Volkswagen Group Take Home Quintuple Awards At Auto Express Awards

Volkswagen Group Take Home Quintuple Awards At Auto Express Awards

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

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

Volkswagen

City Car of the year: Volkswagen Up!

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

new Volkswagen Up! wins Auto Express Award 2019

SKODA

Compact Family Car of the year: SKODA SCALA

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

new SKODA Scala wins Auto Express Award 2019

 

Mid-size SUV of the year: SKODA Karoq

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

new SKODA Karoq wins Auto Express Award 2019

 

Estate Car of the year: SKODA Octavia Estate

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

new SKODA Octavia Estate wins Auto Express Award 2019

SEAT

Large SUV of the year: SEAT Tarraco

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

new SEAT Tarraco wins Auto Express Award 2019

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The New SKODA Scala Now At Pulman

New SKODA Scala now at Pulman

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

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

Exterior

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

New SKODA Scala now at Pulman

Interior.

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

Interior of SKODA Scala now available from Pulman SKODA

 

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

Boot space in the new SKODA Scala at Pulman

Features

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

Interior of new SKODA Scala at Pulman SKODA

 

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

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

A new chapter for SKODA begins with electric iV brand

SKODA have entered a new chapter in their 124 year history by introducing the iV sub brand…

The iV sub brand is a collection of the new and upcoming electric vehicles from SKODA as well as the development of new mobility solutions. The i symbolises several characteristics of the brand:

  • intelligent
  • iconic
  • innovative
  • inspiring
  • individual
  • intuitive

whereas the V in SKODA iV stands for vehicle.

SKODA Auto will be spending over two billion euros over the next five years to develop the products in the iV brand; the company’s largest investment programme to date! By 2022, SKODA will have introduced more than ten electric cars, which will establish the iV family brand! As part of a double world premiere, SKODA presented two new electric vehicles in Bratislava in May 2019, let’s take a look at them…

CITIGOe iV

The SKODA CITIGOe iV will be the first fully electric vehicle in SKODA’s 124 year history offering up to 164 mile range in the WLTP cycle, making it perfectly equipped for city driving! The battery can be recharged to 80% in just one hour using a CCS (Combined Charing System) charging cable.

CITIGOe iV from SKODA

 

The zero emission CITIGOe iV may look small on the outside but is in fact very spacious inside for four passengers. The boot capacity offers 250 litres, but fold the rear seats down and this increases to 923 litres.

There will be two trim levels available, the Ambition and Style trims. Standard equipment includes Swing II radio, Move&Fun smartphone docking station, electric front windows, Lane Assist and Climatronic. The Style trim also includes electric and heated wing mirrors, ambient lighting on the dashboard as well as a leather detailing package which includes a leather steering wheel, handbrake and gearstick. There is also an option to add a Comfort package and Winter package (Style trim only).

The new electric SKODA CITIGOe iV

 

The SKODA CITIGOe iV production is due to begin this Autumn and will be available for sale in the UK early 2020. Although prices have not been confirmed, SKODA have hinted that the CITIGOe iV will go on sale for under €20,000 in Europe.

SUPERB iV

The SKODA SUPERB iV is the first production model by SKODA to be fitted with plug-in hybrid drive. It will offer up to a 34 mile electric range in the WLTP cycle and combined with the petrol engine can offer in total up to a 528 mile range! You can select whether you want to drive in E-Mode (100% electric) or HYBRID mode (use of both petrol engine and the electric motor).

New electric SKODA SUPERB iV

 

Standard equipment on the new SUPERB iV includes Amundsen Navigation System, SmartLink technology (Android Auto and MirrorLink™ – this function is wireless for Apple CarPlay) and 360 degree panoramic view of the vehicle on the central display. The boot capacity will offer up to 485 litres (hatchback) and 510 litres (estate).

Inside the SKODA SUPERB iV

 

The SKODA SUPERB iV is set to start production Autumn of this year with the market launch beginning early 2020. Pricing for the SUPERB iV is still yet to be announced by SKODA.

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Approved Used SKODA Fabia Event

SKODA Fabia Approved Used Car Event

From the 1st to 30th April Pulman SKODA are offering fantastic offers across the used Fabia range, find out more in our blog…

Drive away in a stylish SKODA Fabia from Pulman SKODA this April and receive the following:

  • £500 Deposit Contribution with SKODA finance
  • 2 Years’ Free Servicing with SKODA Finance
  • 5% APR Representative

Plus receive the following Approved Used Benefits:

  • Up to 2 Years’ Warranty
  • Up to 2 Years’ Roadside Assistance
  • Free MOT Test

We currently have used SKODA Fabia SE, SE L and Monte Carlo trims in stock. Take a look at some of the available cars below*:

SE

This 65 reg Fabia SE comes with Bluetooth, 6.5” Touchscreen, DAB Digital Radio & Front Assistant Collision Mitigation, keeping you safe and entertained throughout your journey. View the full advert here.

Used SKODA Fabia SE

SE L

Keep your passengers entertained in this 65 Reg SKODA Fabia SE L with Bolero radio with telephone control, Mirror Link, USB and SD card, Bluetooth, DAB Digital Radio and much more! Read the full SKODA Fabia SE L specification here.

Used SKODA Fabia SE L

Monte Carlo

Super sporty this used Fabia Monte Carlo offers Panoramic Sunroof, Sports Style Seats, Air Conditioning, 6.5” Touchscreen and much more. Click here to view this model!

Used SKODA Fabia Monte Carlo

If you’re interested in a used Fabia contact our SKODA team on 0191 383 7500 or visit our Pulman branch on Belmont Industrial Estate, Durham, DH1 1HP. Keep up-to-date with the latest Pulman SKODA news by following our social channels:

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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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We hope our guide on how to spring clean your car has helped! Currently at Pulman we are offering Spring Checks from only £20 which includes an express visual check, oil and washer fluid top-ups, wash & vac and an air conditioning refresh. Book yours today by clicking here. To be kept up-to-date with the latest news from Pulman, follow our social channels:

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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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60 Years of the SKODA Octavia

Ever since the automotive industry’s pioneering days, SKODA has been streets ahead – turning out cutting edge technologies and innovations. SKODA have always been passionate about people-moving technology, from bikes to cars they . Let’s take a trip down memory lane by looking at the SKODA Octavia…

This year we are celebrating  60 years since the production of the SKODA Octavia was launched! In January 1959, the first of this legendary model series rolled off the production line at the Mladá Boleslav plant. It was the brand’s eighth model after the Second World War and also the eighth SKODA model with the state-of-the-art independent suspension, which the manufacturer introduced in 1933

The Original 

The first two-door version of the SKODA Octavia left the main plant in Mlada Boleslav in January 1959. The top speed was 110km/h; the average consumption was 7.7 litres of petrol per 100 kilometres. 

The attractive, flowing body design was just as impressive as its driving characteristics. Technical innovations, including the from axle with coil springs and torsion bar stabiliser, gave the Octavia a high degree of ride comfort andeasy handling. The introduction of asymmetric headlamps during 1959 increased its saftey. 

SKODA presented a more powerful variant in 1959 with the Octavia Super, featuring a 1.2 litre engine and a peak output of 33kW. Demand for the Octavia model range rose sharply at home and abroad. 

Octavia Interior Original

 

The Rally Champion 

On 10 March 1960, the sporty ŠKODA OCTAVIA Touring Sport (TS) was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, which boasted an engine output of 37kW (50hp). ŠKODA applied to the World Automobile Federation (FIA) for homologation of the TS for racing and rallying in the class of unmodified road vehicles –  paving the way for the 130km/h two-door model in motor sport. The OCTAVIA TS scored a hat-trick at the famous Monte Carlo Rally, with victories in1961,1962 and 1963.

Rally Octavia

The COMBI 

ŠKODA presented the OCTAVIA COMBI in Brno on 11 September 1960, featuring a two-piece, horizontally split tailgate. Despite its compact exterior dimensions, the vehicle comfortably seated five and provided 690 litres of boot space with a loading length of 0.965 metres. After folding down the rear backrests, the luggage compartment capacity increased to up to 1,050 litres.

The two-door saloon was built until 1964; the last one – a grey OCTAVIA Super – rolled off the Mladá Boleslav production line on 11 April. The all-new ŠKODA 1000/1100 MB with a self-supporting body and rear engine would soon step up as its direct successor. The last OCTAVIA estate model left the Kvasiny line on 21 December 1971. Between 1959 and 1971, a total of 360,000 ŠKODA OCTAVIAs were produced, including more than 54,000 estate versions.

Combi Octavia

The Modern era – Part One 

In 1992 – soon after ŠKODA joined forces with Volkswagen Group – work started on developing a completely new model based on the legendary type designation. On a modern technical platform, former Chief Designer Dirk van Braeckel and his team created a body with an unmistakable design.

The OCTAVIA saloon debuted on 4 April 1996 and immediately gained international acclaim with a high level of active and passive safety. It also benefited from a boot volume of 528 to 1,328 litres. The OCTAVIA COMBI, which was even more spacious and especially successful on the European markets, was added to the range in March 1998; the first four-wheel-drive version was launched in 1999. More than 470,000 estates of the first generation OCTAVIA had been built by November 2010.

Modern Octavia

The Modern era – Part Two 

This success was topped by the second generation ŠKODA OCTAVIA, which was built from 2004 to 2013 with 1.6 million saloons and 900,000 estates sold. The second-generation model boasted many technical innovations, including petrol engines with direct injection and direct-shift gearbox (DSG).

Today, the third OCTAVIA generation forms the backbone of ŠKODA’s model range. It has been in production since November 2012 and was fully updated in February 2017. More than 2.5 million customers have already bought the third generation model.

Modern 2 Octavia

 

Volkswagen, SEAT and SKODA Drive into 2019 as WhatCar? Winners

It’s that time of year again, it’s What Car? Award season! There’s no bigger prize than a win at the annual What Car? Car of the Year Awards. This year we are incredibly proud to announce that we have won a whole host of awards! Let’s see who scooped first prize…

SKODA

The SKODA winning streak has continued as we drive into 2019 with two WhatCar? category wins and four price point victories – that’s an impressive six accolades! The SKODA Octavia was crowned ‘Family Car of the Year’ and the SKODA Superb was awarded ‘Estate Car of the Year’ for the fourth year in a row. Last, but not least, the Superb, Karoq, Citigo and Fabia also went on to win a price point award!

Here’s what Ian Jarvis, SKODA Sales Manager had to say:

“Winning a What Car? Car of the Year Award is the biggest accolade a car and car maker can get. SKODA cars are dynamic, interesting and simply clever – coupled with the Pulman fantastic customer experience, owning a SKODA just got even better!

SEAT

SKODA was not the only winner on the night. Two SEAT models have also claimed top category honours in the What Car? Awards 2019. The CUPRA Ateca won sports SUV of the year and the SEAT Arona won small SUV of the year (for the second consecutive year) at the What Car? Awards in London.

Alex Paget, SEAT site manager, said

“To be recognised by industry experts for our SUV models is fantastic, we are incredibly proud that SEAT and CUPRA were crowned winners at the 2019 WhatCar? Awards. We knew that the CUPRA Ateca was going to be a spectacular car, but when it was delivered to site we couldn’t wait to get it out on the road. The CUPRA Ateca is ready and waiting to hit the roads of Sunderland – why not pop along to Pulman SEAT for a test drive?”

Volkswagen

Volkswagen might of been late to the pick-up party when it launched the Amarok in 2010, but it was worth the wait! This year the Amarock was crowned overall winner in the Pick-up of the Year category.

Here’s what Keith Ramshaw, our Volkswagen Sales Manager had to say:

The Volkswagen Amarock is a fantastic car, and my go-to demonstrator all year round. It truly is a truck you can use every day, from a weekend away, to a trip to the supermarket! Our SKODA showroom in Belmont Industrial Estate deals with all our used Commercial Vehicle stock – make sure you check out our website!

Pulman Group have four locations across Durham and Sunderland. Offering great deals on new Volkswagen, SEAT and SKODA cars along with a wide range of used cars. Want to know more? Click here.

The sportiest SUV yet: The Kodiaq vRS

We already know how brilliant, practical and spacious the SKODA Kodiaq is, but did you know that the Kodiaq has been upgraded with the legendary vRS badge? It comes with the same Simply Clever features and practicality but it also comes with the typical vRS strong performance and keen handling! 

Kodiaq vRS front

From the outside, the Kodiaq vRS is immediately set apart with the striking 20-inch alloy wheels, unique bumpers, red vRS badges and plenty of gloss black trim.  Inside you’ll see more of this sophisticated and aggressive look with lashings of carbon-effect trim, Alcantara sports bucket-style seats and sports pedals. 

Kodiaq vRS

And it doesn’t end there! As soon as you hop inside you can’t help but notice SKODA’s touchscreen infotainment system. It’s large, it’s colourful and responsive – and what’s more inputting data is as easy as a swipe. a punch or a pinch. The Kodiaq vRS also comes kitted out with DAB radio, Virtual Cockpit instrument display, Bluetooth, USB connections are all included as standard as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to mirror your smartphone. 

Inside Kodiaq vRS

Not sure how to use Apple CarPlay? Check out our blog here 

The Kodiaq vRS is now available to test drive at Pulman SKODA! You can book your test drive here! Our showroom is located in Belmont Industrial Estate, Durham, DH1 1HP