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Birmingham NEC will once again host the Commercial Vehicle Show from the 26-28 April 2016. Although most trucks have stayed away, there’s the best van line up we’ve seen for some time. 

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Iveco will exhibit three examples of the International Truck of the Year 2016-winning New Eurocargo at the CV Show.

Iveco Only Manufacturer to Bring Trucks

Iveco will exhibit more vehicles than ever before at the CV Show 2016, cementing its position as the only major truck manufacturer supporting this year’s industry showcase.

The company will champion its line-up with a high profile external display at the entrance to the show, comprising the New Eurocargo, Daily, and Stralis Hi-Way. The trio will be joined by a rally-spec Iveco Trakker from Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco – the winning team in the gruelling Dakar 2016.

Nigel Emms, Director of Brand and Communication, says: “Most manufacturers would bite your arm off to win International Van of the Year or International Truck of the Year. To have three such awards in our current product line-up is unprecedented, and a clear recognition of Iveco’s focus on technology for sustainability and reduced total cost of ownership.”

Iveco promises a major international premiere at the show, and will also showcase the latest generation Daily Electric for the first time in the UK. Iveco is also doubling the size of its Daily ride and drive fleet, with visitors able to get behind the wheel of five Daily vehicles over a 20-minute route departing from outside Hall 5.


Iveco is doubling the size of its Daily ride and drive fleet at the CV Show, with five Daily vehicles available to appraise over a 20-minute route departing from Hall 5.

The test fleet will include three Daily vans featuring Iveco’s class-exclusive Hi-Matic eight-speed fully automatic gearbox, plus a Daily Natural Power (CNG) and a Daily minibus.

Iveco’s presence at the show will be completed with a second outdoor display focused on the manufacturer’s commitment to an SCR-only approach for Euro VI heavy-duty diesel engines. Under the banner ‘Regeneration? No Thanks’, Iveco will display an 18 tonne New Eurocargo, Stralis Hi-Way tractor unit and a Trakker 8×4 rigid, each using Iveco’s HI-SCR engine technology which meets emissions limits without the need for exhaust gas recirculation. Stand 4H75

Volkswagen Returns with New Converter Programme

One of the biggest names in the Light Commercial sector is to make a comeback at this year’s show.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will be using the event to exhibit its latest Transporter and Caddy, and will also be announcing a new Converter Recognition Programme.

The Programme builds on the company’s existing ‘Engineered For You’ and ‘Engineered To Go’ schemes, widening the range of approved conversions available on VWCV bodies.

Commenting on the brand’s decision to return to the CV Show, Head of Marketing, Kirsten Stagg, said: “We’re looking forward to being back at the CV Show in April. It’s great timing for us to consolidate the launches of the new Caddy and Transporter, as well as to meet customers and provide opportunities for our teams and those from our dedicated Van Centre network to build relationships.” Stand 4G10

renault kangoo ze

Renault Kangoo ZE


renault master

Renault Master

Set to be one of the biggest displays in Hall 5, the Renault stand will use the themes of Design, Technology and Conversions to demonstrate the many attributes of its LCV range.

The stand will showcase eleven vehicles across the broad Renault LCV range. Models on display will include the Master LHL35 RWD with 17m³ of load space, and the Twizy Cargo and Kangoo Z.E electric vehicles. Representing the brand’s many official conversions will be the increasingly popular Master-based Welbus, and the public debut of the brand new 3.5 tonne Master Passenger that can be driven on a normal driving licence.

Renault’s Euro 6 advancements will be demonstrated via engine exhibits, and a Euro 6-compliant Kangoo Panel Van will also be on display. Stand 5H60


Citroën’s ‘Relay Ready to Run’ range of ready-bodied vehicles is being expanded, and an all-new Euro 6 engine line-up is being introduced at the Commercial Vehicle Show.

Now joining the established range of tippers, dropsides and Luton vans in the Relay Ready to Run range are: a new ‘Plant & Go’ small plant carrier, a new car transporter and two new Crew Vans. These new models will be available from stock via Citroën’s Business Centre network and other large Citroën dealers.

citreon ready to run range

Citroen’s Relay Ready to Run Range of ready-bodied vehicles is being expanded with car transporters (left) and small plant carriers

The Relay Ready to Run range is included in the Citroën LCV price list, and has a full 2 year unlimited mileage/3 year 100,000 mile factory warranty, covering all elements of the chassis cab and the body conversion.


Jeremy Smith, Citroën’s Head of Commercial Vehicles & Business Sector Operations, commented; “The expanded Relay Ready to Run range now caters for an even wider range of specialist applications. The new range continues Citroën’s policy of using the very best converters in their individual fields. We back these high quality, competitively priced conversions with a full factory warranty and offer them with the option of Citroën Contract Motoring Finance Lease and Contract Hire agreements.” Stand 5D40



The Proace (here in passenger guise) will debut

Toyota’s New Hilux Makes UK Debut

The new Toyota Hilux model, which is heading for the CV Show, is longer and wider, and has increased all-wheel drive capabilities, thanks to higher ground clearance and changes to the ladder chassis that have delivered a 20% increase in torsional rigidity.

The deck is now the widest in its class, and benefits from a reinforced structure, redesigned floor ribs and a stronger header panel, all of which helps improve its ability to carry heavy loads.

Equal attention has been paid to improving the powertrain, with the debut of a new 2.4-litre D-4D global diesel (GD) engine, available with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox. This new powerplant provides vastly improved torque delivery in the low and medium speed ranges, with class-leading fuel economy.

The new Hilux will continue to offer the same choice of body styles: Single, Extra and Double Cab derivatives with a choice of two-wheel or all-wheel drive.  Final specifications will be announced ahead of UK sales starting in July.

We should also be able to see the new Toyota Proace – developed with Peugeot Citroen, who should also be revealing their models. Stand 4E10

DFSK’s New Panel Van

DFSK C35 Van

DFSK C35 Van will make debut

The Chinese company is to launch their new C Series van at the show. This will be the first of a new range of larger next generation Light Commercial Vehicles from DFSK, giving enhanced safety features, specifications and engine performance.

With dimensions similar to those of the average family car, the C35 Van is still very much a small LCV, yet offers a loadspace capacity of 5 cubic metres combined with a payload of up to 750kg, and can accommodate 8×4 sheets with two side loading doors. The C35 is powered by a new 1.5 VVTi petrol engine rated at 115 bhp. Stand 4G70

Peugeot’s World Premiere

Peugeot has the world-debut of the all-new Expert van, joined by its four-model van range that includes the Bipper, Partner and capable Boxer van. Stand 5D60


Ford’s stand at the Commercial Vehicle show will feature the updated range of Euro Stage 6 Ford commercial vehicles plus the new Ford Ranger. Ford will also debut a new factory-built Transit conversion which will be the first one offered in the UK. The emphasis on the Ford stand is likely to be on servicing, especially the mobile servicing offered through the Transit24 proposition from Ford’s own TrustFord dealer group. Stand 5G10

Fiat Professional

fiat talento and fullback

CV Show timing not quite right for Talento and Fullback from Fiat?

FIAT Professional will be exhibiting their line-up, including the Fiorino, Doblo Cargo and recently-upgraded Ducato, with some models on the stand displayed in the livery in the design of the major companies with which Fiat Professional is currently conducting business. It is unlikely that the new, recently announced Renault Trafic-based Talento will be making an appearance, orders for which will be taken from May this year.  No news also of the display of the L200-based Fullback pick up for the CV Show either – we may have to wait until the Autumn for sight of it in the UK. Stand 5G80

The Aftermarket to look out for…


Keeping technicians at the right temperature is important all year round.  Helping workshop operators out since 1993 is Thermobile UK Limited, a leading provider of heating and cooling products for a wide range of market sectors including the Motor Trade.

Thermobile has a range of products available, including portable, mobile and fixed heating systems, operating on various fuels including paraffin/kerosene, heating oil/diesel, propane, natural gas, electric and used oil. Waste oil is the subject of new Government legislation in England and Wales and talks on this subject are currently ongoing with Defra with representation from Thermobile, The Retail Motor Industry (RMI) and the Garage Equipment Association (GEA).

Thermobile offer many alternatives for fixed workshop heating including the BSO and the PROHEAT range of Oil Fired Cabinet Heaters.


VAL Radiant Infra-Red Oil Fired Heaters

The BSO range is available in 13 models with heat outputs up to 380 Kw (1.3 million Btu/hr), and requires connection to a bulk fuel tank. If your workshop has no space for a bulk tank then PROHEAT is the answer. Install the appropriate flue system plug in to a 230 volt power supply and you are up and running. Stand 4E110


Hodgson’s UK Manufacturer Debut

Exhibiting for the first time at the CV Show, East Yorkshire-based Hodgson Sealants has manufactured high quality sealants for supply to the transportation and many other industries for nearly 50 years.

One of the largest sealant manufacturers in the UK, Kevin Nickolay, Head of Sales, explains: “At Hodgson Sealants, our Hybrid sealants are ideal for use in a range of transportation applications, including rail bonding, panel sealing, and noise and vibration damping. We manufacture proven solutions for producers of refrigerated vehicles, horse boxes and specialist vehicle conversions.” Stand 3E140

C-KO Features Safety Products

C-KO’s latest side safety equipment featuring the C-KO-SIDESCAN, their system detects vulnerable road users on the near side of the vehicle and alerts the driver. The new range of van specific cameras and monitors for the Vauxhall Vivaro and Renault Trafic will be on display. Latest digital video recording equipment will be demonstrated on the stand. Stand 4D118

Eclipse Technology’s High Tech Display

Eclipse Automotive Technology is the UK’s largest supplier of multi-brand diagnostic products. The Testpad Extreme PC, designed by and exclusive to Eclipse, is powered by the innovative Jaltest software and is to be found in an increasing number of Commercial workshops of all sizes. Eclipse will be demonstrating the full product and showing it operating in a simulated environment. Stand 4B10

Bailey Morris Propshafts

Bailey Morris Limited enjoys a deserved reputation for providing an efficient, effective and highly flexible Propshaft manufacturing, repair and modification facility. Stand 4C02

Bowmonk Tapley

Bowmonk Tapley will be demonstrating BrakeCheck ­their DVSA­approved portable brake tester­ diagnostic equipment. In addition, the company will show their SensorCheck and TrailerCheck, the Plastecnic on­board weighing system, fifth wheel covers and light­weight landing legs. Other workshop equipment will include SmokeCheck, exhaust filtration systems and induction heaters. Stand 4D30

Truckman to Showcase New British-Built Hardtop Range

truckmanAuto Styling Truckman will showcase the new commercial hardtop and accessory range, including new hardtops for the new 2016 Ford Ranger, Nissan NP300 Navara, Toyota Hilux, as well as the Isuzu D-Max and VW Amarok.

The new British-Built commercial hardtops on show will include the high capacity solid sided Truckman Classic, the all-round side access Truckman Utility (ideal for racking) and the cab high Truckman RS with solid sides. Stand 4G11