Pulman Group spreads its wings with Newcastle Falcons

Newcastle Falcon rugby team meets the Volkswagen T-Roc

Pulman Volkswagen, SEAT and SKODA have joined forces with the legendary Newcastle Falcons this season.

The Falcons are having a fantastic season challenging for a top four spot in the Aviva Premiership. They reached the semi-final of the prestigious Anglo-Welsh cup narrowly beaten by last year’s Premiership Champions and current league leaders Exeter at Sandy Park. With a quarter final against Brive on the horizon in the European Rugby Challenge Cup its shaping up to be an exciting 2018 for the first team. Off the pitch the Falcons along with their fellow Premiership rivals launched ‘Move like a pro’ fitness sessions all part of the ‘Get Active in 2018’ campaign; its goal to help inactive men aged 30—55 to get fitter, healthier and improve their overall wellbeing.

Pulman Group who represent Volkswagen, SEAT and SKODA across the North East are proud to be associated with the club, Ian Buckle Managing Director added “At Pulman we promise to deliver a fantastic customer experience and we’re proud to support local businesses and communities with strong family values that align with our company goal. Having already established sporting partnerships with Newcastle United FC, Sunderland AFC and South Shields FC, we saw this opportunity with Newcastle Falcons as a fantastic platform to engage with their fan base and existing corporate partners. The clubs strong Durham and Gosforth heritage is fantastic fit to our sporting partner portfolio in the region.

Sharon Howey, Head of Commercial Sales at Newcastle Falcons comments: “It’s great that local businesses such as Pulman are keen to support the club. We’re having a fantastic season with a team who are developing, maturing and challenging the best at home and abroad. We’re proud to have made it to the semi-final of the Anglo-Welsh cup whilst still having another quarter final to look forward to at Kingston Park on Friday 30th March against Brive in the European Cup all whilst currently sitting fourth in the Aviva Premiership.

Newcastle Falcons cater for all types of hospitality, whether you’re looking for informal exclusivity, a family day out, treating business customers or simply wanting to enjoy the best views of action, there is something to suit everyone at the Falcons. Just this year we were pleased to announce a major expansion to the home ground which will increase the capacity to just short of 12,000 creating and even better match day experience for our guests; exciting times ahead for the Falcons.”

Pulman with sites in Durham and Sunderland are the only family run Volkswagen retailer in the North East and represent SEAT and SKODA in the same locations. The business will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in November 2018 years, an achievement built on their company goal of delivering a fantastic customer experience.

For more information on the new Volkswagen T-Roc visit – click here 

For more information on Newcastle Falcons visit their website by clicking here

Video by Social Co.

Photography by Alan Hewson

Pulman Review: The new Volkswagen Touareg

Touareg new model reveal

The third generation of Volkswagen’s Touareg flagship SUV is larger, more practical and more powerful than ever. 

Revealed ahead of its arrival in UK showrooms this summer, the Volkswagen Touareg promises to be Volkswagen’s most advanced car yet! This is the third generation of the flagship SUV, and the new Touareg is tough enough to tackle any terrain. 

Watch the Beijing highlights below…

While the outside may be a little sharper and has hints of the new T-Roc, it is the interior that has seen the biggest change…

Touareg Interior

Step into the driver’s seat of the future: the Touraeg’s revolutionary new Innovision Cockpit screen lets you control your SUV by touch, gesture or even voice. A pioneering first in a Volkswagen, the new Touareg is the only SUV in its class to present you with a fantastic clear 15 inch Innovision glass display. A full-colour screen that merges seamlessly into your digital dashboard! It does away with buttons, knobs and dials, using just the power of your touch, gesture and voice to control your car. You can customise it is just like a smartphone, and use it to see a wealth of information such as navigation and your apps.

The new Touareg is about to hit the road – are you ready? 

Pulman visit Newcastle Falcons

Newcastle Falcons Video Shoot

Hello everyone,

My name is Gemma – I am the Marketing Assistant here at Pulman Group! Based at the Volkswagen Sunderland site, the Marketing Team work hard keeping the websites up to date, our social media current and we ensure that all of our events run smoothly. And as the Marketing Assistant, I get the fantastic job of liaising with our corporate partners!  

This week I headed over to the Newcastle Falcons stadium for a PR and video shoot to showcase the all-new T-Roc. To help with this we invited photographer Alan Hewson and the video team from The Social Co. Here’s how we got on…

Newcastle Falcons T-Roc

As I don’t have the best sense of direction, I was relieved to see that the T-Roc I was driving was kitted out with satellite navigation – perfect! So, with a plot twist more unbelievable than pigs flying, I arrived at the stadium without getting lost – phew, thank you T-Roc! I even arrived early and got to watch the team finish training from the stands. I don’t know about you but I don’t know how they manage to pass so quickly!

With the training over, we manoeuvred the T-Roc into position and waited to meet some of the Players, #exciting! Our rugby models – Gary Graham, a Scottish flanker and former Scotland Under-20s international player, and Jon Welsh a prop who also plays for Scotland – rocked up and were ready to strike a pose! We were joined by a lot of ruby balls and Flash, the Newcastle Falcons mascot. Check out some behind the scenes footage below…

After some fantastic poses – I’m looking at you Jon! – we got the winning shot

Newcastle Falcons

The Falcons have an exciting game lined up this weekend! Good luck from everyone here at Pulman Group! For more information on the T-Roc click here

Thank you to Alan, The Social co. and Newcastle Falcons for a fantastic shoot!

Pulman Review: The Volkswagen Up!

It’s hard to believe that the Volkswagen up! has been with us for over six years. It was an instant hit and was voted World Car of the Year and What Car? Car of the Year in 2012. Fast forward to 2018 and the VW up! has matured; there’s even a GTi and an electric version.


Every model, except the e-up!, is available with 3 or 5 doors. Bearing in mind that the VW up! is likely to spend a lot of time doing chores like the school run, shopping and nipping around town, the extra pair of doors makes everything much more convenient. Okay, it’s no hardship flipping the front seats forward to allow access into the back, but if you are loading two children into child seats, it’s so much easier when you have direct access.

Volkswagen Up! Interior

If it’s just going to be you on a commute to work, or a couple who’ll only use the rear seats occasionally, go for the 3-door up! In either case, if you need to take a heap of garden rubbish to the tip, you can drop the rear seats to create a deceptively decent load area.  


The Volkswagen up! range starts with the Take up! at £9320. (Add £400 for the 5-door model.) Power comes from a 59bhp 1.0 litre petrol engine. 0-60 takes around 14 seconds and, if you go for the stop – start model, which we’d recommend, you will achieve close to 70mpg. Cost-effective motoring doesn’t come any better.


Volkswagen Up!


Oh, and don’t for one minute think that because the up! is Volkswagen’s entry level car, that it will be low on quality and low on specification. Wrong. You get the same sort of quality that you can expect at the top of the range. Even the Take up! comes with electric front windows, remote central locking, tyre pressure monitor, DAB radio, CD player, height adjustment to the driver’s seat and the steering wheel, tinted windows and a host of safety equipment.


If you want additional goodies like air conditioning and really smart alloy wheels, take a look at the Move up!  You can even personalise the trim and wheel colours. The engine range stays the same, but you can also opt for an automatic gearbox.


Our favourite is the up! beats (from £10,740). It really stands out thanks to its special badging, chunky 15 inch alloy wheels which are available with either black or red inserts. You get coloured door mirrors with integrated indicators and body coloured door handles. The interior has loads of chrome trim


And you’ll love the super-powerful beats sound system. It’ll knock your socks off.


You’ll also look the additional choice of engines. Along with the 59bhp petrol unit, there are now 74bhp and a turbocharged 89bhp unit available. Amazingly, the 89bhp engine hardly affects your fuel consumption (you’ll still manage around 64mpg), but the 0-60 time drops to a really lively 9.9 seconds, although it feels quicker.  The 3-cylinder engine has a wonderful sound to it as well.


Side of Volkswagen Up


The ride is outstanding. Many small cars tend to have a rather choppy ride but the up! absorbs lumps and bumps around town yet remains stable at speed. The power steering is light around town but gains weight when you hit the motorways. Visibility is terrific; it’s perfect for city driving.


As for comfort, you can’t go wrong. The seats are supportive and, as with all of the fitments, feel to be made from top-notch materials.


What about other versions of the VW up!….well…you can have the High up! which, as the name suggests, is highly equipped. It comes with heated front seats, front dog lights, leather multi-function steering wheel and Smartphone integration.


And then there’s the 113bhp up! GTi which reaches 60mph in 8.8 seconds. (We’ll be road testing the GTi in the near future!!! Can’t wait.)


If you want über economy, head for the e up! This is an all-electric up! Just like every other up!, it is well equipped and, thanks to having a powerful 81bhp electric motor, it feels brisk around town with 0-60 taking just over 12 seconds. On a full charge, you should easily manage around 90 miles. On a warm summer day, go easily and you’ll easily beat that figure. Cost for a full charge? At current electricity rates, it’ll probably be under £3. In other words, if you have a daily return commute of around 20 miles, you will get close to a week’s motoring for three quid. We’ll be trying the e-up! in the next few months.


Steering wheel


Overall, if refinement and quality is what you are looking for in an economical city car, you can’t go wrong with the Volkswagen up! It’s good to drive, well equipped and will happily cope with city life and a sprint along the motorway. It’s also great fun and, if you go for the GTi or the e-up! you now have the choice of performance or incredible economy.


Best all-rounder? We loved the up! beats. 


Want to know more? Visit the Pulman Volkswagen showroom in Sunderland or Durham. We are proud to be the only family-run Volkswagen dealer in the North East! We make sure we work hard to deliver the Pulman fantastic customer experience every time! You can check out our Pulman Promise here.

For Volkswagen Up! offers click here