Friday, 25 February 2011

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New Golf Cabriolet Revealed

The first images of Volkswagen’s all-new Golf Cabriolet have been revealed ahead of the car making its public debut at next week’s Geneva Motor Show.

 The two-door, four-seater, front-engined soft top is the first Golf Cabriolet available since the Mk IV Golf, and builds on our heritage for producing popular convertibles which started with the original Beetle cabriolet and still continues today with the Eos. With sales of around 1.42 million units, Volkswagen is one of the world’s most successful producers of convertibles.

But the latest Golf Cabriolet marks a whole new era of open-top motoring, boasting an electrically-powered soft top which can be lowered in just 9.5 seconds including on the move at speeds up to 18 mph, a range of efficient petrol and diesel engines as well as the highest levels of quality, refinement and safety.

Measuring 4,215 mm in length, 1,424 mm in height and 1,779 mm in width, the Golf Cabriolet is smaller than the Eos. Yet despite being 208 mm shorter than the Eos, the cars share a 2,578 mm wheelbase, resulting in maximum interior space for all four passengers. From the front the new model is unmistakeably a Golf, and adopts the now familiar ‘face’ incorporating the latest Volkswagen ‘design DNA’. The heavily raked windscreen gives it a sportier appearance than the hatchback model, while at the rear, new LED lights and a deep crease in the boot lid endow the new Golf Cabriolet with its own individual style. Inside the Golf Cabriolet’s appearance matches very closely that of the hatchback, adopting the same high-quality materials and design.

The new Golf Cabriolet will be offered in the UK with a choice of trim levels – S, SE and GT – and all will have a high level of standard specification which is likely to include 16-inch alloy wheels, a fully automatic electro-hydraulically operated soft top, DAB radio and Bluetooth.

As customers would expect from any car in the Golf family, the Cabriolet will be equipped with the highest levels of safety equipment. This will include an active roll-over protection system, ABS, ESP, airbags all round and a driver’s knee airbag.

In addition to active safety equipment, protection is built into the Golf Cabriolet’s design. A reinforced window frame and structural modifications to the under body, side panels, cross-members and doors endow the new car with an extremely high level of torsional rigidity which benefits safety, comfort and refinement.

Also having a positive impact on noise reduction and refinement is the advanced design of the Golf Cabriolet’s fabric roof which has an additional exterior skin, as well as new window and door seals. The heated rear windscreen is integrated in the soft top with high-frequency welding. When the top is down, the upper side of the leading edge (the segment that directly connects to the windscreen frame) covers the entire top surface of the roof storage box, eliminating the need for a separate cover. This contributes to the very rapid opening time, and means the roof does not need to descend as deep into the bootspace. Even with the roof down, there is 250 litres of boot space.

 A choice of six engines will be available: three from launch (a 1.2-litre TSI 105 PS, 1.4-litre TSI 160 PS and a 1.6-litre 105 PS TDI) and a further three later in the year (a 1.4-litre TSI 122 PS, 2.0-litre TSI 210 PS and a 2.0-litre TDI with 140 PS). BlueMotion Technology modifications will be applied to the diesel engines to ensure high efficiency and low emissions.

Volkswagen UK plans to begin taking orders for the new Golf Cabriolet in July, with the first customer orders arriving in September. More details and price information will be available closer to launch.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Great value new Jetta now open for ordering –

Available for delivery from 25th April.

The new Jetta is open for ordering, ahead of its official UK launch on 25 April. It has a striking new look, is more spacious, better equipped and more economical than its predecessor, and with prices starting from £16,960 it also offers unbelievable value. It's also available with low-rate 7.9 per cent finance.

The new model will be available with two diesel engines from launch and two petrol engines later this year. The 1.6-litre 105 PS TDI BlueMotion Technology model, fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox, boasts an average combined fuel consumption of 67.3 mpg and emits just 109 g/km of C02, making it one of the most efficient vehicles in its class. See below for details of the full engine line-up.

At 4.64 metres in length, new Jetta is 90mm longer than its predecessor, and its boot packs a generous 510 litres of luggage. The rear seating layout is significantly more spacious – there's 6.7cm more legroom – thanks to the car’s longer wheelbase.

New features
The new Jetta has been enhanced in every area. Under the bonnet there is a choice of powerful yet economical petrol and diesel engines, while in the cabin there are new trims and upholsteries. The new Jetta is longer and lower than the previous model, increasing interior space and improving stability.  
·          New 1.6-litre 105 PS BlueMotion Technology engine
·          New interior trim and upholsteries
·           90mm longer than outgoing model
·           New alloy wheel designs
·            Optional RNS 310 sat-nav system

·         The best-selling engine will be the economical 1.6-litre 105 PS TDI BlueMotion Technology, available with five-speed manual or seven-speed DSG automatic. In its manual guise it boasts an average combined fuel consumption of 67.3mpg and emits just 109g/km of C02. BlueMotion Technology features Start /Stop, energy recuperation and low rolling resistance tyres as standard
·          A more powerful 2.0-litre 140 PS TDI engine is also available, with a six-speed manual or DSG gearbox
·         single turbo 1.4-litre 122 PS TSI petrol engine with six-speed manual gearbox is expected to be available to order from May
·        A more powerful twin-charged 160 PS TSI petrol engine will be available, fitted with a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearbox, from March

Trim levels and specification
New Jetta come in three trim levels: S, SE and Sport.
All models get:
·     Climatic air conditioning
·      ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme)
·     Alarm with interior monitoring
·      Curtain airbag system for front and rear passegners
·      Hill hold

S trim
·                         Climatic air conditioning
·                         16-inch steel wheels
·                         ‘Matt Chromium’ brushed decorative inserts
·                         Alarm with interior monitoring
·                         Hill hold
·                         Driver and front passenger airbags
·                         Curtain airbag for front and rear passengers
·                         Driver’s seat height adjustment
·                         Electric windows front and rear
·                         RCD 210 radio/CD player with four loudspeakers
·                         ‘Cardeol’ upholstery

SE trim (over and above S trim)
·                         16-inch Navarra alloy wheels
·                         Cruise control
·                         ‘Pyramid black” decorative inserts
·                         Front comfort seats
·                         Leather-trimmed three-spoke multi-function steering wheel
·                         Front centre armrest
·                         RCD 310 radio with MP3 compatible CD player
·                         MDI – multi-device interface
·                         Rear centre armrest
·                         Split-folding rear seat
·                         'Sienna' upholstery

Sport trim (over and above SE trim)
·                         17-inch Queensland alloy wheels
·                         Chrome side-window surrounds
·                         Heat-insulated tinted glass from B pillar back
·                         ‘Iridium’ decorative inserts
·                         Entry warning lights in front doors
·                         Flat tyre indicator
·                         Front fog lights
·                         Sports suspension, lowered by 15mm
·                         Headlight washer system including warning light for washer fluid system
·                         Automatic coming/leaving home lighting function
·                         'Gloss' upholstery

New options
The Jetta has some exciting new options:
·                         New range of stylish alloy wheels, including 17-inch Porto
·                         Bluetooth telephone preparation 
·                         RNS 310 navigation system
·                         Multi-function steering wheel with paddle shift for DSG engines
·                         MDI – multi-device interface

Press comments "The new car no longer looks like a Golf with a carbuncle of a boot grafted onto its behind. It is now a well-proportioned, elegant saloon that will attract the attention of buyers looking for something a little different from the norm. ...the overall standard of construction is great.
"Turn into a corner and the Jetta reacts instantly and predictably, and there’s plenty of feedback through the steering wheel to help you place the car exactly where you want it. The Jetta is a decent and attractive proposition – and it's attractively priced too." "The new proportions help give the smallest saloon in the Volkswagen range a more grown-up look. Inside, quality is hard to fault and the cabin boasts the same no-nonsense, easy-to-live-with layout as the Golf, giving a great driving position and logical dash. Nicely weighted, linear steering combined with decent body control and consistent grip levels mean the car shares the composure of its Golf cousin in the corners. If you’re looking for a good small family car with a boot, the Jetta shouldn’t be ignored." This Jetta will appeal to more people, especially families with kids because it's nearly three inches longer than the old model – that adds handy extra rear legroom. The Jetta could also tempt buyers of larger cars like the Ford Mondeo and the Passat, looking to downsize slightly, but still have the equipment of an executive car. "The new Jetta is a small saloon - nothing esoteric there - but now it's swelled slightly so that it neatly plugs the gap between Golf and Passat. The instrument panel points towards the driver, which lends a welcome whiff of sportiness. Golf pricing with Passat evocation... that should work."

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Thursday, 17 February 2011

Newcastle United and the new Passat

What does an 8 Goal Spectacular and
a New Passat have in common?

Newcastle 4 - 4 Arsenal
It was the 87th minute of one of the most amazing comebacks the game of football has seen since the Premiership started! Tiote with a fantastic volley from the edge of the box, scored the equalising goal in a never before seen comeback. A truly fantastic game that will go down in football history.

It was like a party atmosphere in the Pulman box! Pulman Volkswagen and Newcastle United have a fantastic relationship and what an amazing photo of Tiote celebrating the comeback
4-4 goal in front of the Pulman pitchside banner!
Truly was a game to remember!

The following Wednesday Pulman and Newcastle United joined forces to launch the brand new luxurious 7th generation Volkswagen Passat! An exclusive event was planned, where the lucky 20 guests enjoyed a full English Breakfast prior to a driving event that would challenge their driving skills with a fuel consumption test.

New Passat from Pulman Fleet

Whilst half the group toured the stadium, taking in the players changing rooms, dugouts, pitch and media suite, the others embarked, in teams of 2, to complete a 13 mile test drive route encompassing varying road and traffic condition to determine who could achieve the highest fuel consumption.…The winners with an amazing result of 66.4 MPG were Richard Aitken and Mansel Priestley of Hawkins, who were delighted to receive a VIP Newcastle United experience including match day tickets and a chance to watch the teams run out onto the pitch from the home dugout.

Richard Aitken “It was a lot of fun, the whole day, and what a fantastic idea to have the consumption test, and as a huge Newcastle fan myself, it was fantastic to win the tickets!”

New Passat Launch at St James Park

Paul Adams, Pulman Fleet Sales Manager comments, “we wanted to do something a bit different to launch the new Passat. With our fantastic relationship with Newcastle United, it seemed perfect to have the launch at St. James Park, to take advantage of the marvellous facilities within the stadium.”

Mansel Priestley “The whole day was excellent! The new Passat is fantastic to drive, feels like you are sitting in an armchair it’s that comfortable! We will definitely be ordering a new Passat.”