Monday, 22 August 2011

The first photos of the Volkswagen up!

The first photos of the Volkswagen up! have been released, ahead of the new small car making its debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September.
The up! is an entirely new design, offering maximum space on a minimal footprint (3.54 x 1.64 m), making it ideal for driving in the world’s cities. It will be launched in Europe in December.

There are three versions for different budgets and needs: take up! is the entry-level car, move up! the comfort-oriented model and high up! the top version.  At the car’s market launch, there will also be two models based on the high up!: up! black and up! white.
Making its debut in the up! is a new generation of three-cylinder petrol engines, with outputs of 60 PS and 75 PS.  Combined fuel consumption as a BlueMotion Technology version (including a Stop/Start system) is 4.2 l/100 km (60 PS), and CO2 emissions for this version are less than 100 g/km. There are also plans for an up! with electric drive.

An important new safety technology in the up! is the optional City Emergency Braking system. It is automatically active at speeds under 18 mph, and uses a laser sensor to detect the risk of an impending collision. Depending on speed and situation, City Emergency Braking can reduce accident severity by initiating automatic brake interventions that can even avoid a crash. So far, the up! is the only vehicle in the segment to be offered with this function.

At 3.54 metres in length and 1.64 metres in width and 1.48 metres in height, the up! is one of the smallest four-seater cars. Its overall length consists of short body overhangs and a long wheelbase of 2.42 metres. Use of space in the car is exceptionally good, because of the wheelbase, which is one of the longest in the segment, combined with an engine that is mounted well forward. The 251-litre boot is also significantly larger than is typical in this class. When the rear seat is fully folded, cargo space is increased to 951 litres.
The interior is as colourful as it is capacious, with either decor paint or body colour (depending on the equipment line) used in the interior, including across the dashboard facia. The clean and well-organised layout of the interior of the up! also offers clever details, fun styling and a level of quality that will enhance the market segment.
For the first time in a Volkswagen, the maps + more system is now being offered, which is a mobile Personal Infotainment Device (PID).  In the economically priced up!, this is an equally economical system that was developed to organise navigation, telephone, information and entertainment, and was designed in cooperation with Navigon, one of the world’s leading suppliers of navigation systems. 

The user simply snaps the PID into place above the centre console.  Unlike many other similar systems of this type, maps + more melds with the car’s network of systems more effectively: navigation, telephone and infotainment can be controlled and viewed via the maps + more touchscreen, which can also be used to view vehicle information, such as the display of the parking sensors (where fitted).  Apps specially developed for the up! also let users extend maps + more to meet their specific needs.
The new Volkswagen Up! Are you excited...

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Sunderland fan wins two SAFC season tickets.

Darren Besnen was the lucky winner of one adult and one Junior SAFC season ticket courtesy of Pulman.

Photo courtesy of Sunderland Echo
Pulman are a Volkswagen and SEAT dealership across Sunderland and Durham. During the Sunderland Airshow which took place on 30th and 31st July, Pulman handed out over 3000 scratch cards in which everyone was a winner, from a free car wash and vacuum to an extra £500 towards the next car purchase. But the main prize was the adult and junior SAFC season ticket.

Darren Besnen the lucky winner from Seaham, a local paediatrician, grew up as a huge Sunderland supporter, in which now his 3 children – Luke, Adam and Louise, are also now fans of SAFC.

Darren comments: “I can’t believe it, I’ve never won anything before, I literally ran to the Pulman stand at the airshow to claim the prize. It was a very lucky ticket! I have 3 children and when the lady was handing out the scratch cards, she initially gave us 2 tickets for Luke and Louise. I asked for an extra ticket for my son Adam and that was the winning ticket, unbelievable!

We’re all massive Sunderland fans and I always wanted to take the kids to watch the game. Winning these season tickets is absolutely fantastic, I just want to thank Pulman!

We visited Pulman’s SEAT dealership in Sunderland to collect the tickets, unfortunately for us we are going on holiday and will miss the first game of the season against Newcastle, although my twin brother has already claimed the first game for himself! I guess the only issue I have now is deciding who I will take to each game!”

Natalie Wilson, Marketing Manager for Pulman comments, “When Darren came with the winning ticket it was absolutely fantastic! We are so pleased that a huge SAFC fan who is local to the area has won the tickets. With having 2 dealerships in Sunderland alone, we are very proud to be apart of the local community and always like to give something back, which is where the scratch card idea came from, so everyone wins a prize. We hope Darren and his family enjoy the season.”

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

NEW GOLF CABRIOLET - Coming to Pulman

Say hello to the New Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet. The two-door, four-seater, front-engined soft top is the first Golf Cabriolet available since the Mk IV Golf, and builds on the company’s 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.

Standard Specification Includes:
• MP3 Compatible CD Stereo
• Driver's and front passenger's airbags
• Alarm with remote control central locking
• Electronic Stabilisation programme (ESP)
• Heat insulating tinted glass
• Folding rear seats

Visit Pulman Volkswagen this weekend (6th and 7th August) to see the all new Golf Cabriolet.