BIRMINGHAM’S National Exhibition Centre will be the place to catch the latest must-see vans and truck developments, as the CV Show is staged next week with a full house of more than 460 exhibitors.
We’ll be there to bring you all the news and highlights, but in the meantime here’s what we believe will be the key vans and pick-ups making the news next week.
Citroen Dispatch/Peugeot Expert/Toyota Proace
The three sister vans make their world debuts at the show and are built on PSA’s modular 2 platform in the same Sevelnord factory in France.
Highlights include the payload of 1,400kg, a towing capacity of 2.5 tonnes and an extra short 4.6 metre version. For more details check out our launch report.
2016 is the year of the pick-up, with many manufacturers revealing new contenders for the crown. Fiat wants a piece of the action and the Fullback is the result. Obviously a tie-up with Mitsubishi, as the Fullback is basically a re-nosed and rebadged Mitsubishi L200 – which will be making its UK show debut.
Remember the LDV Maxus van? Well it’s back after a seven-year break and along with the rest of the revitalised LDV range it makes its debut at the CV Show. Now owned by the Chinese SAIC group, who also own the MG brand, one of the key Maxus updates is that it’s now powered by a VM Motori-supplied 2.5-litre Euro 5 diesel engine. If this isn’t enough, LDV will also be unveiling an electric-powered vehicle at the show.
Nissan Navara NP300
It might have gone on sale in the UK at the beginning of 2016, but our current favourite is still worth a look if you’re after a new double-cab pick-up.
Capable off-road, the Nissan’s multi-link rear suspension means it’s comfortable to drive on it too!
And the NP300 also offers car-like levels of equipment.
Read our launch review on the Navara NP300.
Alongside the new Proace van, Toyota is expected to reveal its next generation Hilux pick-up.
Details are scarce apart from its European debut in Geneva, but the new version of the iconic badge is expected to be powered by a choice of diesel engines, with better refinement and equipment to take on modern rivals, such as the latest Mitsubishi L200 and the Nissan Navara NP300.