Pulman…The New Name For ŠKODA In Cramlington

Pulman SKODA Cramlington team formerly Silbury SKODA

Pulman are proud to announce the takeover of an already established family-run retailer in Northumberland, north of Newcastle.

Pulman Group have recently acquired the Silbury ŠKODA site in Cramlington, Northumberland (28th January 2020). Silbury ŠKODA has been established since 2006, and just like Pulman Group, a family-run retailer which already proves its values fit with the Pulman brand.

Pulman SKODA Cramlington formerly Silbury SKODA

Pulman are not only welcoming the former Silbury showroom but have also welcomed all 28 staff members to join the Pulman family. The total number of employees now employed by Pulman exceeds 250 which truly emphasises that Pulman are one big family.

Although Cramlington is a new catchment area for the Group, Pulman have been well-established across Durham and Sunderland for the past 22 years therefore understands the market needs and customer demand across the North East.

Interior Pulman SKODA Cramlington formerly Silbury SKODA

Pulman Group’s award-winning experience of being a top ŠKODA retailer and their current relationship with ŠKODA UK provides a fantastic platform to launch the new showroom successfully.

Ian Buckle, Managing Director, speaking of the acquisition said “We knew this business was a fantastic fit to our family run business here in the North East. The culture we have found at this award-winning family business further confirms our confidence to invest and grow it to new levels.  We fully expect Pulman Skoda Cramlington to benefit hugely from our Group support functions and allow the customer focussed teams to deliver a fantastic Pulman customer experience.”

Signage for Pulman SKODA Cramlington formerly Silbury SKODA

Pulman History

Pulman Group have been a family-run retailer since 1998 which welcomed the first Pulman Volkswagen showroom in Durham. Whilst the showroom you see today on Abbey Road was being built, Pulman Volkswagen operated from a pop-up showroom with just 17 employees. The flagship Durham site was the first retailer in the UK to have a café inside the showroom (Café Dafté).

Fast forward 10 years and Pulman acquired Mill Garages on Newcastle Road in Sunderland in 2008 making it the second Pulman Volkswagen site across the North East. The site has undergone a major expansion of the used car forecourt, showroom refurbishment and became an authorised ŠKODA service repairer.

By 2010, Pulman attained Alexandra Bridge Cars and expanded the Pulman brand to offer SEAT. In 2019 the SEAT showroom underwent a huge showroom, external and workshop refurbishment with Pulman investing over £300,000. Pulman SEAT also became one of only twenty-two retailers across the UK to become CUPRA Specialists, and the only specialists in the North East.

16 years since the launch of Pulman was one of the most exciting years for the company with the launch of Pulman ŠKODA in Durham. Originally the ŠKODA showroom was a pop-up showroom which only showcased four models; this was located by the side of Pulman Volkswagen in Durham. Behind the scenes over a 2-year period the purpose-built ŠKODA showroom was being built in Belmont Industrial Estate. By 2016 the new showroom was open to the public after a £2,800,000 investment completed with Café Dafté; the second Café from Pulman.

Today, Pulman Group now have 5 sites based across the North East; Pulman Volkswagen (Durham and Sunderland), Pulman SEAT and CUPRA (Sunderland) and Pulman ŠKODA (Durham and Cramlington).

It’s no secret that Pulman Group deliver a fantastic customer experience, and this will only continue to the north of the Tyne and beyond.

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WhatCar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020

Whatcar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020

The Volkswagen Auto Group brands all scooped a number of awards at the WhatCar? Car of the Year Awards 2020 which took place on 14th January 2020.

At Pulman Group we represent the Volkswagen, SKODA, SEAT and CUPRA brands, all of which took home a number of awards at the WhatCar? Car of the Year awards this year. Take a look at all of the trophies which were collected at the ceremony.

Volkswagen

Volkswagen Polo

For the second year running the Volkswagen Polo has won the ‘Small Car of the Year’ award along with the price point award of ‘Best Small Car between £16,000 and £18,000’. The Polo comes with the latest safety technology features including Front Assist, City Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Detection with rear view camera and more. You’re never shy on entertainment with Car-Net App-Connect, simply connect your smartphone and you can access many of your apps on the digital screen in front of you such as maps, calls and music.

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Whatcar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020 Polo

Volkswagen T-Roc R

The sporty and newly released T-Roc R trim picked up the ‘Sports SUV less than £40,000’ award and it’s not hard to see why! The 2.0 litre 300PS engine is capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in just 4.9 seconds which highlights the power this thrilling SUV offers. Standard equipment includes Active Info Display, Discover Navigation system, front and rear parking sensors, LED darkened rear light clusters, Lane Assist and 19″ ‘Pretoria’ alloy wheels.

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Whatcar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020 T-Roc R

Volkswagen Touran

The Volkswagen Touran was awarded the ‘Best MPV between £22,000 and £30,000’. The Touran is the perfect multi-purpose vehicle filled with family-friendly features. Due to its size, the MPV is perfect for larger families who like to embark on road trips across the country and Europe! Features to keep all passengers entertained include Composition Colour Radio, optional Cam-Connect to keep an eye on your passengers and pets in the back, Panoramic sunroof, Discover Navigation and more.

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Whatcar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020 Touran

Volkswagen Amarok

Overall winner of the ‘Pick-up of the Year’ for the second year running, the Volkswagen Amarok was also awarded the ‘Best Pick-up more than £35,000’. The Amarok pick-up offers the comfiest ride whilst at high speeds in comparison to its rivals along with the impressive 3.0 litre V6 engine. Features even on the standard trim (Amarok Trendline) include 17” Posadas alloy wheels, App-Connect, Cruise Control System (CCS), Climatronic air conditioning system and composition Media Radio with 6.33” touchscreen.

Whatcar? car of the year award Volkswagen Amarok

SEAT

SEAT Mii Electric

It may be a small city car but the SEAT Mii Electric won a big award for ‘Small Electric Car less than £25,000’. The electric city car will offer up to 161 electric mile range (WLTP) with a top speed of 81mph. The new SEAT Mii Electric comes with new and updated features when compared to the combustion engines including heated front sports seats, LED wing mirror lights, 5” colour display and an updated dashboard design. The fully electric Mii will be coming to Pulman SEAT early 2020.

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Whatcar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020 Mii Electric

SKODA

SKODA Scala

New in 2019, the SKODA Scala won the overall award for ‘Family Car of the Year’ along with the ‘Best Family Car for less than £20,000’. It beat off its rival scoring highly in comfort and interior space, offering a lot of rear head room and a large boot! Specification includes Cruise Control, Parking Distance Sensors, Audio Controls and much more.

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Whatcar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020 Scala

SKODA Superb iV

The future is electric for SKODA with the Superb iV bringing home the ‘Plug-in Hybrid of the Year for less than £35,000’ award. The 1.4 TSI iV SE Technology engine which won the award, offers up to 34-mile electric range before the combustion engine kicks in to help. Specification includes heated front leather seats and satellite navigation. Plus the Superb iV was awarded the maximum 5 star EURO NCAP safety rating during vigorous testing.

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Whatcar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020 Superb iV

SKODA Fabia & Fabia Estate

Both the Fabia and the Fabia Estate scooped price point awards at the WhatCar? Car of the Year awards. The Fabia won the ‘Small Car of the Year between £14,000 and £16,000’ and the Fabia Estate was awarded the ‘Best Estate Car less than £20,000’. Both Fabia models are equipped with the latest technology and safety features and offer ample space. Learn more about each model below.

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Whatcar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020 Fabia Whatcar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020 Fabia Estate

SKODA Superb & Superb Estate

The SKODA Superb wasn’t shy with awards either, with the large hatchback awarded with ‘Executive Car of the Year for less than £30,000’ and the Superb Estate winning the overall category for ‘Estate Car of the Year’ alongside ‘Estate Car of the Year between £20,000 and £30,000’. Both models are well equipped, comfortable and roomy (front, rear and boot space) in comparison to their rivals. The Superb Estate offers an incredible 1,950 litre capacity when the rear seats are folded down. Plus if you have few 6ft tall passengers in your car, there’ll be no fighting for who is ‘shotgun’ as the rear seats are spacious enough for even the tallest of passengers to sit back in comfort!

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Whatcar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020 Superb Whatcar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020 Superb Estate

SKODA Kamiq

The SKODA Kamiq was only released in the UK late 2019 but has picked up ‘Small SUV for less than £20,000’. The compact SUV beat off tough rivals due to its spacious interior offering a lot of rear leg room whilst still offering large boot space, as well as the interior offering higher quality plastics. The new Kamiq also does a fantastic job of smoothing out any road imperfections, making it a comfortable choice for an SUV.

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SKODA Karoq

With tough rivals to beat off, another SKODA SUV to win an award was the SKODA Karoq with ‘Family SUV between £20,000 to £30,000’. This SUV is truly known as a comfortable car with no other rivals offering such an indulgent and smooth ride. The handling of this family SUV is agile with accurate steering which makes it a fantastic drive. Add to this the practicality, there’s plenty of space options if you’re heading on a family holiday with the option of sliding the rear seats back and forth to further increase the boot space if needed.

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Whatcar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020 Karoq

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Driving Home For Christmas

Driving home for Christmas driving tips

Many families will take to the roads this Christmas to meet relatives. Take a look at our top tips for staying safe on the roads this festive season…

Whether you’re heading home for Christmas, visiting family members afar or spending Christmas in a holiday home, it’s important that you check over your car before heading on these journeys and stay safe on the road during the festive period. Take a look at our top tips below.

Check The Weather & Traffic Before You Set Off

Although so far the UK weather has been quite mild, there may still be some risks of black ice and flooding. Make sure you check the weather the evening before you set off so you can plan your route and drive to the conditions. If there is going to be snow or heavy rainfall, drive slower and leave a larger distance between yourself and the car in front.

It’s also wise to check the traffic before you head off on your journey in case there are any accidents, flood warnings or road closures in place. It’s best to check with your local news or input the directions into Google Maps and Google will provide you with the quickest route.

Volkswagen on snow road

Keep Your Car Maintained

To ensure your car is ready for the cold winter months why not book your car in for a Pulman Winter Health Check for £20*. Included in the check is an Express Visual Check which identifies any health issues which may need fixing immediately or in the near future. Plus take home your own Winter Care Kit which includes De-Icer, Ice-Scraper and Screenwash. After your car has had its Winter Check at Pulman, it will receive a wash and vacuum.

Make sure all of your essential fluids are topped up such as your brake fluid, oil, Screenwash and check your tyres have enough air in them. As the evenings turn darker earlier during the winter months, make sure you check your lights too.

Pulman Winter Health Check

Avoid Driver’s Fatigue

If you’re travelling far this Christmas, ensure you have had plenty of sleep the night before, and if possible, switch the dedicated driver throughout the journey. If you do come across tired and you’re the only driver, take regular breaks at service stations for a quick drink and a bite to eat; it’s also wise to turn the heating down in your car now and again so it doesn’t get too stuffy!

When you’re driving through built-up areas such as towns and villages make sure you’re aware of your surroundings. During the festive period there are a lot more people on the streets enjoying Christmas celebrations and may not be as aware as you when walking near the road!

Tower bridge car traffic in London

Make Sure You Have Enough Fuel/Electric Range

If you’re heading on a long journey to spend Christmas with relatives, don’t leave your car short on fuel as some fuel stations close during the Christmas period. There’s nothing worse than driving around a new area searching for a petrol station plus you’ll find fuel pricier if you go to a service station just off the motorway.

If you own an electric vehicle, make sure you charge your EV until you’re about to leave (if you have wallbox installed at home or charge throughout the night). If you’re unable to charge at home, find your local EV station on Zap Map and use a rapid charger.

Petrol pump

Be Careful The ‘Morning After’

Many people enjoy a couple of drinks over the festive period but on the morning after if you know you’re going to be the dedicated driver, take it easy the night before and stop drinking early on. Between Christmas and New Year the police are more prone to breathalyse you; if you are the only one driving to meet relatives or friends, wait till later in the day after a good breakfast and lunch before you head off and remember we can all still have a good time without loads of alcohol!

Breakfast

Don’t Leave Gifts On Show

If you’re quickly running to the shops or at a service station before you head on your Christmas journey, make sure you don’t leave any gifts or valuables on show. Anything which looks expensive or wrapped in Christmas paper on show in your car will attract thieves, who may try to break into your car. To avoid the potential risk, place all gifts in the boot or if there is more than one of you travelling, ask if one of the adults wouldn’t mind waiting in the car.

Buys car park

Finally, from all of the team at Pulman, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

*Prices correct at time of article (23/12/19) and may be subject to change.

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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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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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 Are Proud To Sponsor Local Golf Team, Northumberland Seniors

Pulman are proud sponsors of local Northumberland Golf Seniors

At Pulman we are always honoured to support local sports teams and charities. Our latest sponsorship is with Northumberland Seniors Golf Team. Our latest press release gives an insight into what it’s like to play for a fantastic team…

History

In 1974 the initial Individual Seniors Championship was held and won by J H Moorhouse from Gosforth Golf Club; from this year forward the Northumberland Seniors team was born! In the beginning the team was initially set up on an informal basis with matches against other Northern Counties (Cheshire, Cumbria, Durham, Lancashire and Yorkshire). However, in 2011 a full structured programme of league matches was put in place to run from May through to August each year.

The Team

In total there is a team of 12 players who represent the county in the Northern League. The 12 players are selected for each match by a committee of 5 and are selected based on current form and availability for the match days. So far in the 2019 season, 18 players have been selected for the first four matches.

The Northumberland Seniors group is open for players over the age of 55. Through a typical season the Northumberland Seniors team have in excess of 60 golfers with a range of golfing abilities throughout. During the winter months the group participate in friendly get-togethers, fundraising events and not to forget the County Championship! 

In order to gain increased intertest for the Northumberland Union Golf Club Seniors, 4 extra tournaments have been added which allows the club to run a season-long order of merit which helps to assist in the selection process.

Pulman are proud sponsors of local Northumberland Golf Seniors team

2019 Plans

This season the main focus is on the Northern Counties League with home matches against Cheshire, Lancashire and Yorkshire and away games against Durham and Cumbria.

The formal Northern Counties Championship takes place in September at Garforth, where each county has a team of 6 players trying to qualify for the National Finals this Autumn. Colin Brown from Morpeth Golf Club qualifies to represent Northumberland in the County Champion of Champions in September after he won the Northern Seniors’ Individual Championship on 17th July shooting the best score out of the 43 entrants!

The sponsorship from Pulman helps towards the running costs of the Northumberland Seniors which allows the team to focus on their role of playing, winning and of course enjoying golf matches!

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

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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Volkswagen Group Take Home Quintuple Awards At Auto Express Awards

Volkswagen Group Take Home Quintuple Awards At Auto Express Awards

Volkswagen, SKODA and SEAT have all received fantastic awards at the 2019 Auto Express Awards…

The Auto Express awards took place on the 9th July 2019 and the Volkswagen Group (VAG) brands won a number of awards! At Pulman we are proud to offer these models, let’s take a look below to see which trophies are shining brightly in the cabinets! 

Volkswagen

City Car of the year: Volkswagen Up!

Retaining the crown since 2018 the Volkswagen Up! Was awarded the city car of the year! The Up! May look small on the outside, but the compact hatch offers a lot of room inside for both driver and passengers. The Up! Is easy to drive; it’s lightweight which gives good body control, grip and agility making driving fun! Even though the Up! Has been awarded the city car of the year, it’s perfect for long motorway journeys too with claimed fuel economy of up to 67mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 95g/km, it’s a cost-effective car to run as it is to purchase.

new Volkswagen Up! wins Auto Express Award 2019

SKODA

Compact Family Car of the year: SKODA SCALA

Fresh to the market and already showing the other brands how it’s done is the SKODA Scala with the compact family car of the year award. The Scala is very affordable starting from only £18,045* and offers plenty of space for the whole family in both the front and rear seats and a boot space of 467 litres. There is plenty of features included, even on the SE trim, including 8” touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, parking sensors, cruise control, air conditioning, Bluetooth, DAB and more is all included in the attractive price tag!

new SKODA Scala wins Auto Express Award 2019

 

Mid-size SUV of the year: SKODA Karoq

The SKODA brand as a whole is known for providing very practical and great value for money cars, but aside from that the Karoq is a perfect all-rounder which is why it won the mid-size SUV of the year award! With a wide range of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines offering both efficiency and performance, there will be a trim for you. The Karoq drives well both off-road and on tarmac thanks to its comfortable suspension set-up steering and good visibility. Standard features include Smartlink+ (Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink), dual-zone climate control, cruise control, Bolero radio with 8 speakers and voice control and much more!

new SKODA Karoq wins Auto Express Award 2019

 

Estate Car of the year: SKODA Octavia Estate

The new SKODA Octavia Estate is built with versatility in mind which is why was awarded the estate car of the year! Offering 610 litres of boot space (1,740 litres with rear seats folded down) the luggage capacity is larger than its rivals, and in return offers more flexibility than the other estate cars. The facelift in 2017 also brought updated styling and a more advanced infotainment set-up with all trims coming equipped with an 8” touchscreen as standard and SmartLink+ (including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirrorlink) so you can be connected whilst on the road! So with the facelift combined with the practicality, we can see why the SKODA Octavia Estate was a clear winner!

new SKODA Octavia Estate wins Auto Express Award 2019

SEAT

Large SUV of the year: SEAT Tarraco

It’s no surprise that the SEAT Tarraco won large SUV of the year! The Tarraco offers up to seven seats which is perfect if you’re a family looking to upgrade your car for more room; if you’re a five-person family the rearmost row seats can be folded down offering a huge 700 litre boot space! There’s a long list of high quality, upmarket interior features which come with the Tarraco including a fantastic infotainment system which responds rapidly and has excellent smartphone connectivity, rear parking sensors, lane assist, cruise control and speed limiter to name a few! Although SEAT took the trophy, the SKODA Kodiaq was also praised as one of the favourite large SUVs.

new SEAT Tarraco wins Auto Express Award 2019

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The New SKODA Scala Now At Pulman

New SKODA Scala now at Pulman

The all-new SKODA Scala is now available from Pulman providing both space and entertainment on journeys…

The new SKODA Scala has only just landed in our showroom and has already set the bar high by being awarded the Compact Family Car of the Year at the Auto Express New Car Awards 2019! Let’s take a look at the design and features of the new Scala.

Exterior

The all-new Scala is breaking new boundaries with its design and is the first car from SKODA to feature the striking lettering across its tailgate. The Scala is the boldest hatchback yet, with sharp angled headlights, sleekly contoured bumpers and an ultra-dynamic silhouette, guaranteed to turn heads! The standard SE trim comes with LED headlights with LED daytime running light and body coloured mirrors and handles as well as front fog lights.

New SKODA Scala now at Pulman

Interior.

Step inside the Scala and you’ll be surrounded by sleek design options including a leather multifunction steering wheel so you can control calls and entertainment all from the wheel. Chrome finishes are expressed throughout the interior with chrome inner door handles and the instrument cluster has a chrome painted décor ring. If you’re travelling that little bit further for a work trip or on a UK holiday there is a glovebox which has a cooling system and illumination; so if you want to keep some snacks fresh, the glovebox should help!

Interior of SKODA Scala now available from Pulman SKODA

 

There’s no need to ask if yourself and passengers will be comfortable during travelling, the Scala offers plenty of legroom and space for passengers! Plus the boot capacity offers 467 litres (increasing to 1,410 litres when the rear seats are folded down).

Boot space in the new SKODA Scala at Pulman

Features

Stay connected whilst on the move; the Scala comes with an array of connectivity features. The standard SE trims comes with SmartLink which is compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink which basically mirrors your smartphone screen on to the infotainment touchscreen in the Scala so you can use certain apps. The Scala comes with Radio Bolero with an 8” touchscreen in a glass design with 8 speakers, Bluetooth, DAB Digital and 2 USB-C ports.

Interior of new SKODA Scala at Pulman SKODA

 

The Scala keeps you safe on the road with safety features (standard SE trim) including rear parking sensors, Cruise Control, Front Assist, Lane Assist alongside many others features. As well as safety features there are several convenience options which will help you out on the days when you need it the most. For example there is a umbrella stored in the door of the Scala, an ice scraper can be found in the fuel door release and the mirrors are heated and can be electrically adjusted; it’s the little things that count!

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