Southern Group Happenings: January 2024

After successfully making it through the very long month known as January, the Southern Group membership has enjoyed a successful start to 2024.  The new year kicked off with the reveal of the SGMW 2024 New Year Honours awards winners, with the Jeep Renegade EV scooping our coveted Car of The Year title. The SGMW […]

Southern Group membership update: January 2024

As 2024 begins, the committee is pleased to announce that Maxine Ashford is the latest member to join the Southern Group. Maxine has over three decades of journalism experience, and been a specialist in motoring for 23 years. She has written for several national and regional newspapers, as well as running her own dedicated motoring […]

Southern Group Happenings: December 2023

While the Christmas period usually signals a quieter time in the automotive industry, with nearly all brands shutting down for the festive period, this didn’t faze the Southern Group membership, who had another prolific month.  The month of December started with a bit of an automotive surprise with the arrival of the Tesla Cybertruck. Yes, […]


Electric cars charged to the top spots in the 2024 Southern Group of Motoring Writers New Year Honours. The SGMW annual awards, the first of the year, recognise the outstanding efforts of manufacturers, PR teams and individuals who excelled with magnificent models, memorable motoring and help SGMW members over the past 12 months. The awards […]

Festive fun and feasting at SGMW Christmas lunch

Christmas jumpers and festive fun were the order of the day at the Southern Group of Motoring Writers Christmas lunch.A total of 30 members, present and past, and partners enjoyed the seasonal goodwill with a fab feast at The Lion Inn at Boreham, near Chelmsford.A three-course meal was accompanied by chairman Ian Robertson’s Christmas quiz […]

Southern Group Happenings: November 2023

As winter arrives with a vengeance, and with Christmas now very much on the horizon, the members of the Southern Group have again been busy producing an array of new content throughout the (very) cold month of November. Despite the wintry weather, the automotive industry has continued at a frantic pace with a number of […]

SGMW motors towards New Year Honours at SMMT Test Day South

The Southern Group of Motoring Writers’ pre-dinner gathering for SMMT Test Day South returned this year. The SGMW was kindly hosted by Suzuki UK, with a large number of members making the trip south to Oakley Hall, near Basingstoke in Hampshire, for a pre-overnight stay and dinner. Also invited were members of the SMMT, who […]

Miles of smiles at SGMW’s magnificent motoring trip down memory lane

A splendid line-up of old and new cars, fine company and glorious sunshine made for a brilliant Southern Group of Motoring Writers’ Heritage Day. The annual event was again held at the National Motor Museum’s corporate marquee at Beaulieu in Hampshire. A splendid turnout saw PR friends from eight manufacturers join 23 SGMW members for […]

Big SGMW turnout a real driving force at Kia test day

The annual Southern Group of Motoring Writers’ (SGMW) Kia drive day returned for 2023 for the second consecutive year. This year’s event was held at Rhinefield House Hotel, located in the New Forest, where SGMW members were given the chance to test 14 of the brand’s latest models on the surrounding roads. As with last […]