Division, added: “We are delighted by the honour of Car of the Year 2015. This accolade has a very special significance for us because it is awarded by independent international trade journalists. In addition, the honour is known to have a high standing for our customers.”

Over the years, the Passat has been one of the most successful mid-class cars in the world and, with 1.1 million units (in 2014) one of the highest-volume series of the Volkswagen Group worldwide. The eighth generation model is regarded as one of the most innovative cars in its class. 

 Using advanced engineering methods, Volkswagen has created a significantly more dynamic design, including a lower body, longer wheelbase and larger wheels. Although the interior length has not changed, the new Passat has more space than its predecessor. 

 A host of great new technologies have been added, including Active Info Display (a completely digital instrument cluster), extendable head-up display, and systems such as an app-based Rear Seat Entertainment for tablets, Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring. The new Passat also features three world firsts: Emergency Assist (vehicle stops in emergency), Trailer Assist (assisted manoeuvering with a trailer) and Traffic Jam Assist. 

To book a test drive of this fantastic car at Pulman Volkswagen, simply email us: enquiries@pulmanvolkswagen.co.uk

Monday, 2 March 2015

Two new up! trims launched: Street up! and Club up! offer customers more spec and excellent value

Two new up! trims launched: Street up! and Club up! offer customers more spec and excellent value

Two great new trims have joined the up! range. The Street up! and Club up! open for
ordering on Wednesday 14 January.

These two trims are based on the popular 1.0 75PS engine and offer an impressive
level of specification. Customers can enjoy everything available on the High up! plus a
wealth of extra equipment for a premium of just £610 on both new trims. Whichever
trim they choose, they get outstanding value for money.

Street up!
Standard specification includes (over the High up!):

16-inch Upsilon alloy wheels
Standard Pure white, Black pearl or Reflex silver paint
65 per cent tinted glass from the B pillar back
‘Street’ badging
Side, bonnet, boot and roof decals
Silver wing mirrors (black on Reflex Silver models)
Body-coloured bumpers with chrome moulding on front fog lights
Leather steering wheel with up! logo
up! scuff plates with yellow stripe
Black roof lining
Carpet mats
Unique ‘Street’ cloth upholstery

Club up!
Standard specification includes (over the High up!):

16-inch Triangle alloy wheels
Standard Blueberry metallic (unique to the Club up!) or Black pearl paint
65 per cent tinted glass from the B pillar back
'Club’ badging
Silver side decals
Silver wing mirrors
up! scuff plates
Black roof lining
Carpet mats
Unique ‘Club’ Tartan tonic cloth upholstery

Great things come in small packages! Volkswagen Polo GTI goes on sale

Great things come in small packages: Volkswagen Polo GTI goes on sale

Great things come in small packages: Volkswagen Polo GTI goes on sale

The latest generation of Volkswagen’s Polo GTI made its debut at the Paris Motor Show in October and is now available to order from Retailers across the UK, with first customer deliveries due in March 2015.

The new Polo GTI is powered by a 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol engine delivering 192 PS between 4,200 and 6,200 rpm (5,400-6,200 DSG), marking an increase of 12 PS over the outgoing model.  And unlike the previous Polo GTI, this latest generation is available with a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox.

The Polo GTI lives up to its performance badge, reaching 62 mph from standstill in 6.7 seconds and has a top speed of 146 mph.  

But the Polo GTI’s power does not come at the expense of efficiency, with a combined fuel consumption figure of 50.4 mpg and corresponding carbon dioxide emissions of 129 g/km for the DSG.
The Polo GTI follows the design cues of its ‘big brother’, the Golf GTI.  Compared with the standard Polo, new bumpers, GTI insignia, distinctive 17-inch ‘Parabolica’ alloy wheels and red radiator grille strips and honeycomb grille distinguish it from the rest of the range, along with standard sports suspension (lowered by 10 mm at the front and 15 mm at the back).

At the front, LED lights are standard for the first time, while at the rear a GTI roof spoiler, taillight clusters in Dark Red, the black grained diffuser and chrome dual exhaust pipes continue the sporty theme.

On the inside, the Polo GTI features a leather sports steering wheel with logo and red stitching harking back to the Golf GTI, as do the gear and handbrake levers and floor mats with red beading.  The check design ‘Clark’ cloth seats with black bolsters have been a GTI emblem since the first GTI in 1976.

The Polo GTI has ESC Sport (electronic stability control).  Like on the Golf GTI this enables the ESC to be adapted for use on a track.  It works in two stages: first the traction control is switched off, then ESC Sport is activated which raises the ESC threshold and delays intervention (without ESC being completely deactivated).

Available as an option on the new Polo GTI is a Sport Performance Pack with Dynamic Chassis Control which offers sportier steering, accelerator response and engine noise inside the car.

For more information or to book a test drive with Pulman please email us on: