Don’t miss Durham’s hidden Café gem

Looking for a new local Café that serves freshly prepared breakfast and lunch dishes of restaurant quality for a fraction of the cost? Offering a gluten free menu with ingredients sourced from local suppliers? Then you really need to pay a visit to Café Dafté .

outside of skoda durham

Café Dafté is based within the Pulman Volkswagen (Abbey Road) and Pulman SKODA (Belmont) Durham showrooms. Not what you would usually find in a car showroom! But this is something unique to Pulman Group.

outside of volkswagen durham

A new summer menu has just launched with a wide selection of freshly prepared choices! The most important meal of the day – breakfast and what better way to start with a full English available for only £5.25; saving some room for elevenses why not opt for the light English breakfast for only £4.25.

With a selection of beans on toast, scrambled egg or even poached egg on toast for only £2.40 the menu caters for all appetites. Some of the breakfast specials Café Dafté are renowned for include the bacon or sausage sandwich on choice of bun, waffles with bacon and eggs and the fantastic eggs benedict. Of course, there are the classic toast, porridge or fruit granola options available as well.

full english

Samantha Gilholm, Manager at Café Dafté comments: “We’re extremely pleased to announce that our brand-new summer menu is now available to the public. Over the past 6 months we’ve collated feedback from our customers to help shape our new menu whilst ensuring that the new additions continue to offer a gluten free alternative and are made from locally sourced ingredients.”

Some of the new lunch additions include a delicious freshly prepared chicken Caesar salad, with crisp romaine lettuce, crunchy croutons, grated parmesan and grilled chicken breast, served with a Café Dafté homemade Caesar sauce. A traditional cheese burger and meatball sub both served with hand cut chips are exciting additions to the menu. Looking for that vegetarian option? There are two new options: the Mediterranean vegetable moussaka or a pea & parmesan risotto.

burger and chips

This café is a real hidden gem in Durham, yes it is located in the Pulman showrooms, but they are open to the public. You don’t have to be a customer of Pulman to enjoy this fantastic Café which boast very competitive prices for all menu items. The quality of the menu and the dishes are more bistro, restaurant quality than what you would normally find in a café! You can even enjoy the fantastic range of drinks available from Earl Grey’s tea, to illy Coffee.

meal

We’ve enjoyed some glorious sunshine over the last few weeks, if you are in the area you can even pop in and enjoy a delicious Beckleberry ice-cream; vanilla, strawberry, chocolate fudge and hazelnut flavours another locally sourced offering from the heart of the North-East.

Pulman inspired the Café concept in their flagship Volkswagen Abbey Road showroom nearly 20 years ago and replicated the concept in their state of the art SKODA showroom which opened last year. It gives their customers and the local public a treat that you wouldn’t expect in a car showroom. Quality fresh food, in a relaxed atmosphere with free wifi and a choice of a gluten free menu. With rave reviews on TripAdvisor, Café Dafté is a must-visit restaurant in it’s own right.

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The New Volkswagen Mk8 Golf Coming Soon To Pulman Volkswagen

New Volkswagen Golf Mk8

The new Volkswagen Golf 8 was unveiled at the end of the October 2019 with a refreshed exterior and total interior redesign. Find out more about the design and features in our latest blog…

The new Volkswagen Golf 8 will join the family hatch category and will be the first model from Volkswagen to feature a e-TSI engine with a mild-hybrid system. The e-TSI uses a Lithium-ion battery to help power the engine at low speeds and reduces fuel consumption and emissions. The battery is recharged using energy from braking and coasting.

New Volkswagen Golf Mk8

Exterior

The exterior of the new Golf is clean and sharp. The LED headlights are now narrower and the biggest change in comparison to previous generations is the front grille. The grille is a lot more prominent and sits lower which helps to increase the car’s performance. The bumper on the new Golf varies depending on the trim; the SEL trim will feature 3 distinctive fins spanning the width of the air intake, whereas the R Line features a more open front vent with R badging.

New Volkswagen Golf Mk8 lights

New Volkswagen Golf Mk8 badge and wheels

Round to the rear, the iconic C-pillar design since the 4th generation Golf remains however the rear now features more angular tail lights and the boot lid sports Golf lettering with the brand-new Volkswagen logo above.

New Volkswagen Golf Mk8 lights

new New Volkswagen Golf Mk8 badge and logo

Interior

Step inside the new generation Golf and you’ll be engulfed with innovation. The updated cockpit combines all of your settings and features and displays them all on the Discover System’s 10.25-inch screen. From this screen you can easily adjust the air conditioning, navigation, radio, driver assistance systems as well as your driving position. In addition to this there is a second 10-inch infotainment system which features a customisable display; you can position shortcuts and widgets in the desired positions.

interior maps of New Volkswagen Golf Mk8

The new generation 8 Golf comes with Head-Up Display which displays your speed and Adaptive Cruise Control on the wind shield. In addition to this, the Satellite Navigation and media is displayed on the digital cockpit in front of the steering wheel; this improves safety whilst driving as the driver’s eyes will still be on the road ahead.

Voice Control can also be used to amend Satellite Navigation routes as well as calculate new routes, access and call or message contacts in the address book, change the radio station and even set-up Cruise Control!

If you opt to choose the Ambient Lighting Pack, you have the choice of 32 colours to lighting your car with from blues and pinks to yellows and greens.

Technology

The new Volkswagen Mk8 Golf is full of advanced technology features to ensure journeys are smooth, safe and comfortable. One of the most innovative technology features to date for Volkswagen and included in the new Mk8 Golf is the Car2X Technology. With Car2X, if another car has this technology and it’s enabled, real-time data can be shared between the cars. To break it down into simpler terms, say there is a car with this technology stuck in a traffic jam ahead of you and your Golf is still cruising down the motorway approaching this traffic jam. The Car2X technology ahead of you will wirelessly connect and send the real-time data to your car, your car will then inform you to slow down as you are approaching a traffic jam.

New Volkswagen Golf Mk8

There are multiple Driver Assistance features including Adaptive Cruise Control, Park Assist and Travel Assist. Travel Assist ensures that you stay in your lane and during heavy traffic times, can automate acceleration and braking to make driving less tiring in these situations. In addition to Adaptive Cruise Control, there is an optional extra; Dynamic Cruise Control, this gives you the option of 3 types of Cruise Control (COMFORT, SPORT and ECO). Always stay connected in the new Golf 8 with We Connect from Volkswagen. Your smartphone connects with your car and from this keeps you updated with future car services as well as breakdown assistance contact and an online anti-theft alarm.

New Volkswagen Golf Mk8 unveil

The new Volkswagen Golf is rumoured to be on sale in the UK in spring 2020, although an official date from Volkswagen is still yet to be announced. There will be four trims available; the S, SE, SEL and R Line with a range of petrol and diesel engines, including the new e-TSI engine as mentioned previously.

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Stunning New £300,000 Refurbished Pulman SEAT Showroom With Brand New CUPRA Corner

Pulman SEAT and CUPRA team at the new refurbed launch party - October 2019

Over the last 3-months Pulman SEAT have invested over £300,000 in updating their existing SEAT showroom based in Southwick Sunderland. The site has been a SEAT showroom for over 35 years becoming part of the Pulman family in 2010. The fantastic refurbishment revitalises the interior and exterior of the showroom, and also introduces a brand new CUPRA corner.

Little over a month ago the retailer held an exclusive launch event to showcase the brand-new showroom which now includes a specialist corner for the performance sub-brand of SEAT named CUPRA. In 2018 SEAT officially announced that CUPRA, their sporty models, will be a standalone brand in its own right. Pulman are proud to be the North East only CUPRA specialist, with a dedicated area in their showroom and access to the latest CUPRA cars, including an all new CUPRA Formentor. The very first CUPRA standalone car which will be revealed next year.

new CUPRA corner at Pulman SEAT and CUPRA

Pulman SEAT, or more commonly known as Pulman SEAT & CUPRA today, launched in 2010 and up until 2019 no showroom updates have ever been carried out.

A huge 6-figure investment was put into the refurbishment, but not only has the showroom had a total new look, the service area, workshop, back offices and external areas have all had a fantastic makeover too!

New exterior at Pulman SEAT and CUPRA

New totem at Pulman SEAT and CUPRA in Sunderland

The updated design inside the showroom oozes a sleek and contemporary style, which matches the brand values that SEAT is heavily promoting with their 2019 rebrand. The layout of the new showroom is also based on the Avinguda Diagonal in Barcelona (SEAT’s home city), which is the widest avenue in the city which separates the hustle and bustle from the charming and exclusive neighbourhoods. To look at from a birds-eye view all of the streets surrounding this avenue are diagonal cuts, which is what the new Pulman showroom emphasises with the cars displayed in dark grey tiles in comparison to the white tiles, and the desks are all arranged in one corner in a diagonal format facing towards the main entrance.

New sales area at Pulman SEAT and CUPRA new service area at Pulman SEAT and CUPRA new waiting area at at Pulman SEAT and CUPRA

The refurbishment was completed early September 2019 and an exclusive invite-only event took place on Thursday 17th October 2019. The event had plenty of entertainment during the evening from Gordon Ramsey and Manuel lookalikes to magicians mesmerising the guests, and not to forget the live singer, Andy Barker from the North East who sang some fantastic cover music from the sixties through the years to today. No car retailer event would be complete without a driving race game, this game mimicked real car driving with the car seat and pedals. There was also a chance to ‘crack the safe’ to win a limited edition CUPRA R Estate as well as smaller prizes within the safe.

Gordon Ramsey and Manuel lookalikes at Pulman SEAT and CUPRA launch Andy Barker singer North East at Pulman SEAT and CUPRA launch

Drinks and tapas were also served which followed on after a presentation from Andrew Cross and Chris Cavanagh from SEAT UK who spoke of the new showroom and the growth of the SEAT and CUPRA brands.

SEAT UK stated, “It’s an exciting time for SEAT and CUPRA. 2020 is going to be an exciting year for us and the automotive industry in general with electric mobility, with the upcoming models including the SEAT Tarraco PHEV and CUPRA Formentor along with the SEAT Mii Electric which is now available to order. Pulman SEAT are ready for the electric vehicle revolution with products and infrastructure where two charging stations are due to be installed onsite by the end of 2019″.

Pulman SEAT & CUPRA are the only CUPRA Specialists in the North East, and only 1 of 22 across the UK. Bill Mullen, Area Sales Manager, from SEAT UK also attended the event.

Chris Slater, Head of Business at Pulman SEAT commented on the event, “It’s fantastic to see such a turnout to celebrate the re-launch of this dealership. It’s provided the staff with a fantastic environment to work in and to look after our customers.”

“Since Pulman took over the SEAT Brand in Sunderland Alex Paget, General Sales Manager and his team have grown the business in both sales and aftersales.  With the introduction and investment in the exciting new Cupra Brand plus the electric vehicles SEAT have planned for 2020 we’re truly set up to deliver a fantastic customer experience”.

If you’re yet to visit the new Pulman SEAT & CUPRA showroom, head to the dealership based on Burntland Avenue, Sunderland, SR5 2ET and speak with the multiple award-winning sales team today!

4 In A Row for South Shields FC and Pulman

South Shields FC & Pulman

Pulman Group is proud to announce that it has extended its sponsorship of South Shields FC into a fifth season.

The partnership has driven great benefits for both parties since Pulman became the club’s official media sponsor in 2015, and has been revved up further for the 2019-20 season.

As well as continuing as the Mariners’ media sponsor, Pulman now also has its logo featured on the club’s first-team shirts after becoming its back-of-shirt sponsor.

It is further evidence of a blossoming relationship which began the same year Geoff Thompson took over as South Shields FC’s chairman and returned the club to Mariners Park after a two-year exile in Peterlee.

South Shields FC and Pulman continue their sponsorship.  1st team players and Stephanie Carty, from Pulman marketing department with the Volkswagen e-Golf and T-Cross SUV

((Back L-R) Millenic Alli, Adam Thurston, Jordan Annear, Stephanie Carty, Myles Boney, Luke Daly, Jason Gilchrist, (Front) Robinson Wokoma)

Pulman was one of the first companies to throw its support behind Mr Thompson’s venture and great success has followed, with the Mariners winning three successive promotions between 2015 and 2018, lifting a national trophy at Wembley and harbouring fantastic ambitions to eventually reach the English Football League (EFL).

The club also plans to continually improve its Mariners Park ground, with a planning application having recently been made to introduce a new 902-seater stand next summer. The ground’s current capacity is 3,450 and attendances average around 1,500.

The club submitted its application to South Tyneside Council in September 2019 for a number of reasons, but primarily to improve the matchday experience of supporters and satisfy a greater demand for tickets.

The Mariners’ long-term challenge is to make it to the EFL and its ground plans centre around ensuring Mariners Park is ready to host Football League matches.

As well as the additional stand, plans have also been submitted for the club to build a multi-purpose sports hall and hub which would support the local community and wider public.

Pulman extend sponsorship with South Shields FC

 

The club now has new strips with Pulman Volkswagen on the back of the shirts.

Pulman Group recently visited the club for their latest photo and video shoot with the first-team players in their new strips.

Joining Pulman and the club were Alan Hewson (Alan Hewson Photography) and Callum Parkinson (The Social Co.), who filmed a behind-the-scenes short video of the afternoon.

Two key Volkswagen models were taken to the shoot from Pulman, the Volkswagen e-Golf and the Volkswagen T-Cross SUV.

Pulman continue their sponsorship with South Shields FC - team with the Volkswagen e-Golf

 

These models were selected as they highlight the future of Volkswagen, with electric and crossover SUVs becoming firm favourites in drivers’ new car choices.

Fingers crossed too that South Shields FC will be the firm favourites to win the Northern Premier League Premier Division this season!

South Shields FC first team players with Pulman

( L-R) Jordan Annear, Millenic Alli, Luke Daly, Robinson Wokoma, Jason Gilchrist, Adam Thurston, Myles Boney

Chris Slater, Sunderland Site Manager, said: “It is fantastic to team up with South Shields FC once again.

“Here at Pulman Group we are passionate about supporting our local area and community.

“Teaming up with the Mariners is a great way to support Tyne and Wear.

“We can’t wait to see what South Shields FC do this season.”

*please note Jordan Annear pictured and filmed no longer plays for South Shields FC.

Volkswagen Used Car Event

Volkswagen Used Care Event at Pulman 2019

Between the 17th & 31st October 2019 choose your favourite Approved Used Volkswagen from Pulman & receive fantastic offers…

For a limited time only drive away in a used Volkswagen from Pulman and receive fantastic offers including:

  • Two years’ warranty
  • Two years’ roadside assistance
  • Two years’ MOT Cover
  • Two Services
  • 7.9% APR Representative

Plus, if that’s not enough you’ll even get a free Volkswagen Connect DataPlug! With the DataPlug you simply connect it with your smartphone and you’ll always be connected. Whilst driving your Volkswagen will inform you of you everything you need to know; from your parking location, tips to drive more economically, service information and fuel consumption. After your journey is finished you can log onto the app and a view a detailed breakdown of your journey including how much your trip cost in fuel! Further to this on the app there is Assistance Call, which enables you to directly contact the 24-hour breakdown service or the Volkswagen Roadside Assistance. 

VW Used Car Event

 

Alongside the fantastic offers above when you purchase a used Volkswagen from Pulman, you can also drive with peace of mind knowing all of our Volkswagen models are tested through the Das WeltAuto programme! For our cars to become Das WeltAuto approved they must go through several checks and meet a number of requirements, this includes 142 checks carried out by our expert technicians and service history checks. Plus, all of our Volkswagen approved used cars come with 24 months minimum warranty and 24 months roadside assistance.

 

At Pulman we have over 175 Approved Used Volkswagens across the group! View the full range available today, you never know your next car may be waiting for you at Pulman!

Head down to Pulman Volkswagen Sunderland and Durham before the 31st October 2019 to take advantage of this fantastic offer or follow our social channels to be kept up-to-date with the latest used cars available:
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Conventional VS The Future: What Is It?

Conventional Vs. The Future cars - what is the difference?

Our latest blog explains the difference between conventional, hybrids and electric cars, read on to find out more…

The popularity of hybrids is on the increase and the future of electric cars is fast approaching, but what exactly is the difference between all of the alternative fuel vehicles which are available today? We’ve gathered the top types below explaining the main differences, pros and cons.

Conventional

These are the most popular types of cars that we currently see on the road today. A conventional car is a car which uses an internal combustion engine for power without any assistance from an electric motor or other mechanism. A conventional car operates on a variety of fuels and most cars today will run on either petrol or diesel gasolines.

Pros: greater mileage range presently, greater range of available makes and models, more cost-effective to purchase

Cons: higher fuel, running costs and road tax, releasing toxic emissions and greenhouse emissions into the environment

View the fantastic range of new Volkswagen, SKODA and SEAT models at Pulman

New SKODA Scala at Pulman in Durham

Hybrid

In a hybrid car, also known as a HEV, both the electric motor and combustion engine work together to provide forward motion. Usually in a HEV it starts off using the electric motor, then as the load or the speed of the car increases, the gasoline engine starts.

The combustion engine is also used to recharge the cars batteries. The term ‘regenerative braking’ is widely seen and is a process where the electric motor helps to slow down the car and uses some of the energy which is normally converted to heat by the brakes.

Pros: lower CO2 emissions, no road tax (emit less than 100g/km of CO2)

Cons: offers less electric range than a PHEV

Coming soon to Pulman: to be announced.

Plug-in hybrid

Plug-in hybrids, also more commonly known as PHEVs, are cars which can be plugged in to charge its batteries. A PHEV is built the same way as a hybrid featuring an electric motor (supplied by a battery pack) and a combustion engine. The difference between a PHEV and a hybrid vehicle is that a PHEV offers a greater electric range until the combustion engine needs to kick in. The electric motor powers the car for some of its journey and in some instances the full journey, if it’s a short one; once this power runs out the combustion engine starts to run too. 

A PHEV can be charged through both regenerative brake (as explained under the hybrid section) and plug in charges; a conventional three pin plug, a wall charger or a fast charger. A wall charger usually takes between 6 and 8 hours so this option would be best overnight at home or if your place of work offers this option, during work hours. Fast chargers which are becoming increasingly popular, can charge the battery to 80% in around 3 to 4 hours. Rapid chargers which are starting to be introduced more commonly at service stations can charge the battery to 80% charge in around 30 to 45 minutes.

Pros: lower CO2 emissions, increased fuel economy, greater electric range than a hybrid, no road tax (emit less than 100g/km of CO2)

Cons: can be slightly higher priced than a hybrid due to the larger battery size

Coming soon to Pulman: Volkswagen Passat GTE, CUPRA Formentor, SEAT Tarraco PHEV, SKODA Superb iV

New SEAT Tarraco FR PHEV coming soon to Pulman SEAT in Sunderland, North East England

100% Electric

A fully electric car is what it says on the tin; its forward motion is provided by an electric motor with no gasoline engine. The car must be plugged in to a socket to recharge its batteries, if not, the car will not run once the battery loses its charge. Sometimes you may see electric vehicles written as EV or Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV).

Many of the fully electric cars which are currently on the UK roads offer ranges of over 160 miles on a single charge, this will only increase in time as the technology develops for future electric cars. As electric cars are on the rise, there are more charging points being installed. As of 18th September there were 9,578 locations in the UK with charging points (Zap-Map).

Like the plug-in hybrid, there are three ways to charge fully electric cars. The first is from a standard household (120v) outlet which can take around 8 hours to charge. You usually find these at home or at your workplace. The next charging outlet provides 240v which can take up to 4 hours to charge; again, these can be found at your workplace or public charging stations. Finally, DC fast charging is currently the fastest charging solution on the market which can be found at dedicated charging stations at some supermarkets and service stations on the motorway; the battery can be charged to 80% in around 30 minutes.

Pros: do not emit any harmful emissions, cost-effective to run, pay no road tax

Cons: higher priced than hybrid and plug-in hybrids

Available models from Pulman: Volkswagen e-Golf

new Volkswagen e-Golf now at Pulman across Sunderland and Durham

Coming soon: SEAT Mii Electric, CUPRA Tavascan, SKODA CITIGOe iV, Volkswagen ID.3

SEAT Mii Electric coming soon to Pulman in Sunderland

If you’d like to find out more about conventional, hybrids or electric cars from Pulman, contact our friendly specialists today who will be more than happy to help!
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Refreshed Pulman Websites: Coming Soon!

New Pulman SEAT and Pulman CUPRA websites coming to a screen near you

Drum roll please, we are proud to present our new SEAT and CUPRA websites coming to a screen near you soon!

It’s been 5 years since the Pulman Group websites were updated and now it’s time for a change. We wanted something more user-friendly, simple to navigate around and all-in-all a sleeker design, and that’s just what we’ve done!

Over the coming weeks yourself and other website visitors will be able to test out the SEAT and CUPRA websites. If you like what you see, don’t be afraid to leave us feedback when the pop-up box appears. On the other hand, if there’s something you can’t quite find or would like to see, leave us a comment and we will see what we can do before the official launch which is expected in October! 

new Pulman SEAT website

 

New Pulman CUPRA website

 

So, what’s the main differences on the new websites compared to our current sites? There’s quite a few changes which you’ll notice as soon as you enter the new website, but the main change we think is the visual aspect! Whether you access the websites on a desktop, tablet or mobile, you’ll find the navigation is very user-friendly and all of the new car offers are now available to view on one single search.

New Pulman SEAT mobile website

If you are after a specific model, you can filter on the single search page which showcases all models and offers or you can use the drop-down menu and select a model from this area. Once you’re on the selected model page there is a whole host of information available including an overview of the model, the latest offers, trims and specifications, available new car stock and used cars as well as the latest news and awards! If you like what you see you can favourite the offers and compare with others too!

New Pulman CUPRA website section

 

As well as an updated enquiry form to make it simpler for you to submit the nature of your enquiry, you can also submit your enquiry via our live chat system. You may have a general, test drive, part exchange, video request, finance or callback enquiry; whichever one it may be, we are always happy to help!

New Contact us page area on Pulman SEAT

 

We are also proud to present our new review section which showcases our Feefo feedback from our customers! The reviews and ratings are based on both the service from Pulman as well as on the cars themselves.

Plus, the excitement doesn’t stop there for our new websites! Up until now, CUPRA has always had its spot on the Pulman SEAT site, but now it showcases its own brand website, meaning you’ll learn all about the performance and sophisticated brand and the offers available on its dedicated site!

New Pulman CUPRA mobile website

 

Our Pulman Volkswagen and SKODA websites will also be going through the update during quarter 4, so look out for updates across our social channels & websites!

Pulman is about delivering a fantastic customer experience, and this is true to the online experience as well. The new websites are configured for mobile-first design, full of even more fantastic offers, a new favourite and compare system and fantastic content with even more ways to contact us.

So, after shopping around why not a pay a visit to our new SEAT and CUPRA websites and make Pulman your end destination choice.

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Pay No Company Car Tax On Electric Cars in 2020/21

Pay No Company Car Tax On Electric Cars in 2020/21

If you’re looking to upgrade your company car there never has been a better time to switch to an electric vehicle, find out why in our latest blog…

The Government have recently stated that company car drivers who choose to drive an electric car will pay no Benefit-In-Kind (BIK) tax in 2020/21. HM Treasury say that for cars registered from 6th April 2020, most company car tax rates will reduce by 2% meaning that for a 100% electric vehicle with zero emissions, this will drop to 0%, therefore company car drivers will pay no BIK tax at all.

Electric charging point - 0% BIK Tax in 2020/21 for company car drivers

 

These rates are also applicable to already existing company car drivers who already drive 100% electric vehicles which were registered prior to 6th April 2020. So, for those drivers who were looking forward to a reduced rate of 2%, they can now enjoy 0% tax in 2020/21. The 0% BIK tax also applies to company cars registered from 6th April 2020 with emissions from 1-50g/km and with a 100% electric range of 130 miles or more. In 2021/22 both fully electric cars with zero emissions and emissions from 1-50g/km will rise to 1% followed by an increase to 2% BIK tax in 2022/23 (please see both tables below for a more detailed breakdown).

Cars first registered before 6 April 2020

 

 

 

 

CO2 (g/km)

Electric range (miles)

2020-21 (%)

2021-22 (%)

2022-23 (%)

0

N/A

0

1

2

1-50

>130

2

2

2

1-50

70-129

5

5

5

1-50

40-69

8

8

8

1-50

30-39

12

12

12

1-50

<30

14

14

14

51-54

 

15

15

15

55-59

 

16

16

16

60-64

 

17

17

17

65-69

 

18

18

18

70-74

 

19

19

19

75-79

 

20

20

20

80-84

 

21

21

21

85-89

 

22

22

22

90-94

 

23

23

23

95-99

 

24

24

24

100-104

 

25

25

25

105-109

 

26

26

26

110-114

 

27

27

27

115-119

 

28

28

28

120-124

 

29

29

29

125-129

 

30

30

30

130-134

 

31

31

31

135-139

 

32

32

32

140-144

 

33

33

33

145-149

 

34

34

34

150-154

 

35

35

35

155-159

 

36

36

36

160+

 

37

37

37

 * Add 4% for diesels up to a maximum of 37% (unless RDE2 compliant). Diesel plug-in hybrids are classed as alternative fuel vehicles, so the 4% diesel supplement does not apply to these vehicles irrespective of RDE2 compliance.

Cars first registered from 6 April 2020

 

 

 

 

CO2 (g/km)

Electric range (miles)

2020-21 (%)

2021-22 (%)

2022-23 (%)

0

N/A

0

1

2

1-50

>130

0

1

2

1-50

70-129

3

4

5

1-50

40-69

6

7

8

1-50

30-39

10

11

12

1-50

<30

12

13

14

51-54

 

13

14

15

55-59

 

14

15

16

60-64

 

15

16

17

65-69

 

16

17

18

70-74

 

17

18

19

75-79

 

18

19

20

80-84

 

19

20

21

85-89

 

20

21

22

90-94

 

21

22

23

95-99

 

22

23

24

100-104

 

23

24

25

105-109

 

24

25

26

110-114

 

25

26

27

115-119

 

26

27

28

120-124

 

27

28

29

125-129

 

28

29

30

130-134

 

29

30

31

135-139

 

30

31

32

140-144

 

31

32

33

145-149

 

32

33

34

150-154

 

33

34

35

155-159

 

34

35

36

160-164

 

35

36

37

165-169

 

36

37

37

170+

 

37

37

37

Tables from Fleet News 
* Add 4% for diesels up to a maximum of 37% (unless RDE2 compliant). Diesel plug-in hybrids are classed as alternative fuel vehicles, so the 4% diesel supplement does not apply to these vehicles irrespective of RDE2 compliance.

At Pulman we currently have the Volkswagen e-Golf available on Business Contract Hire. The e-Golf is full of futuristic and quality features including electronic engine sound generator, Navigation System, Parking distance control for front and rear, Car-Net App-Connect & VW Media, Adaptive Cruise Control and much more!

If you’re a business looking to upgrade your company car range to electric, contact us today to find out more about the e-Golf.

Volkswagen e-golf available from Pulman Volkswagen on business contract hire and personal contract hire.

 

Upcoming models across the Pulman brands include the Volkswagen ID.3 1st Edition as well as other models from the electric ID. family which Volkswagen will be revealing another two brand new vehicles between 2020 and 2022. New electric models from SKODA include the CITIGOe iV which is expected to be on sale from early 2020 as well as a plug-in hybrid version of the SUPERB, named the SUPERB iV. New electric models from SEAT include the 100% electric Mii and CUPRA will be introducing the CUPRA Tavascan, which will be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week; the Tavascan will join the CUPRA Formentor hybrid in the electric range.

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Frankfurt Motor Show 2019 Updates

Frankfurt Motor Show 2019 Updates

Follow our daily updates below throughout the Frankfurt Motor Show!

For a more informative view of the Frankfurt Motor Show, visit our previous blog which highlights the upcoming models!

Volkswagen

The Volkswagen Stand at the Frankfurt Motor Show

Volkswagen stand at the Frankfurt Motor Show Volkswagen stand at the Frankfurt Motor Show

 

The new Volkswagen ID.3 unveiled, it looks fantastic!

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The New Volkswagen ID. Buzz at Frankfurt

The new Volkswagen ID. Buzz at the Frankfurt Motor Show

New Volkswagen ID Buzz at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

The new electric e-UP! 

new Volkswagen e-Up at the Frankfurt Motor Show

New Volkswagen e-up at Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

 

The concept Volkswagen ID. Roomz

New Volkswagen ID . Roomzz at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019 new Volkswagen ID Roomzz at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

 

The Volkswagen ID. Vizzion concept

New Volkswagen ID Vizzion at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

 

The new sporty Volkswagen T-Roc R

New Volkswagen T-Roc R at Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

New Volkswagen T-Roc R at Frankfurt Motor Show 2019 New Volkswagen T-Roc R at Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

 

The new electric Volkswagen ID. R racing car

New racing Volkswagen ID R at Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

 

The new Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet makes its debut!

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SKODA

The SKODA stand at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

SKODA stand at the Frankfurt motor show 2019

 

New SKODA Scala Monte Carlo trim unveiled new SKODA Scala Monte Carlo trim revealed at Frankfurt motor show 2019

 

The new SKODA Scala G-Tec

new SCALA G-TEC at the Frankfurt Motor Show

 

The new 100% fully electric CITIGOe iV at Frankfurt!

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new citigoe Iv at the Frankfurt Motor Show

New SUPERB iV & SUPERB Combi iV

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SKODA Superb iV at Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

 

The new sporty SKODA Kodiaq vRS new SKODA Kodiaq vRS at the Frankfurt Motor Show

The new SKODA Superb Scout made its entrance at the Frankfurt Motor Show

New Volkswagen Superb Scout at Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

In with the old & out with the new, the SKODA Octavia vRS

new SKODA Octavia at the Frankfurt Motor Show

 

The new SKODA Kamiq Monte Carlo makes its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show

New SKODA Kamiq at Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

New SKODA Kamiq at Frankfurt Motor Show 2019 Inside the new SKODA Kamiq at Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

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New SKODA Kamiq in green at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

SEAT & CUPRA

The 100% electric CUPRA Tavascan has been revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show, we love it!

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new CUPRA Tavascan at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

Interior of the new CUPRA Tavascan at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

The new CUPRA Ateca Special Edition is looking fantastic at the Frankfurt Motor Show

New CUPRA Ateca Special Edition at Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

What are your thoughts on the new CUPRA e-Racer?

CUPRA e-racer at Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

New SEAT Tarraco FR PHEV At Frankfurt Motor Show
new SEAT Tarraco FR PHEV at the Frankfurt Motor Show new SEAT Tarraco FR PHEV at the Frankfurt Motor Show
The new 100% electric SEAT Mii
new electric SEAT Mii at the Frankfurt Motor Show
 
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Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

One of the biggest events of the motoring calendar is fast approaching and at Pulman we can’t wait to see what the Volkswagen Group (VAG) brands have in store for us!

The Frankfurt Motor Show opens its doors to the world’s press on 12th & 13th September ahead of the public days which is from 14th to 22nd September 2019. The Volkswagen Group will be revealing a range of concept and forthcoming production models but the main focus at the motor show will be on electric vehicles. Below we’ve shared what we know so far…

Volkswagen ID.3

One of the most important cars to be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show after sitting on the edge of our seats all summer is the fully electric Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback. Since pre-ordering opened in May 2019 there have been more than 27,000 reservations on the 100% fully electric ID.3 so it’s definitely in demand and we can’t wait to see the full reveal this September! The ID.3 1st Edition offers an electric range up to 260 in accordance with WLTP and comes with quality standard features including Navigation, Voice Control and a contrasting colour roof.

New Volkswagen ID.3

 

Find out more about the Volkswagen ID.3.

Alongside the production of the ID.3, it’s expected that Volkswagen will show a new electric concept as well. The concept will give us an idea of what’s coming next with suggestions that the model could be a value crossover likely to be called the ID.2.

Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet

It’s an exciting time for the crossover segment as Volkswagen are the first to introduce the Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet, the only mainstream crossover with a fully convertible roof! The new T-Roc indirectly replaces the Golf and Beetle Cabriolet models and will be the only drop-top for Volkswagen for the foreseeable future. Following tradition, the T-Roc will have a classic soft top with the fully automatic roof opening in just 9 seconds.

New Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet front view

 

The new T-Roc, unlike other cabriolets, are spacious for rear seat passengers too! The roof design allows for enough leg and head room for passengers who are six-foot to be comfortable, along with a 284-lite boot space. Volkswagen have also claimed the noise levels are kept low by using specially developed door and roof seals.

New Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet

Expected to launch Spring 2020, there will be two trims available in the UK (Design & R-Line); we are sure we’ll be seeing a lot more of this niche SUV prior to the release date!

As well as the exciting new model launches above, Volkswagen will also be unveiling their new brand identity, we can’t wait to see what’s new!

CUPRA

CUPRA will be presenting their first fully electric concept vehicle at the Frankfurt Motor Show, which from sneak peak images looks to be an SUV-Coupe likely to share its design features with the upcoming CUPRA Formentor! Little has been revealed from CUPRA aside from the images shared below (pictured below). CUPRA state the interior will apply carbon fibre in swathes, contrasting colours and a sculpted design to match the exterior shape. On the outside, CUPRA claim that the vents across the SUV-Coupe’s nose have been designed to provide the maximum possible driving range; the prototype’s platform or drivetrain is still yet to be confirmed from CUPRA but we believe it will be based on a modified version of the Volkswagen Group’s all-electric MEB platform.

New CUPRA Electric

New CUPRA electric interior

SKODA

Although SKODA will not be revealing any concept cars at the motor show, they will be showcasing the new Monte Carlo trims for the brand new Scala and Kamiq, which will celebrate the brand’s rallying heritage. The new trims will include black exterior elements and bespoke badging.

New SKODA Scala Monte Carlo trim at Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

 

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Top 5 Places To Visit In The North East This Bank Holiday Weekend

Top 5 places to visit in the North East by Pulman

With a heatwave expected this August bank holiday weekend, there’s never been a better time to get out and about around the North East in your car!

We’ve rounded up the top hot spots to drive to across the North East below, why not browse through them and see if there’s somewhere you could visit this weekend!

Penshaw Monument

Penshaw Monument, officially named The Earl of Durham’s Monument, is located between Washington & Houghton-le-Spring and sits on top of Penshaw Hill. It was first built in 1844 and provides fantastic views across Wearside and County Durham! There are a number of steps leading up to the monument but it’s definitely worth the climb!

If you’re not afraid of heights, every weekend and bank holiday between 6th April and 29th September 2019, you can take a tour to the top of the monument via a spiral staircase to see further views across the North East!

Penshaw Monument

 

As well as the Penshaw Monument there are many walks around the area; from the surrounding woodland to Herrington Park which is just across the road. There’s a large lake which sometimes has boat races and is occupied by swans and other wildlife. There’s also a playpark (usually with an ice-cream van) and café with plenty of parking too!

Whitley Bay

On a warm summer’s day there’s nothing better than visiting the beach! Whitley Bay is situated in the borough of North Tyneside in Tyne and Wear and has a fantastic beach with quirky surrounding cafes, shops and pubs! There’s plenty to do in Whitley Bay, our top recommendations to visit are Spanish City, Seaton Delaval Hall and St Mary’s Lighthouse.

St Mary’s Lighthouse is just north of Whitley Bay and is accessible when the tide is low by a short concrete causeway. Once on the ‘part-time’ island, you can climb the 137 steps to the top of the lighthouse for spectacular views along the North East coast. However, if you’re unable to climb the steps there is a video facility which allows you to experience the same views from the ground level. It should be noted that the island is only open between certain times due to the tide times, you can find the times here.

St Mary's lighthouse at Whitley bay

 

As well as the locations above, there are many fantastic beaches along the North East coastline like Seaburn in Sunderland and Seaham which is a little further south in County Durham.

Holy Island

Another tidal island, similar to St Mary’s Lighthouse but of a much larger scale, is Holy Island based a mile off the mainland Northumberland in the North Sea. The island consists of Lindisfarne Castle, a couple of pubs which offer fantastic meals and numerous walking routes around the island. The Gertrude Jekyll garden is a must too; it was crowned garden of the year by Countryfile Magazine in 2019, you’ll see why if you visit it! There are certain crossing times to visit Holy Island, you can find the 2019 times here.

Holy Island

Durham City

Visiting Durham City is never a dull day out, there’s so much for the full family to do! If you like walking there are plenty of routes along the river and the surrounding woodlands. If you like to shop there are many high street shops as well as original one-off shops. There is a huge range of restaurants, pubs and cafes, many offering delicious food. When visiting Durham there are certain attractions which are must to visit!

Durham Cathedral is in the city centre of Durham and is one of the great buildings of Europe, it’s not hard to see why once you visit! From the structure to the stain glass windows, it’s a must to view the Rose Window which casts colourful sunlight on the Cathedral’s floor (if the sun is shining). There are many places within the Cathedral to visit and you can also climb the tower to view the historic city of Durham and the surrounding countryside!

Durham City and Cathedral

 

The Botanic Gardens is located in the southern outskirts of Durham city and is set in 25 acres of mature woodlands! Inside the botanical gardens there are a number of gardens to visit including the Alpine, Winter and Woodland gardens as well as the Bamboo Grove and wild flower meadow! The gardens are perfect for families to take picnics along and to relax in the sunshine!  

Corbridge

Corbridge is a beautiful village based in Northumberland, just 16 miles from Newcastle and is a fantastic drive to get to! Corbridge is well-known for hosting many annual events in the centre surrounded by the unique shops and pubs as well as the local farm shops selling local meats. A must if you visit Corbridge is the Corbridge Roman Town Hadrian’s Wall where you can walk the old Roman streets, explore the museum and discover the Corbridge Hoard!

Hadrian's Wall

 

As well as the hot spots listed above, there are many fantastic locations across the North East from beaches and woodlands to countryside and shopping centres! We nearly forgot to mention the Pulman Extravaganza event which ends on Monday 26th August 2019 at all of our Volkswagen, SKODA and SEAT branches across Durham and Sunderland! During the event we are offering fantastic offers across the new and used car ranges, plus when you order your new car during the event you have a choice of four Pulman Perks! Find out more about the event here.

Top 5 places to visit in the North East by Pulman

 

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