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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*SKODA Scala cash price from Pulman SKODA.

The Volkswagen SUV Range Event At Pulman This July

Volkswagen SUV Event at Pulman

Between the 5th & 21st July Pulman are offering fantastic incentives when you purchase a new Volkswagen SUV during the event…

Test drive any Volkswagen SUV during the event & receive an extra £500^ on top of existing offers towards your finance with Volkswagen Solutions PCP*. Plus during the event, all Volkswagen SUV models are available with low 4.9% APR Representative.

The SUV models which are included in this event are shown below.

The Volkswagen T-Cross is a versatile model and the latest addition to join the Volkswagen SUV family. With multiple storage and space-saving solutions, this SUV is bound to fit in with your family!

Volkswagen T-Cross from Pulman Volkswagen

 

The Volkswagen T-Roc is a head-turning SUV with its bold, striking design! Plus it is packed with advanced technological features to keep you and your passengers entertained on journeys!

Volkswagen T-Roc from Pulman

 

Make an impression on the road with the Volkswagen Tiguan which not only takes you on adventures but is an adventure in itself! Inside there are many design elements to explore and the exterior oozes a strong and elegant design!

Volkswagen Tiguan from Pulman

 

The Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace offers room for up to 7 people, making it bigger and better than ever before! As well as offering a huge amount of space, the Tiguan Allspace offers class-leading technology!

Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace from Pulman

 

The largest SUV of the Volkswagen family is the Touareg packed with innovative technology that’s ready for modern life and tough enough to tackle rough terrain!

Volkswagen Touareg from Pulman

To find out about all of the offers included in this fantastic event, click here!

 

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Terms and Conditions: 
Pulman Volkswagen Limited is a broker and not a lender and can introduce you to a limited number of lenders, who may pay us for introducing you to them. *At the end of the agreement there are three options: i) pay the optional final payment and own the vehicle; ii) return the vehicle: subject to excess mileage and fair wear and tear, charges may apply; or iii) replace: part exchange the vehicle. With Solutions Personal Contract Plan. 18s+. Subject to status & availability. T&Cs apply. Ordered by 21/07/19 and delivered by 30/09/19. Indemnities may be required. Not available in conjunction with any other offer and may be withdrawn at any time. Accurate at 06/2019. Freepost Volkswagen Financial Services. ^Can consist of a contribution towards the cash price and a contribution towards the deposit.

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

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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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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:

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  • 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! 

The Future Of Electric Cars Is Here With The New Volkswagen ID.

Volkswagen ID. First Edition

Earlier this week, Volkswagen revealed more information at the pre-booking launch press conference in Berlin for the new Volkswagen ID.

 

The ID.3 1st Edition

Customers now have the option to pre-order the Volkswagen ID.3 1st Edition ahead of its launch in Summer 2020! The 1st edition offers an electric range of up to 260 miles in accordance with WLTP* as this trim will be delivered with the medium-sized battery (58 kWh, net). As standard with this trim you can expect Voice Control, Standard Navigation, LED Matrix Headlights and a contrast colour roof; there’s likely upgrade options of a panoramic glass roof and an augmented reality head-up display to guide you easily to your locations.

Concept inside the Volkswagen ID.

Aside from all of the technological features which will wow you into a realm of futuristic heaven, the Volkswagen ID. runs on zero emissions meaning you’ll be leaving a sustainable carbon footprint wherever you travel! What’s even better is during the first year of ownership, drivers will be able to take advantage of 2,000kWh of fast free charging! For UK drivers, this will work on the IONITY fast-charging networks!

Concept Volkswagen ID.

Volkswagen have only confirmed that the price for the 1st Edition will be “less than €40,000 in Germany”, a UK price is yet to be confirmed.

Starting The Electric Charge…

So how do you go about securing one of the 1st Edition models? There are 2 options:

  1. You can make the process simple and pop into your local Pulman Volkswagen site based in either Durham or Sunderland and we will help you to pre-order your new Volkswagen ID.
  2. You can logon to the ID Pre-booking system from the Volkswagen site.

The choice is yours, but we find option 1 easier! After you have signed up, you’ll receive regular updates and exclusive news before anyone else about the new Volkswagen ID. You’ll also be invited to exclusive events. Production for the 1st Edition models will begin at the end of 2019.

Concept Volkswagen ID.

Time To Pull The Plug…

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* Forecast range for the driving cycles as per the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) on the roller dynamometer (not a series version). The WLTP range for series vehicles can vary depending on the vehicle equipment. The actual range achieved under real conditions varies depending on the driving style, speed, use of comfort features or auxiliary equipment, ambient temperature, number of passengers/load, and terrain. However, depending on the usage profile, 80% of the drivers will be able to drive between 186 and 260 miles with the mid-sized battery variant (58 kWh, net) without having to recharge.

The New T-Cross Is Coming aCROSS to Pulman!

The new Volkswagen T-Cross at Pulman

The all-new Volkswagen T-Cross is now available to order from Pulman, why don’t you be one of the first to test drive the new T-Cross at Pulman…

The new Volkswagen T-Cross

About The New Volkswagen T-Cross…

The new Volkswagen T-Cross adapts to your lifestyle! You may be a couple wanting to start a family or a frequent UK and European holiday road traveller and need that extra space in a new car! Whatever the reason for needing a more spacious car, the T-Cross offers this! The boot compartment offers up to 455 litres of space, but if that’s not enough, the loading space can be increased further with the sliding and segmented rear seat bench along with altering the height and length of the centre armrests. Not only is the new T-Cross versatile for extra luggage space but the rear seats can be adjusted to provide extra legroom for your passengers too!

Boot Space in the T-Cross

Do you want a car to suit your personality? The new T-Cross is available in a range of eye-catching colours such as Makena Turquoise and Energetic Orange both in Metallic paint to Flash Red and Pure White in the Solid paint! There is also an array of wheel and interior material options along with optional equipment to be added (depending on the model you choose!).

The exterior of the new T-Cross (S standard trim) comes with body-coloured bumpers, door handles and door mirror, LED daytime running lights and the characteristic radiator grille! The exterior design is finished with a distinct rear with reflective strips and the LED light clusters will leave a lasting impression!

With style, comes safety too! The new T-Cross will keep you safe on all of your adventures, features include** Lane Assist, Blind Spot Sensor, Parking Distance Control and High Beam Assist. Plus, when you’re embarking on longer journeys and driving on the motorways for long periods of time, the Adaptative Cruise Control (ACC) will keep your car at a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you. You can also add the optional extra Discover Navigation System (standard on SEL and R-Line models) which is controlled from the easy-to-use touchscreen colour display!

Entertainment in Volkswagen T-Cross

There are plenty of features to keep your passengers entertained, connect your smartphone*** to Car-Net to transfer your phone apps onto the screen of the T-Cross to use your music and messenger apps safely. There’s also an option to upgrade to ‘Beats’ Sound System which provides a first-class sound experience to you and your passengers

Make the Volkswagen T-Cross the perfect fit into your lifestyle and complete it with a range of accessories! Accessory options include running boards with anti-slip inserts making it easier and safer to enter the T-Cross, especially for children! You also have the option to add a detachable tow bar which is fully integrated with the trailer stabilisation system providing extra support, plus when you don’t need it, the tow bar can be simply be swivelled behind the bumper. If you need to carry a lot of equipment then adding roof bars to your Volkswagen T-Cross is the perfect answer; with the ability to carry bikes, surfboards, ski holders as well as roof boxes you’ll not be stuck for space!

Roof Bar For Volkswagen T-Cross

Order Your New Volkswagen T-Cross Today…

So what are you waiting for! Be one of the first to experience the all-new family SUV. Order your new T-Cross today and you’ll receive £1,000 deposit contribution with low 5.5% APR Representative 

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Terms & Conditions:

*At the end of the agreement there are three options: i) pay the optional final payment and own the vehicle, ii) return the vehicle: subject to excess mileage and fair wear and tear, charges may apply; or iii) replace: part exchange the vehicle. *Acceptance fee is not required. **Payable with optional final payment. New Models only. With Solutions Personal Contract Plan. 18s. Subject to availability and status. T&Cs apply. Pulman Volkswagen is a broker and not a lender and can introduce you to a limited number of lenders, who may pay us for introducing you to them. Retails sales only. Excludes Motability. Offer available when ordered and delivered by 30th June 2019. Indemnities may be required. Offer not in conjunction with any other offer and may be varied or withdrawn at any time. Savings based on RRP. **Features and technology are dependent on trim choice, please refer to the brochure or speak to our Sales Executives for the standard equipment on each trim. ***Car-Net supports Apple CarPlayTM, Android AutoTM by Google and MirrorLink®.

Pick Your Favourite Before It’s Gone!

Volkswagen Used Car Event Pulman

Visit Pulman Volkswagen between the 11th and 30th April for the Volkswagen Used Car Event and receive some fantastic incentives when you purchase your used Volkswagen…

At Pulman we have over 185 used Volkswagen models currently available including the Volkswagen up!, Golf, Polo, Tiguan, Passat, T-Roc and many more! Why not head to the Volkswagen Used Car Event which starts today at Pulman Volkswagen and receive the following* when you purchase your used Volkswagen:

  • 2 years’ Warranty
  • 2 years’ Roadside Assistance
  • 2 years’ MOT Cover
  • 2 Services
  • 7.9% APR Representative
    VW Used Car Event

So what are you waiting for, pick your favourite here today before it’s gone!

As well as receiving the fantastic offers above, all of the used Volkswagen models from Pulman come with the Das WeltAuto Used Car Programme. The programme is designed to give you the same exceptional level of experience as a new car customer, giving you complete confidence and peace of mind. The programme includes:

  • Service History Checks – This certificate details your car’s entire Volkswagen Das WeltAuto retailer network history, for example routine servicing work. It also verifies the cars identity and status of the warranty.
  • 142 Checks – Our skilled, Volkswagen trained technicians carry out a thorough workshop and test drive inspection of every used car before it can become a Das WeltAuto used car.
  • No Quibble Exchange – 30 day/1,000 mile ‘No Quibble’ Exchange Policy, if for any reason, you want to change the car.
    Volkswagen Used Car Event

This offer is only available till 30th April so don’t wait around to pick your favourite, as it could be gone tomorrow! Browse our used Volkswagen Stock today.

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* At the end of the agreement there are three options: i) pay the optional final payment and own the vehicle; ii) return the vehicle: subject to excess mileage and fair wear and tear, charges may apply; or iii) replace: part exchange the vehicle. *Available on Das WeltAuto models only. Purchased on Solutions Personal Contract Plan during 11th April until 30th April 2019, on used car sales between 90 days and up to 4 years only. Minimum balance to finance £5,000. Maximum mileage at end of contract is 120,000 miles. 18s+. Subject to availability and status. T&Cs apply. Excludes electric vehicles. Ask for details. Covers next two consecutive services limited to 1x minor and 1x major service. Indemnities may be required. Offers are not available in conjunction with any other offer and may be varied or withdrawn at any time. Freepost Volkswagen Financial Services.

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?

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