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.
For more information visit: www.pulmanskoda.co.uk

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: enquiries@pulmanskoda.co.uk

Information from Fleetworld.co.uk

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

Email: enquiries@pulmanvolkswagen.co.uk
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
Email: enquiries@pulmanskoda.co.uk
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:
Email: enquiries@pulmanseat.co.uk
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

Email: enquiries@pulmanvolkswagen.co.uk
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

Email: enquiries@pulmanseat.co.uk
Call: 0191 549 2926
Visit us:
Burntland Avenue,
Tyne and Wear,

Information courtesy of AutoCar.co.uk 

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

Email: enquiries@pulmanskoda.co.uk
Call: 0191 383 7500
Visit us:
Unit 4E Abbey Road
Retail and Business Park,

Information courtesy of Fleetworld.co.uk

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

Email: enquiries@pulmanskoda.co.uk
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

Information courtesy of Autocar.co.uk