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 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! 

OUR GOLF’S ELECTRIC

New e-Golf at Pulman Volkswagen

Did you know that according to the Office for National Statistics, the average weekday commute for UK drivers is around 10 miles. Throw in a few diversions on the school run or to the shops and let’s call it 120 miles per working week.

If that sounds about right for you, then you need to buy the Volkswagen e-Golf.

The e-Golf is Volkswagen’s all-electric, battery powered version of one of the UK’s most successful and popular cars. You have all of the traditional Golf attributes like quality of build, reliability, comfort, interior space and high standard of specification, but without a petrol or diesel engine under the bonnet.

Of course, trundling through traffic on your daily commute will ruin your fuel consumption under normal circumstances, but in the e-Golf, that doesn’t matter. In fact, slow, steady driving will help matters.

e-Golf interior

Volkswagen admit that, okay, under perfect, warm conditions, the e-Golf has a battery range of 144 miles, but in the real world of miserable British weather, it’s likely to drop to somewhere in the region of 130 miles. However, for a lot of people that will easily cater for the Monday – Friday total.

And here’s the clincher. If you set off on Monday morning with a fully charged battery, you won’t need to do a thing until the weekend, and your total cost of ‘fuel’ will be in the region of £3. All you have to do on Sunday evening is plug the e-Golf into your household mains via a 3-pin plug, leave it to gently charge for around 12 hours….and bingo, you’re ready for a working week of cheap motoring. You can have a fast charger installed or, if you have one at work, it allows you to reach an 80 per cent charge in 45 minutes.

e-Golf charging station

You are also exempt from road fund tax and won’t have to pay congestion charge tolls. Business users can benefit from income tax advantages too.

Apart from all of that, the Volkswagen e-Golf is just, well, like any other Golf. It’s lively too with 0-60 mph taking only 9.5 seconds because, unlike with a petrol or diesel engine where you need to allow the revs to rise before reaching peak power, you have 100 per cent power with an electric car…instantly.

In terms of kit, you get sat nav, air con, Car-Net App Connect which allows you to mirror your smart phone onto the Golf’s touchscreen. There are parking sensors front and rear, powered windows and mirrors (heated), DAB radio and a host of safety kit.

Interested? The best idea to find out more is to go along to Pulman Volkswagen in Durham or Sunderland. Their experts will take your through all of the benefits of going electric.

Prices for the Volkswagen e-Golf start at £33,240.

To book a test drive on a new e-Golf and to learn more visit: www.pulmanvolkswagen.co.uk/new/cars/e-golf  

The Geneva Motor Show 2019

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

1,2,3 For The SUVs!

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

New Volkswagen T-Roc

 

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

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

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

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

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

New Volkswagen Touareg

 

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

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

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

New SKODA Kamiq

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

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

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

CUPRA Ateca Special Edition

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

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

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

CUPRA Formentor

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

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

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

It’s Electrifying…

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

Volkswagen ID Buggy Concept

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

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

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

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

SKODA VISION iV Concept

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

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

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

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

SKODA Klement Concept

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

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

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

SEAT el-Born Concept

 

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

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

Last But Certainly Not Least…

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

Passat Variant R-Line Edition

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

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

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

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T-CROSS BREAKS COVER

New Volkswagen T-Cross

March sees the arrival at Pulman Volkswagen of the latest Volkswagen model…the T-Cross…which is Volkswagen’s first small SUV. It’s an urban crossover which offers a combination of style, practicality, flexibility, connectivity and economy, and sets new standards for its class. It will sit below the Tiguan and T-Roc in the Volkswagen SUV range, but still offer all of the convenience that you get from a larger SUV. A large chunk of the T-Cross running-gear is based on the tried and tested Volkswagen Polo.

There’s a choice of three turbocharged petrol engines. A pair of 1.0 TSI three-cylinder petrol engines develop either 94 or 113 bhp while for additional performance, a 4-cylinder 1.5 TSI engine, which develops 148bhp, will appear later in the year. Initially, there will be no diesel engine for the T-Cross in the UK but that is likely to change if there is sufficient demand. You can choose from a 6-speed manual gearbox or 7-speed auto.

There are four levels of trim…S, SE, SEL and R-Line.

Standard equipment for the new T-Cross includes numerous driver assistance systems which were previously reserved for higher vehicle classes. There will also be air conditioning and VW’s usual selection of connectivity including Bluetooth. Sliding rear seats are fitted as standard, allowing an additional 70 litres of storage capacity, or up to 140 mm of extra rear leg room.

T-Cross space options

The entire T-Cross range is expected to start in the region of £16,750 but to whet everyone’s appetite, Volkswagen is introducing an exclusive limited edition…the T-Cross First Edition. It will be available to only 250 UK customers. Order books are now open.

The T-Cross First Edition is fully loaded with upgraded specification including a Beats sound system with 300-watt output and an extra subwoofer. It also comes with Discover Media satellite navigation, LED headlights and super-stylish 18-inch alloy wheels. Each of the exclusive 250 First Edition models will be finished in Pure White with silver roof rails and unique black styling throughout.

Interior of the T-Cross

All T-Cross First Edition models are powered by Volkswagen’s frugal 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine with 114 bhp, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, and two-wheel drive. As with the regular T-Cross a high level of safety technology is included, with Front Assist including autonomous emergency braking, blind spot sensors, adaptive cruise control and Lane Assist all featured as standard.

The T-Cross First Edition costs £23,150…models will arrive at our Pulman Volkswagen showrooms in April.

Visit – //pulmanvolkswagen.co.uk/t-cross to find out more

PERFECT ALL-ROUNDER

New Volkswagen Tiguan at Pulman Volkswagen

The Tiguan is a really important car for Volkswagen. It’s their third biggest seller in the UK behind the Golf and Polo. Consequently, when the time came to launch the latest edition of the Tiguan, VW was cautious in terms of the exterior styling.

That’s no bad thing because the Tiguan is instantly recognisable. It’s a tad wider and longer but it has a lower roof line, all of which makes the new Tiguan look more hunky.

And, if you go for the R-Line, you end up with a Tiguan that also looks sporty. If looks are important to you, this is the one to go for.

Interior of the Volkswagen Tiguan

The Volkswagen Tiguan range starts at £23,990. No matter which level of trim you go for, you will have access to most of the engine range, all-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox. Entry level models use a 1.5 litre 129 bhp petrol engine, 6-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive only. You can also opt for a 2.0 litre diesel engine developing 148bhp.

Further up the trim range sees the arrival of a 148bhp petrol unit, a 187bhp diesel engine and a powerful but smooth, 2.0 litre petrol engine which delivers 227bhp.

The recently launched Match trim will be the most popular using the 148bhp diesel engine (58.9mpg, 0-60 in 9.3 seconds and a top speed of 127mph), but there’s something about the R-Line. It makes the Tiguan stand out from the crowd. You get 20inch alloys, side skirts, wheel arch extensions, sports seats, sat nav, air con, brilliant audio system with DAB etc. In fact, there’s nothing you need to add expect deciding whether you want the benefit of 4MOTION all-wheel drive. If you do you’ll need a further £1890.

Everything else about the R-Line is as per the rest of the range. It’s roomy, comfortable and, thanks to a large boot, will be ideal as either school run transportation or loaded to the gunwales for a trip to a holiday resort.

Options for passengers in the Tiguan

If you fancy some extra seating, try the Tiguan Allspace. Thanks to a longer wheelbase it has space for seven people.

If you need a car that becomes a cherished member of your family, the Volkswagen Tiguan will be ideal. Go along to your local Pulman Volkswagen showroom and take a look at the Tiguan and discover why it has become such a familiar sight on our roads.

Need a perfect all-rounder….you’ll love the Volkswagen Tiguan.

To book a test drive on a new Tiguan and to learn more visit: www.pulmanvolkswagen.co.uk/new/cars/Tiguan  

VW + SUV = T-Roc

New T-Roc

Volkswagen have become masters of SUVs, but they needed a smaller model to fit below the Tiguan and Touareg. Please welcome the T-Roc.  

There are currently five levels of trim. Everything kicks off with the T-Roc S at £19,270, powered by a 1.0 litre 114bhp TSi petrol engine using a 6-speed manual gearbox. It’s lively too. 0-60 takes 10 seconds but you’ll still manage around 55mpg.

The S trim includes air conditioning, heated door mirrors, height adjustment to the front seats, electric windows all-round, remote central locking, tyre pressure monitor and a brilliant audio system which comes with DAB radio and the facility to play MP3s through the USB socket. The 8inch colour touch-screen looks really smart and very hi-tech.

Inside the Volkswagen T-Roc

You also get an extensive list of safety gadgetry including lane assist (it tells you if you’re wandering from your lane), front assist (it applies the brakes automatically in an emergency) and a host of air bags. The T-Roc is one of the safest cars ever built by Volkswagen.

For a bigger choice of engines, move up to the VW T-Roc SE (from £20,935). How about something like the seriously powerful 1.5 litre TSi petrol engine which whisks you to 60mph in a shade over 8 seconds yet will still crack the 50mpg barrier. You can also opt for a 7-speed automatic gearbox.

Our favourite trim is the VW T-Roc Design which sits below the top of the range SEL and R-Line. It allows you to customise your T-Roc with neat touches like a contrasting roof colour, different coloured alloy wheels and a variety of fascia and seat trims.

There is one option that we would seriously recommend; Dynamic Chassis Control which gives you variable suspension settings. You can choose Sport, Comfort and Normal. This allows you to swap between a firm, sporty ride with increased response to the steering and accelerator…or a comfy, cossetting ride for long journeys or when the car is loaded to the gunwales with the family and all of their baggage. 

T-Roc space saving from the boot

If you want to fully appreciate the style and enjoyable drive of the Volkswagen T-Roc, go along to your local Pulman Volkswagen dealer. The sales team will give you a guided tour and the chance to take a T-Roc out for a test drive.

Fancy a stylish, compact Sports Utility Vehicle?  That’ll be the Volkswagen T-Roc then.

To book a test drive on a new T-Roc and to learn more visit: www.pulmanvolkswagen.co.uk/new/cars/T-Roc   

Gearing Up Durham School Pupils For Buying Their First Car!

Durham School at VW Durham

As most of us know from experience it can be pretty daunting when the time comes to purchasing your first car, which is why Pulman Volkswagen Durham provided a short demonstration of the car buying process to Year 12 Pupils from Durham School who are currently learning to drive.

Scott Jenkins, Client Sales Advisor, along with Chris Slater, Head of Communications & IT / Sunderland Sites Manager, provided a presentation to Durham pupils to explain the various options and processes available when it comes to buying your first car, whether it’s a Brand New, Nearly New or Used Car.

The key points covered included going through the configurator on the Pulman Volkswagen website; from selecting the make, model, colour and additional extras. Scott then moved onto explain about the various finance options when purchasing a car (Personal Contract Purchase, Personal Contract Hire, Cash Purchase etc…) before explaining some of the current features found across most of the Volkswagen Range such as Rear Parking Sensors, Apple Carplay & Android Auto. After the on-screen presentation ended, Scott took them across to a Volkswagen Golf for the pupils to look at the technology & design features and how it can differ between trim levels. As being a Year 12 Pupil can be a stressful time with exams, all of the pupils were offered cricket and football-style stress balls after a team photo!

Durham School seminar at VW Durham

 

Kath Rochester, Director of Co-Curriculum & Senior Housemistress at Durham School, shared her thoughts on the session with the following, “Thank you so much for having us to visit today. It was a fabulous session and really useful for our students.  They really enjoyed learning about buying a car as they really didn’t know much about the process or certainly how they could finance a vehicle.  Scott and Chris pitched the session at the right level and the students felt like they were treated as customers and adults.” 

Kath then went onto say, “It proved to be a really valuable experience and hopefully they will take this knowledge with them when they are in a position to make such a purchase.  We are finding quite a few of our teenagers today are generally quite naïve so today’s session was important in tooling them up for the future and opening their eyes to the real world.”

Durham School who contacted Pulman Volkswagen Durham to request if we could provide this seminar, is also introducing other life skill presentations, such as buying your first home, to the PHSE Pupils to develop their knowledge for adulthood.

VW Durham & Durham School pupils during seminar

 

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Fabia RedLine: the new hatchback at Pulman SKODA

We have a fantastic new addition to our hatchback line-up: The Fabia RedLine! With eye catching design and enhanced standard specification, this years WhatCar? 2017 Best Small Car just got even better.

fabia reg

 

The RedLine comes in Moon White metallic paint and features a striking red and grey stripe which runs from the front bumper, over the bonnet and roof, and onto the boot door, and matching red door mirror covers. 

It also comes with enhanced 16″ black Antia alloys and parking sensors 

fabia black alloy

 

On the inside, it comes with exclusive enhancements over the Fabia SE. With leather multifunction sports steering wheel, leather handbrake and sport seats as standard. 

fabia redline

You also have access to SKODA’s SmartLink technology which connects your car and your phone. It allows you to use certain mobile phone apps, such as sat-nav, send and receive texts all through car’s touchscreen. Whether you want to select and listen to music on your smartphone or receive turn-by-turn directions, all of this is mirrored on the central display. 

skoda redline navigation

This special limited edition Fabia RedLine is available at Pulman SKODA with £2,000 deposit contribution at 2.9% Representative APR.  

Want to take a test drive? Hurry we only have 10 RedLines available! Come down to our Pulman SKODA showroom in Belmont Industrial Estate, Durham, DH1 1HP.  

 

 

A STAR car from Pulman ŠKODA

 
STAR Radio were looking for a car that could carry radio equipment throughout County Durham and North Yorkshire, the brand new family run Pulman ŠKODA showroom in Durham seemed like a perfect fit, a local car for a local station from a locally run retailer.
 
The Yeti, the iconic ŠKODA SUV with four-wheel drive technology provided STAR radio the perfect station car. With a generous boot capacity, the Yeti is ideal for the radio crew’s sound equipment. Along with DSG automatic, satellite navigation and Bluetooth phone preparation, STAR radio can be assured of a fantastic driving experience.
 
STAR 102 – 107 FM covers Durham, Darlington and North Yorkshire with fantastic music, and a breakfast and drivetime show that has grown its audience recently. John Clayton, Managing Director for STAR Radio
comments: “We were looking for a station car that could represent us throughout County Durham and ideally from a local supplier. After talking with Pulman ŠKODA it seemed like a perfect partnership. Pulman with their new ŠKODA showroom in Durham, who are also customer and community focused, aligned with our own values.”
 
After receiving the ŠKODA Yeti, Emil Franchi STAR Radio’s new Drivetime presenter who’ll be driving the eye catching Yeti commented: “When the cover came off and the car with STAR radio logo’s was revealed everyone was very excited! The car looked great and I was even more excited when I learned the Yeti was an automatic and had Sat Nav. I can’t wait to drive it”.
 
From leaving Pulman ŠKODA the STAR radio team went on a tour of Durham, from the iconic cathedral to the Riverside cricket ground at Chester-le-Street, the STAR Yeti visited some of the most popular sites in County Durham. But the road trip doesn’t end there, while the Durham leg of the tour has already kicked off, the STAR car will be visiting Darlington and North
Yorkshire across the coming weeks and months.
 
Emil thought it was great to be able to drive the new ŠKODA Yeti around his hometown and “was particularly impressed with the additional features and gadgets the car offers alongside a very smooth and comfortable
journey”.
 
Natalie Wilson, Marketing Manager at Pulman ŠKODA, expressed how passionate Pulman are about supporting the local area; “We were
very excited when STAR radio approached us with their idea for a new station
car, by partnering with STAR radio and their #LoveLocal campaign the STAR car tour is a great way to showcase both STAR and Pulman SKODA around the North East. We can’t wait to see where the STAR Yeti goes next”.