Thursday, 25 February 2016

A preview to the Geneva Motorshow March 2016

The Geneva Motor show is one of the biggest motor shows of the year, manufactures from around the world showcase their new models due to make a presence on the European market. 

This year is no compromise; with Volkswagen, SEAT & SKODA all set to take centre stage. 

New models from the Volkswagen Group are set to make their debuts, where there is great anticipation for their arrival in Pulman showrooms across the North East.

Also on show at the Geneva Motor Show are the latest concept cars from the Volkswagen group brands, which is always a very exciting time for all motor fans.  

Models which are expected to be launched at the show include:

The New Volkswagen Tiguan

The first ever SUV for SEAT – Meet the Ateca

The SKODA Vision S concept car

The New Volkswagen up!

The 2016 Geneva Motor Show will be held in the Swiss City from 3rd March – 13th March. As always, Pulman will keep you up to date with the breaking news and photos as they are revealed.

Visit to see the latest offers from three iconic brands. 

Update on the new £2million ŠKODA Bespoke showroom due to open soon in Belmont Durham

It’s a very exciting time for Pulman and we want to share the progress on our fantastic new ŠKODA site due to open in Belmont, Durham.

Construction on the new site has been moving at a swift pace during the winter months and the fantastic new site is starting to take shape.

The images below will give a general overview of the site layout, as the site starts to develop further we will announce progress updates and reveal the launch date in the near future.

The new site will have a 9-car facility showroom and a new in-house Café Dafte with fresh food prepared daily. The new Pulman ŠKODA site will be located just of the A690 at Dragonville Industrial Estate, Belmont Durham.


                                          (Outside the customer handover area) 

                                          (Inside the 9 car showroom) 

(inside the service workshop area) 


To view the latest vacancies at Pulman ŠKODA visit

Friday, 19 February 2016

Pulman ŠKODA wins New Car ŠKODA Dealer of the Year Award!

Pictured left to right (Elizabeth Walton, Sales Advisor Pulman ŠKODA, Heath Munroe, Area Sales Manager ŠKODA UK, Ian Jarvis, Sales Manager Pulman ŠKODA & Gary Irwin, Sales Advisor Pulman ŠKODA)

These are exciting times for Pulman ŠKODA, with a brand new site about to open and being crowned ŠKODA New Car Dealer of the Year by ŠKODA UK.

Each year ŠKODA UK awards the top performing ŠKODA dealers from their 128 strong dealer network. Pulman ŠKODA were recognised for achieving the best new car performance across the UK network and for looking after their customers.

Ian Jarvis, Pulman ŠKODA Sales Manager comments: “It is fantastic to be recognised by ŠKODA UK for our 2015 performance and delivering a fantastic customer experience. Going above and beyond for our customers to ensure that their next car is the perfect for them. It’s a privilege and honour to accept this award on behalf of everyone at Pulman ŠKODA.”

Pulman ŠKODA launched a pop-up showroom near the Arnison centre in the summer of 2014. Just over 18 months later, they are recognised as the best new car dealer in the entire ŠKODA UK network and with a  brand new showroom in Belmont Durham due to open in April 2016 it’s a fitting accolade to take to the new site.

Ian continues: “We are all very excited to be moving to the new £2-million-pound showroom when it launches in April. The site will allow us to offer an even bigger selection of new and used cars, aftersales and fleet services and an on-site Café that will be open to the general public.”

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.

Heath Munro, Area ŠKODA Sales Manager comments: “It’s a fantastic achievement for Pulman ŠKODA. In such a short period of time, they’ve shown a brilliant capacity to really exceed customer expectations, looking after the customer and helping them choose the perfect new car performing above established ŠKODA dealers. 2016 certainly looks to be an exciting year ahead with the launch of their new showroom. Congratulations to the Pulman ŠKODA team.”
The good news hasn't stopped at the this award, this week Ian was accredited as a fully qualified ŠKODA Sales Manager, one of only a handful in the UK after completing a rigorous assessment workshop.

Pulman ŠKODA are currently recruiting for their new showroom. Laura Makepeace, HR & Training Officer comments, “It’s an exciting time for anyone thinking of joining Pulman, or the motor industry. From joining the team 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.”

Current vacancies are posted online at or for further information email

Thursday, 18 February 2016

The New Volkswagen Tiguan – Set to land in the UK Spring 2016.

The New Tiguan is due to open for ordering this Spring.  The stunning 4x4 certainly won’t disappoint, with refined engines and the latest in-car technology it’s set to make a big impression at the official launch at the Geneva Motor show which takes place in March.

Efficient Engines
Eight engines are available in both manual and DSG transitions with outputs ranging from 115ps to 240ps. Despite the increase in power, all engines are up to 24 percent more fuel efficient than the previous Tiguan.
Available in both petrol and diesel engines, customers have the choice of either a two or four-wheel drive.

In Car Technology
In-Car Connectivity Software Car-net will enable drivers to stay online.  App Connect – three innovative technologies that allow you to bring smartphone apps onto your infotainment system’s touchscreen: the established MirrorLink™ apps, the new CarPlay™ function from Apple, and the Android Auto™ function from Google. Volkswagen is the first manufacturer to offer a choice of three interfaces to connect up smartphones.

Guide and inform features will keep you better informed when driving. From the news and weather, to online traffic and parking information, everything is at the touch of your fingertips.

In addition to Car-Net App-Connect and Guide and Inform, the Tiguan will be the first model in the Volkswagen range to have access to Car-Net Safety and Security services, such as automatic accident notification, giving you even greater peace of mind.

Driving Technology features
The new Tiguan includes the new 4MOTION Active control; this will enable drivers to adjust the all-wheel drive system to suit all driving conditions.

Safety is no compromise when it comes to the new Tiguan, several assistance systems come as standard for greater convenience, dynamism and safety. These include Front Assist with City emergency braking, pedestrian motoring, lane assist and automatic-post-collision braking system.

Refined Space
Inside the new model, there’s a lot more space for passengers to ensure a comfortable journey for all. Boot Capacity is up to 615 litres as standard, however be prepared for space once the seats are folded down. Capacity will increase to an impressive 1,655 litres, giving you a further 145 litres to the previous model.  

Source: Volkswagen UK
To register your interest for the new Tiguan, visit or email 

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Meet the Ateca – The first ever SUV for SEAT

Say hello to the SEAT Ateca, unveiled in Barcelona it’s got everybody talking. The new Ateca combines distinctive design, dynamic driving fun, urban versatility and compelling utility.

Technology is at the forefront of the Ateca; first class connectivity, assistance systems and highly efficient engines makes the Ateca one of the most desirable SUV’s out there. With a combination of outstanding quality, precision production and value for money this makes the Ateca a true SEAT.

Driving Technology
The technology included in the Ateca certainly won’t leave you disappointed. SEAT have pulled out all the stops to ensure the latest technology makes you ready for the adventure ahead.

The SEAT driver profile is on hand to allow you to adapt the car to the current driving situation, road conditions and personal taste. The Ateca includes traffic jam assist: This assistance function makes progress in heavy stop-start traffic far more bearable. At traffic jam speeds, the Ateca steers, accelerates and brakes automatically within the system boundaries.

A new safety feature included on the Ateca is Emergency assist; if the driver remains inactive beyond a certain period, the vehicle issues first a visual then an acoustic warning, followed finally by a brief pulse of the brakes. If there is still no reaction, the Ateca slows down to a standstill, while staying in lane.

Engine Choices
The Ateca comes with a range of state of the art engines which include the powerful turbocharged TSI and TDI diesel ranging from 115PS to 190PS. The Ateca gives you the choice of a two wheel or four-wheel drive in both DSG and manual transmissions.

Full Connectivity
State of the art technology keeps you fully connected to the digital world. The SEAT Ateca comes with the latest generation of Easy Connect Infotainment systems. Full link technology and the exclusive SEAT Connect APP are the highlights of this stunning SUV. The connectivity box is the centre console enables you to charge your smartphone wirelessly which complements Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

State of the art interior
Working in harmony with the exterior, the Ateca combines a refined and elegant unique feel which gives drivers a feeling of solidarity and safety.The cockpit is centred clearly around the driver, ensuring all controls are in reach while the infotainment system includes an 8inch display which is just a brief glance away.

Excellent use of space
Measuring 4.36 metres in length, combined with a boot size of 510 litres the Ateca leaves plenty of space to ensure comfort and practically are at the heart of the design.

To keep up to date with the latest news on the Ateca, visit or call 0191 549 29 26.

Source: SEAT UK

The ŠKODA Yeti Available from Nil Advance Payment on Motability at Pulman ŠKODA

The spacious ŠKODA Yeti is available from Pulman ŠKODA for an amazing Nil Advance payment. The Yeti is available in both DSG and manual transitions and comes with the choice of a two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive system.

With a generous boot size and higher ride height as standard, the ŠKODA Yeti S and Yeti Outdoor models are perfect for customers who qualify for Motability scheme.

Not only is the ŠKODA Yeti available from Nil advance payment, the Yeti strikes the perfect balance in comfort, style and practicality. There’s plenty to get excited about, its bold and sophisticated look – sharp angles, clean lines and the ŠKODA Logo are all on hints of the Yeti’s remarkable off road capabilities. Never compromising on safety, the Yeti achieved the maximum 5 Star NCAP safety rating.

The Yeti includes full smart link technology, air conditioning and alloy wheels as standard. With 5 doors, an impressive 53 miles per gallon and a boot capacity of 416 litres the Yeti is perfect drive and is well suited to the Motability range.  In 2012, 2013 & 2015 the Yeti was named the most satisfying car to own by UK drivers in the annual Auto express driver customer satisfaction survey. 
Being part of the Motability scheme gives you a range of benefits:
·         A brand new car every 3 years
·         Fully comprehensive 3 years’ insurance
·         full RAC breakdown cover
·         Annual road tax
·         All servicing, maintenance and repairs included.
·         Its worry free motoring all you need to do is add fuel.

Gary Irwin is our qualified Motability specialist at Pulman ŠKODA. Gary will take care of the whole process, from helping you choose the perfect car to test drives and organising all the paperwork to make the process hassle free for you.

You may be eligible to qualify for the Motability scheme if you receive the following benefit:
  • Disability living allowance
  • Personal independent payment
  • Armed forces independence payment
  • War pensioner advance payment

Visit  for more information on eligibility. 

To learn more about the Yeti or the SKODA range, visit or call 0191 383 7500. 

Friday, 5 February 2016

103.4 SunFM and Pulman SEAT team up for the 5th year in a row!

Sunderland car retailer Pulman SEAT are proud to announce their continued partnership with Sunderland’s number one radio station, 103.4 Sun FM for the fifth consecutive year.

The SEAT Leon ST will once again be the new station car for the Sun FM street team, transporting them around the city in style as they attend most of the major Wearside events.  

The Leon ST combines its stunning features with outstanding versatility. With a very generous boot capacity, this is ideal for the radio crew’s sound equipment and can fit in Sunny the Seagull with ease. The on-board equipment includes state of the art satellite navigation and Bluetooth technology, as well as DAB digital radio.

Chris Slater, Site Manager at Pulman SEAT: “It’s fantastic to team up with Sun FM once again, this is the fifth SEAT we have provided to be a part of the Sun FM team. The Leon ST chosen by Sun FM for the third year in a row is proving to be the perfect match. A car that is stylish and versatile to support their fantastic street team.”

103.4 Sun FM are consistently Sunderland’s number one radio station and when looking for a station car, they look no further than Sunderland’s Pulman SEAT.

Julian Carter, Managing Director of 103.4 Sun FM, said: “We are thrilled to extend our partnership with Pulman SEAT as we are both local businesses that a proud to serve Wearside. The SEAT Leon ST is a fantastic car that exceeds our expectations. We continue to choose Pulman SEAT as they always deliver their company goal of delivering a fantastic customer experience.

Pulman SEAT, based in Burntland Avenue, Southwick, Sunderland have been established in Sunderland for five-and-a-half years, providing a fantastic customer experience across the North East.  Their fantastic showroom based in Sunderland, offers fantastic hospitality with complementary refreshments and free WIFI.  

Sun FM Sunny the Seagull with the new Sun FM station car. 

More for information please contact Bethany Knill, Marketing Coordinator for Pulman Group on 0191 383 2444 or email

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

18th Million Car rolls of the ŠKODA Production Line in the Czech Republic

ŠKODA is celebrating the production of the 18th Million vehicle built since manufacturing started in 1905.

The landmark vehicle to roll off the production line at ŠKODA’s Kvasiny plant in the Czech Republic was a Superb Estate in candy white. The facility also builds the Superb Saloon and Yeti.

Around 150,000 ŠKODA vehicles were produced in 2015 at the Kvasiny plant in the Czech Republic, which employs around 4,500 workers.  The Kvasiny plant recently opened a new pilot hall with 50 new employees. The team here will receive technical information three years before production of a ŠKODA model begins to ensure best processes are put in place.

Once the current expansion of the plant is complete, a further 1,300 people will be employed at the Kvasiny plant. This upgrade will lead to over 280,000 cars being produced a year.

To see the full range of  SKODA available visit

Source – ŠKODA UK

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Pulman Volkswagen Support Local Sixth Form Student in his quest to Operation Wallacea in Mexico!

A local sixth form student Harry from St Leonard's Catholic School in Durham, is travelling to Mexico this summer to join Operation Wallacea.

Operation Wallacea is a network of academics from European and North American universities, who design and implement biodiversity and conservation management research programmes.  

Harry along with his school peers will work along scientists and local communities to collect data in both the rain forest and on the coral reefs. This data will be used to encourage sustainable use of the land and reefs by the local people.

Harry commented “I feel very passionate about wildlife conservation and feel the work carried out by Operation Wallacea is valuable for the protection of forests and wildlife from deforestation and hunting”.

Harry needs to raise a total of £2,650 from various events to fund the project. To achieve his grand total Harry has organised numerous fundraising events, the next big event takes place at Chester Le Street Golf Club on 4th March 2016.

Pulman Volkswagen got word of Harry’s work and jumped at the chance to support such a great project. Pulman Volkswagen kindly donated a prestige Autoglym Kit as a raffle prize to help Harry reach his target.

Natalie Wilson, Pulman Group Marketing Manager commented: “To support a student from the local area is fantastic and everyone at Pulman wishes him all the best in his fundraising and project”.

Harry travels to Mexico July 2016 and has the support from everyone at Pulman, good luck Harry!

Harry collecting his Raffle donation from Marketing Manager Natalie at Pulman Volkswagen.