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More awards for ŠKODA at the Tow Car Awards 2016

The multi-award-winning Superb has been named Overall Winner at the Tow Car Awards 2016 by a panel of experts from The Camping and Caravanning Club, Practical Caravan, and What Car?.

The SKODA Superb Hatch 2.0 TDI 150PS SE Business was declared best in class in the 1400-1549kg weight division, posting sufficiently high scores to bag the coveted Overall Winner award. All 41 shortlisted cars were put through a gruelling test regime including emergency lane changes, low speed slalom runs, incline tests and emergency brake tests.

All cars were tested solo to judge ride quality, handling and refinement, and were also assessed for running costs, value, standard safety equipment and resale value.

Commenting on the Superb’s performance, David Motton, Tow Car Editor of Practical Caravan magazine, said: “The SKODA Superb is spacious, great value, and brilliant to tow with. We'd happily pull a tourer or trailer from one end of the country to the other with the Superb, such is its stability, performance and comfort. A worthy overall winner for 2016.”

ŠKODA is no stranger to the Tow Car Awards. The current Octavia was named Overall Winner in 2013, and won its class (up to 1,400kg) in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

The Superb range has a braked towing capacity of up to 2,200kg and is available with a wide range of towing options and accessories. These include an integrated tow bar that can be released via a lever in the boot and folded away after use. The Superb also has one of the biggest and most practical boots in the sector; the Hatch delivers 625 litres of space with the rear seats in position and the Estate 660 litres. 

For more information on the ŠKODA Superb, visit

Source: SKODA UK 

Posted on 28 June 2016 | 4:19 pm

Pulman SEAT Sales Executive scoops double award from SEAT UK.

Sales Executive Kevin McSkimmings of Pulman SEAT located in Sunderland, has received recognition from Spanish car manufacture SEAT and the Institute of Motor Industries.

Kevin, a popular member of the team both with staff and customers, has been awarded full accreditation from SEAT UK as a qualified Sales Executive and a 5-year employee service award.  To become qualified from the Brand and to be recognised within the industry is a fantastic achievement.

The route to become a qualified SEAT Sales Executive is a long process that consists of several assessments, which include multiple examinations at the Volkswagen Group National Learning Centre at Milton Keynes.

The assessment framework includes: Focus on commercial opportunities, SEAT alignment, personal impact, personal organisation and product and technical knowledge. This puts customers at the forefront of the sales process to ensure customers’ expectations are exceeded whilst demonstrating SEAT Brand behaviours.

Kevin commented: “To receive the awards from SEAT is an honour, to work with such a brilliant product on a daily basis makes my job enjoyable and to have the support of the team at Pulman behind me, ensures I can deliver a fantastic experience to our customers.”

Already qualified as a Motability Sales Executive, Kevin has added to his array of awards. Chris Slater, Site Manager at Pulman SEAT comments: “The team at Pulman SEAT would like to congratulate Kevin on his fantastic achievements and his commitment to delivering a fantastic customer experience. To gain the qualification and to be recognised by the Brand itself is an achievement we’re all proud of.”

To reward Kevin for his dedication, commitment and hard work, Kevin received a SEAT rewards pack which includes vouchers, apple TV and various other rewards.

Laura Makepeace, HR and Training Officer at Pulman Group commented: “Kevin’s achievements are fantastic and a fine example of what you can achieve and the opportunities available to anyone thinking of joining Pulman and the motor industry.”

To apply for vacancies at Pulman, visit

Posted on 28 June 2016 | 4:08 pm

Start a fantastic career with Pulman - Join our Apprenticeship Scheme starting September 2016

We have apprenticeship opportunities available for Service Technicians, Service Advisors and Parts Advisors starting September 2016 with opportunities in Durham & Sunderland.

We are looking for enthusiastic and driven individuals who are passionate about a career in the motor industry. With over 18 years and 170 staff members, Pulman can provide a young apprentice the perfect platform to excel and develop. You will receive training at the Volkswagen Group National Learning Centre in Milton Keynes, whilst gaining invaluable on-the-job experience with Pulman. On completion of the training programme you will obtain a recognised Volkswagen Group qualification status along side securing full-time employment at a top 10 Volkswagen retailer.

Whilst gaining on the job experience and training, Pulman will pay for fees, training and accommodation to attend training and learning seminars at the Volkswagen Group National Learning centre in Milton Keynes.

As an Apprentice Service Technician you will undertake a 3-year programme gaining a qualification up to NVQ level 3 and Service Technician status on the Volkswagen Qualification Programme.  After successfully completing the three-year programme you will enjoy an exciting and rewarding career in the motor industry.

We also have opportunities available to train as a fully qualified Service Advisor or Parts Advisor. You will complete a two-year programme whilst being gaining full time employment experience at a Pulman retailer. Training, accommodation and fees are paid in full to support and develop your skills at the Volkswagen Group National Learning Centre based in Milton Keynes.

Click below to watch the Pulman video 

Applications will be processed in June 2016 and placements will commence September 2016.  

Posted on 28 June 2016 | 2:53 pm

Site update on the new £2million ŠKODA Bespoke showroom due to open this Spring Belmont Durham

It’s a very exciting time for Pulman and we want to share the progress on our fantastic new ŠKODA site due to open in Belmont, Durham.

Construction has been moving at a swift pace since we brought you the last update, we are pleased to share the fantastic news that the site is now in the very final stages of completion.  

The finishing touches are now being added to the building and just in the last few days we are delighted to share the photos of the Pulman ŠKODA signs being installed, giving the £2million bespoke building the Pulman SKODA personality.

The new site will have a 9-car facility showroom, a new in-house Café Dafte with fresh food prepared daily and will be open to the public. The new ŠKODA site will be located just of the A690 at Dragonville Industrial Estate, Belmont Durham.

Committed to delivering a Fantastic Customer experience, Pulman ŠKODA will be launching the first ever Yoga and Palates Studio delivering professional classes provided by My Body Studio. More information coming soon. 

Having been named New Car retailer of the Year 2015 based at our pop up showroom, things are certainly on the up for Pulman ŠKODA.  To keep up with the latest Pulman news, visit 

Posted on 28 June 2016 | 2:52 pm

Volkswagen Reveal the T-Prime Concept GTE

Volkswagen have revealed a new concept car, the T-Prime GTE, a cutting edge premium class SUV expected to surpass the size of the Touareg.

The concept car signals a new era in motoring, the T-Prime is a plug-in hybrid featuring all-wheel drive as well as zero emissions on any terrain. The T-Prime combines the best of different automotive features: the comfort of a saloon; the space of an estate; superior traction to all other types of car; state-of-the-art chassis technology; sports car agility; and, thanks to innovative drive technologies, the efficiency of a compact car. 

In the T-Prime hybrid mode, the electric E-Mode makes the car a zero emission SUV giving the driver a range up to 31 miles. In GTE mode the power output is 381 PS, offering a dynamic drive. The technical layout is complemented by a charismatic and sporty design. The display and control concept offer the driver a completely digital experience, conventional switches in the interior have been replaced by gesture and voice control, touchscreens and touch sensitive surfaces.  The T-Prime is the world’s first car to feature a curved interaction area.

The T-Prime Concept GTE is part of an SUV product offensive launched this spring by the European debut of the new Tiguan. In the future this successful model will, for the first time, also be available with an extended wheelbase. In the classes above, this will be followed by a new mid-size SUV for China and the USA as well as the successful Touareg or a vehicle based on the T-Prime Concept GTE.

Volkswagen plans to launch seven new electric and plug-in hybrid models in the Chinese market in the next three to four years. These vehicles will also be made in China.

For more information on the range of Volkswagen vehicles available at Pulman, please visit our website

Source: Volkswagen UK 

Posted on 28 June 2016 | 2:52 pm

Pulman are proud to Sponsor rising motorsport star, Joseph Taylor.

North East businesses are lining up on the grid to support the region’s young British Formula Stars karting champion.

In poll position is Pulman Fleet part of the expanding regional motors group Pulman – the latest organisation to sponsor and support rising Tyneside motorsport star Joseph Taylor.

Local businesses are recognising the emerging talent of 11-year-old Newcastle-born Joseph who recently met his racing hero Lewis Hamilton to be officially recognised for winning the 2015 Formula Kart Stars – Cadet series and also have a tour of the Mercedes team factory.

Joseph, 11, from Ryton, hopes to emulate Lewis Hamilton’s success - although recognises he has much still to learn and achieve. This year he aims to build on last season’s success – when he also finished 4th in the Little Green Man racing series and 6th in the Super One British Championship.

Lewis Hamilton won the same karting championship as Joseph back in 1995, and at the same age, 10. Lewis went on, breaking many milestones, to become one of the youngest F1 champions at the age of 23.

Just as in F1, sponsors are an important part of building and maintaining success for all young racers, helping motorsport talent develop by supporting the running costs to compete in championships that run across the UK. All eyes in the UK motorsport community are on Joseph this year as he again competes in the Little Green Man and Super One championships, staying with internationally recognised Fusion Motorsport, running their Synergy kart for his last year in the Cadet class.

His mother Lianne Taylor said: “We’re delighted Pulman Fleet have seen the talent in Joseph and have been prepared to provide valuable support. On the racing track the results are down to Joseph but he recognises there’s a big support team behind him. That team, which includes the sponsors, makes racing possible and allows young drivers to develop.”

Paul Adams, group fleet manager of Pulman Fleet, said: “We’re proud to sponsor a rising motorsport champion like Joseph. As a Volkswagen, SEAT and SKODA dealer, we’re keen to support a talented local racer, pitting himself against others in a high performance, sporting sector we understand.”

Pulman Fleet supplies more than 2000 Volkswagen, SEAT and SKODA vehicles to blue chip corporate and small businesses throughout the UK. Its parent company, the privately owned Pulman Group, recently opened a £2m bespoke SKODA showroom at Belmont Business Park, Durham.

Other business organisations that are supporting Joseph include: Newcastle-based restaurant group, 21 Hospitality Group; insurance broker, BSIS; video production company, In-House Films; embroidery and sewing threads specialist Madeira; and business PR consultancy, MHW PR.

For more information visit 

Posted on 28 June 2016 | 2:48 pm

Pulman Volkswagen support Hodgson Sayers with their £300,000 environmental commitment.

(Photo left to right: Simon Cullen, business development manager, Pulman Volkswagen, James Clinghan, relationship director, Lombard, North East England & Humberside, Richard Manterfield, area fleet manager, Volkswagen UKand Mike Wade, finance manager, Hodgson Sayers.)

Pulman Volkswagen’s fleet business have supplied 11 Golf GTE’s to County Durham based Hodgson Sayers – the current British Chambers of Commerce UK Business of the Year - who have overhauled their company car fleet with environmentally friendly hybrids.

Hodgson Sayers who are based in Stanley specialise in roofing, building works, metal fabrications and fencing. With over 40 years’ experience and various awards, they truly are pioneers for the construction industry with their commitment to the environment.

As well as adopting a hybrid fleet, Hodgson Sayers have also invested in 12 charging points at its headquarters and installing a 50-Kilowatt solar panel array on the roof of its main offices.

Mike Wade, Finance Manager, Hodgson Sayers, said: “Last year we achieved the ISO14001 environmental standard which has given us the momentum and drive to deliver truly ambitious plans for our relationship with the environment including our carbon footprint. 

The hybrids represent a significant commitment by the business but we felt it was the right thing to do. In addition to the environmental statement we also acknowledge the savings in terms of fuel consumption while the incentives package that includes government grant, capital allowances and taxation benefits makes this a very sound investment.”

With the support of Lombard Commercial & Private Banking, Pulman Volkswagen was chosen to deliver the new hybrid fleet. Simon Cullen, Business Development Manager for Pulman Volkswagen commented: “It’s a privilege to support and supply to a local business like Hodgson Sayers with their new hybrid fleet of Volkswagen Golf GTEs. They truly are showing a fantastic commitment to the environment. The Golf GTE is a powerful and sporty car with the benefits of a hybrid. You can drive up to 31 miles when fully charged in the all-electric mode, and up to 580 miles when petrol and electric are combined, packed with the latest technology plus all the classic comforts a Volkswagen Golf offers.

As a plug-in hybrid, the Golf GTE offers the best of both worlds, with a petrol flap on the side and a charging socket behind the Volkswagen roundel on the front grille making it incredibly convenient and easy to charge.”

Mike Wade continues: “Working with Pulman Volkswagen was very easy. They were flexible with what we wanted, supportive and communicated throughout the process, delivering 11 Golf GTEs. Delivering a fantastic customer experience. Needless to say we are all very excited by our new hybrid fleet.”

For more information on the Golf GTE and to request a long term demonstration for your business please contact Simon Cullen on 0191 383 7505 for more details.

Posted on 11 April 2016 | 2:15 pm

Pulman ŠKODA support the Durham Big Ride 10th Anniversary.

(Photo left to right: Paul Clough (Rider), Ian Jarvis (Pulman SKODA), Hector Stewart (Rider) and Colin Wilkes (main organiser of Durham Big Ride) Location: Durham Cathedral.

For 10 years Durham has hosted the fantastic Durham Big Ride and The Beast, a cycling event for all  ages and abilities. There is a little ride (3 miles) for young children to get involved in, with en-route entertainment, a middle ride (10 miles), a big ride (25 miles) and the most challenging, “The Beast” (52 miles).

The 2016 start and finish will be at the historic Durham Cathedral, supported once again by Pulman ŠKODA, who will be helping out with some of their top cars to lead the riders on their way.

Colin Wilkes, main organiser of the Durham Big Ride comments: “We always look forward to see the local businesses getting involved with our event and with the new Pulman ŠKODA showroom opening soon in May in Durham City, it is great to cement the partnership we have with Pulman. From an event point, ŠKODA is one of the main names in the world of cycling and so having them with us brings a lot of prestige to both the Durham Big Ride and Beast events.”

The cycling event takes place over two weekends, Durham Little, Middle and Big ride will take place on Sunday 4th September and the Beast on Sunday 18th September. Hundreds of people take part in the events, which aim to get cyclists of all ages and abilities out on their bikes, with routes suitable for little ones on their first bikes to club members looking for a challenge.

Ian Jarvis, Sales Manager at Pulman ŠKODA comments: “This is the third year in a row that we have supported this event. It is truly a fantastic day for everyone. The events are well organised and most of all lots of fun. We are once again proud to support the Durham Big Ride and provide the lead car for all riders, especially on the 10th anniversary of the event. With ŠKODAs cycling roots and Pulman opening their brand new flagship ŠKODA showroom in May, it is the perfect partnership for us.”

Pulman ŠKODA will open their brand new 9 car ŠKODA showroom to the public in May 2016 at Belmont Business Park. With an on-site showroom, Café, providing freshly made breakfast and lunches, fresh coffee and homemade cakes it will also have on-site bike shelters, maintenance and repair services plus courtesy bikes, it will be a popular destination for all cycling and car enthusiasts

Colin Wilkes continues: “It is really great to see all parts of the Durham community using the event to raise money and get out into the great countryside around the City into the bargain. We are looking to make this year special as it is out tenth running of the Durham Big Ride – the best one yet!”

For more information or to book your place on the Durham Big Ride visit

Posted on 6 April 2016 | 2:00 pm

Introducing the SEAT Ateca SUV

Prices and specification now available for the SEAT Ateca range

After making its world debut at the Geneva Motor show in March, full UK pricing and specification for the Ateca has now been confirmed.  You can order the first ever SUV for SEAT from 3rdMay 2016.

The Ateca will be available in three different trim levels; the S, SE and XCELLENCE.


The entry level trim S has all the essential kit and more you would expect from SEAT. The classy interior includes; air conditioning, five-inch touch media system with USB and SD connectivity, leather steering wheel and gear knob plus split-folding rear seats with reclining function. On the outside, Ateca’s stylish lines are complemented by 16-inch ‘Design’ alloy wheels and LED daytime running lights. An array of safety aids and systems come as standard on every Ateca, including Front Assist with city emergency braking and pedestrian protection, plus tiredness recognition.


Moving on to SE, this trim brings you with an array of comfort, convenience and styling features. Dual-zone climate control, cruise control, electrically adjustable heated and folding door mirrors and rear park sensors as standard. The technology on board will not disappoint, included is Full Link technology, an upgraded infotainment system in the form of Media System Plus with an eight-inch colour touchscreen, voice control and Bluetooth/hands-free system. Finally, not forgetting the USB-AUX port and SD card slot come as standard of the SE trim. Externally the SE includes 17-inch ‘Dynamic’ alloy wheels, LED taillights and black roof rails.


Rounding of the trim levels is the ‘XCELLENCE’, the flagship trim includes an array of premium features including four new innovations for SEAT. First being a connectivity hub that allows you to charge your phone wirelessly and boots in-car phone signal. A multi-colour interior ambient lighting with LED interior illumination with a choice of eight colours. Never seen before feature for SEAT, comes an ‘ATECA’ welcome light which is projected onto the ground form the bottom of the door mirrors. Finally, SEAT driver profile with driving experience selector. This latest evolution from SEAT allows the driver to adjust Ateca’s set up (steering, throttle response and gear change speeds) according to road and weather conditions or personal preferences which include off-road and snow models on four-wheel drive versions.

Technology just continues to grow on the XCELLENCE trim with the Convenience Pack.  Auto lights and wipers, auto-dimming rear view mirror and automatic coming home and leaving home lights function. Keyless Entry and go and navigation system (3D map display, high resolution display, two SD card slots and DAB digital radio). To make this trim even more impressive, black leather upholstery, rear view camera and winter pack (incorporating heated front seats and headlight washer system).

Moving to the exterior, the XCELLENCE trim boasts 18-inch Performance alloy wheels, chrome roof rails and window surrounds, as well as chrome double exhaust pipes and aluminium roof rails. Full LED headlights and dark tinted rear windows complete the premium look for the new Ateca.

Comfort, convenience, style and technology options

Every Ateca comes with an enviable list of standard equipment, for those seeking even more comforts there’s plenty of options. Some of the most noteworthy are its technology highlights, several of them making a debut on SEAT’s latest model.

The innovative electric tailgate with virtual pedal, for both opening and closing. Another convenience feature includes a top view camera offering a 360-degree view to assist with parking and manoeuvring. Lane assist is available as part of a driving assistance pack with high beam assist, while blind spot detection, complete with the new rear cross traffic alert.

Several convenience features likely to catch the eye include a double boot floor, park assist and again the first for SEAT – a heated windscreen.  For added style choose the optional panoramic sunroom and 19-inch ‘Exclusive’ machined alloy wheels.


An array of safety aids and systems come as standard on every Ateca, including Front Assist with city emergency braking and pedestrian protection, plus tiredness recognition. Safety features across the range include ASR traction control, ESC, electronic differential lock (XDS), seven air bags, hill hold control and finally tyre pressure monitor system.


The Ateca has gave the SUV market a shake up with it’s very responsible start price of £17,990 under cutting several SUV manufactures, including the Nissan Qashqai by over £500 and the Ford Kuga by an impressive £2,000.


The new SEAT Ateca is available with a wide range of engines, including a frugal 1.6TDI capable of 65.7mpg, as well as several engines which achieve over 150PS. A total of five engines feature in total, comprised of two petrol and three diesels, with power ranging from 115PS to 190PS which include six-speed manual or seven speed- DSG auto transmissions.

A three-cylinder 1.0TSI 115PS is available on the S and SE, which the 1.6TDI 115PS features on the S and SE models. Upping the power to 150PS brings both the 1.4 Eco-TSI with active cylinder shutdown, as well as the highly regarded 2.0DI both of which feature across the SE and XCELLENCE trims. The 2.0TDI 190, is exclusively available on the XCELLENCE and comes with DSG and 4Drive (SEATS four-wheel drive system). 4Drive is also available as an option with the 2.0TDI 150.

Success in Europe
In several key European markets which include, France and Germany, where ordering for the Ateca has already opened is proving a huge hit even before customers have got behind the wheel. In the UK alone, media pundits have already begun heaping the praise. Auto express magazine hailed Ateca as an ‘impressive piece of kit’, while the Daily Telegraph hyped it up further with “in September, SEAT dealers will be very busy indeed.”

Source: SEAT UK 

Posted on 1 April 2016 | 3:20 pm

The new up! And Volkswagen Polo set to launch with Beats Audio

Volkswagen and beats audio are working together to produce a new premium sound system set to be in the new Volkswagen up! and special edition Polo.

Both of the new models feature a 300 W premium sound system from the audio specialists Beats AudioTM, promising a state-of-the-art sound experience.

To deliver crystal-clear sound, the system has seven high-end loudspeakers distributed around the interior: two tweeters in the A-pillars, two woofers in the front doors, two broadband loudspeakers in the back as well as a subwoofer integrated in the spare wheel well, which delivers powerful, punching bass tones. No matter whether it is hip hop, heavy metal, rock, pop or electronic music – you can really feel the music in the new beats special editions.

Not only is the new up! being upgraded on the sound, the car is also getting a makeover with special edition Beats Audio Features. These include; 15-inch "Radial" alloy wheels, special beats design decals and contrasting colour door mirror caps, while the interior is given an individual look thanks to a specially designed dashpad, a multifunction steering wheel, a special door sill plate and colour-coordinated seat belts.

The Polo beats, meanwhile, features the new 16-inch "Syenit" alloy wheels, coloured door mirrors and a gloss black radiator grille. The interior is characterised by the special "beats" design seats and door trim panels, coloured seat belts and a leather steering wheel.

To see the world premiere of the new up! with Beats Audi visit our YouTube channel

To keep up to date with the release date email or call 0191 3360030

Source: Volkswagen Media 

Posted on 9 March 2016 | 4:41 pm

The ŠKODA Superb scoops two awards at the UK Car of The Year Award 2015

ŠKODA can’t stop winning awards at the moment, scooping another two awards at the UK Car of the Year awards ceremony. Both the Superb Hatch and Estate models were victorious.

The ŠKODA Superb Hatch came out on top in the Family Category, which is highly regarded as one of the most competitive sectors in the UK market. Awarded best in the category, the superb was praised for its exceptional comfort and high quality.

Motoring journalist Tim Pollard, one of a 27-strong panel of judges, said: “Can you think of a family car delivering more space, equipment and gloss per pound? I can’t…”

His views were echoed by other judges, with Chris Russon commenting: “The Superb Hatch has incredible quality and all-round performance at a price that makes others wince.” Fellow judge Al Suttie added further praise, saying: “ŠKODA offers more space, comfort and quality than anyone else at this price. The Superb is the best family hatch there is.”

Further proving the Superb’s strength in depth, the judges handed it the best estate car title. Judging panel member Paul Hudson felt the car was: “Even better than its peerless predecessor for a combination of space, quality and low running costs.”

These latest titles add to the new Superb’s impressive haul of industry and press awards. Since its UK market launch in September 2015, the Superb has been a regular on the podium, taking home five major industry titles including What Car? estate car of the year and The Sunday Times estate car of the year.

For more information on the ŠKODA Superb or to book a test drive, please visit

Pulman ŠKODA – New Car Retailer of the Year 2015

Source – SKODA UK

Posted on 3 March 2016 | 4:05 pm

A preview to the Geneva Motorshow March 2016

The Geneva Motor show is one of the biggest motor shows of the year, manufactures from around the world showcase their new models due to make a presence on the European market. 

This year is no compromise; with Volkswagen, SEAT & SKODA all set to take centre stage. 

New models from the Volkswagen Group are set to make their debuts, where there is great anticipation for their arrival in Pulman showrooms across the North East.

Also on show at the Geneva Motor Show are the latest concept cars from the Volkswagen group brands, which is always a very exciting time for all motor fans.  

Models which are expected to be launched at the show include:

The New Volkswagen Tiguan

The first ever SUV for SEAT – Meet the Ateca

The SKODA Vision S concept car

The New Volkswagen up!

The 2016 Geneva Motor Show will be held in the Swiss City from 3rd March – 13th March. As always, Pulman will keep you up to date with the breaking news and photos as they are revealed.

Visit to see the latest offers from three iconic brands. 

Posted on 29 February 2016 | 12:22 pm

Update on the new £2million ŠKODA Bespoke showroom due to open soon in Belmont Durham

It’s a very exciting time for Pulman and we want to share the progress on our fantastic new ŠKODA site due to open in Belmont, Durham.

Construction on the new site has been moving at a swift pace during the winter months and the fantastic new site is starting to take shape.

The images below will give a general overview of the site layout, as the site starts to develop further we will announce progress updates and reveal the launch date in the near future.

The new site will have a 9-car facility showroom and a new in-house Café Dafte with fresh food prepared daily. The new Pulman ŠKODA site will be located just of the A690 at Dragonville Industrial Estate, Belmont Durham.


                                          (Outside the customer handover area) 

                                          (Inside the 9 car showroom) 

(inside the service workshop area) 


To view the latest vacancies at Pulman ŠKODA visit

Posted on 25 February 2016 | 11:01 am

Pulman ŠKODA wins New Car ŠKODA Dealer of the Year Award!

Pictured left to right (Elizabeth Walton, Sales Advisor Pulman ŠKODA, Heath Munroe, Area Sales Manager ŠKODA UK, Ian Jarvis, Sales Manager Pulman ŠKODA & Gary Irwin, Sales Advisor Pulman ŠKODA)

These are exciting times for Pulman ŠKODA, with a brand new site about to open and being crowned ŠKODA New Car Dealer of the Year by ŠKODA UK.

Each year ŠKODA UK awards the top performing ŠKODA dealers from their 128 strong dealer network. Pulman ŠKODA were recognised for achieving the best new car performance across the UK network and for looking after their customers.

Ian Jarvis, Pulman ŠKODA Sales Manager comments: “It is fantastic to be recognised by ŠKODA UK for our 2015 performance and delivering a fantastic customer experience. Going above and beyond for our customers to ensure that their next car is the perfect for them. It’s a privilege and honour to accept this award on behalf of everyone at Pulman ŠKODA.”

Pulman ŠKODA launched a pop-up showroom near the Arnison centre in the summer of 2014. Just over 18 months later, they are recognised as the best new car dealer in the entire ŠKODA UK network and with a  brand new showroom in Belmont Durham due to open in April 2016 it’s a fitting accolade to take to the new site.

Ian continues: “We are all very excited to be moving to the new £2-million-pound showroom when it launches in April. The site will allow us to offer an even bigger selection of new and used cars, aftersales and fleet services and an on-site Café that will be open to the general public.”

The new site will have a 9-car showroom, in-house café with fresh food prepared daily and in a first for the motor industry a yoga studio offering a wide range of classes for all abilities, certainly something you do not see every day in a car showroom. The sites location just off the A690 at Dragonville Industrial Estate, Durham makes it accessible from a wide area across the region.

Heath Munro, Area ŠKODA Sales Manager comments: “It’s a fantastic achievement for Pulman ŠKODA. In such a short period of time, they’ve shown a brilliant capacity to really exceed customer expectations, looking after the customer and helping them choose the perfect new car performing above established ŠKODA dealers. 2016 certainly looks to be an exciting year ahead with the launch of their new showroom. Congratulations to the Pulman ŠKODA team.”
The good news hasn't stopped at the this award, this week Ian was accredited as a fully qualified ŠKODA Sales Manager, one of only a handful in the UK after completing a rigorous assessment workshop.

Pulman ŠKODA are currently recruiting for their new showroom. Laura Makepeace, HR & Training Officer comments, “It’s an exciting time for anyone thinking of joining Pulman, or the motor industry. From joining the team at Pulman and through the support of the brands: Volkswagen, SEAT and ŠKODA, there is a fantastic training structure to support anyone who wants develop their career.”

Current vacancies are posted online at or for further information email

Posted on 22 February 2016 | 1:57 pm

The New Volkswagen Tiguan – Set to land in the UK Spring 2016.

The New Tiguan is due to open for ordering this Spring.  The stunning 4x4 certainly won’t disappoint, with refined engines and the latest in-car technology it’s set to make a big impression at the official launch at the Geneva Motor show which takes place in March.

Efficient Engines

Eight engines are available in both manual and DSG transitions with outputs ranging from 115ps to 240ps. Despite the increase in power, all engines are up to 24 percent more fuel efficient than the previous Tiguan.

Available in both petrol and diesel engines, customers have the choice of either a two or four-wheel drive.

In Car Technology

In-Car Connectivity Software Car-net will enable drivers to stay online.  App Connect – three innovative technologies that allow you to bring smartphone apps onto your infotainment system’s touchscreen: the established MirrorLink™ apps, the new CarPlay™ function from Apple, and the Android Auto™ function from Google. Volkswagen is the first manufacturer to offer a choice of three interfaces to connect up smartphones.

Guide and inform features will keep you better informed when driving. From the news and weather, to online traffic and parking information, everything is at the touch of your fingertips.

In addition to Car-Net App-Connect and Guide and Inform, the Tiguan will be the first model in the Volkswagen range to have access to Car-Net Safety and Security services, such as automatic accident notification, giving you even greater peace of mind.

Driving Technology features

The new Tiguan includes the new 4MOTION Active control; this will enable drivers to adjust the all-wheel drive system to suit all driving conditions.

Safety is no compromise when it comes to the new Tiguan, several assistance systems come as standard for greater convenience, dynamism and safety. These include Front Assist with City emergency braking, pedestrian motoring, lane assist and automatic-post-collision braking system.

Refined Space

Inside the new model, there’s a lot more space for passengers to ensure a comfortable journey for all. Boot Capacity is up to 615 litres as standard, however be prepared for space once the seats are folded down. Capacity will increase to an impressive 1,655 litres, giving you a further 145 litres to the previous model.  

Source: Volkswagen UK

To register your interest for the new Tiguan, visit or email 

Posted on 19 February 2016 | 8:53 am

Meet the Ateca – The first ever SUV for SEAT

Say hello to the SEAT Ateca, unveiled in Barcelona it’s got everybody talking. The new Ateca combines distinctive design, dynamic driving fun, urban versatility and compelling utility.

Technology is at the forefront of the Ateca; first class connectivity, assistance systems and highly efficient engines makes the Ateca one of the most desirable SUV’s out there. With a combination of outstanding quality, precision production and value for money this makes the Ateca a true SEAT.

Driving Technology
The technology included in the Ateca certainly won’t leave you disappointed. SEAT have pulled out all the stops to ensure the latest technology makes you ready for the adventure ahead.

The SEAT driver profile is on hand to allow you to adapt the car to the current driving situation, road conditions and personal taste. The Ateca includes traffic jam assist: This assistance function makes progress in heavy stop-start traffic far more bearable. At traffic jam speeds, the Ateca steers, accelerates and brakes automatically within the system boundaries.

A new safety feature included on the Ateca is Emergency assist; if the driver remains inactive beyond a certain period, the vehicle issues first a visual then an acoustic warning, followed finally by a brief pulse of the brakes. If there is still no reaction, the Ateca slows down to a standstill, while staying in lane.

Engine Choices
The Ateca comes with a range of state of the art engines which include the powerful turbocharged TSI and TDI diesel ranging from 115PS to 190PS. The Ateca gives you the choice of a two wheel or four-wheel drive in both DSG and manual transmissions.

Full Connectivity
State of the art technology keeps you fully connected to the digital world. The SEAT Ateca comes with the latest generation of Easy Connect Infotainment systems. Full link technology and the exclusive SEAT Connect APP are the highlights of this stunning SUV. The connectivity box is the centre console enables you to charge your smartphone wirelessly which complements Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

State of the art interior
Working in harmony with the exterior, the Ateca combines a refined and elegant unique feel which gives drivers a feeling of solidarity and safety.The cockpit is centred clearly around the driver, ensuring all controls are in reach while the infotainment system includes an 8inch display which is just a brief glance away.

Excellent use of space
Measuring 4.36 metres in length, combined with a boot size of 510 litres the Ateca leaves plenty of space to ensure comfort and practically are at the heart of the design.

To keep up to date with the latest news on the Ateca, visit or call 0191 549 29 26.

Source: SEAT UK

Posted on 12 February 2016 | 8:40 am

The ŠKODA Yeti Available from Nil Advance Payment on Motability at Pulman ŠKODA

The spacious ŠKODA Yeti is available from Pulman ŠKODA for an amazing Nil Advance payment. The Yeti is available in both DSG and manual transitions and comes with the choice of a two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive system.

With a generous boot size and higher ride height as standard, the ŠKODA Yeti S and Yeti Outdoor models are perfect for customers who qualify for Motability scheme.

Not only is the ŠKODA Yeti available from Nil advance payment, the Yeti strikes the perfect balance in comfort, style and practicality. There’s plenty to get excited about, its bold and sophisticated look – sharp angles, clean lines and the ŠKODA Logo are all on hints of the Yeti’s remarkable off road capabilities. Never compromising on safety, the Yeti achieved the maximum 5 Star NCAP safety rating.

The Yeti includes full smart link technology, air conditioning and alloy wheels as standard. With 5 doors, an impressive 53 miles per gallon and a boot capacity of 416 litres the Yeti is perfect drive and is well suited to the Motability range.  In 2012, 2013 & 2015 the Yeti was named the most satisfying car to own by UK drivers in the annual Auto express driver customer satisfaction survey. 

Being part of the Motability scheme gives you a range of benefits:

·         A brand new car every 3 years

·         Fully comprehensive 3 years’ insurance

·         full RAC breakdown cover

·         Annual road tax

·         All servicing, maintenance and repairs included.

·         Its worry free motoring all you need to do is add fuel.

Gary Irwin is our qualified Motability specialist at Pulman ŠKODA. Gary will take care of the whole process, from helping you choose the perfect car to test drives and organising all the paperwork to make the process hassle free for you.

You may be eligible to qualify for the Motability scheme if you receive the following benefit:
  • Disability living allowance
  • Personal independent payment
  • Armed forces independence payment
  • War pensioner advance payment

Visit  for more information on eligibility. 

To learn more about the Yeti or the SKODA range, visit or call 0191 383 7500. 

Posted on 11 February 2016 | 3:11 pm

103.4 SunFM and Pulman SEAT team up for the 5th year in a row!

Sunderland car retailer Pulman SEAT are proud to announce their continued partnership with Sunderland’s number one radio station, 103.4 Sun FM for the fifth consecutive year.

The SEAT Leon ST will once again be the new station car for the Sun FM street team, transporting them around the city in style as they attend most of the major Wearside events.  

The Leon ST combines its stunning features with outstanding versatility. With a very generous boot capacity, this is ideal for the radio crew’s sound equipment and can fit in Sunny the Seagull with ease. The on-board equipment includes state of the art satellite navigation and Bluetooth technology, as well as DAB digital radio.

Chris Slater, Site Manager at Pulman SEAT: “It’s fantastic to team up with Sun FM once again, this is the fifth SEAT we have provided to be a part of the Sun FM team. The Leon ST chosen by Sun FM for the third year in a row is proving to be the perfect match. A car that is stylish and versatile to support their fantastic street team.”

103.4 Sun FM are consistently Sunderland’s number one radio station and when looking for a station car, they look no further than Sunderland’s Pulman SEAT.

Julian Carter, Managing Director of 103.4 Sun FM, said: “We are thrilled to extend our partnership with Pulman SEAT as we are both local businesses that a proud to serve Wearside. The SEAT Leon ST is a fantastic car that exceeds our expectations. We continue to choose Pulman SEAT as they always deliver their company goal of delivering a fantastic customer experience.

Pulman SEAT, based in Burntland Avenue, Southwick, Sunderland have been established in Sunderland for five-and-a-half years, providing a fantastic customer experience across the North East.  Their fantastic showroom based in Sunderland, offers fantastic hospitality with complementary refreshments and free WIFI.  

Sun FM Sunny the Seagull with the new Sun FM station car. 

More for information please contact Bethany Knill, Marketing Coordinator for Pulman Group on 0191 383 2444 or email

Posted on 5 February 2016 | 1:57 pm

18th Million Car rolls of the ŠKODA Production Line in the Czech Republic

ŠKODA is celebrating the production of the 18thMillion vehicle built since manufacturing started in 1905.

The landmark vehicle to roll off the production line at ŠKODA’s Kvasiny plant in the Czech Republic was a Superb Estate in candy white. The facility also builds the Superb Saloon and Yeti.

Around 150,000 ŠKODA vehicles were produced in 2015 at the Kvasiny plant in the Czech Republic, which employs around 4,500 workers.  The Kvasiny plant recently opened a new pilot hall with 50 new employees. The team here will receive technical information three years before production of a ŠKODA model begins to ensure best processes are put in place.

Once the current expansion of the plant is complete, a further 1,300 people will be employed at the Kvasiny plant. This upgrade will lead to over 280,000 cars being produced a year.

To see the full range of  SKODA available visit

Source – ŠKODA UK

Posted on 3 February 2016 | 4:42 pm

Pulman Volkswagen Support Local Sixth Form Student in his quest to Operation Wallacea in Mexico!

A local sixth form student Harry from St Leonard's Catholic School in Durham, is travelling to Mexico this summer to join Operation Wallacea.

Operation Wallacea is a network of academics from European and North American universities, who design and implement biodiversity and conservation management research programmes.  

Harry along with his school peers will work along scientists and local communities to collect data in both the rain forest and on the coral reefs. This data will be used to encourage sustainable use of the land and reefs by the local people.

Harry commented “I feel very passionate about wildlife conservation and feel the work carried out by Operation Wallacea is valuable for the protection of forests and wildlife from deforestation and hunting”.

Harry needs to raise a total of £2,650 from various events to fund the project. To achieve his grand total Harry has organised numerous fundraising events, the next big event takes place at Chester Le Street Golf Club on 4th March 2016.

Pulman Volkswagen got word of Harry’s work and jumped at the chance to support such a great project. Pulman Volkswagen kindly donated a prestige Autoglym Kit as a raffle prize to help Harry reach his target.

Natalie Wilson, Pulman Group Marketing Manager commented: “To support a student from the local area is fantastic and everyone at Pulman wishes him all the best in his fundraising and project”.

Harry travels to Mexico July 2016 and has the support from everyone at Pulman, good luck Harry!

Harry collecting his Raffle donation from Marketing Manager Natalie at Pulman Volkswagen.

Posted on 2 February 2016 | 2:39 pm

It’s not 1, it’s not 2 but 3 times a winner - ŠKODA breaks records at the 2016 WhatCar? Awards

ŠKODA scoops 3 category awards and 6 price awards making it ŠKODA’s most successful year at the WhatCar? awards to date. 

The Fabia came out on top for an impressive second year running being crowned overall winner of 2016 Small Car of the Year awards.  

What Car? Editorial director Jim Holder commented “The Fabia is a car that won’t leave those downsizing wanting; it’s well built, spacious, refined and is offered with a wide range of modern features and safety equipment. For the money, no other small car is as capable.”

ŠKODA’s incredible success continued with the ŠKODA Octavia 1.2 TSI SE. The Octavia saw off tough competition to scoop the 2016 Family Car title for an impressive third time in a row. Despite the arrival of new contenders in this key category, the What Car? judges had no hesitation in choosing the Octavia praising its practicality, exceptional interior space and high equipment levels. 

Completing the hat trick in category awards is the ŠKODA Superb 2.0 TDI SE Business. The all new Superb was crowned overall winner in the Estate category, the design and practically were amongst the features that WhatCar? Judges found hard to resist. 

What Car? Jim Holder commented “Five adults will have no trouble getting comfortable for a long journey, and the boot is so big that none of them will have to pack light. It also gets neat touches such as a removable torch in the boot and Velcro dividers to stop stuff rolling around when you’re on the move. It really does feel like they’ve thought of everything that makes a great estate car”.

ŠKODA was on top form again at the price point category winners. The price point category by WhatCar? Is designed to provide drivers with the best choices in a fixed price range.  Once again, ŠKODA beat off the competition with six price point champions - more than any other manufacturer.

Best City Car was awarded to the ŠKODA Citigo in the under £10,000 bracket, meanwhile the Fabia hatch was named best small car under £15,000 and the Fabia estate took the praise for the best car under £18,000 in the estate category. 

Moving upwards in size and price, the Octavia 1.2 TSI was named best family car under £19,000. The Superb hatch 2.0 TDI SE business was overall winner in the Compact Executive Car Sector (under £25,000). Meanwhile the Superb Estate 2.0TSI SE business completed ŠKODA’s impressive evening at the awards with victory in the £18,000 - £25,000 price bracket. 

Commenting on ŠKODA’s success at the What Car? Awards, Ian Jarvis Sales Manager at Pulman ŠKODA states: “It’s fantastic that ŠKODA has been recognised by WhatCar? ŠKODA have a fantastic range of cars available for our customers. The quality of the cars and price on offer is the reason why so many drivers are buying ŠKODA’s. It’s great news for the brand and the economy, I’m proud to work for such a great brand”. 

To view the Latest offers all on ŠKODA cars visit, Pulman ŠKODA delivering a fantastic customer experience. 

ŠKODA at the 2016 What Car? Awards summary
· 2016 SMALL CAR OF THE YEAR: Fabia 1.2 TSI 90 SE
· 2016 FAMILY CAR: Octavia 1.2 TSI 110 SE
· 2016 ESTATE CAR: Superb Estate 2.0 TDI 150 SE Business
· CITY CAR (less than £10,000) Citigo 1.0 60 SE 5dr
· SMALL CAR (£12,000-£15,000) Fabia 1.2 TSI 90 SE
· FAMILY CAR (£16,000-£19,000) Octavia 1.2 TSI 110 SE
· ESTATE (less than £18,000) Fabia Estate 1.2 TSI SE
· ESTATE (£18,000-£25,000) Superb Estate 2.0 TDI 150 SE Business
· COMPACT EXECUTIVE CAR (less than £25,000) Superb Hatch 2.0 TDI 150 SE Business


Posted on 28 January 2016 | 1:16 pm

The Scirocco GTS is now available to order at Pulman Volkswagen

The Scirocco GTS will certainly impress with its sleek, elegant but powerful design. The GTS is available in both manual and DSG transmissions, powered by a petrol engine that is unique to GTS. Both the manual and DSG transmissions can accelerate from 0 – 62mph in an impressive 6.5 seconds.

Upgrade features include

  • R-Line exterior styling kit 
  •  GTS specific badging on front grille and rear tailgate
  • Black gloss door mirrors
  • Tinted rear glass
  • Vienna leather upholstery 
  • GTS logo on front seats with red stitch detail
  • GTS customised seatbelt 
  • Chrome side door sill protectors including the GTS logo
  • 18” Hayden alloy wheels and red brake calipers
  • GTS stripe decals on bonnet, roof and rear tailgate
  • Leather multifunction steering wheel with red stitch detail and GTS badge
  • Discover navigation system

    The GTS is available in a variety of exterior colours including: Urano grey which comes as standard and optional colours including; Flash red, Pure white, Oryx white, Indium grey and Deep black.

Prices start from £28,195, to find out more about the Scirocco GTS or the entire Scirocco range at Pulman Volkswagen, contact us via:
                            Telephone: 0191 383 2444


Posted on 7 January 2016 | 4:15 pm

Pulman SKODA have a range of exciting career opportunities at our brand new showroom!

Enjoy a new career this new year with Pulman SKODA in our £2 million purpose built showroom!

There are exciting times ahead for Pulman ŠKODA, who are opening their purpose built new ŠKODA showroom in Belmont, Durham early in 2016. The state of the art showroom which is being constructed on 1.75 acres of land represents a £2 million investment for the Durham headquartered motor retailer. This is fantastic news for Pulman and the local economy as over 20 new jobs will be created.

Pulman ŠKODA have a range of careers opportunities in their new site, including showroom host, sales executives, technicans, drivers, valeters and café assistants for their bespoke onsite café that will be open to customers and the general public. Pulman have been operating in Durham offering new, used and Motability ŠKODA cars for over a year in their temporary showroom near the Arnison Centre. Ian Jarvis Sales Manager for Pulman ŠKODA comments, “The past year has been fantastic for Pulman, building an invaluable customer base. We are very excited and proud of our brand new ŠKODA site that will be opening in early 2016.”

The new site will have a 9-car showroom, in-house café with fresh food prepared daily and in a first for the motor industry a yoga studio offering a wide range of classes for all abilities, certainly something you do not see every day in a car showroom. The sites location  just off the A690 at Dragonville Industrial Estate, Durham makes it accessible from a wide area across the region.
Pulman opened its first site, Pulman Volkswagen, Durham in 1998 with 17 members of staff and 2 years later moved into their flagship showroom at Abbey Road Durham that underwent a full refurbishment earlier this year. 17 years later, Pulman have two Volkswagen retail locations, a SEAT site in Sunderland and a ŠKODA site with over 150 staff members. The family owned business prides itself in offering those little differences that deliver a fantastic customer experience.
Ian Jarvis continues, “I’ve been working with Pulman for over a year now and they are a fantastic company to work for! We offer something different to our customers, the in-showroom café, the free WiFi, the complimentary collect and delivery for our service customers. It’s the small things that make the big differences.”

Laura Makepeace, HR Manager for Pulman comments, “It’s an exciting time for anyone thinking of joining Pulman, or the motor industry. At Pulman and through the support of the brands: Volkswagen, SEAT and ŠKODA, there is a fantastic training structure to support anyone who wants develop their career.”

For more information on the vacancies available please visit

Posted on 10 December 2015 | 11:07 am

Volkswagen Microbus to go electric!

It is rumoured that the classic camper-van will return with an all-electric derivative at the Consumer Electronics Show 

Set for 2017 production at Volkswagen's Puebla factory in Mexico, the concept car will showcase the newly developed electric system as well as other contemporary connectivity technologies.

 The zero local emission driveline, which relies on the Volkswagen Group’s latest lithium-ion battery technology as used by the Audi R8 E-Tron and Audi Q6 E-Tron Quattro concept, is claimed to provide a range of between 400 and 500km (250-310 miles) depending on the driving conditions.

The all-electric Microbus is planned to be offered alongside more conventional turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and diesel powerplants on the production Microbus, which senior Wolfsburg sources describe as being smaller than the latest Multivan.

Above, the 'Bulli' concept Microbus, which was shown at the 2011 Geneva Motorshow. The new concept could have a similar design. 

Speaking at the New York show earlier this year, a Volkswagen spokesman revealed that VW engineers and designers were working on a new Camper van concept using a small electric motor driving the front wheels and battery packs stored under the floor.

The spokesman told Autocar that the design of the original VW van was "so iconic" that any attempt at a new model would have to have three "very important" design cues: "First the wide, solid, D-pillar, second the boxy design of the centre section and, thirdly, the front end must have a very short overhang. The distance from the A-pillar to the front end must be very short."

The key to achieving the unique front-end design is the fact that an electric motor would allow a much lower 'bonnet line' than a conventional petrol engine. This, in turn, would allow the A-pillars to be placed much further forward than in a conventional MPV.

For more information on any Volkswagen vehicles please visit our website
0191 383 2444

Posted on 10 December 2015 | 10:49 am

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport

Find everything you need to know about the new Volkswagen Golf GTi Clubsport right here!

The Gof GTi Clubsport is a limited edition design and more focused than ever, making it the fastest GTI there's ever been. It is planned to reach the UK in limited numbers in 2016 and has the distinction of it being their fastest GTi model to date!

The Clubsport is differentiated from the existing seventh-generation GTi models by a series of styling upgrades. Included is a unique front bumper featuring a large central air duct with a honeycomb insert, additional trapezoidal ducts used to cool the front brakes, high-gloss black blades low down on the outer edges for added downforce, so-called air curtains to smooth airflow around the edges and a splitter element down low.

The upgrades up front are accompanied by high-gloss black door mirror housings and a black graphic along the lower edge of the doors in homage to the look of the original 1976 Golf GTi.

At the rear, Volkswagen’s design team has provided the new car with a new twin-vane spoiler mounted atop the tailgate, together with vertical vanes along the outer edges of the rear window, a heavily restyled bumper with an integrated diffuser and larger-diameter chromed tailpipes.

The Golf GTi Clubsport is powered by a reworked version of the Volkswagen Group’s turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder EA888 petrol engine, as used by existing versions of the Golf GTi. But while the standard Golf GTi gets 217bhp, or 227bhp in Performance guise, the Clubsport offers up 261bhp between 5350 and 6600rpm.

That’s not the end of the story, though. An overboost function temporarily raises turbocharger boost pressure from 1.9bar to 2.1bar for up to 10 seconds on kickdown, increasing overall power output to 287bhp – albeit only for a maximum 10 seconds. That's just 8bhp less than the Golf R.

For more infortmation on any of the Golf range, contact Pulman Volkswagen:
Call: 0191 383 2444

Posted on 2 December 2015 | 4:56 pm


Mike Pulman launched the first Pulman dealership in Durham in 1998. 10 years later, a second Pulman Volkswagen dealership was opened in Sunderland, followed by Pulman SEAT in 2010. In 2014, we welcomed ŠKODA to the Pulman family - opening a temporary showroom in Durham. Pulman are also authorised repairers for Volkswagen and ŠKODA across both Durham and Sunderland, SEAT at Sunderland and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles at Durham.

We offer great deals on new Volkswagen, SEAT and ŠKODA cars along with a wide range of used cars across all our sites in Sunderland and Durham.

At Pulman we also offer very competitive servicing and MOTs.

Visit one of our retailers based in Durham and Sunderland and we will be happy to help with any questions you may have, take a test drive or request a brochure. Pulman delivering a fantastic customer experience.

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