4 In A Row for South Shields FC and Pulman

South Shields FC & Pulman

Pulman Group is proud to announce that it has extended its sponsorship of South Shields FC into a fifth season.

The partnership has driven great benefits for both parties since Pulman became the club’s official media sponsor in 2015, and has been revved up further for the 2019-20 season.

As well as continuing as the Mariners’ media sponsor, Pulman now also has its logo featured on the club’s first-team shirts after becoming its back-of-shirt sponsor.

It is further evidence of a blossoming relationship which began the same year Geoff Thompson took over as South Shields FC’s chairman and returned the club to Mariners Park after a two-year exile in Peterlee.

South Shields FC and Pulman continue their sponsorship.  1st team players and Stephanie Carty, from Pulman marketing department with the Volkswagen e-Golf and T-Cross SUV

((Back L-R) Millenic Alli, Adam Thurston, Jordan Annear, Stephanie Carty, Myles Boney, Luke Daly, Jason Gilchrist, (Front) Robinson Wokoma)

Pulman was one of the first companies to throw its support behind Mr Thompson’s venture and great success has followed, with the Mariners winning three successive promotions between 2015 and 2018, lifting a national trophy at Wembley and harbouring fantastic ambitions to eventually reach the English Football League (EFL).

The club also plans to continually improve its Mariners Park ground, with a planning application having recently been made to introduce a new 902-seater stand next summer. The ground’s current capacity is 3,450 and attendances average around 1,500.

The club submitted its application to South Tyneside Council in September 2019 for a number of reasons, but primarily to improve the matchday experience of supporters and satisfy a greater demand for tickets.

The Mariners’ long-term challenge is to make it to the EFL and its ground plans centre around ensuring Mariners Park is ready to host Football League matches.

As well as the additional stand, plans have also been submitted for the club to build a multi-purpose sports hall and hub which would support the local community and wider public.

Pulman extend sponsorship with South Shields FC

 

The club now has new strips with Pulman Volkswagen on the back of the shirts.

Pulman Group recently visited the club for their latest photo and video shoot with the first-team players in their new strips.

Joining Pulman and the club were Alan Hewson (Alan Hewson Photography) and Callum Parkinson (The Social Co.), who filmed a behind-the-scenes short video of the afternoon.

Two key Volkswagen models were taken to the shoot from Pulman, the Volkswagen e-Golf and the Volkswagen T-Cross SUV.

Pulman continue their sponsorship with South Shields FC - team with the Volkswagen e-Golf

 

These models were selected as they highlight the future of Volkswagen, with electric and crossover SUVs becoming firm favourites in drivers’ new car choices.

Fingers crossed too that South Shields FC will be the firm favourites to win the Northern Premier League Premier Division this season!

South Shields FC first team players with Pulman

( L-R) Jordan Annear, Millenic Alli, Luke Daly, Robinson Wokoma, Jason Gilchrist, Adam Thurston, Myles Boney

Chris Slater, Sunderland Site Manager, said: “It is fantastic to team up with South Shields FC once again.

“Here at Pulman Group we are passionate about supporting our local area and community.

“Teaming up with the Mariners is a great way to support Tyne and Wear.

“We can’t wait to see what South Shields FC do this season.”

*please note Jordan Annear pictured and filmed no longer plays for South Shields FC.

Volkswagen Used Car Event

Volkswagen Used Care Event at Pulman 2019

Between the 17th & 31st October 2019 choose your favourite Approved Used Volkswagen from Pulman & receive fantastic offers…

For a limited time only drive away in a used Volkswagen from Pulman and receive fantastic offers including:

  • Two years’ warranty
  • Two years’ roadside assistance
  • Two years’ MOT Cover
  • Two Services
  • 7.9% APR Representative

Plus, if that’s not enough you’ll even get a free Volkswagen Connect DataPlug! With the DataPlug you simply connect it with your smartphone and you’ll always be connected. Whilst driving your Volkswagen will inform you of you everything you need to know; from your parking location, tips to drive more economically, service information and fuel consumption. After your journey is finished you can log onto the app and a view a detailed breakdown of your journey including how much your trip cost in fuel! Further to this on the app there is Assistance Call, which enables you to directly contact the 24-hour breakdown service or the Volkswagen Roadside Assistance. 

VW Used Car Event

 

Alongside the fantastic offers above when you purchase a used Volkswagen from Pulman, you can also drive with peace of mind knowing all of our Volkswagen models are tested through the Das WeltAuto programme! For our cars to become Das WeltAuto approved they must go through several checks and meet a number of requirements, this includes 142 checks carried out by our expert technicians and service history checks. Plus, all of our Volkswagen approved used cars come with 24 months minimum warranty and 24 months roadside assistance.

 

At Pulman we have over 175 Approved Used Volkswagens across the group! View the full range available today, you never know your next car may be waiting for you at Pulman!

Head down to Pulman Volkswagen Sunderland and Durham before the 31st October 2019 to take advantage of this fantastic offer or follow our social channels to be kept up-to-date with the latest used cars available:
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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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Frankfurt Motor Show 2019 Updates

Frankfurt Motor Show 2019 Updates

Follow our daily updates below throughout the Frankfurt Motor Show!

For a more informative view of the Frankfurt Motor Show, visit our previous blog which highlights the upcoming models!

Volkswagen

The Volkswagen Stand at the Frankfurt Motor Show

Volkswagen stand at the Frankfurt Motor Show Volkswagen stand at the Frankfurt Motor Show

 

The new Volkswagen ID.3 unveiled, it looks fantastic!

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The New Volkswagen ID. Buzz at Frankfurt

The new Volkswagen ID. Buzz at the Frankfurt Motor Show

New Volkswagen ID Buzz at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

The new electric e-UP! 

new Volkswagen e-Up at the Frankfurt Motor Show

New Volkswagen e-up at Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

 

The concept Volkswagen ID. Roomz

New Volkswagen ID . Roomzz at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019 new Volkswagen ID Roomzz at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

 

The Volkswagen ID. Vizzion concept

New Volkswagen ID Vizzion at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

 

The new sporty Volkswagen T-Roc R

New Volkswagen T-Roc R at Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

New Volkswagen T-Roc R at Frankfurt Motor Show 2019 New Volkswagen T-Roc R at Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

 

The new electric Volkswagen ID. R racing car

New racing Volkswagen ID R at Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

 

The new Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet makes its debut!

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

SKODA

The SKODA stand at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

SKODA stand at the Frankfurt motor show 2019

 

New SKODA Scala Monte Carlo trim unveiled new SKODA Scala Monte Carlo trim revealed at Frankfurt motor show 2019

 

The new SKODA Scala G-Tec

new SCALA G-TEC at the Frankfurt Motor Show

 

The new 100% fully electric CITIGOe iV at Frankfurt!

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

new citigoe Iv at the Frankfurt Motor Show

New SUPERB iV & SUPERB Combi iV

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

SKODA Superb iV at Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

 

The new sporty SKODA Kodiaq vRS new SKODA Kodiaq vRS at the Frankfurt Motor Show

The new SKODA Superb Scout made its entrance at the Frankfurt Motor Show

New Volkswagen Superb Scout at Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

In with the old & out with the new, the SKODA Octavia vRS

new SKODA Octavia at the Frankfurt Motor Show

 

The new SKODA Kamiq Monte Carlo makes its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show

New SKODA Kamiq at Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

New SKODA Kamiq at Frankfurt Motor Show 2019 Inside the new SKODA Kamiq at Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

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

New SKODA Kamiq in green at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

SEAT & CUPRA

The 100% electric CUPRA Tavascan has been revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show, we love it!

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

new CUPRA Tavascan at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

Interior of the new CUPRA Tavascan at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

The new CUPRA Ateca Special Edition is looking fantastic at the Frankfurt Motor Show

New CUPRA Ateca Special Edition at Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

What are your thoughts on the new CUPRA e-Racer?

CUPRA e-racer at Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

New SEAT Tarraco FR PHEV At Frankfurt Motor Show
new SEAT Tarraco FR PHEV at the Frankfurt Motor Show new SEAT Tarraco FR PHEV at the Frankfurt Motor Show
The new 100% electric SEAT Mii
new electric SEAT Mii at the Frankfurt Motor Show
 
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Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

One of the biggest events of the motoring calendar is fast approaching and at Pulman we can’t wait to see what the Volkswagen Group (VAG) brands have in store for us!

The Frankfurt Motor Show opens its doors to the world’s press on 12th & 13th September ahead of the public days which is from 14th to 22nd September 2019. The Volkswagen Group will be revealing a range of concept and forthcoming production models but the main focus at the motor show will be on electric vehicles. Below we’ve shared what we know so far…

Volkswagen ID.3

One of the most important cars to be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show after sitting on the edge of our seats all summer is the fully electric Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback. Since pre-ordering opened in May 2019 there have been more than 27,000 reservations on the 100% fully electric ID.3 so it’s definitely in demand and we can’t wait to see the full reveal this September! The ID.3 1st Edition offers an electric range up to 260 in accordance with WLTP and comes with quality standard features including Navigation, Voice Control and a contrasting colour roof.

New Volkswagen ID.3

 

Find out more about the Volkswagen ID.3.

Alongside the production of the ID.3, it’s expected that Volkswagen will show a new electric concept as well. The concept will give us an idea of what’s coming next with suggestions that the model could be a value crossover likely to be called the ID.2.

Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet

It’s an exciting time for the crossover segment as Volkswagen are the first to introduce the Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet, the only mainstream crossover with a fully convertible roof! The new T-Roc indirectly replaces the Golf and Beetle Cabriolet models and will be the only drop-top for Volkswagen for the foreseeable future. Following tradition, the T-Roc will have a classic soft top with the fully automatic roof opening in just 9 seconds.

New Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet front view

 

The new T-Roc, unlike other cabriolets, are spacious for rear seat passengers too! The roof design allows for enough leg and head room for passengers who are six-foot to be comfortable, along with a 284-lite boot space. Volkswagen have also claimed the noise levels are kept low by using specially developed door and roof seals.

New Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet

Expected to launch Spring 2020, there will be two trims available in the UK (Design & R-Line); we are sure we’ll be seeing a lot more of this niche SUV prior to the release date!

As well as the exciting new model launches above, Volkswagen will also be unveiling their new brand identity, we can’t wait to see what’s new!

CUPRA

CUPRA will be presenting their first fully electric concept vehicle at the Frankfurt Motor Show, which from sneak peak images looks to be an SUV-Coupe likely to share its design features with the upcoming CUPRA Formentor! Little has been revealed from CUPRA aside from the images shared below (pictured below). CUPRA state the interior will apply carbon fibre in swathes, contrasting colours and a sculpted design to match the exterior shape. On the outside, CUPRA claim that the vents across the SUV-Coupe’s nose have been designed to provide the maximum possible driving range; the prototype’s platform or drivetrain is still yet to be confirmed from CUPRA but we believe it will be based on a modified version of the Volkswagen Group’s all-electric MEB platform.

New CUPRA Electric

New CUPRA electric interior

SKODA

Although SKODA will not be revealing any concept cars at the motor show, they will be showcasing the new Monte Carlo trims for the brand new Scala and Kamiq, which will celebrate the brand’s rallying heritage. The new trims will include black exterior elements and bespoke badging.

New SKODA Scala Monte Carlo trim at Frankfurt Motor Show 2019

 

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Top 5 Places To Visit In The North East This Bank Holiday Weekend

Top 5 places to visit in the North East by Pulman

With a heatwave expected this August bank holiday weekend, there’s never been a better time to get out and about around the North East in your car!

We’ve rounded up the top hot spots to drive to across the North East below, why not browse through them and see if there’s somewhere you could visit this weekend!

Penshaw Monument

Penshaw Monument, officially named The Earl of Durham’s Monument, is located between Washington & Houghton-le-Spring and sits on top of Penshaw Hill. It was first built in 1844 and provides fantastic views across Wearside and County Durham! There are a number of steps leading up to the monument but it’s definitely worth the climb!

If you’re not afraid of heights, every weekend and bank holiday between 6th April and 29th September 2019, you can take a tour to the top of the monument via a spiral staircase to see further views across the North East!

Penshaw Monument

 

As well as the Penshaw Monument there are many walks around the area; from the surrounding woodland to Herrington Park which is just across the road. There’s a large lake which sometimes has boat races and is occupied by swans and other wildlife. There’s also a playpark (usually with an ice-cream van) and café with plenty of parking too!

Whitley Bay

On a warm summer’s day there’s nothing better than visiting the beach! Whitley Bay is situated in the borough of North Tyneside in Tyne and Wear and has a fantastic beach with quirky surrounding cafes, shops and pubs! There’s plenty to do in Whitley Bay, our top recommendations to visit are Spanish City, Seaton Delaval Hall and St Mary’s Lighthouse.

St Mary’s Lighthouse is just north of Whitley Bay and is accessible when the tide is low by a short concrete causeway. Once on the ‘part-time’ island, you can climb the 137 steps to the top of the lighthouse for spectacular views along the North East coast. However, if you’re unable to climb the steps there is a video facility which allows you to experience the same views from the ground level. It should be noted that the island is only open between certain times due to the tide times, you can find the times here.

St Mary's lighthouse at Whitley bay

 

As well as the locations above, there are many fantastic beaches along the North East coastline like Seaburn in Sunderland and Seaham which is a little further south in County Durham.

Holy Island

Another tidal island, similar to St Mary’s Lighthouse but of a much larger scale, is Holy Island based a mile off the mainland Northumberland in the North Sea. The island consists of Lindisfarne Castle, a couple of pubs which offer fantastic meals and numerous walking routes around the island. The Gertrude Jekyll garden is a must too; it was crowned garden of the year by Countryfile Magazine in 2019, you’ll see why if you visit it! There are certain crossing times to visit Holy Island, you can find the 2019 times here.

Holy Island

Durham City

Visiting Durham City is never a dull day out, there’s so much for the full family to do! If you like walking there are plenty of routes along the river and the surrounding woodlands. If you like to shop there are many high street shops as well as original one-off shops. There is a huge range of restaurants, pubs and cafes, many offering delicious food. When visiting Durham there are certain attractions which are must to visit!

Durham Cathedral is in the city centre of Durham and is one of the great buildings of Europe, it’s not hard to see why once you visit! From the structure to the stain glass windows, it’s a must to view the Rose Window which casts colourful sunlight on the Cathedral’s floor (if the sun is shining). There are many places within the Cathedral to visit and you can also climb the tower to view the historic city of Durham and the surrounding countryside!

Durham City and Cathedral

 

The Botanic Gardens is located in the southern outskirts of Durham city and is set in 25 acres of mature woodlands! Inside the botanical gardens there are a number of gardens to visit including the Alpine, Winter and Woodland gardens as well as the Bamboo Grove and wild flower meadow! The gardens are perfect for families to take picnics along and to relax in the sunshine!  

Corbridge

Corbridge is a beautiful village based in Northumberland, just 16 miles from Newcastle and is a fantastic drive to get to! Corbridge is well-known for hosting many annual events in the centre surrounded by the unique shops and pubs as well as the local farm shops selling local meats. A must if you visit Corbridge is the Corbridge Roman Town Hadrian’s Wall where you can walk the old Roman streets, explore the museum and discover the Corbridge Hoard!

Hadrian's Wall

 

As well as the hot spots listed above, there are many fantastic locations across the North East from beaches and woodlands to countryside and shopping centres! We nearly forgot to mention the Pulman Extravaganza event which ends on Monday 26th August 2019 at all of our Volkswagen, SKODA and SEAT branches across Durham and Sunderland! During the event we are offering fantastic offers across the new and used car ranges, plus when you order your new car during the event you have a choice of four Pulman Perks! Find out more about the event here.

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Pulman Extravaganza Event

The Pulman Extravaganza is now back at Pulman between 17th and 26th August 2019

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, the Pulman Extravaganza is back in town for 10 days only presented by the one and only Pierre!

Pierre will be sharing with you all, 10 days of mesmerising offers across the new and used car range including hundreds, if not thousands of pounds worth of savings! If that’s not enough, a fantastic range of deposit contributions will be available with PCP finance!

During the Pulman Extravaganza Event receive 10 days of fantastic offers across the new and used car range!

 

Plus, the fun doesn’t stop there! If you order your new or used car during the Pulman Extravaganza Event, you can choose one of four Pulman Perks! “What are they?” I hear you ask, well let’s start with Pulman Perk 1; if you love TV, box sets and films then the 12 months Netflix subscription may be the perk for you! Pulman Perk 2 is all about the music and podcasts with a 12 months Spotify subscription! You may prefer dining out so a £100 Mitchells & Butlers dining out pre-paid card which is our Pulman Perk 3 may be the choice to your heart’s content, we mean who doesn’t enjoy a fantastic meal in some of Britain’s best loved restaurants? With the Pulman Perk 4 you can add that extra personalisation to your car with a £100 worth of Pulman Accessories! Accessories range from mats and safety accessories to cooler bags and vintage miniature car models.

Purchase your new or used car during the Pulman Extravaganza Event and choose a Pulman Perk!

 

As Pierre is only visiting Pulman for 10 days this year, he has also decided to offer our social media followers a chance to win a £100 Amazon voucher, he’s being very kind to you all! Every day from the 17th to 26th August he’ll be sharing a clue to find a surprise Pulman Perk box on our websites, which could be on any of our three Pulman websites; Pulman Volkswagen, Pulman SKODA or Pulman SEAT. If you want to be in with a chance to win the £100 Amazon voucher, make sure you’re following all of our social channels!

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So what are you waiting for? Don’t miss out on this fascinating event full of fantastic offers, perks and prizes and head to your local Pulman branch! Once Pierre is packed up and ready to move to the next town, he’ll not be back for a while!
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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!

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.