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!

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!

new volkswagen ID.3 at Frankfurt motor show 2019 New Volkswagen ID.3 in white at Frankfurt motor show 2019 New Volkswagen ID.3 revealed at Frankfurt motor show 2019 New Volkswagen ID.3 revealed at Frankfurt motor show 2019

New Volkswagen ID.3 1st edition at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019 New Volkswagen ID.3 1st edition at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019 new volkswagen ID.3 in white at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019 Rear view of the new Volkswagen ID.3 at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019 New Volkswagen ID.3 in grey at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019 New Volkswagen ID.3 1st edition at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019 in grey

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!

Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet roof down at the Frankfurt Motor Show Interior of the new Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet at the Frankfurt Motor Show The new Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet at the Frankfurt Motor Show New Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet with roof up at the Frankfurt Motor Show

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!

electric SKODA Citigoe iV at Frankfurt motor show 2019 new SKODA Citigoe iV at Frankfurt motor show 2019

new citigoe Iv at the Frankfurt Motor Show

New SUPERB iV & SUPERB Combi iV

new SKODA Superb at the Frankfurt Motor Show new SKODA Superb charging at the Frankfurt Motor Show New SKODA SUPERB Combi iV at Frankfurt Motor Show

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

new SKODA Kamiq Monte Carlo at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019 New SKODA kamiq monte carlo badge at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019 New wheels on the Monte Carlo SKODA Kamiq trim at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019 Interior of new SKODA kamiq Monte Carlo at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

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!

new CUPRA tavascan at Frankfurt motor show 2019 side shot of new CUPRA Tavascan at Frankfurt motor show 2019 new CUPRA Tavascan at Frankfurt motor show 2019

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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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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