IT is almost time for the doors to open for the Commercial Vehicle Show 2017. The CV Show is at the Birmingham NEC from 25-27 April.
Dubbed the best attended, largest and the most comprehensive road transport and commercial vehicle event held in Britain, the CV Show provides truck and van operators with a far greater choice than any other exhibition serving this vital industry, and this year it’s even bigger.
If you’re one of the 21,000 business visitors the show attracts every year, here’s a heads up on the new vans you should be watching out for! Tickets are free and available now – click here.
Making its UK debut at the CV Show will be the Citroen Berlingo L2 Electric and also on the stand will be the latest addition to the Citroen Ready-to-Run conversions range, the Advanced KFS Relay Car Transporter. In addition, Citroën will be celebrating the 70th anniversary of the iconic H-Van, which was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in 1947.
Following on from a strong 2016, Fiat Professional continues the expansion of its range, with the Fullback pick-up, Talento, Doblo and Fiorino all on the NEC stand, alongside the successful Ducato which had a big birthday last year (its 35th!), with worldwide sales of more than five million units.
Ford is using the 2017 CV Show to show the latest Transit and Transit Custom with automatic transmission and equipped with Ford’s advanced EcoBlue diesel engine. Also on the stand will be new Sport versions of the Transit Custom and Transit Courier Sport vans.
Highlight of the Isuzu stand, is the recently launched new D-Max pick-up. Powered by a brand-new 1.9-litre diesel engine producing 164PS and 360Nm torque, the D-Max is also offered with the choice of six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions, with five different model versions and three different model variants.
LDV is back and the return of these high-value vans have been celebrated by operators across the UK. On the NEC stand will be the V80, along with their range of all-electric, light-duty vans, together with the G10, SUV, 4 x 4 pick-up and the Luton.
The Volkswagen Crafter has just hit the dealers, but that won’t stop MAN Truck & Bus UK revealing its own re-worked version – the MAN TGE. Like the Volkswagen, the MAN is offered with the choice of two wheelbases, three roof heights and three body lengths. The entry-level MAN TGE has a 3.0 tonnes permitted total weight, moving up to 5.5 tonnes at the very top.
Displayed on the Mitsubishi stand is the award-winning L200 Series 5 pick-up with its unique-in-class ‘super select’ four-wheel drive system. Also on show is the class-leading Outlander PHEV – the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV with 4WD capability and the Shogun off-roader.
On the Peugeot stand, the ‘Long’ version of the Expert will make its first CV Show appearance. Peugeot will also have a complete range of Expert van models on display, including models with the driver-selectable Grip Control system.
Following on from last-year’s record sales of 25,842 vans, Renault will displaying its full LCV range. It consists of the Kangoo compact van comprising of Kangoo, Kangoo Maxi and 100 per cent electric Kangoo van Z.E, the Trafic panel van, the large Master van, plus the van version of electric Twizy quadricycle.
Korea’s oldest vehicle brand specialising in strong, workmanlike 4x4s and SUVs is SsangYong. They will be exhibiting the recently launched SsangYong Musso 1-tonne pick-up and their range of commercial vans.
Last year’s CV Show saw the debut of the new legendary Toyota Hilux pick-up and now award- winning Proace van. This year the focus is on conversions and how these models can work for you and your business with the launch of its Toyota Trade Plus and Toyota Authorised Converter Programmes.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles
Back at its ‘home’ at the NEC in Birmingham, Volkswagen will show its all-new Crafter to UK buyers. The stand will also showcase the Caddy, Transporter and new Amarok, as well as displaying an all-electric compact van – the e-load up! – to gauge customer appetite for this new model.