The 17th SGMW annual general meeting was held at Toyota (GB) headquarters in Surrey.
Unfortunately only 10 members were able to attend – the snowy weather did not help – the minimum number for a quorum under the group’s constitution.
For some, it was the first visit to Toyota’s Epsom base, set up on a hill with its rotunda reception area being likened to Tracy Island – the famous home of Thunderbirds. Instead of being the launchpad for Thunderbird 3, it was displaying the new Lexus UX, the compact urban model which arrives next month and completes its SUV range.
Members enjoyed a constructive, positive meeting, looking back on the past 12 months and looking forward to the forthcoming year with plenty of dates in the diary – Sunday breakfast meetings, the Karting GP at TeamSport Crawley and Heritage Day at Beaulieu. More details in the chairman’s update.
After the two-hour meeting, members enjoyed a fine buffet lunch, provided by our hosts, while press relations manager James Clark gave an overview of the Toyota and Lexus business including 2018 sales, new and forthcoming models, hybrid residual values and how the Toyota Gazoo Racing relationship is being used to develop exciting new models, products and accessories.
As a mark of thanks for hosting the AGM, the group made a £200 donation to Toyota’s chosen charity – Guide Dogs.