10 Reasons To Visit Pulman For Your Next Service

10 Reasons To Visit Pulman For Your Next Service

Here at Pulman we offer servicing to both new and returning customers across Durham, Sunderland and the rest of the North East! But why choose Pulman over all of the other retailers? We’ve gathered our top 10 reasons in our latest post…

Reason 1 to service your car at Pulman: Fully Trained Technicians

Reason 1: All of our technicians are factory trained vehicle technicians, so you can relax knowing your car is receiving the best expertise and care! Plus, our fully trained technicians only use authorised manufacturer parts, so you can rest assured your car is being maintained with the quality materials it was originally built with.

Reason 2 to service your car at Pulman: Price Match Guarantee

Reason 2: At Pulman we price match any genuine like-for-like quote within a 5 mile radius of our Sunderland and Durham service retailers. To qualify for this, a written quotation needs to be provided.

Reason 3 to service your car at Pulman: Manufacturer Parts Guarantee

Reason 3: For parts fitted after the manufacturer warranty has expired, we offer a 2-year parts and labour warranty (Volkswagen, SEAT & SKODA).

Reason 4 to service your car at Pulman: Collection & Delivery

Reason 4: We know how sometimes it can be difficult to arrange a convenient time for you to bring your car in for a service! Which is why we offer a free collection and delivery service of your car within 20 miles from our service retailers whether this be from your home or place of work!

Reason 5 to service your car at Pulman: Complimentary Courtesy Car

Reason 5: We understand how some people need a car 7 days a week so while your car is in for a service we offer a complimentary courtesy car! However, if you do require this service it needs to be booked in advance and is subject to availability!

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Reason 6 to service your car at Pulman: Complimentary Wash & Vac

Reason 6: There’s nothing better than collecting your car after a service and it looking as good as new gleaming in the sunshine! That’s why at Pulman after every service we offer a complimentary wash and vac!

Reason 7 to service your car at Pulman: Complimentary Health Check

Reason 7: With every car we service we offer a free express visual health check of the car’s components. Plus, it is our duty of care to check your car’s key safety features while our fully trained technicians are servicing your car! However, we won’t carry out any work which may be flagged in the vehicle health check without your permission.

Reason 8 to service your car at Pulman: Unlimited Wi-Fi Connection

Reason 8: We know that some customers would prefer to wait at our service retailers whilst their car is being serviced, that is why we offer an unlimited Wi-Fi hotspot area. So, if you’ve had to take time out of work to bring your car in for a service, you can rest assured you’ll not fall behind on your emails!

Reason 9 to service your car at Pulman: Complimentary Refreshments

Reason 9: At each retailer we offer complimentary refreshments including coffee, tea and herbal teas, water and a range of biscuits. Plus, if you book in for a service at Pulman Volkswagen Durham or Pulman SKODA you can dine at our delicious Café Dafté which offers a range of daily fresh dishes, sandwiches, paninis and jacket potatoes!

Reason 10 to service your car at Pulman: Family-run Business

Reason 10: Last but certainly not least we are a family-run business, so we understand the importance of caring for your car whilst delivering a fantastic quality service!

If our top 10 reasons have tempted you, book your service with Pulman today! Simply click on the links below:

Or call your closest retailer:

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

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Pulman Sponsor Durham County Golf Union Seniors For The Third Year Running

Durham County Golf Union Seniors outside of their sponsor, Pulman Group.

Pulman are proud to sponsor the Durham County Golf Union Seniors Team for the third year running! Find out more about the new recruits and the season for 2019 for the seniors in our latest blog…

This year has seen 3 new recruits join the seniors golf team which is fantastic news for the club! To find out a little bit more about the new recruits we have gathered some interesting facts about their golfing history and why they have chosen to join Durham County Golf Union Seniors!

David Moralee

A member of Heworth Golf Club, former County match play champion, David has played golf for 50 years! Last year he thoroughly enjoyed competing in the Seniors Championship which is why he has joined Durham Seniors and is looking forward to meeting up with and playing against old county colleagues.

David Moralee new recruit for Durham County Golf Union Seniors team

Ian Hendry

Ian has been a member of Seaton Carew Golf Club since 1986 but has played serious golf since 1996 when other sports took a back seat. Ian is looking to extend his competitive playing career and is looking forward to play on other courses as well as meeting new players who he hasn’t met before!

Ian Hendry, new recruit for Durham County Golf Union Seniors team

Mark Wardle

Mark started to play golf at a very young age of 10 and caught the addiction bug at 13 until he was 21! He resumed at the age of 42 and is a member of South Shields Golf Club. Mark recently retired and feels he now has the time to give the commitment required to the County team and is looking forward to enjoying a high standard of golf as well as the team support with playing team golf.

Mark Wardle new recruit for Durham County Golf Union Seniors team

 

While the Durham Seniors dropped by our Sunderland Volkswagen site for their 2019 team photo we caught up with Keith McAllister, Captain of the team. He explained that this season consists of 5 county matches against Northumberland, Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire and Yorkshire (3 home and 2 away matches) followed by the qualifying Championship match at the beginning of September. At the final match, also known as the BIG 6, the top 6 players are selected to play and will go to the national finals. There’s some exciting matches ahead for the team!

Durham County Golf Union Seniors team photo at Pulman Volkswagen

 

If you want to keep up with the latest fixtures and results from the Durham County Golf Union Seniors, click here and we wish the Durham Seniors a successful season! 

Approved Used SKODA Fabia Event

SKODA Fabia Approved Used Car Event

From the 1st to 30th April Pulman SKODA are offering fantastic offers across the used Fabia range, find out more in our blog…

Drive away in a stylish SKODA Fabia from Pulman SKODA this April and receive the following:

  • £500 Deposit Contribution with SKODA finance
  • 2 Years’ Free Servicing with SKODA Finance
  • 5% APR Representative

Plus receive the following Approved Used Benefits:

  • Up to 2 Years’ Warranty
  • Up to 2 Years’ Roadside Assistance
  • Free MOT Test

We currently have used SKODA Fabia SE, SE L and Monte Carlo trims in stock. Take a look at some of the available cars below*:

SE

This 65 reg Fabia SE comes with Bluetooth, 6.5” Touchscreen, DAB Digital Radio & Front Assistant Collision Mitigation, keeping you safe and entertained throughout your journey. View the full advert here.

Used SKODA Fabia SE

SE L

Keep your passengers entertained in this 65 Reg SKODA Fabia SE L with Bolero radio with telephone control, Mirror Link, USB and SD card, Bluetooth, DAB Digital Radio and much more! Read the full SKODA Fabia SE L specification here.

Used SKODA Fabia SE L

Monte Carlo

Super sporty this used Fabia Monte Carlo offers Panoramic Sunroof, Sports Style Seats, Air Conditioning, 6.5” Touchscreen and much more. Click here to view this model!

Used SKODA Fabia Monte Carlo

If you’re interested in a used Fabia contact our SKODA team on 0191 383 7500 or visit our Pulman branch on Belmont Industrial Estate, Durham, DH1 1HP. Keep up-to-date with the latest Pulman SKODA news by following our social channels:

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Fabia Event Terms and Conditions: 
*Subject to availability: Car images used within the blog are available at time of blog post publication (10/4/19) and may no longer be available.

With a Solutions Personal Contract Plan. 18s+. Subject to availability and status. T&Cs apply.*Offer available on Approved Used FABIA registered after 01 March 2015 when purchased before 30 April 2019. Indemnities may be required. Offers are not available in conjunction with any other offer and may be varied or withdrawn at any time. Accurate at time of publication. Freepost ŠKODA Financial Services.^ Covers next two consecutive services, limited to one minor and one major service. #24 months approved used warranty & roadside assistance only available on vehicles 3-5 years old, under 72,000 miles when purchasing on a Solutions Personal Contract Plan until 30/06/19.⁺Subject to eligibility. Five day drive away insurance cannot be used in conjunction with any other insurance offer. ŠKODA Car Insurance is underwritten by U K Insurance Limited. Please note only the cost of the test is covered by the free MOT test offer. Any parts and labour costs required to bring the car up to standard will be an additional cost to be borne by the customer.

What It’s Like Working Behind The Scenes At The Pulman Car Reviews

Working behind the scenes at the car reviews with Pulman Group

Speaking to family and friends about the recent car reviews we have been involved in, a lot of questions about what goes on behind the scenes arose from the conversation! So, we’ve gathered the most common questions asked from relatives and will answer what goes on behind the scenes in this blog…

How do you choose which cars to video and the locations?

Usually the cars which we choose for reviews are the latest models to the Volkswagen, SKODA and SEAT ranges. We work alongside Graham Courtney, avid car enthusiast Motor Journalist and North East correspondent for talkSPORT radio, and The Social Co. to create the reviews. We then put all of our heads together to decide on suitable locations for each car. Usually the location is in Durham & Sunderland to keep in line with the Pulman brand origin.

How long does a typical review video take?

Prior to the day of filming, Graham and Pulman together will create a script for the selected car before final proof, this is then sent over to The Social Co. so they can plan the shots and areas to use at the selected locations. At our end, we communicate with the branch where we are sourcing the car from to ensure it is ready for its film debut.

On the day it can take between 2 to 3 hours to get all of the shots required, this includes driving to the locations too! Usually the exterior shots will all be taken first, this is a mixture between video and image shots. Also, Graham will record the on the road review from the driver’s seat which is an overview of the car whilst driving along the location.

Afterwards Graham will send across the voiceover for all of the script to both Pulman and The Social Co. and the editing begins which usually takes around a week.

What happens when you are behind the scenes at the car reviews?

Behind the scenes we will coordinate with The Social Co. and Graham on which shots to take and which areas of the location to use. We also like to take our own images and short videos to share on our social channels to keep our followers up-to-date! We will also ensure there are no obstructions in the shots such as cones, rubbish or people (unless we have their consent to do so!).

What are the latest car reviews you’ve been involved in?

On Wednesday 20th March we recorded reviews for the new 7-seater SEAT Tarraco and the new all electric Volkswagen e-Golf around the Sunderland area. Thankfully the weather stayed dry and it was relatively warm, just a little windy!

Volkswagen e-Gold down Roker Beach from Pulman

SEAT Tarraco at Sunderland Stadium of Light from Pulman

Tell me a little bit more about the SEAT Tarraco review…

So, we decided to take the SEAT Tarraco to the Stadium of Light on the morning, with our SEAT showroom based in Sunderland, we thought this would be the perfect location. Obviously, we spoke to the security at the stadium to see which areas we could use and they advised us where we could go. We started with the exterior shots and then moved onto the drive road review, then we moved to the interior shots. During the video The Social Co. refers back to the script so they know which key shots to take as well as adding any additional shots which will look good in the final video.

SEAT Tarraco with Pulman Group

Behind the scenes in the SEAT Tarraco with Pulman GroupWant to find out more about the SEAT Tarraco? Read our latest blog here.

And the Volkswagen e-Golf too…

For the Volkswagen e-Golf after driving down by the river at North Hylton, we decided to make a last-minute decision to head to Roker Beach with the weather being positively mild and we have to admit it is a stunning location! The e-Golf was very quick for acceleration as you have 100% power instantly, so we arrived at the location quickly! The same process applied during the afternoon shoot apart from the exterior and interior video was completed before moving onto the drive road review. It was a little windy down Roker Beach but a great location, we also met a lovely couple walking their two Border Collie Sheepdogs who we spoke to about electric cars!

Behind the scenes with the Volkswagen e-Golf and Pulman

The new Volkswagen e-Golf from Pulman Group down Roker, Sunderland.

Find out more on the Volkswagen e-Golf over on our blog post.

Anything else to add?

Overall a very positive day for both reviews! Our car reviews wouldn’t be a success without the help of our voiceover, Graham Courtney and the hard work from The Social Co. in Durham. If you would like to be kept up-to-date with our latest car reviews, follow our social channels which are listed below!

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Get Your Car Ready For Spring

Spring clean car

Now that we are saying goodbye to the cold winter weather (hopefully) it’s time to get your car ready for spring! Follow our top tips to get your car gleaming & restored back to its natural beauty…

During the winter months the harsh weather conditions such as snow, sleet and rain mixed with the road salt beating against your car can affect its exterior and interior overtime. Although you should be cleaning your car throughout the winter months to keep the dirt at bay, now is the perfect time for a total spring clean.

Give Your Car A Thorough Wash

To wash the exterior of your car you can simply use a garden hose or if you don’t have access to one, a sponge and bucket filled with cold water will do the trick! Starting off at the bottom of your car will remove the heavy mud and dirt from your car first a the lighter stains should drip off as you move up! Use a large microfibre cloth afterwards to speed up the drying process a don’t leave your car to dry in the sunshine as this can create water marks!

Onto the tyres; to start with if you have winter tyres on you should replace these and you should check for any cracks and check the tread; if the tread is low or you spot any cracks, these should be replaced immediately. If you don’t need to replace them, you should use a smaller sponge or small brush to get in between the alloys to remove stubborn dirt. Finally, you should check your tyre pressure, either by visiting your local petrol station or you may have your own tyre inflator at home.

Volkswagen clean wheels

Top Up Key Fluids

You should ensure that your car’s key fluids are topped up. Firstly, check the water fluid and top up if necessary; you can use water or windscreen wash.

You should also check the engine oil using the oil dipstick but before you do this ensure your engine is cold or been off for at least 10 minutes. Once cooled remove the dipstick from the pipe and wipe it on a clean, lint-free cloth like a microfibre cloth, place it back into the pipe and pull it back out again and look at the film of oil on the end of the stick. You should look at how high the oil film reaches the dipstick as well as the condition of the oil. If you’re unsure on how to check your oil and which oil to use, visit your local Pulman Retailer (Volkswagen, SKODA and SEAT) across Durham and Sunderland and a member of the Service Team will be happy to help!

Clean The Interior

The interior of your car can also take a tough beating during the winter months so it’s important to give the inside of your car a good spring clean too!

Depending on the condition of your mats either clean or replace them. If you’re cleaning them, clean them outside of your car with a stain remover, and if you have time, with a jet wash and let them hang to dry. To clean the seats within your car, a handheld hoover works best as it can get between the crevasses and saves you potentially tripping up around the cable from a standard home hoover! If the material throughout your car is cloth, a foaming fabric and upholstery cleaner can be used, however, if your materials are leather/wood you should check the owner’s manual for appropriate cleaning products to use.

Interior cleaning of a car

Top Tip For Your Wiper Blades

Although it’s usually wise to change your wiper blades after a harsh winter, there is a tip to try first before replacing them. Try rubbing them in alcohol, if this doesn’t stop the constant smears on your windows, then it is time to replace your wipers!

Emergency Items

If you store winter emergency items in your car such as blankets, a shovel, rock salt etc… now is the time to replace these with spring emergency items. This includes a few bottles of unopened water, a torch, portable phone charger and replenishing the first aid kit.

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We hope our guide on how to spring clean your car has helped! Currently at Pulman we are offering Spring Checks from only £20 which includes an express visual check, oil and washer fluid top-ups, wash & vac and an air conditioning refresh. Book yours today by clicking here. To be kept up-to-date with the latest news from Pulman, follow our social channels:

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New 19 Reg Models At Pulman

19 Reg at Pulman Group

With the new 19 reg month now in full swing, we’ve rounded up a range of new Volkswagen, SKODA & SEAT models available from Pulman.

City Cars

City cars are the perfect choice if you’re a new driver or if you don’t travel too far on a daily basis.

The Volkswagen up!, SKODA Citigo and SEAT Mii are smaller cars but don’t let the size of these cars put you off, they still include an array of technology features to keep you connected throughout your journey as well as a range of colours & design options to suit your personality!

SKODA Citigo

If you’re looking for a slightly larger city car we recommend going for a supermini such as the Volkswagen Polo, SKODA Fabia and SEAT Ibiza!

The Volkswagen Polo won the WhatCar? Small Car of the Year Award 2019 and there’s no guessing why! It’s affordable, spacious and includes advanced safety features needed for the city such as Pedestrian Detection and Front Assist with City Emergency Braking as well smartphone connectivity!

The SKODA Fabia sets the standard with its sleek design and features and not just with the typical features you’d expect to see! SKODA have added thoughtful touches into their new Fabia models including an umbrella under the passenger seat, an ice scraper mounted within the fuel cap and an adjustable compartment shelf, providing that extra room in your boot when needed.

Winner of the WhatCar? Small Car of the Year Award 2018, the SEAT Ibiza is practical and spacious with low running costs! Plus since SEAT have updated the model, the Ibiza is more youthful and available in a range of trims and colour options.

SEAT Ibiza

SUVs

The SUV range available from Pulman just keeps on growing and is a popular choice for families!

Available to order but not launched until April 2019 is the brand new Volkswagen T-Cross, the perfect fit for your family! With countless design and colour options to choose from the brand new T-Cross is the 5th SUV to be added to the Volkswagen SUV family. Safety features include Lane Assist, Blind Spot Detection and Parking Distance Control so you can be assured that your journeys will be relaxing. On those longer car journeys you can keep yourself and the children entertained with Car-Net; an app which transfers your smartphone apps onto the infotainment system*.

New Volkswagen T-Cross

The newly launched SEAT Tarraco is another fantastic choice for families and comes with seven seats as standard! However, you can slide and fold the seats a number of ways to adapt to how you want it so if you’re heading on a family holiday or a surfing trip, the SEAT Tarraco will adapt to your plans. With state-of-the-art technology anything is possible with the Tarraco including full LED headlights, 8” Colour Satellite Navigation, BeatsAudio™, Digital Cockpit & more!

The SKODA Karoq, What Car? Car of the Year Awards 2019 Winner for Best family SUV for £18,000-£30,000, is a stylish compact 5-seater SUV! The spacious interior is filled with the latest connected features and inventive design touches to keep everyone occupied including Smartlink+, Navigation System, Foldable Tables on the back of both front seats and several spacious storage solutions to name a few!

SKODA Karoq

Electric Cars

The future of car technology is electric cars and we already have the Volkswagen e-Golf available at our Pulman Volkswagen showrooms.

The new e-Golf may look and drive like a Golf but its zero emissions engine means it travels very quietly!  The new e-Golf has a range of 144 miles before it needs charging but don’t worry about the long wait, you can charge your battery to 80% in just 45 minutes! Read about the full features of the e-Golf over on our previous post; Our Golf’s Electric.

Volkswagen e-Golf

SKODA and SEAT don’t have any electric cars on the roads yet but they have unveiled their concept models at the Geneva Motor Show 2019 earlier this week.

Ready to hit the roads in 2020 the SKODA Vision iV will make heads turn! The concept was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in a vibrant Ultra Yellow and its appearance leans towards the sporty look. The SKODA Vision iV is powered by two electric motors and the battery can be charged to 80% in 30 minutes! The innovative technology fitted throughout improves both the safety and comfort of the driver and passengers.

The SEAT el-Born is currently just a concept car but SEAT have revealed it will reach the market in 2020 and will be SEAT’s first 100% electric vehicle! Although little has been revealed as of yet for the el-Born, SEAT have stated that it will be equipped with hyperconnectivity technology & advanced features.

SEAT el-Born Concept

Keep an eye on our News page over the next few weeks as we reveal a full feature blog post on the electric cars from Volkswagen, SKODA and SEAT.

If you would like to find out more information on the models mentioned in this article, either click on the links above for each or contact us today! Our Sales Advisors will be more than happy to help with any questions you may have.

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The Geneva Motor Show 2019

The Geneva Motor Show 2019 opened its doors on Tuesday 7th March and the Pulman brands have certainly unveiled some showstopping models which include high performance and electric cars…

1,2,3 For The SUVs!

The latest addition to Volkswagen’s high performance division following the Golf R is the T-Roc R SUV combining performance and lifestyle all under one roof.

New Volkswagen T-Roc

 

There’s no guessing why car enthusiasts are already gasping to get their hands on one, with Volkswagen claiming the new T-Roc R a 0-62mph in just 4.9 seconds and reaching top speeds up to 155mph. It’s already been around the famous Nürburgring completing numerous laps in disguise undergoing development testing.

There is an array of options available with standout sport features including the Akrapovic sports exhaust and 19-inch alloy wheels. Inside the sport-look continues with fabric sport seats, an additional ‘race’ driving mode added to the selection and a flat-bottomed R steering wheel.

The new T-Roc R is expected to be with us by the end of the year!

Superior performance, maximum comfort and clean giant all sum up the new Touareg V8 TDI which is celebrating its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show.

This SUV is now the most powerful model from the Volkswagen brand with its output of 310 kW / 421 PS and goes from 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds! The new V8 version also complies with the Euro 6d-TEMP emission standard.

New Volkswagen Touareg

 

As standard you’ll be indulged in comfort from the leather interior to the air suspension through to the glass covered Innovision Cockpit and driver assist systems. The assist systems includes ‘Traffic Jam and Roadwork Lane Assist’ and ‘Night Vision’ which detects pedestrians and animals using a thermal image camera maximising your safety whilst in the giant SUV.

The new Volkswagen Touareg is due to come to market in May 2019 and the top model range will be available in two packages; Elegance (technical interior design with metal and cool colour tones) or Atmosphere (warm interior design with wood and natural tones)

The new SKODA Kamiq is the smallest SUV model to join the SKODA family and is expected to go on sale in Autumn 2019, estimated to start from £16,000.

New SKODA Kamiq

Although the styling mimics its larger siblings, the Karoq & Kodiaq, the Kamiq has set a new bold statement amongst the family with unique features. Features include a more upright front grille, slimmer LED lights, and rather than the brand’s logo badge on the rear of the car, SKODA is spelt out across the boot lid. Inside the SKODA Kamiq offers a more digital environment than the traditional SKODAs with an infotainment touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard, lane assist and automatic emergency braking as standard.

The front and rear axles have been set further apart creating extra space inside, especially in terms of leg room for rear seat passengers and can easily be adapted depending on your intended use of the new Kamiq. For example, the rear bench splits and folds creating that extra space in the back, perfect if you’re moving house or travelling on a summer holiday! To add to that, if you’re visiting a DIY store and need to transport a longer item back to your home, the front passenger seat can fold down!

Waiting until the second day of the Geneva event, Cupra revealed a new Special Edition of the Ateca SUV.

CUPRA Ateca Special Edition

This performance SUV is fitted with Cupra’s trademark copper detailing across the door mirrors, spoiler and wheels. The copper continues inside as does the sporty-feel with sports seats, rear seats and door panels all finished in Petrol Blue Alcantara.

Although the specification hasn’t been fully released we do know this new performance car is due to open for orders by the end of 2019.

To celebrate one year since the Cupra brand was launched separately from SEAT, Cupra are celebrating by revealing the Cupra Formentor concept, which you may notice is similar to the Cupra Ateca Special Edition above!

CUPRA Formentor

Although full specification is yet to be released the Formentor is powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain which produces 242bhp. Cupra claim that the coupe-SUV is capable of driving around 30 miles on electric power alone!

Designed to be a halo car for the Cupra brand, the Formentor features a new floating dashboard layout, a set of carbon-fibre-backed bucket seats, a digital instrument cluster and a 10-inch panoramic infotainment system with satellite navigation.

The Cupra Formentor is due to go on sale in 2020.

It’s Electrifying…

Inspired by the 1960s and 1970s Beetle-based dune buggy, Volkswagen have introduced the ID Buggy concept, one of the craziest concepts revealed at Geneva Motor Show in 2019, and we agree you’d certainly be seen on the streets driving it!

Volkswagen ID Buggy Concept

Reaching speeds of up to 99mph and covering 0-62mph in 7.2 seconds, this rear-mounted electric motor offers a range of 155 miles (during WLTP test cycle), perfect for the thrill seekers travelling through dunes & across beaches. Not to forget the Buggy is equipped with off-road tyres and LED lit VW logos just to make it look that little more thrilling!

The Volkswagen ID Buggy concept is currently built with two seats, but any production model is likely to feature four seats. As you can see above the ID Buddy has no doors or a roof, this is for easy access, however, a detachable cover has been developed to protect the driver and passengers from poor weather conditions.

VW design chief Klaus Bischoff told Autocar, “The Buggy is all about going back to basics, we wanted to show that there will be a place for simple, fun cars in the future.” And with that statement, we will leave it here.

Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in Ultra Yellow, the all-electric SKODA VISION iV concept car certainly turned heads at the SKODA stand.

SKODA VISION iV Concept

The SUV-coupe impresses with sporty, emotive lines and a dynamic driving experience is promised by all-wheel drive and two electric motors providing 303bhp and offering a range of 310 miles (on the WLTP test cycle). In just 30 minutes the battery can be charged to 80% of its capacity using the latest rapid chargers, so you won’t need to wait too long! SKODA claims the VISION iV can go from 0-62mph in just 5.9 seconds and reach an electronically top speed of 112mph.

Inside the VISION iV concept there is a unique two-spoke steering wheel accompanied by a pair of deep bucket seats for added comfort. Technology-wise there is a floating infotainment system in the middle of the dash where two mobile phones can be connected to the system and the dash supports wireless charging. Other highlights include permanent on-board 5G connection, real-time traffic updates and intelligent speech recognition.

The VISION iV production model is expected to arrive late 2020, early 2021.

Adapting to city life and the environment, SKODA have provided an insight to the future of microbility with the Klement; an electric two-wheel concept.

SKODA Klement Concept

The e-bike from SKODA is fully electric and includes a range of quirky features which you wouldn’t usually find on previous e-bikes. A few examples are fixed pedals providing comfort for the rider, cruise control, hill hold assist, a heated seat and can reach speeds of up to 28mph!

Guido Haak, Head of Product Management at ŠKODA AUTO, said, “Micromobility is becoming increasingly important in cities. By presenting the KLEMENT at the Geneva Motor Show, we are showcasing our vision for the future of micromobility: sustainable, innovative, electric and with a pure, modern design.”

Expected to go on sale in 2020, SEAT have revealed the el-Born concept car, SEAT’s first 100% electric hatchback. Described as futuristic, practical and comfortable, the SEAT el-Born is the next generation of family hatchbacks following on from the SEAT Leon.

SEAT el-Born Concept

 

Providing a range of 261 miles (during the WLTP test cycle) and can cover the 0-62mph sprint in 7.5 seconds, the el-Born is powered by a single 202bhp electric motor. Heading on a longer journey? Don’t worry, charging to 80% of the capacity takes just 47 minutes, so that’s a perfect excuse for a quick pit stop for some food! 

Step inside the SEAT el-Born and you’ll find an array of features to keep yourself & passengers occupied during your journeys including a 10 inch touchscreen infotainment system which angles more towards the driver. As there is no engine, SEAT have maximised the room inside the car which provides numerous storage solutions including under the centre console between the two front seats.

Last But Certainly Not Least…

Limited to only 2,000 units, Volkswagen have introduced the Passat Variant R-Line Edition with high-end configuration and top-of-the-range engines.

Passat Variant R-Line Edition

As it’s painted in a Moonstone Grey finish, VW have contrasted the design with black features including a high-gloss black roof, wing mirror caps and roof rail. Step inside and the black finish dominates the interior.

The latest technology is included as standard in the new Variant R-Line including Digital Cockpit and 9.2-inch Discover Pro navigation system with integrated SIM card and R-Line start screen. Also there’s a bonus for Apple Users thanks to the new wireless App Connect; iPhone apps can be wirelessly integrated into the infotainment system via Bluetooth for the first time, using Apple CarPlay. Another new feature is Travel Assist, this system means that the Passat is one of the first cars worldwide to have partially assisted driving up to speeds of 130mph.

Pre-sales of the limited edition will begin in Europe in May.

Now what a show starter the Geneva Motor Show has been this year already! Remember to follow our social channels to be kept up-to-date with all of the latest news from the event!

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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

The COMBI 

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, 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…

SKODA

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!

SEAT

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

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.

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