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.”

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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!”

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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.

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