Pulman SEAT Is Getting A Makeover!

Pulman SEAT refurbishment Diaries Blog

Pulman SEAT are investing in a full retailer revamp which has already begun and expected to finish by July 2019 but don’t worry business is still open as usual…

It’s a very exciting time for Pulman as a company; the SEAT showroom was the third dealership launched by Pulman in 2010 so that’s nearly 10 years ago since it has been updated!

A huge 6-figure investment is being put into this 9-week refurbishment so you can expect to see BIG changes! Not only is the showroom going through a revamp but the workshop, back offices and external areas are also receiving some much needed toolbox treatment too!

So what changes can you expect to see once the revamp is complete? Think sleek and contemporary with the added sportiness feel of the newly branded CUPRA corner! While you wait for your service or appointment, why not sit back and relax in the new hospitality area which will offer a selection of hot drinks alongside a range of snacks.

Step inside the showroom and the new layout will be inspired by SEAT’s home origin; all of the desks and display areas are within diamond cut diagonal lines, much like the Avinguda Diagonal in Barcelona (the widest avenue in Barcelona separating the hustle and bustle of the city from the mountains and most charming and exclusive neighbourhoods). So, if you wish to get away from the noise you may find at other dealers, step inside the exclusive Pulman SEAT showroom.

Although this is a huge project for Pulman SEAT, the showroom is still open for business as usual, the only change you may see is that the service reception has temporarily been moved to the main showroom!

If you want to be kept up-to-date with the latest refurbishment changes, follow the Pulman SEAT Facebook, Twitter and Instagram page. PLUS keep an eye on our LIVE Diary below which is constantly being updated (latest updates at the top)!

LIVE Diary

Monday 2nd September: The CUPRA corner is now complete with attractive chrome effects which highlight the CUPRA branding. What do you think?

New CUPRA corner at Pulman SEAT and CUPRA

 

New CUPRA corner at Pulman SEAT and CUPRA after refurbishment

 

Monday 1st July: The finishing touches have now been added to the exterior & interior of the SEAT & CUPRA showroom, it looks fantastic! Next up is the CUPRA corner to be finished! Keep an eye out for updates!

New SEAT and CUPRA sign at Pulman after the refurbishment

 

New customer waiting area at Pulman SEAT and CUPRA after refurbishment

 

New Pulman SEAT and Pulman SEAT and CUPRA

 

New SEAT and CUPRA signs and flags at Pulman after refurbishment

 

Thursday 27th June: The new Pulman SEAT sign is currently being placed & all of our new furniture has been delivered! What do you think? We think it looks FANTASTIC! 

New Pulman SEAT sign during refurb

 

New Pulman SEAT and CUPRA furniture

 

New Pulman SEAT and CUPRA furniture

 

New Pulman SEAT and CUPRA furniture

 

New Pulman SEAT and CUPRA furniture

 

Monday 24th June: Not long to go now! The second half of the showroom is nearly complete with the new tiles and flooring, the look will soon be complete with new furniture!

Flooring nearly complete with phase 2 for the Pulman SEAT and CUPRA refurb!

 

Tuesday 18th June: The plastic covering of the new Pulman SEAT and CUPRA totem has been taken off and boy does our new signage stand out! 

New SEAT and CUPRA sign at Pulman SEAT in Sunderland

 

Monday 17th June: The new signage has now landed at Pulman SEAT & is currently being installed into the ground & on the side of the newly painted building!

New SEAT and CUPRA sign being installed during the Pulman SEAT refurbishment

 

New CUPRA sign at Pulman SEAT in Sunderland

 

Saturday 15th June: For now the grey tiling has been covered to protect it from the equipment we are using for the rest of tile placement & painting!

Part of the Pulman SEAT showroom refurbishment in Sunderland

 

Friday 14th June: The grey tiling is being set in the new showroom which is where one of our new cars will feature…but which one?

New grey titling placed to showcase Pulman SEAT new cars

 

Monday 10th June: The future is bright, the future is orange! Alex’s office (General Sales Manager) has been given a lick of bright orange paint, whilst his new computer is being set up! 

The skim coat is also being applied in the showroom to evenly level out the floor ready for the new tiles! 

new office at Pulman SEAT

 

Skim coat flooring in showroom for phase 2 of Pulman SEAT refurb

 

Floor levelling out in Pulman SEAT during the refurbishment

 

Friday 7th June: The exterior of the showroom is looking very sleek! Just need to place the new signage up before the white areas can be painted grey!

Exterior paint nearly complete at Pulman SEAT

 

New exterior colour at Pulman SEAT

 

Tuesday 4th June: Phase 2 has begun in the other half of the showroom! To access the temporary sales area, you need to go through the service reception! The exterior painting is nearly complete, the colour looks fantastic! 

Phase 2 of the Pulman SEAT refurbishment has now started

 

Exterior painting during Pulman SEAT refurbishment

 

Monday 3rd June: Over the weekend the service reception moved back to its original location at the top end of the building! Phase 2 in the main showroom has now begun so the sales team are now based in the half of the showroom which has been shut to the public over the past 5 weeks! Don’t worry there is signage and staff who will guide you to the correct area! 

New service area at Pulman SEAT

 

Phase 2 of the Pulman SEAT refurbishment  - sales team now moved to other half of the showroom

 

Friday 31st May: Phase 1 is nearly complete! It’s looking fantastic! Soon the rooms will reverse & the current showroom open to the public will be the area cornered off!

Phase 1 of the Pulman SEAT refurbishment is nearly complete

 

Phase 1 of the Pulman SEAT refurbishment is nearly complete

 

Thursday 30th May: The painting has begun on the outside of the building! We are going from light to dark! 

New painting has begun outside of Pulman SEAT

 

Tuesday 28th May: The new waiting area is coming along nicely with dark flooring! The tiling and the glass safety barriers are nearly complete in the service area too! 

New waiting area flooring at Pulman SEAT

 

New service area safety barriers at Pulman SEAT

 

New tiles in the service area at Pulman SEAT

 

Thursday 23rd May: The glass is now in the safety barrier where the service waiting is going to be and now work has begun on placing a glass balustrade up to the service reception! New bright lighting has started be installed in the ceilings too!

New glass safety barrier at Pulman SEAT

 

Safety barrier leading to Pulman SEAT service is going up!

 

New bright lighting in the roof at Pulman SEAT

 

Tuesday 21st May: The new railings have started to be placed, which will include glass, so it’s going to look very sleek! Plus the old refreshment area looks unrecognisable; this is going to be the new accessories display area in the new showroom! 

new railings at Pulman SEAT

 

New railings awaiting the new glass at Pulman SEAT

 

The old waiting area at Pulman SEAT

 

Monday 20th May: Work has begun on redecorating the toilet area with new tiling and a fresh lick of paint!

Pulman SEAT refurbishment in the toilets

 

Friday 17th May: The netting has been put up to protect the workshop while the new roof is being installed. Our service reception is still located in the main showroom with Melissa protecting herself from the glorious sunshine today!

Netting in place at Pulman SEAT for the new roof

 

Pulman SEAT Service Reception in the main showroom for the refurbishment

 

Thursday 16th May: The tiling continues in the half of the showroom which is currently closed from the public as well as installation of the floor plug and covers.

New tiling in Pulman SEAT during the refurbishment

 

New floor plugs and covers installed at Pulman SEAT

 

Monday 13th May: Out with the old and in with the new! The original SEAT sign is now dismantled making way for the new signage! The flooring at the service area has also had a skim coat to strengthen &  level out the flooring! 

SEAT Original signage down at Pulman

 

Service area at Pulman SEAT Refurb

 

Saturday 11th May: The workmen are still working hard at the weekend continuing with the placement of the new white tiles! What a lovely sunny day too!

More tiles down at Pulman SEAT refurb

 

Friday 10th May: The Senior Management team visited Pulman SEAT to have a catch-up meeting with the Project Manager & Builders on-site! Everything is going as planned!

Senior Management Meeting at Pulam SEAT refurb

 

Thursday 9th May: The new tiles are starting to be placed in the first cut-off section of the showroom! Nice bright white tiles are coming to your new Pulman SEAT & CUPRA showroom! 

New white tiles being placed in Pulman SEAT

 

Friday 3rd May: The roof has started to come down and trenches have been dug to make way for the media cables for the CUPRA corner!

CUPRA Corner roof coming down

 

Trenches ready for cables

 

Monday 29th April: The famous barriers which have been here since we opened have now been taken down and will be replaced with glass. The café area is also being knocked down and moved to the new hospitality area! Plus today the service reception and waiting area has been moved to the main showroom.

Goodbye famous Pulman SEAT barriers!

 

Hospitality area on the move

 

Saturday 27th April: We’ve started to take out all of our showroom cars as the showroom is going to be split in half over the 9 week project!

Pulman SEAT showroom being emptied

Stay Connected When Driving With Smartphone Connectivity…

Stay Connected When Driving With Smartphone Connectivity…

With many new cars now offering smartphone connectivity such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirrorlink, our latest blog explains everything you need to know about smartphone integration!

When browsing a new car brochure specification, you may look at all of the features and come across terms such as smartphone integration, smartphone connectivity, SmartLink, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto or Mirrorlink. If you’ve ever wondered what these terms mean, they basically mean you can mirror your smartphone screen onto your car’s infotainment system and operate certain apps and functions from the screen, which you would usually use on your smartphone.  

Some of the functions which usually work with smartphone connectivity are music apps, sat nav and some messenger platforms as well as SMS and phone calls. By accessing the applications from your car’s screen, it provides both safety and stops you from breaking the law whilst driving!

Apple CarPlay

To use the smartphone connectivity with your car all you have to do is connect your phone with the USB cable which will be provided in your car. There are a few ways you can use the smartphone connectivity in your car. You can use voice control to access the apps you would like to use, calls you would like to make, or messages you would like to send. If your car has a touchscreen, the apps can be accessed by pressing the large app icons on the screen. Another option to using this function is by using the steering wheel/dashboard mounted controls (if your car comes with this), to select certain apps and features.

Sat Nav on smartphone integration

It should be noted that Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirrorlink aren’t readily available on all new cars but they are becoming more and more popular, so in time we believe this specification will be the norm! 

Android Auto

If you already have smartphone integration on your car but unsure on how to use it, did you know at Pulman we offer GoDigital seminars! During these sessions we will show you how to set up and use all of the technology features on your car as well as helping you connect your smartphone!

GoDigital car seminars at Pulman group

Book your GoDigital appointment here

If you’d like to find out more about smartphone connectivity with your car, contact your closest branch today and our friendly advisors will be more than happy to help.

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Myths Of E-Mobility Debunked!

Myths Of E-Mobility Debunked!

Electric cars are soon to be around us in everyday life, however there are many misconceptions which people associate with electric cars! In this article we will debunk the most common myths…

“Electric cars are too expensive, I’d never be able to afford one!”

As electric cars will be the norm in a few years, they are becoming more affordable with one of the main factors being that the cost of a battery has fallen by around 80% in the last 10 years! Also the running costs of an electric car are cheaper in the long run as electricity costs a lot less than petrol and diesel. There’s less tax to pay and service and maintenance jobs are around a third of the cost of conventional cars. On top of this, some electric cars are eligible for a government grant! 

“It takes too long to charge my car”

As the electric car industry keeps on developing, there are now high-power charging stations which can charge your car battery to 80% power in just 30 minutes! However around 70% of charging processes will occur at home or at work (if charging points are available) so it’s highly unlikely you’ll need to do a full charge, but if you do need a little charge, a quick stop at a service station for a bite to eat will pass the time. There are also apps available which highlight the nearest charging stations along with the plug sockets available at these points.

“There aren’t enough charging stations available!”

According to a report from data company, Emu Analytics, there are currently around 16,500 charging points across the UK which is set to keep growing! Plus, supermarket giants, Tesco, are already onboard with around 2,400 charging stations across 600 locations in the UK! As mentioned above most of the charging will take place at your home or place of work so charging whilst on the road is mostly unnecessary.

“I can only travel short distances before having to charge again!”

The myth of short driving ranges which come with electric cars is a thing of the past! The latest electric cars can offer ranges of up to 342 miles and the availability of charging points and stations is (and will continue) to grow across the UK and Europe.

“If it’s electric, is it dangerous in mixed weather conditions and in the unfortunate event of a crash?”

As with the cars available on the road today, electric cars go through vigorous safety testing to ensure the high safety standards are met! For example, there are special safety systems used to build the car which instantly terminates the electricity flow from the battery in the unlikely event of a crash. Further to this, ADAC tests have shown far less risk of fire in comparison to combustion engines. The weather doesn’t cause an issue either as it’s completely safe to charge your car in the rain!

“Electric cars are dangerous to pedestrians”

From experience of past electric cars, they can be very quiet however once they reach speeds of 18mph and over the noise generated from the tyres can be heard. In addition to this, electric cars use comprehensive assistance and safety systems to meet the high safety standards required. To add to this, synthetic sounds will be mandatory for all electric cars from summer 2019.

 

These are just some of the common myths associated with E-Mobility and electric cars! If there’s something else you’d like to know, don’t be afraid to contact our friendly specialists!

Or call your closest retailer:

  • Pulman Volkswagen Durham: 0191 383 7509
  • Pulman Volkswagen Sunderland: 0191 537 5993
  • Pulman SEAT Sunderland: 0191 537 0015
  • Pulman SKODA Durham: 0191 383 7500

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