Birmingham NEC once again hosts the biggest event in the commercial vehicle calendar, the CV Show, which runs from 25 – 27 April 2017.
The show already has nearly 400 exhibitors and is going to be 10% bigger following the record number of visitors at the 2016 show, but with only a few weeks to go there is one question on the lips of everyone in the CV Dealer team…
Where are the trucks?
Mercedes-Benz have previously claimed to be an ardent supporterof the CV Show but are notably absent from the 2017 floorplan, with their usual stand being occupied by MAN Truck & Bus, who are one of the three truck manufacturers returning to this year’s show – albeit to showcase their new van.
“The attraction of the CV Show for a leading manufacturer such as MAN is not just the number of visitors, but the quality of those visitors,” said Martin Pickering, MAN Truck and Bus Marketing Communications Manager.
“It is a fabulous networking opportunity for us and allows us to meet with our existing clients and build strong leads with potential customers – footfall at the show is always impressive.”
Last year Iveco was the only manufacturer displaying trucks, although this year they have left this role up to their biggest dealer, Guest Truck & Van.
The only other truck manufacturer appearing at the show is DAF Trucks, which is returning to its usual spot in Hall 5 after a break last year.
DAF’s chosent theme for 2017 is DAF Transport Efficiency, an inititive which includes product enhancements, and customer support services such as DAFAid, DAF MultiSupport R&M Packages, DAF Parts and PACCAR Financial.
On display will be a variety of models from the LF, CF and XF ranges, and PACCAR Financial, DAF’s in-house financial service, will also be giving out information about their approved used programme, DAF First Choice.
CV Show Director, Rob Skelton, said: “We’re delighted to see DAF, MAN and Iveco via Guest Trucks returning to the CV Show in 2017. Heavy trucks are a vital part of the freight and logistics industry in the UK and their presence adds a real attraction to the Show, as well as giving the manufacturers the opportunity to connect with some of the key players across the haulage industry, and demonstrate their products and services, all from one venue.”
Will the vans steal the show?
The vans put on a fabulous performance last year, with no less that thirteen vans and pickups being unveiled at the 2016 show.
For 2017 we’ll have stands from Volkswagen, with their new look Crafter making its UK debut at the show, MAN showing the TGE, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Ford, Renault, Fiat, LDV, Isuzu, Citroen and Peugeot.
What to look out for
While at the show why not visit some of our supporters?
Bowmonk Tapley, Stand 4D30: Bowmonk Tapley will be demonstrating BrakeCheck – the DVSA-approved portable brake tester for recording and printing brake test results, which can be used for interim safety inspection brake tests and for the 3-monthly voluntary brake test.
Other diagnostic products on display will include SensorCheck – for quickly diagnosing ABS-related faults without having to remove the road wheel – and TrailerCheck – which allows single-man testing of trailer lighting, ABS circuitry and CAN activity.
Meanwhile, Bowmonk’s In-CarPC division will be showing a range of 4G Wi-Fi routers, which can utilise high-gain external antennas to offer a reliable source of internet connectivity, especially in more remote locations.
Visitors to Bowmonk’s stand will be able to see a live demo of their on-board weighing system – now for all suspension types – including a Bluetooth link to a nearby smartphone for single-man loading or electronic recording of weight data.
C-KO, Stand 4E33: C-KO International have been in the automotive aftermarket business for over 30 years where they have designed, developed and distributed product solutions for both passenger and commercial vehicles.
More recently, as part of their FLEETVision range, they have launched a 360º Birds-Eye-View system in conjunction with Omni-Vue.
The 360º system utilises four cameras – one on each side of the vehicle – in order to provide a top down view of the entire vehicle. A control unit blends the four images together and that ‘birds-eye-view’ is then constantly displayed on a monitor inside the vehicle to eliminate blind spots and increase the safety of all road users.
The 360º system also integrates with the C-KO range of Digital Video Recorders which helps to protect drivers from false insurance claims.
To find out more about the 360º system or any other C-KO products visit their website www.c-ko.co.uk, call 020 8863 8333, or visit them at the CV Show 2017.
Exeros Technologies, Stand 4C11: Exeros Technologies are award-winning experts in the design and installation of advanced vehicle safety technology, specialising in HD CCTV camera systems, fleet-tracking, driver-monitoring, and improving communciation with vulnerable road users.
This year, Exeros Technologies will be releasing SkEye VIEW, the world’s first augmented reality camera system, offering drivers full 360-degree around vehicle vision and 100% complete blind spot removal.
Using four HD 720P cameras to recreate a composite image that can be displayed in-cab, the SkEye can be integrated into existing TrackEye MDVR CCTV systems for recording, live streaming, GPS tracking and telematics.
Christian Stevens, Marketing Manager for Exeros Technologies, said: “We are extremely excited to meet everyone attending the CV Show 2017 at the NEC Birmingham. You can find us at stand 4C11 where we will be showcasing a new range of intelligent vehicle CCTV solutions.”
Gemco, Stand E40: Visit Gemco in Hall 4 at the CV Show 2017!
Sigmavision, Stand 4F65, Workshop Section: Sigmavision will be showcasing their TreadReader tyre measurement technology. The TreadReader products create a 3D scanned image showing a 50mm band across the full width of the tyre. Unlike other measurement devices, TreadReader products produce reliable and accurate scans even on wet and dirty tyres.
It is available as a Hand Held Scanner – which is fully portable and operated via a TreadReader App, making it ideal for mobile servicing or workshops where space is more limited – or as a Drive Over Ramp – which is useful for larger workshops where volumes are greater and a fully automated process is required.
Register now for your free ticket
The CV Show is the go-to event for everyone in the commercial vehicle industry, with 75% of visitors to the show being a company director or key decision maker.
Rob said: “In 2017, the show is significantly bigger and we look forward to building yet again on visitor numbers which increased to almost 21,000 in 2016. As such, we encourage visitors to register now for a free entry pass and also to receive important updates in the run-up to the event.”
The CV Show 2017 takes place in Halls 3, 4 and 5 of the Birmingham NEC from 25 – 27 April 2017. Visitors can register for their free ticket at www.cvshow.com.