2018 was certainly a very exciting year for both the Sytner Group and car enthusiasts everywhere. From various awards and accolades for the Sytner Group to the birth new Hybrid Hypercars like the stunning McLaren Speedtail, there's been a whole lot going on! In celebration of a fantastic year, we've collated the below list of just a few of our highlights! Take a look and let us know your highlights on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.
Sytner Group Named Best UK Retailer to Work For by Glassdoor
This is one that we're very proud of. The survey is based solely on reviews left by Sytner Group colleagues on the Glassdoor website and is a reflection of what people think of their position, workplace, etc.
We placed 14th in the list overall, ranking not only as the highest automotive business but also the top retailer - ahead of the likes of IKEA and Apple.
Aston Martin Unveiled their New Flagship - DBS Superleggera
What a flagship it is too! Replacing the incredible Vanquish, this V12 powered GT car boasts over 700bhp and a 0-62mph sprint of just 3.4 seconds.
It's a car that combines Aston Martin's ability to create an excellent long distance GT car with the same performance and aesthetics that you'd expect from a supercar. Is there a better mix?
The Elite Technician Challenge Returned for 2018
After its success in 2017, the Elite Technician Challenge returned for 2018 and was bigger than ever; this year featuring competitors from 10 of our manufacturers.
Sponsored by Shell Helix Oils and Pirelli, the competition celebrated the incredible skill of our Technicians and saw them competing for the chance to join Penske at the Detroit Grand Prix.
Audi Pushed Boundaries with an 815bhp All-Electric 'Race Taxi'
As we all know, the rise of electric and hybrid power is very much underway. Demonstrating just how important it is to the brand, Audi unveiled no end of all-electric models and concepts in 2018.
One of our favourites, however, has to be the e-tron Vision Gran Turismo; a car born for gaming but heading for real life. It's horrendously fast and you'll see it at Formula E very soon!
Bentley Manchester Hosted their First Work Placement
Working with Manchester College, Bentley Manchester were proud to open their doors to two very impressive Level 3 automotive students from the college.
Throughout the week, Warren and Musa were fantastic, getting the opportunity to assist our Technicians as they worked on some of the world's most luxurious cars. We can't wait to do it again!
Accolades at both the Motor Trader Awards and the AM Awards 2018
Along with being highly commended for Best Training and Development Programme, 2018 was the year that we were lucky enough to enjoy accolades such as 'Dealer Group of the Year'.
Despite the awards, however, the hard work is just beginning! It's certainly going to be an exciting 2019, so be sure to keep an eye out to see what we're up to.
BMW Introduced us to the New BMW Z4
After an extended break, the BMW Z4 finally returned this year at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Wearing similar styling to the concept car, it's certainly good to see that silhouette again.
Power comes from a turbocharged 3.0-litre straight six engine, weight is distributed 50:50 and the roof folds electronically. We're very excited to have this in our BMW dealerships in 2019!
We Spent a Very Rainy Evening with the Jaguar E-Pace
Earlier this year, our Media Team took to the busy streets of Birmingham City Centre to spend some time with Jaguar's new compact SUV.
It may have been a rainy evening but the playful new SUV definitely left its impression on the team. One of our favourite original features from 2018.
Work Commenced on our New Jaguar Land Rover Statement Site
Located in South West London - just five minutes from the M25 - this huge new dealership will be one of only eight 'Global Statement Sites' worldwide.
Built across five storeys and 17,000sq metres, it'll be the stunning new home of everything that Jaguar and Land Rover offer - including Jaguar Classic and SVO.
Lamborghini Unveiled their Most Extreme Aventador Ever
Only Lamborghini could take their most extreme version of an extreme car and then proceed to make an even more extreme version. But that's exactly what the Aventador SVJ is.
Starting its life with a new Nurburgring record, this stripped back and aerodynamically focused Aventador SV is certainly a sight to behold! We're looking forward to more of this in 2019.
Special Recognition for Graypaul Birmingham from Mat Davies Foundation
Back in November, Graypaul Birmingham were very proud to receive an award from the Mat Davies Foundation as special recognition for their ongoing charity activities.
The dealership have taken part in the Three Peaks Challenge, a 10k Wolf Run and the Pretty Muddy Challenge and have ultimately raised over £45,000 for the foundation.
McLaren Treated us to a Spiritual Successor to the Legendary McLaren F1
Named the Speedtail and capable of 250mph, this long and elegant hypercar is officially the fastest McLaren ever made.
Whilst it may boast over 1,000bhp, possibly the most exciting thing about Speedtail may just be the rebirth of the legendary three-seat configuration!
Mercedes-AMG began testing with their Project One
When a manufacturer like Mercedes-AMG say that they're going to produce a road car as fast a Formula One car, it's hard not to be very excited.
It's even more exciting, however, when said car is confirmed to be testing at various tracks across the world! That's exactly what happened this year with the Project One ... this should get interesting in 2019.
MINI Created an All-Electric Classic MINI
This one is a little different, but what better way to show passion for electric power than to combine a classic car that everybody loves with the future?
Called "an imaginary journey through time", the fantastic little electric car comes before MINI unveil a new all-electric modern car in 2019.
Porsche Wow'd us with their Unrestricted Le Mans Prototype
Usually when a manufacturer leave a sport, they'll retire their cars to a museum for a life behind glass ... that's not what Porsche did with their 919 Hybrid.
Instead, Porsche took all of the WEC restrictions off their LMP1 car and started to break track records across the world - including a previously 'unbeatable' fastest ever Nurburgring lap!
We Officially Opened the Doors to McLaren and Rolls-Royce Wilmslow
At the beginning of the year, the stunning new two-storey dealership became the new home for McLaren and Rolls-Royce in Manchester.
With bespoke areas for both of the brands, the super luxury new dealership is the perfect place for both of the exquisite brands to be represented.
Harrogate Volkswagen Nominated for Charity Award
Late in 2018, Harrogate Volkswagen were very proud to be nominated for a Local Business Charity Award in celebration of their ongoing charity work.
Throughout the year, Harrogate Volkswagen have completed all sorts of charity activities - including raising over £1,400 for Mencap.