April 29, 2017
With less than a week until the CV show arrives back in Birmingham this year, Vansdirect provides a comprehensive preview of everything to expect when the NEC opens its doors to the event on April 25th.
Acknowledged as the highest attended and most thorough commercial vehicle event in the UK, the CV show brings van users a far superior selection than any other event of its kind within the LCV sector, with this year promising to be even larger. Every year over 20,000 business visitor’s flock to the CV show, here’s what to look out for from each manufacturer if you’re lucky enough to be one of those visitors!
Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the type H-van, Citroen will be headlined by the successor to this van, the Citroen Dispatch. Also on show for Citroen at the CV show, will be the UK debuting Citroen Berlingo L2 Electric van. The Citroen stand will also include the Advanced KFS Relay Car Transporter, which is the latest inclusion to the Citroen Ready-to-Run conversions range.
Fiat has continued to broaden its range in 2017, with the: Fullback, Doblo Cargo, Talento, Fiorino and Ducato all on their stand. The stand is promised to be headlined by the Fiat Ducato who celebrated its 35th birthday in 2016.
Industry leader Ford, again promises to have a large part to play in the CV show in 2017. Ford will use the show to unveil the latest Transit Custom with automatic transmission and armed with the advanced EcoBlue engine. The latest Transit with automatic transmission and EcoBlue engine will also be unveiled. Still not satisfied? In addition to the Transit Custom and Transit Automatics, Ford will also display new Sport versions of the Transit Custom and Transit Courier Sport vans. Various models of the Transit Custom promise to steal the show for Ford.
Headlining the Isuzu stand will be the new D-Max pick-up van. The D-Max has a choice of both a 6-speed manual gearbox and a 6-speed automatic gearbox, available in five different model versions and three different model variations. Isuzu is aiming to put its stamp on this year’s CV show with the D-Max its main weapon to achieve this.
Back by popular demand, LDV has returned with a number of high-value and high-quality vans. LDV will display their variety of all-electric, light-duty vans. Also on display will be the high acclaimed LDV V80, the G10, SUV, pick-up and Luton van. LDV promises to return with a bang.
MAN will be unveiling their own re-worked version of the New Volkswagen Crafter. Same as the Crafter, the MAN TGE is available with three lengths and three roof heights.
Headlining the Mitsubishi stand at the CV show promises to be the award-winning L200 series 5 pick-up, with its ‘super select’ 4WD system. The 4WD system is unique-in-class and is a real point of differentiation from its competition.
Peugeot will display a comprehensive range of Expert van models, some of which will be fitted with the driver-selectable Grip Control system. The Long version of the Expert will make its debut at the CV show and will bring plenty of excitement to the stand.
Renault’s full LCV range will be on display at this year’s CV show, with 15 vehicles on display. The Renault Kangoo will be present as a compact van, Kangoo maxi and the fully electric Kangoo Z.E. The Renault Trafic panel van will be on display and the Renault Master Z.E (debuting). To celebrate their relationship with the Renault Sport F1 team, Renault will also exhibit ‘Formula Edition’ models of each of their van range.
All the way from Korea, SsangYong will be displaying the newly launched SsangYong Musso 1 tonne pick-up van and also their complete range of commercial vans
The focus from Toyota this year will be on their range of conversion programmes, including the Toyota Trade Plus program and the Toyota Authorised Converter programme. Toyota also plans to unveil five new vans at this year’s CV show: Toyota Proace Verso Kombi van, Toyota Proace converted, Toyota Hilux Invincible X, Toyota Proace refrigerated van and the Toyota Hilux Tipper. This diverse range should bring excitement in abundance to the Toyota stand this year.
Volkswagen will use the CV show to display the all-new Crafter. Despite its expected popularity, the Crafter will not be on its own on the stand. The Caddy, Transporter and new Amarok will also be displayed by Volkswagen. But wait, there’s more! An all-electric compact van, named the e-load up will be displayed with the aim of establishing customer uptake of the model.
With all these major brands playing a large part, this year’s CV show promises to be larger and more exciting than ever.
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