IF you’re into vans, then there is only one place to go this week: the CV Show.
Taking place in Halls 3, 3a, 4 and 5 at the NEC in Birmingham from April 24-26, what’s even better is that you can go for free. Just register for a ticket at www.cvshow.com.
It will be well worth your time. The CV Show is open from 0830-1730 on each of its three days.
As the doors start to open, we’ve put together this preview of some of the must-see vans and stands at the CV Show.
Citroen, Stand 5D40
Look out for two of the latest additions to the Relay Ready to Run Conversions range – part of a display representing all models from the Citroen LCV range.
There’s a Relay Ready to Run Crew Cab Tipper conversion and a crew van. Joining the Relay on the Citroen stand will be two variants of the Dispatch, which was given its international launch at the CV Show two years ago. Both are displayed in popular Enterprise trim. The display is rounded off with Citroën’s LCV best-seller, the Berlingo. The model on display is a zero emission Berlingo Electric L2 550 LX, offering an NEDC range of up to 106 miles on a full charge.
Ford, Stand 5G10 & 5G20
This is the UK debut for the updated Ford Transit Custom and is a must-see.
Ford Transit Custom is likely to set a new standard for the one-tonne van segment with its bold new design, all-new cabin interior and ECOnetic series of engines for enhanced fuel efficiency.
Also on the Ford stand will be new engines and product enhancements for Ford Transit Connect and Ford Transit Courier, a special edition of the New Ford Ranger, in addition to the Transit Custom Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle, and the company’s latest innovations in the world of smart mobility.
Fiat Professional, Stand 5D20
If you head over to the Fiat Professional stand you’ll see the new Sportivo range of vans for the first time. Also on display are Fiat Fullback Cross and LX versions, a Fiat Doblo Workup, a Fiat Ducato ambulance, and a Ducato Luton van.
Isuzu, Stand 5F65
Isuzu is promising world debuts of two new pick-ups on its CV Show stand. And we know no more at the moment! Also on display will be a range of D-MAX pick-ups and the opportunity for to visitors to experience the professional workhorse in action with the opportunity to tackle Isuzu’s off-roading course. You can book direct from the Isuzu UK stand.
LDV, Stand 5F120
LDV’s electric vehicle range is set to be the centre of attention at this year’s CV Show. Designed with zero emissions technology together with advanced electric power systems, the EV80 is an affordable and competitive choice for fleet owners looking to increase their green credentials while taking advantage of the van’s 120-mile range on a single charge.
Mitsubishi, Stand 4H90
Mitsubishi is promising the unveil of two new models – but is keeping tight-lipped about them. What we do know, however, is that the award-winning L200 Series 5 pick-up, the Outlander PHEV (the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV with 4WD capability) and the Shogun Commercial will be there. Representatives from the company’s ‘one-stop-shop’ Specialist Vehicle Build Centre and Corporate Management team will also be on hand.
Nissan, Stand 4G20
Nissan will have its extended range e-NV200 with bigger battery on display. This will be the electric van’s UK debut. The updated van now features a 40kWh battery, which extends the electric van’s range by 60% over the original 24kWh battery model.
Also look out for what is sure to be a striking special edition of the Nissan Navara pick-up, along with the full range of Nissan commercial vehicles.
Peugeot, Stand 5D40
The Peugeot stand will feature the Partner, Expert, Boxer and making its CV Show debut, a conversion from the new Boxer Built for Business conversions range.
Display vehicles will include a Partner Electric in Royal Mail livery, an Expert Compact, and a Long Crew Van, displayed in top specification Professional Plus trim. Plus look out for the all new Boxer Low Floor Luton from the Built for Business conversion range.
Renault, Stand 5H60
The Renault Master ZE will make its UK debut on the Renault stand at the CV Show, providing a real-world range of 74 miles. Renault says the Master Z.E. aims to be the perfect solution for urban last mile deliveries.
Also look out for Renault’s expanded range of conversions including a new tipper, plus the award-winning Kangoo Z.E. 33 will be shown in both panel van and fridge van forms.
SsangYong, Stand 4F80
The all-new SsangYong Musso pick-up will be making its UK debut at the CV Show, entering the fast-growing and highly competitive pick-up market segment.The new Musso features a Euro pallet sized load deck and 1 tonne payload. As well as being comprehensively equipped, there’s a sector leading 5-year limitless mileage warranty.
Toyota, Stand 4E10
If you’re a van of pick-ups, then head for Toyota where Toyota and Arctic Trucks will continue their long-established collaboration with the unveiling of the Arctic Trucks Toyota Hilux AT35. The debut of this new specialist model coincides with the legendary Hilux celebrating its 50th year in production.
Also look out for the UK debut of the Toyota Land Cruiser Commercial range along with the latest Proace vans.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Stand 4G10
There’s a great opportunity to not only see the new Crafter but drive it as well as part of VW’s Driving Experience on a special skills and handling circuit.
Also look out for the new e-Crafter electric van and the debut of the new Business Packs on Caddy, Transporter and Crafter panel van models.
Leasing companies at the CV Show
It’s not all product at the CV Show. Look out for the leasing companies who will be offering funding and advice at the show.
Arval (Stand 5C32)
Arval has a new guide to the day-to-day management of electric vans called “Delivering the Future: A Guide to Operating Electric Vans”. It is designed to provide expert guidance for organisations that are considering adding electric commercial vehicles (ECVs) to their fleets.
LeasePlan (Stand 5C30)
Leaseplan will be demonstrating its latest products, developed in response to the needs of business critical fleets, called ‘Super Six: UPtime Live – a system that proactively manages the maintenance, repair, servicing and scheduling of customer fleets; My Vehicle Check – an app that lets drivers complete daily safety and compliance checks from their smartphone; Triple Guarantee – which offers a package of customer promises to reduce uncertainty, unplanned downtime and costs; Build Management – a commercial vehicle build management and conversion tool that provides certainty around new vehicle build time, conversion and availability; LeasePlan Telematics – providing data and insight while reducing business costs, driver safety and duty of care; LeasePlan Daily Rental – access to thousands of commercial vehicles with sites across the UK, available within a matter of hours if needed.
Lex Autolease (Stand 5F108)
With more than 250 years of combined knowledge and experience, the Lex Autolease engineering team will be on stand to offer fleet fitness advice, helping businesses choose the best vehicle for their needs.
Russell Adams, Commercial Vehicle Engineer at Lex Autolease, commented: “Advances in technology and a changing legislative environment present both opportunities and challenges for commercial fleets, and mean there’s a greater need than ever before for expert and insightful fleet management advice.
“Deciding to renew or expand your LCV fleet is a big investment decision and one that can have a real impact on business operations. It’s easy just to replace like for like, but that might not be the best option.
“As the UK’s leading LCV fleet consultancy team, we are committed to helping fleets successfully navigate this changing landscape, and ensuring they get the right vehicle, for the right job.”