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.

Recharge City Driving With The New Electric SEAT Mii

New electric SEAT Mii

The new SEAT Mii electric is the first 100% electric vehicle from SEAT and will be coming soon to our showroom…

The new Mii electric will put the fun back into city driving by combining dynamic performance with practically! It will offer a range of around 160 miles and the battery can charge to 80% in an hour when using a CCS 40kW fast-charger. Further to this, the new Mii goes from 0-62mph in just 7.2 seconds, reaching a top speed of 81mph!

Electric SEAT Mii at the 2019 Dealer Conference in Liverpool

 

There are a few updates on the new all-electric Mii compared to the previous model including new 16” alloy wheels, sporty and heated seats, ambient lighting inside the car, leather-trimmed steering wheel and a new dashboard. Standard equipment includes cruise control, rear parking sensors and safety features including lane assist and traffic sign recognition. The fun doesn’t stop there though, with metallic paint available as standard, choose from Candy White, Deep Black, Chester Blue, Tornado Red and Tungsten Silver!

inside the new electric SEAT Mii

 

The new SEAT Mii electric will be the first model from the SEAT range to include SEAT CONNECT, which gives remote access and management of the vehicle. From a simple smartphone app you can review driving data, charge status, parking position and can even control the air-conditioning remotely from the app.

The pricing of the Mii electric is still yet to be confirmed but SEAT have suggested the price will start around £18,000. Pricing will be confirmed when ordering opens for the Mii electric this Autumn!

The new electric SEAT Mii on charge

 

With the SEAT Mii electric being the first 100% fully electric car from SEAT, further electric models will be added including the el-Born, plug-in hybrid of the SEAT Leon, CUPRA Formentor and CUPRA Leon!

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Pulman SEAT Is Getting A Makeover!

Pulman SEAT refurbishment Diaries Blog

Pulman SEAT are investing in a full retailer revamp which has already begun and expected to finish by July 2019 but don’t worry business is still open as usual…

It’s a very exciting time for Pulman as a company; the SEAT showroom was the third dealership launched by Pulman in 2010 so that’s nearly 10 years ago since it has been updated!

A huge 6-figure investment is being put into this 9-week refurbishment so you can expect to see BIG changes! Not only is the showroom going through a revamp but the workshop, back offices and external areas are also receiving some much needed toolbox treatment too!

So what changes can you expect to see once the revamp is complete? Think sleek and contemporary with the added sportiness feel of the newly branded CUPRA corner! While you wait for your service or appointment, why not sit back and relax in the new hospitality area which will offer a selection of hot drinks alongside a range of snacks.

Step inside the showroom and the new layout will be inspired by SEAT’s home origin; all of the desks and display areas are within diamond cut diagonal lines, much like the Avinguda Diagonal in Barcelona (the widest avenue in Barcelona separating the hustle and bustle of the city from the mountains and most charming and exclusive neighbourhoods). So, if you wish to get away from the noise you may find at other dealers, step inside the exclusive Pulman SEAT showroom.

Although this is a huge project for Pulman SEAT, the showroom is still open for business as usual, the only change you may see is that the service reception has temporarily been moved to the main showroom!

If you want to be kept up-to-date with the latest refurbishment changes, follow the Pulman SEAT Facebook, Twitter and Instagram page. PLUS keep an eye on our LIVE Diary below which is constantly being updated (latest updates at the top)!

LIVE Diary

Thursday 27th June: The new Pulman SEAT sign is currently being placed & all of our new furniture has been delivered! What do you think? We think it looks FANTASTIC! 

New Pulman SEAT sign during refurb

 

New Pulman SEAT and CUPRA furniture

 

New Pulman SEAT and CUPRA furniture

 

New Pulman SEAT and CUPRA furniture

 

New Pulman SEAT and CUPRA furniture

 

Monday 24th June: Not long to go now! The second half of the showroom is nearly complete with the new tiles and flooring, the look will soon be complete with new furniture!

Flooring nearly complete with phase 2 for the Pulman SEAT and CUPRA refurb!

 

Tuesday 18th June: The plastic covering of the new Pulman SEAT and CUPRA totem has been taken off and boy does our new signage stand out! 

New SEAT and CUPRA sign at Pulman SEAT in Sunderland

 

Monday 17th June: The new signage has now landed at Pulman SEAT & is currently being installed into the ground & on the side of the newly painted building!

New SEAT and CUPRA sign being installed during the Pulman SEAT refurbishment

 

New CUPRA sign at Pulman SEAT in Sunderland

 

Saturday 15th June: For now the grey tiling has been covered to protect it from the equipment we are using for the rest of tile placement & painting!

Part of the Pulman SEAT showroom refurbishment in Sunderland

 

Friday 14th June: The grey tiling is being set in the new showroom which is where one of our new cars will feature…but which one?

New grey titling placed to showcase Pulman SEAT new cars

 

Monday 10th June: The future is bright, the future is orange! Alex’s office (General Sales Manager) has been given a lick of bright orange paint, whilst his new computer is being set up! 

The skim coat is also being applied in the showroom to evenly level out the floor ready for the new tiles! 

new office at Pulman SEAT

 

Skim coat flooring in showroom for phase 2 of Pulman SEAT refurb

 

Floor levelling out in Pulman SEAT during the refurbishment

 

Friday 7th June: The exterior of the showroom is looking very sleek! Just need to place the new signage up before the white areas can be painted grey!

Exterior paint nearly complete at Pulman SEAT

 

New exterior colour at Pulman SEAT

 

Tuesday 4th June: Phase 2 has begun in the other half of the showroom! To access the temporary sales area, you need to go through the service reception! The exterior painting is nearly complete, the colour looks fantastic! 

Phase 2 of the Pulman SEAT refurbishment has now started

 

Exterior painting during Pulman SEAT refurbishment

 

Monday 3rd June: Over the weekend the service reception moved back to its original location at the top end of the building! Phase 2 in the main showroom has now begun so the sales team are now based in the half of the showroom which has been shut to the public over the past 5 weeks! Don’t worry there is signage and staff who will guide you to the correct area! 

New service area at Pulman SEAT

 

Phase 2 of the Pulman SEAT refurbishment  - sales team now moved to other half of the showroom

 

Friday 31st May: Phase 1 is nearly complete! It’s looking fantastic! Soon the rooms will reverse & the current showroom open to the public will be the area cornered off!

Phase 1 of the Pulman SEAT refurbishment is nearly complete

 

Phase 1 of the Pulman SEAT refurbishment is nearly complete

 

Thursday 30th May: The painting has begun on the outside of the building! We are going from light to dark! 

New painting has begun outside of Pulman SEAT

 

Tuesday 28th May: The new waiting area is coming along nicely with dark flooring! The tiling and the glass safety barriers are nearly complete in the service area too! 

New waiting area flooring at Pulman SEAT

 

New service area safety barriers at Pulman SEAT

 

New tiles in the service area at Pulman SEAT

 

Thursday 23rd May: The glass is now in the safety barrier where the service waiting is going to be and now work has begun on placing a glass balustrade up to the service reception! New bright lighting has started be installed in the ceilings too!

New glass safety barrier at Pulman SEAT

 

Safety barrier leading to Pulman SEAT service is going up!

 

New bright lighting in the roof at Pulman SEAT

 

Tuesday 21st May: The new railings have started to be placed, which will include glass, so it’s going to look very sleek! Plus the old refreshment area looks unrecognisable; this is going to be the new accessories display area in the new showroom! 

new railings at Pulman SEAT

 

New railings awaiting the new glass at Pulman SEAT

 

The old waiting area at Pulman SEAT

 

Monday 20th May: Work has begun on redecorating the toilet area with new tiling and a fresh lick of paint!

Pulman SEAT refurbishment in the toilets

 

Friday 17th May: The netting has been put up to protect the workshop while the new roof is being installed. Our service reception is still located in the main showroom with Melissa protecting herself from the glorious sunshine today!

Netting in place at Pulman SEAT for the new roof

 

Pulman SEAT Service Reception in the main showroom for the refurbishment

 

Thursday 16th May: The tiling continues in the half of the showroom which is currently closed from the public as well as installation of the floor plug and covers.

New tiling in Pulman SEAT during the refurbishment

 

New floor plugs and covers installed at Pulman SEAT

 

Monday 13th May: Out with the old and in with the new! The original SEAT sign is now dismantled making way for the new signage! The flooring at the service area has also had a skim coat to strengthen &  level out the flooring! 

SEAT Original signage down at Pulman

 

Service area at Pulman SEAT Refurb

 

Saturday 11th May: The workmen are still working hard at the weekend continuing with the placement of the new white tiles! What a lovely sunny day too!

More tiles down at Pulman SEAT refurb

 

Friday 10th May: The Senior Management team visited Pulman SEAT to have a catch-up meeting with the Project Manager & Builders on-site! Everything is going as planned!

Senior Management Meeting at Pulam SEAT refurb

 

Thursday 9th May: The new tiles are starting to be placed in the first cut-off section of the showroom! Nice bright white tiles are coming to your new Pulman SEAT & CUPRA showroom! 

New white tiles being placed in Pulman SEAT

 

Friday 3rd May: The roof has started to come down and trenches have been dug to make way for the media cables for the CUPRA corner!

CUPRA Corner roof coming down

 

Trenches ready for cables

 

Monday 29th April: The famous barriers which have been here since we opened have now been taken down and will be replaced with glass. The café area is also being knocked down and moved to the new hospitality area! Plus today the service reception and waiting area has been moved to the main showroom.

Goodbye famous Pulman SEAT barriers!

 

Hospitality area on the move

 

Saturday 27th April: We’ve started to take out all of our showroom cars as the showroom is going to be split in half over the 9 week project!

Pulman SEAT showroom being emptied

Behind The Scenes For The CUPRA Ateca & SEAT Leon CUPRA

Behind the scenes with the SEAT Leon CUPRA and CUPRA Ateca

This month we went behind the scenes for our latest car reviews for the sporty performance CUPRA Ateca and the SEAT Leon CUPRA…

When we organise a behind the scenes review day we will always select two cars to film throughout the day; one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. For this filming day we chose the sporty models from Pulman SEAT; the CUPRA Ateca and the SEAT Leon CUPRA.

CUPRA Ateca

We took the CUPRA Ateca out for filming first in the morning and decided to take the SUV to Herrington Park and the roads around the back of Penshaw Monument near Offerton, as these areas would really showcase the sporty feel of the CUPRA brand. Thankfully the weather stayed dry for us although prediction suggested rain and just as we were finishing up the sun came out! Read a little more below about the CUPRA Ateca.

It really is an SUV where performance meets style, reaching speeds of 60mph in just 5.2 seconds from a 2.0 litre turbocharged 296bhp engine! To look at, the CUPRA Ateca offers a pair of twin exhaust pipes, rear spoiler, dark tinted rear windows, metallic paint as standard and much more!

CUPRA Ateca from Pulman SEAT in Herrington Park with Penshaw Monument in the distance

 

The CUPRA Ateca really is a fantastic drive and the specification, even on the standard trim, is fully loaded for safety and entertainment. Standard specification includes Smartphone Integration, Air Conditioning, Satellite Navigation, Rear View Camera, DAB Digital Radio and a 360 Degree Surround Camera to name just a few of the features!

CUPRA Ateca from Pulman SEAT

 

Inside the new CUPRA Ateca

 

Find out more about the CUPRA Ateca

SEAT Leon CUPRA

In the afternoon we decided to take the SEAT Leon CUPRA around the Souter Lighthouse in Marsden near Sunderland. We chose this location as our car reviews always try to include well-known landmarks from the areas our sites are based in or around. Unfortunately, the weather predictions caught up with us and we were greeted with rain and wind coming straight from the North Sea! Let’s find out more about the Leon CUPRA below!

The Leon CUPRA really does make heads turn with its high performance look and attractive 19” ‘CUPRA Machined’ alloy wheels along with a uniquely styled front grille and pair of twin exhaust pipes. Step inside and the Leon CUPRA is loaded with technological features as standard which include Satellite Navigation, Full Link Smartphone Integration, Rear View Camera, Front Sports Seats and Suspension, DAB Radio and much more!

SEAT Leon CUPRA from Pulman SEAT in Sunderland at Souter Lighthouse

 

The new SEAT Leon CUPRA from Pulman SEAT

 

SEAT Leon CUPRA at Souter Lighthouse from Pulman SEAT

 

Find out more about the SEAT Leon CUPRA

We don’t want to give away too much without you watching the full reviews first but don’t worry, the videos are currently being edited and will be available very soon!

Read our previous behind the scenes blog with the SEAT Tarraco & Volkswagen e-Golf

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The Awards Keep Rolling In For Pulman SEAT

Pulman SEAT Team win yet another award

For the second year running Pulman SEAT have received the Sales Team of the Year for 2018 award which is now comfortably placed alongside their many quarterly awards in the trophy cabinet…

So what is it that our Pulman SEAT team keep doing to win these awards?

There’s no denying that being awarded 7 out of 9 awards over a 2-year period is an impressive achievement but this wouldn’t have been achievable without the hardworking team.

“The people here know the customers personally. They’ve all been home grown, many of them securing their first job out of college or University with us. They receive fantastic mentoring from Alex, who has 32 years’ experience and knows the SEAT brand inside out”, explains Chris Slater, Head of Business. 

Chris Slater & Alex Paget at Pulman SEAT(Chris Slater & Alex Paget with their many SEAT awards)

Alex Paget, General Sales Manager at Pulman SEAT adds, “We teach new starters the SEAT sales process and key Customer Experience Management points, and then let them be themselves with customers. Once they have the guidelines and boundaries they can interact with customers on their level and tailored to their needs. They all have respect for the rest of business, and they enjoy coming to work – which makes all the difference to the customer and their experience”.

Training and developing the teams’ skills so they deliver a fantastic customer experience to both loyal and new customers is just one of the key tools to help achieve these awards. At Pulman, CitNow is used to send videos of the new and used cars available to customers who have requested this information, so they receive a personal viewing of the car. Responding to customer enquiries isn’t just between 8:30am and 7pm either, Alex ensures that his team answer out of hour enquiries by offering incentives to ensure the response rates are on track with SEAT’s targets! Pulman also partner with local companies and sports teams which increases the exposure of the Pulman brand across the North East.

Pulman SEAT team celebrating yet another award

As well as receiving outstanding awards, Pulman SEAT have been selected as one of the 22 CUPRA sites across the UK which is an exciting time for both Pulman and SEAT UK. Further to this, the dealership is starting its refurbishment in April with big plans for the new CUPRA area; the refurbishment is due to be complete by June!

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

Working behind the scenes at the car reviews with Pulman Group

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

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

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

How long does a typical review video take?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Volkswagen e-Gold down Roker Beach from Pulman

SEAT Tarraco at Sunderland Stadium of Light from Pulman

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

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

SEAT Tarraco with Pulman Group

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

And the Volkswagen e-Golf too…

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

Behind the scenes with the Volkswagen e-Golf and Pulman

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

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

Anything else to add?

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

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SEAT’S FIRST LARGE SUV TARRACO IS NOW AVAILABLE

SEAT Tarraco

SEAT are experts when it comes to SUVs but they’ve not had a large model in their range….until now. Please welcome the SEAT Tarraco. It will sit above the Ateca and Arona to complete the brand’s SUV line-up.

Four different trim levels are available, although there will be a range of First Edition models which will be available for a short time. More about that shortly.

The range and their prices for the entry-level 1.5 TSI Evo engine, will comprise…..

SE                                     £28,320

SE Technology          £29,330

XCELLENCE              £30,410

XCELLENCE LUX      £32,135

SEAT Tarraco SEAT Tarraco

Every SEAT Tarraco comes with seven seats, metallic paint, 17” Alloys, DAB, air conditioning.

SE Technology adds satellite navigation, dark tinted windows and 18” Alloy wheels.

XCELLENCE adds wireless charger, ACC, rear view camera, electric tailgate, 19” Alloy wheels and Alcantara upholstery.

At the top of the range, XCELLENCE LUX adds a clever top view camera, 20” Alloy wheels, leather upholstery and a winter pack.

In terms of engine and transmission choice, the line-up includes two petrol engines…. 1.5 TSI 150 PS and 2.0 TSI 190 PS. The larger petrol engine has an automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive as standard.  There is also a pair of 2.0 litre diesel engines which develop different amounts of power. There’s a 2.0 TDI 150 PS which is also available with auto transmission and AWD, and a 2.0 TDI 190 PS with auto and AWD as standard. All engines benefit from direct injection, turbocharging and stop-start technology.

Inside SEAT Tarraco

As for the limited edition First Edition models…the range consists of….

SE Technology First Edition with a 1.5 TSI Evo 150PS engine (£30,475) which adds a rear view camera, safe driving pack, wireless phone charger and dark tinted windows.

XCELLENCE First Edition, with a choice of either a petrol 1.5 TSI Evo 150PS engine (£33,260) or a 2.0 TDI NR 150PS unit (£34,745) adds 20” Alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, winter pack and safe driving pack.

The top of the range XCELLENCE First Edition Plus also has a choice of engines…2.0 TSI NR DSG-auto 4Drive 190PS (£38,020) and 2.0 TDI NR DSG-auto 4Drive 190PS (£39,505).  This level of trim adds a Beats audio system and electrically powered driver’s seat.

In terms of colours, you can choose from Dark Camouflage, Oryx White, Reflex Silver, Atlantic Blue, Indium Grey, Urano Grey and Deep Black.

Will it fit in your garage? The SEAT Tarraco is 4735mm long, 1658mm high and 1839mm wide.

And how much can you carry? Well, if you flop the second and third row seats into the floor, you’ll end up with a massive 1775 litres load area. Climb in and go for a walk.

If you fold the just the third row, you’ll still have five seats in place and a large 700 litres of space, while if you keep both the second AND third rows in place, you will still have 230 litres of baggage space. 

If you need a family holdall, the SEAT Tarraco should be right up your street.

For more information on the new 7-seater SUV from SEAT – visit pulmanseat.co.uk

Get Your Car Ready For Spring

Spring clean car

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

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

Give Your Car A Thorough Wash

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

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

Volkswagen clean wheels

Top Up Key Fluids

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

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

Clean The Interior

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

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

Interior cleaning of a car

Top Tip For Your Wiper Blades

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

Emergency Items

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

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New 19 Reg Models At Pulman

19 Reg at Pulman Group

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

City Cars

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

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

SKODA Citigo

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

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

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

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

SEAT Ibiza

SUVs

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

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

New Volkswagen T-Cross

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

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

SKODA Karoq

Electric Cars

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

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

Volkswagen e-Golf

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

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

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

SEAT el-Born Concept

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

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

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The Geneva Motor Show 2019

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

1,2,3 For The SUVs!

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

New Volkswagen T-Roc

 

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

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

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

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

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

New Volkswagen Touareg

 

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

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

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

New SKODA Kamiq

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

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

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

CUPRA Ateca Special Edition

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

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

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

CUPRA Formentor

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

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

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

It’s Electrifying…

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

Volkswagen ID Buggy Concept

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

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

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

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

SKODA VISION iV Concept

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

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

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

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

SKODA Klement Concept

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

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

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

SEAT el-Born Concept

 

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

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

Last But Certainly Not Least…

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

Passat Variant R-Line Edition

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

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

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

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

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