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With the CV Show 2017 now less than one month away here’s what you can expect to see this year.

We already know that the floor space will be 10% bigger, but at the CV Show Media Day Rob Skelton, CV Show Director, revealed that 2017 is set to be the biggest show since 2008. “It’s going to be a terrific show packed with content, and we can’t wait to open the doors on 25 April. CV Show 2017 is a must-attend event for anyone in the industry, and best of all, it’s 100 per cent free to attend,” said Rob.

The Manufacturers


DAF CV Show 2017

A sneak peek of the DAF stand.

DAF will be promoting its Transport Efficiency initiative – which includes product enhancements such as Silent Mode and Predictive Cruise Control – which is supported by DAFaid, DAF MultiSupport R&M packages, DAF Parts and PACCAR Financial.

On display will be models from the LF, CF and XF ranges, while DAF’s new pan-European, online fleet management system, DAF Connect – which gives insight to all relevant truck, driver and location information for individual vehicles and entire fleets – will also be on show, and there will be demonstrations of their Silent Mode and Predictive Cruise Control on multiple models.

Speaking at the Media Day, Phil Moon, Marketing Manager for DAF Trucks, said: “We’re really pleased to be back. The CV Show is an excellent opportunity to showcase our products and services, and of the course the show is a vital part of the UK transport industry’s annual calendar. We’ll have lots of news, lots of product updates and lots of service updates.”


MAN is back at the CV Show for the first time since 2014, and the big news is that they will be displaying their new TGE van for the first time in the UK. Nick Handy of MAN Truck and Bus UK revealed that MAN will be launching prices at the show, and said that we can expect to see the vans on the road by September 2017. He  said that in total the MAN stand will have seven vehicles, three of which would be vans.

But it won’t be all about LCVs, Nick added: “We have our new TG range of heavy trucks on the stand also, starting off with our TGL crew cab vehicles right up to our 8×4 heavy haulage, which has got a new external look, a new interior, and also the new driveline engine and gearboxes.”


In a break from manufacturer dominance, Iveco is being represented by local dealer Guest Truck & Van at this year’s show. Along with Sherwood Truck and Van they are the UK’s largest Iveco dealer group, with 13 locations across the Midlands, South Yorkshire and East Anglia.

It will be interesting to see if the extravagance usually associated with manufacturer stands has been tamed by the dealer.


Last year Citroen launched their new Dispatch and this year the entire range will be on display, including the XL Long-wheel base version, according to Jeremy Smith of Citroen LCV UK.

He also revealed that Citroen would be displaying a car transporter built by KFS Advanced, which is the latest addition to the Citroen Ready to Run Range.


Fiat Professional’s new Fullback and Talento models missed out on the CV Show last year but will be on display this year alongside the Doblo, Fiorino and Ducato.

FORD: STANDS 5G10 & 5G20

On display for Ford will be their Transit and Transit Custom vans with automatic transmission and EcoBlue diesel engine, as well as the new Transit Custom and Transit Courier Sport vans.


isuzu d-maxThe Isuzu stand could well be busy as they are not only revealing their next generation D-Max on the first day of the CV Show, but William Brown, Operations Director for Isuzu UK, also made another revelation regarding the new D-Max at the Media Day: “Our vehicle actually goes on sale on the 25th April, which is obviously the CV Show!”

The D-Max has been extensively overhauled with a brand new 1.9 litre turbo diesel engine, which produces 164PS. The D-Max retains the 3.5 tonne towing capacity and 1 tonne payload whilst providing a quieter, more refined and economical driving experience.

As per previous D-Max models, Shift-On-The-Fly 4×4 is a key feature of the 2017 Model Year pickup. The rotary dial allows the driver to select four-wheel drive on the move as well as low range gears. New Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist are fitted across the range.


The return of LDV was one of the highlights of the CV Show 2016. Check out the V80, their range of all-electric vans, the G10, SUV, 4×4 pickup and Luton vehicles.


Visitors to Mitsubishi’s stand will find the L200 Series 5 pickup and the Outlander PHEV. Members of their team will also be available to answer questions.


Peugeot revealed their new Expert van last year, and this year Louise Neilson of Peugeot Light CV revealed that they would be showing the different variants of the Expert range: “From an exciting point of view we have our crew van which we’re really pleased to showcase, and also we have our compact version which we’re showing for the first time at the show,” she said.


Renault will be displaying no fewer than fifteen vehicles on their stand in Hall 5 at this year’s CV Show, which Jeremy Townsend, Communications Director, tells us ‘illustrates the diversity and versatility’ of Renault’s LCV range.

He said: “The All-New Alaskan one-tonne pickup will be present, the Master Z.E. – offering zero emissions in use with a large load capacity for the first time – as well as the uprated Kangoo Van Z.E. with its upgraded range and charging capabilities.

“The stand will also feature the new Formula Editions – special editions of Master, Trafic and Kangoo that celebrate Renault’s presence in Formula One. There will also be the enhanced traction range on display along with the Master 4×4.”


Following the successful reveal of their Hilux at the 2016 show Toyota’s theme this year is conversions, and they will be launching a new converter programme at this year’s show. Speaking at the Media Preview, Gareth Matthews of Toyota said: “Last year we just wanted to launch the products and let people know we were back out there. This year we want to show them more about what the products can do; bespoke products to suit customer needs.”

As well as this, Toyota will also be unveiling the new Proace Verso VIP passenger vehicle to the public for the first time.


Last year VW made their return to the CV Show in style after five years away by building a house in the NEC, and Kate Thompson of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles was pleased to say that the house would be returning along with VW this year.

She added: “We’re using the CV Show to launch the all new Volkswagen Crafter. This is our new big van and it’s available now with more drivetrain and body styles than we’ve ever had before.”

Visitors can also see the eCrafter and the debut of the VW e-load up!, an electric van with a load capacity of 1,000-litres, a 360kg payload, and the ability to travel 99 miles on a single charge.

The Trailers

The CV Show has drawn a number of trailer makers to this year’s show, including Cartwright, Chereau, Don-Bur, Ekeri, Gray & Adams, Lawrence David, Montracon, SDC, Tiger Trailers and Transdek.

Cartwright have their biggest stand ever at this year’s show and Gray & Adams will be displaying a 44-pallet lifting-deck trailer built to the latest specifications.

Meanwhile, Tiger Trailers will be launching their new 52-pallet moving deck trailer. Sales Director, Darren Holland, said: “There has been such strong interest in the product that we’ve built a demonstrator to take pride of place on our stand at the NEC, and which we’re making available for customers to trial nationwide.”

Alongside the trailers, there will be a number of trailer-related safety and security systems, as well as other components like tail-lifts, loader cranes and forklifts. Rob Skelton, CV Show Director, said: “To the general public, a trailer is just a trailer. But to hauliers and fleet managers, there are many innovations in their design that allow operators to reduce their costs and improve their environmental performance, which are increasingly important in the logistics industry. The CV Show is the perfect opportunity to see some of this innovation first hand.”

What to Look Out For

With so much under one roof, there will be plenty to see and do, and Phil Moon, Marketing Manager for DAF Trucks, advises visitors to make the most of the three days: “We’d really urge visitors to the show to plan the day, or maybe the two days, or maybe even if they’re being adventurous the three days. “There’s plenty of material there, and if you spend time talking to the exhibitors  you’ll certainly get something that improves your business.”

To help you out, CV Dealer has compiled a guide to some of the stands you should consider visiting when you attend the show later this month.


Armorgard specialise in secure storage for tools, equipment and hazardous substances that you may keep locked away in your vehicle. At this year’s show they will be offering live demonstrations of some of their products.


Bailey Morris Limited have earned their reputation for providing an efficient, effective and highly flexible propshaft manufacturing, repair and modification facility.


Based in the US and with their European Headquarters in Leeds, the ECCO Safety Group are designers and manufacturers of vehicle safety systems. ESG are introducing a comprehensive range
of interior lighting products which includes dome lights, flat panels and self-adhesive strips.

ESG’s Interior Lighting is designed to provide a cohesive, aesthetically appealing and high-end product range to an industry requiring individual interior lighting needs. High-quality LED lighting has become commonplace in vehicle exterior applications, however factory fitted interior lighting supplied with commercial vehicles continues to be primarily incandescent and insufficient for the
needs of many work applications. ECCO is answering the need for a cohesive range of premium interior lighting, particularly one that harnesses the superior white light and energy efficient properties of LED technology.

The EW0100 Series self-adhesive strip lighting products are ideal for illuminating lockers, luggage racking or anywhere compact that needs to be well lit as it is simple and quick to fit. These are available in pre-configured lengths and are available with cable leads at each end allowing multiple units to be easily daisy-chained together. A passive infrared sensor accessory is also available to eliminate the need to physically turn the lights on when needed. The majority of products require only two to four screws, have only two wires and can be installed just about anywhere within a vehicle. In addition, for ease of use and installation, the products are available in a variety of lengths and brightnesses (from 50 to 4900 raw lumens). In a first-of-its-kind entry to the interior lighting market, the EW0351 offers a modular design allowing up to four units to be connected,  creating a 56” long strip light. To ensure longevity and durability, each product has been tested to the highest of standards – ESG’s own. Performance tests – including vibration, LED and switch endurance as well as electromagnetic compatibility – have been conducted at ECCO’s US labs as well as in the field.


Testpad Extreme. cables and linkEclipse will be showing their Jaltest and EDIS diagnostics packages, as well as a major innovation which extends the Jaltest to include a full feature Telematics facility. This is the first time that Fleet Management and Remote Diagnostics have been offered in a single package and will revolutionise the way that fleets manage their business; bringing together the activities of Fleet Management, Workshops, Drivers and Fleet Customers.

Jaltest Telematics, designed for both trucks and trailers, delivers a continuous commentary on each vehicle, providing data for the fleet manager, the workshop and the driver. It provides information individually and collectively for each of the roles, ensuring that each is kept up to date on the condition and progress of the vehicle.

Visitors will be able to hear why workshops of all sizes are adopting these Eclipse diagnostic products as their de facto standard, and also see the up to date innovations together with benchtest demonstrations. Examples of the range of diagnostic capabilities contained within the Eclipse Jaltest and EDIS packages will be shown by using a vehicle simulator, which will take visitors through a variety of live tests and demonstrate how this equipment could help their technicians solve problems faster and improve their workshop efficiency.


Kuda’s iAM Air Managment System and Revolutionary LaserEye Spoiler Adjustment have been proven to save more than £2,000 per year on fuel.

New products include the MirrorShield mirror guards which are strong while remaining lightweight.

Also on Kuda’s stand will be TomTom and Strands Lighting, amongst others.


UK-based designers and manufacturers of specialist seating, Scot Seat Direct is the market leader in seating manufacturing for commercial vehicles, buses, trains, fire engines and military vehicles.

The Cool and Workshop Zones


Hubbard Products provides transport refrigeration systems for panel vans with a choice of roof mounted or invisible condensers, high-performance systems for box bodies, and cost-effective diesel drive and eutectics for applications demanding robust simplicity. This year, the Hubbard stand will feature a Dearman Engine, a clean cold and power, liquid nitrogen driven system.


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, call 020 8863 8333, or visit them at the CV Show 2017.


Committed to providing top quality products and services to commercial vehicle workshops, GEMCO work alongside you to complete any installation to the highest of standards. With their largest stand to date GEMCO will be showcasing a wide range of commercial equipment, including an ATF Lane experience, Commercial Lifting Equipment, Roller Brake Testers, Air-con, Emissions and more. Expert advice will be available throughout the day as well as on stand equipment demonstrations. Top brands on the stand this year include, AUTOPSTENHOJ, Sherpa, Bradbury, Dunlop,
Majorlift and more.


sigma visionSigmavision Ltd is the developer and manufacturer of the patented TreadReader tyre measurement technology for passenger cars and commercial vehicles.

Sigmavision will be showcasing the TreadReader Drive Over ramp and the TreadReader Hand Held scanner, operated via the new TreadReader App for phone and tablet. CV Show visitors can book in advance for a demonstration of the TreadReader Hand Held scanner via the Sigmavision website:


Offering probably the most comprehensive range of workshop heaters available to the UK motor trade, Thermobile’s complete product lineup now includes over 300 models varying in heat outputs from 3Kw to 350Kw (10,000 to 1,500,000 Btu/hr) which operate on a variety of fuels.


The Tyre Equipment Company adds Ken-Tool products to its rangeThe Tyre Equipment Company (TEC) has added American manufacturer Ken-Tool’s products to its range, and began supplying these throughout the UK and Ireland on the 1st January 2017.

The collaboration between the two companies means that customers are able to benefit from more choice when selecting bead breakers, wrenches and tyre levers, and have easy access to specialist Ken-Tool products such as the Blue Cobra Truck Tyre Demount Tool (35440) and the T54 Heavy-Duty Ratchet Action Tyre Spreader (31554).

The Blue Cobra Truck Tyre Demount Tool allows the operator to quickly demount the majority of 22.5” tubeless truck tyres, up to a 13” wide wheel. It helps to reduce back injuries by allowing the demounting of the tyre without lifting the entire wheel and tyre off the ground.

Ken-Tool’s T54 Heavy-Duty Ratchet Action Tyre Spreader is also available from the TEC website. It has a minimum jaw opening of 89mm and a maximum jaw opening of 360mm.

Visit the TEC team at the CV Show this year, where you can win Ken-Tool’s Deluxe Blue Cobra Tubeless Truck Tyre Service Set by taking part in a competition on the stand.