North East Ambulance Service adds ŠKODA to their Clinical Care Fleet.

North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) new SKODA Kodiaq Fleet

The North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) add twelve brand new ŠKODA Kodiaq cars to their Clinical Care Management team, helping to provide emergency help and care to those who need it across the region.

The Clinical Care Management team are the first line management who attend major incidents and senior road traffic accidents. Using the JESIP five principles, the Clinical Care Manager when arriving at a major scene, will co-ordinate with other operational commanders as soon as possible to identify priorities, resources and capabilities for an effective response.

North East Ambulance (NEAS) collect their new SKODA Kodiaq cars

Pictured left to right: Paul Smith (NEAS Clinical Care Manager), Simon Rayner (Pulman ŠKODA Business Development Manager), David Parkin (NEAS Fleet Operations Manager)

Paul Smith (Clinical Care Manager for NEAS, pictured) comments: “Being able to easily identify the vehicle when on the roads or at a scene was one of the main factors to the new design. The cars used previously were predominately white, as you can see the signage on the new cars are much more vibrant and noticeable. Reflector stickers cover the majority of the car and the Kodiaq being an SUV sits higher on the roads.”

Converted North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) SKODA Kodiaq

Photos showing featured conversions, reflector lights, LED lights and converted boot.

LED lights have been fitted around the front, top, sides and even on the number plate at the back, again for that maximum visibility externally. LED lights are also on the inside all designed to help with speed and efficiency when using the car at the scene.

The boot has been moved forward so that all members of staff can easily reach in and take the equipment needed quickly. A specially designed compartment was also installed. With non-stick material used for the top to utilise this space without anything sliding. However, a non-stick surface was used for the compartment’s underneath, to ensure that equipment bags can be easily lifted and slide out. This level of detail continues throughout the Kodiaq to ensure a fast and efficient approach at any incident. All the conversion was completed by O&H Vehicles Conversions.

David Parkin (Fleet Operations Manager for NEAS, pictured), also comments: “Before choosing the ŠKODA Kodiaq we tested it vigorously at our driving school. Testing the handling, power, blue lights and functionality. These cars will be used 24/7 and will likely be doing up to 50k miles every 12 months so it’s important we tested them beforehand. These new cars will be a great addition to our fleet.“

The newly converted ŠKODA Kodiaqs were provided by local ŠKODA retailer Pulman ŠKODA, a family run business based in County Durham. Simon Rayner (Pulman ŠKODA Business Development Manager, pictured) comments: “We are proud to be supplying the North East Ambulance Service and the Clinical Care Management team their new cars. When seeing the newly converted Kodiaqs I was astounded at the level of detail in the design, to ensure maximum efficiency for the service providers at the scene of an accident. What they do is truly amazing.”

To find out more and to book your test drive in the all-new SKODA Kodiaq, click here or visit our showroom in Belmont Industrial Estate, Durham, DH1 1HP.

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SEAT Tarraco

SEAT are experts when it comes to SUVs but they’ve not had a large model in their range….until now. Please welcome the SEAT Tarraco. It will sit above the Ateca and Arona to complete the brand’s SUV line-up.

Four different trim levels are available, although there will be a range of First Edition models which will be available for a short time. More about that shortly.

The range and their prices for the entry-level 1.5 TSI Evo engine, will comprise…..

SE                                     £28,320

SE Technology          £29,330

XCELLENCE              £30,410

XCELLENCE LUX      £32,135

SEAT Tarraco SEAT Tarraco

Every SEAT Tarraco comes with seven seats, metallic paint, 17” Alloys, DAB, air conditioning.

SE Technology adds satellite navigation, dark tinted windows and 18” Alloy wheels.

XCELLENCE adds wireless charger, ACC, rear view camera, electric tailgate, 19” Alloy wheels and Alcantara upholstery.

At the top of the range, XCELLENCE LUX adds a clever top view camera, 20” Alloy wheels, leather upholstery and a winter pack.

In terms of engine and transmission choice, the line-up includes two petrol engines…. 1.5 TSI 150 PS and 2.0 TSI 190 PS. The larger petrol engine has an automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive as standard.  There is also a pair of 2.0 litre diesel engines which develop different amounts of power. There’s a 2.0 TDI 150 PS which is also available with auto transmission and AWD, and a 2.0 TDI 190 PS with auto and AWD as standard. All engines benefit from direct injection, turbocharging and stop-start technology.

Inside SEAT Tarraco

As for the limited edition First Edition models…the range consists of….

SE Technology First Edition with a 1.5 TSI Evo 150PS engine (£30,475) which adds a rear view camera, safe driving pack, wireless phone charger and dark tinted windows.

XCELLENCE First Edition, with a choice of either a petrol 1.5 TSI Evo 150PS engine (£33,260) or a 2.0 TDI NR 150PS unit (£34,745) adds 20” Alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, winter pack and safe driving pack.

The top of the range XCELLENCE First Edition Plus also has a choice of engines…2.0 TSI NR DSG-auto 4Drive 190PS (£38,020) and 2.0 TDI NR DSG-auto 4Drive 190PS (£39,505).  This level of trim adds a Beats audio system and electrically powered driver’s seat.

In terms of colours, you can choose from Dark Camouflage, Oryx White, Reflex Silver, Atlantic Blue, Indium Grey, Urano Grey and Deep Black.

Will it fit in your garage? The SEAT Tarraco is 4735mm long, 1658mm high and 1839mm wide.

And how much can you carry? Well, if you flop the second and third row seats into the floor, you’ll end up with a massive 1775 litres load area. Climb in and go for a walk.

If you fold the just the third row, you’ll still have five seats in place and a large 700 litres of space, while if you keep both the second AND third rows in place, you will still have 230 litres of baggage space. 

If you need a family holdall, the SEAT Tarraco should be right up your street.

For more information on the new 7-seater SUV from SEAT – visit

103.4 SunFM & Pulman Volkswagen partnership still “Rocing” with the new T-Roc

103.4 SunFM pick up the new Volkswagen T-Roc

You will not miss the new 103.4 SunFM official station car, the Volkswagen T-Roc from Pulman Volkswagen, Newcastle Road, Sunderland with its new jazzy design perfect for Sunderland showcasing the core red and white colours.

For the second year in a row 103.4 SunFM have chosen the Volkswagen T-Roc from Pulman. This year 103.4 SunFM upgraded to the T-Roc SEL trim which includes the full suite of Car-Net services, including connectivity for smartphones to the car via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Creating the ultimate handsfree experience when making a call, answering texts, playing music or asking for directions when the SunFM team are out and about.

The SEL trim also comes with 18” alloy wheels and LED headlights, helping it stand out from the crowd. The Active Info Display and 8” colour touchscreen Discover navigation system ensures that the premium feeling is also continued on the inside.

New 103.4 SunFM Volkswagen T-Roc from Pulman

(Volkswagen T-Roc SEL)

Chris Slater, Head of Business at Pulman Volkswagen commented: “It’s fantastic to team up with 103.4 SunFM for the eigth year in the row. We are so pleased that SunFM enjoyed the T-Roc last year and have chosen to continue with the Crossover SUV for the 2019 station car. It is a fantastic car and proved very popular within the Sunderland area since it launched last year.

Pulman Group is a family business and we’re also passionate about supporting the local area and community which makes us very proud that 103.4 SunFM once again chose to partner with us.”

103.4 SunFM

(Volkswagen T-Roc SEL)

Volkswagen expanded the SUV range last year with the introduction of the Volkswagen T-Roc and the Tiguan Allspace (7-seater), to join the existing Tiguan and Touareg SUV model range. This year will see the launch of the smallest Crossover SUV yet, the T-Cross. Volkswagen will also reveal the new T-Roc R trim at the Geneva Motor show in March.

Breakfast show hosts Simon Grundy and Lauren McLeish picked up the T-Roc from Pulman Volkswagen in Sunderland. Simon Grundy, Content Director and Breakfast Presenter comments: “It’s exciting to get the latest model from Pulman VW with all the latest tech. It looks amazing too. We’re also really pleased to be in partnership with a local, family owned business, because their values are very similar to ours. Both organisations are passionate about serving the local community, and we’re proud to shout about it with this brand new joint branded vehicle at all the events we host and attend over the next 12 months.”

103.4 SunFM pick up the new Volkswagen T-Roc

(From left to right – Lauren McLeish and Simon Grundy 103.4 SunFM Breakfast Presenters)

The unveiling of the new station car was made even more exciting as it showcased the fantastic new station identity. Sporting the true Sunderland colours of red and white, with the new 103.4 SunFM logo, it certainly stands out on the roads. The T-Roc was wrapped by Premier Graphics in Durham. Take a look at the unveiling video filmed by Social Co.

Debbie Bowman, Commercial Director of SunFM Radio said, “we are delighted to continue our partnership with Pulman Group into 2019 and are very much looking forward to taking the newly branded T-Roc out on the road throughout the year to the many events we attend in our community. Thank you to all at Pulman Group for your continued support.”

The new Volkswagen T-Roc is available to test drive from Pulman Volkswagen Durham and Sunderland, for more information visit

Watch the behind the scenes video – Click Here

To listen to 103.4 SunFM – Click Here

60 Years of the SKODA Octavia

Ever since the automotive industry’s pioneering days, SKODA has been streets ahead – turning out cutting edge technologies and innovations. SKODA have always been passionate about people-moving technology, from bikes to cars they . Let’s take a trip down memory lane by looking at the SKODA Octavia…

This year we are celebrating  60 years since the production of the SKODA Octavia was launched! In January 1959, the first of this legendary model series rolled off the production line at the Mladá Boleslav plant. It was the brand’s eighth model after the Second World War and also the eighth SKODA model with the state-of-the-art independent suspension, which the manufacturer introduced in 1933

The Original 

The first two-door version of the SKODA Octavia left the main plant in Mlada Boleslav in January 1959. The top speed was 110km/h; the average consumption was 7.7 litres of petrol per 100 kilometres. 

The attractive, flowing body design was just as impressive as its driving characteristics. Technical innovations, including the from axle with coil springs and torsion bar stabiliser, gave the Octavia a high degree of ride comfort andeasy handling. The introduction of asymmetric headlamps during 1959 increased its saftey. 

SKODA presented a more powerful variant in 1959 with the Octavia Super, featuring a 1.2 litre engine and a peak output of 33kW. Demand for the Octavia model range rose sharply at home and abroad. 

Octavia Interior Original


The Rally Champion 

On 10 March 1960, the sporty ŠKODA OCTAVIA Touring Sport (TS) was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, which boasted an engine output of 37kW (50hp). ŠKODA applied to the World Automobile Federation (FIA) for homologation of the TS for racing and rallying in the class of unmodified road vehicles –  paving the way for the 130km/h two-door model in motor sport. The OCTAVIA TS scored a hat-trick at the famous Monte Carlo Rally, with victories in1961,1962 and 1963.

Rally Octavia


ŠKODA presented the OCTAVIA COMBI in Brno on 11 September 1960, featuring a two-piece, horizontally split tailgate. Despite its compact exterior dimensions, the vehicle comfortably seated five and provided 690 litres of boot space with a loading length of 0.965 metres. After folding down the rear backrests, the luggage compartment capacity increased to up to 1,050 litres.

The two-door saloon was built until 1964; the last one – a grey OCTAVIA Super – rolled off the Mladá Boleslav production line on 11 April. The all-new ŠKODA 1000/1100 MB with a self-supporting body and rear engine would soon step up as its direct successor. The last OCTAVIA estate model left the Kvasiny line on 21 December 1971. Between 1959 and 1971, a total of 360,000 ŠKODA OCTAVIAs were produced, including more than 54,000 estate versions.

Combi Octavia

The Modern era – Part One 

In 1992 – soon after ŠKODA joined forces with Volkswagen Group – work started on developing a completely new model based on the legendary type designation. On a modern technical platform, former Chief Designer Dirk van Braeckel and his team created a body with an unmistakable design.

The OCTAVIA saloon debuted on 4 April 1996 and immediately gained international acclaim with a high level of active and passive safety. It also benefited from a boot volume of 528 to 1,328 litres. The OCTAVIA COMBI, which was even more spacious and especially successful on the European markets, was added to the range in March 1998; the first four-wheel-drive version was launched in 1999. More than 470,000 estates of the first generation OCTAVIA had been built by November 2010.

Modern Octavia

The Modern era – Part Two 

This success was topped by the second generation ŠKODA OCTAVIA, which was built from 2004 to 2013 with 1.6 million saloons and 900,000 estates sold. The second-generation model boasted many technical innovations, including petrol engines with direct injection and direct-shift gearbox (DSG).

Today, the third OCTAVIA generation forms the backbone of ŠKODA’s model range. It has been in production since November 2012 and was fully updated in February 2017. More than 2.5 million customers have already bought the third generation model.

Modern 2 Octavia


Volkswagen e-Golf Available To Test Drive At Pulman

We are ready to redefine the future of driving! From the exhilarating e-Golf to the city proof e-up!, Volkswagen electric cars combine the best features of our iconic models and zero emissions engines. We have some exciting electric vehicle news here at Pulman Volkswagen… did you know that the new e-Golf is now on site – ready for you to take on a test drive! 

e-Golf in Sunderland

So what’s the new e-Golf like? The first generation of electric Golf looks like a Golf, drives like a Golf but it doesn’t sound like a Golf. Despite the silent engine, the electric motor doesn’t compromise on performance.

There’s a range of options available when it comes to charging your e-Golf so you won’t need to worry about that! A comprehensive network of public charging stations is now in use nationwide. PLUS, its never been simpler to install your own charger at home. Worried about how long it takes to charge your e-Golf? You can charge the battery up to 80% in just 45 minutes to get you back on the road sooner! 

The e-Golf also has an impressive range and the simple-to use driving settings allow you to optimise energy efficiency or, if you prefer, maximise the power of the car. With its sleek and aerodynamic design it certainly makes an impression. From the blue highlights adorning the lights to the contoured front bumper – everything about the e-Golf will turn heads. And inside is no different, it sports plush seating for comfortable journeys and innovative infotainment options to enhance the driving pleasure. 

interior e-Golf

Want to see for yourself? We have four Volkswagen e-Golf demonstrators on site ready to hit the road! Why not come down during our Golf event and save an extra £500 off RRP on top of existing offers towards your finance. 

Volkswagen Golf Deals: The Volkswagen Golf Event NOW on at Pulman Volkswagen!

The Volkswagen Golf Event is now on! At Pulman Volkswagen, located in Sunderland and Durham, the Golf Event means you can get a fantastic £1,500 deposit at 3.6% Representative APR contribution AND a huge £500 saving off RRP!

The Volkswagen Golf is cool, and like every Volkswagen on the road, it is characterised by high-quality equipment and customisation options. So, we already know it is THE car that all other family hatchbacks are measured against – but what does Graham, our Pulman reviewer think of the Golf?

It’s packed with safety, style and technology and comes in 6 trim levels. Starting with the S, followed by the Match, then there is the GT trim, R Line, and GTI. PLUS there’s the Golf Estate, the Golf SV and the exciting new e-Golf.

I’m sure you will have heard about the e-Golf – but what is all the electric vehicle fuss about? With eye-catching design and class-leading equipment it’s hard not to be excited about the newest member of the Golf family. The electric motor certainly doesn’t compromise on performance, plus it has an impressive range and simple to use driving profile settings to allow you to optimise energy efficiency. The engine reaches maximum torque in no time and there is already a comprehensive network of public charging stations nationwide. Are you ready to join the electric revolution? Click here.  

What is our favourite Golf trim? Well, the Golf Match is the best compromise of value and equipment! You get satellite navigation, air conditioning, front and rear parking sensors, fabulous looking alloys, tinted glass, front fog lights, stop-start technology and DAB radio.

The Volkswagen Golf Event is on at Pulman Volkswagen between the 1st and 17th of February 2019. You get a fantastic £500 saving off RRP, £1,500 Deposit Contribution at only 3.6% APR Representative. Book your test drove today at Pulman Volkswagen Sunderland (Newcastle Road, SR5 1QE) Or Pulman Volkswagen Durham (Abbey Road, DH1 5HA). Want to know more about our Golf offers? Click here.

Volkswagen, SEAT and SKODA Drive into 2019 as WhatCar? Winners

It’s that time of year again, it’s What Car? Award season! There’s no bigger prize than a win at the annual What Car? Car of the Year Awards. This year we are incredibly proud to announce that we have won a whole host of awards! Let’s see who scooped first prize…


The SKODA winning streak has continued as we drive into 2019 with two WhatCar? category wins and four price point victories – that’s an impressive six accolades! The SKODA Octavia was crowned ‘Family Car of the Year’ and the SKODA Superb was awarded ‘Estate Car of the Year’ for the fourth year in a row. Last, but not least, the Superb, Karoq, Citigo and Fabia also went on to win a price point award!

Here’s what Ian Jarvis, SKODA Sales Manager had to say:

“Winning a What Car? Car of the Year Award is the biggest accolade a car and car maker can get. SKODA cars are dynamic, interesting and simply clever – coupled with the Pulman fantastic customer experience, owning a SKODA just got even better!


SKODA was not the only winner on the night. Two SEAT models have also claimed top category honours in the What Car? Awards 2019. The CUPRA Ateca won sports SUV of the year and the SEAT Arona won small SUV of the year (for the second consecutive year) at the What Car? Awards in London.

Alex Paget, SEAT site manager, said

“To be recognised by industry experts for our SUV models is fantastic, we are incredibly proud that SEAT and CUPRA were crowned winners at the 2019 WhatCar? Awards. We knew that the CUPRA Ateca was going to be a spectacular car, but when it was delivered to site we couldn’t wait to get it out on the road. The CUPRA Ateca is ready and waiting to hit the roads of Sunderland – why not pop along to Pulman SEAT for a test drive?”


Volkswagen might of been late to the pick-up party when it launched the Amarok in 2010, but it was worth the wait! This year the Amarock was crowned overall winner in the Pick-up of the Year category.

Here’s what Keith Ramshaw, our Volkswagen Sales Manager had to say:

The Volkswagen Amarock is a fantastic car, and my go-to demonstrator all year round. It truly is a truck you can use every day, from a weekend away, to a trip to the supermarket! Our SKODA showroom in Belmont Industrial Estate deals with all our used Commercial Vehicle stock – make sure you check out our website!

Pulman Group have four locations across Durham and Sunderland. Offering great deals on new Volkswagen, SEAT and SKODA cars along with a wide range of used cars. Want to know more? Click here.

Did you know that Volkswagen offer a fantastic range of accessories and merchandise? Perfect for gifts and presents?

Pulman VW Shop

When you walk into Pulman Volkswagen you would expect a range of approved used cars and selection of new Volkswagen cars to choose from. You are right of course! But Pulman like to do things a bit differently. At our Pulman Volkswagen Durham showroom, enjoy a nice cup of coffee, a hot meal at the Pulman Café, whilst browsing our fantastic range of accessories at our new Merchandise store.

From keyrings, pens and wallets to toy cars, Lego Volkswagen Beetles, clothing, shopping bags and much more! Do you know a Volkswagen enthusiast? A GTI fan? Or someone who just likes anything cars? Volkswagen with its fantastic heritage has a huge selection of merchandise available.

Take a look at some of the products displayed at Pulman Volkswagen:

GTI model car – £36.00
GTI Toy Car

GTI Thermal Flask – £29.00
GTI Flask

GTI Wallet – £25.00
GTI wallet

GTI Sledge – £72.00
GTI sledge

GTI Cap – £14.50

GTI mug – £12.00

Keyrings – from £4.00
VW Keyrings

Clothing – pricing on request
VW Top

Lego – £97.00
Lego Camper

Cuddly Toy – £18.00
VW Cuddly Toy

Money boxes – £22.00
VW Money box

Egg cups – £16.00
VW Egg cup

Shopping bags – £10.00
VW Shopping bag

Ride on cars – £78.00
VW Toy car

All put together by our fantastic Parts Manager Andy Foster. Andy began his career as a Valeter and is now the Pulman Group Parts Manager. Celebrating 20 years with Pulman Volkswagen Durham this year, a fantastic achievement. Even after 20 years, Andy is coming up with fresh ideas of how to enhance and deliver a fantastic customer experience.

Call in a visit Pulman Volkswagen Durham and Sunderland to learn more about the accessories and merchandise available.

Alternatively, you can download the brochures below:

Accessories brochure – Click Here

Merchandise brochure – Click Here – Call 0191 383 2999 to order and for more information.

The sportiest SUV yet: The Kodiaq vRS

We already know how brilliant, practical and spacious the SKODA Kodiaq is, but did you know that the Kodiaq has been upgraded with the legendary vRS badge? It comes with the same Simply Clever features and practicality but it also comes with the typical vRS strong performance and keen handling! 

Kodiaq vRS front

From the outside, the Kodiaq vRS is immediately set apart with the striking 20-inch alloy wheels, unique bumpers, red vRS badges and plenty of gloss black trim.  Inside you’ll see more of this sophisticated and aggressive look with lashings of carbon-effect trim, Alcantara sports bucket-style seats and sports pedals. 

Kodiaq vRS

And it doesn’t end there! As soon as you hop inside you can’t help but notice SKODA’s touchscreen infotainment system. It’s large, it’s colourful and responsive – and what’s more inputting data is as easy as a swipe. a punch or a pinch. The Kodiaq vRS also comes kitted out with DAB radio, Virtual Cockpit instrument display, Bluetooth, USB connections are all included as standard as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to mirror your smartphone. 

Inside Kodiaq vRS

Not sure how to use Apple CarPlay? Check out our blog here 

The Kodiaq vRS is now available to test drive at Pulman SKODA! You can book your test drive here! Our showroom is located in Belmont Industrial Estate, Durham, DH1 1HP 



Inside the NEW Volkswagen e-Golf

We already know that the Volkswagen e-Golf is here to revolutionise the way we conquer the city streets. It has an electric motor that doesn’t compromise on performance, a range of charging options and a seriously impressive range, but what about the infotainment, driver assistance and equipment? How does the inside of the e-Golf measure up to the Volkswagen exceptional standard of vehicle? 

 It will be no surprise that the e-Golf is jam-packed with class-leading options that have always been staples of Volkswagen cars.  With Discover Navigation, finding your way around the infotainment options is quick and easy. Using this feature you can access all your favourite apps via voice or gesture.

On top of this Car-Net redefines in-car connectivity. Want to listen to Spotify? No problem! How about send or receive a message safely? The e-Golf has you covered. Car-Net helps you do all this with a wide range of helpful services including MirrorLink – the ability to connect your phone enabled apps to your dashboard. 

And it doesn’t stop there – the intelligent driver assistance systems in the e-Golf provide comfort and peace of mind! The main goal of each feature is to help you avoid difficult situations, but even if you find yourself in an awkward spot the e-Golf is always ready to help. Lets take a look at a few systems…

The standard adaptive cruise control helps you adjust your speed depending on the vehicles around you. Front assist includes emergency breaking assist as well as pedestrian monitoring – just in case someone unexpectedly steps out in front of you. 

The optional Traffic Jam Assist feature monitors other vehicles around you to help prevent collisions when you are in a traffic jam. Emergency assist meanwhile can detect when the driver is no longer in control of the vehicle and takes semi-automatic control. 

The optional Park Assist helps take the stress out of parallel parking. Not only will the feature help you find a space, it will also use ultrasound sensors to tell you whether your e-Golf can fit into your chosen spot. 

The optional Blind Spot Sensor warns you if there’s a car travelling in your blind spot to provide extra peace of mind. It also tells you if a car is approaching as you reverse out of a parking space.  

Want to know more about the e-Golf? Check out our website here or our latest e-Golf blog post here. We have the e-Golf in our showroom ready for you to take out for a spin on the streets of Durham and Sunderland. See you soon!