July 18, 2019

CV Show preview: Year of the van

This year’s CV Show (26-28 April, NEC Birmingham) is very much about the vans, with the majority of truck manufacturers taking a year away. There will be a host of new LCVs on show, as manufacturers prepare for the introduction of Euro 6 emissions standards in September, as well as a huge range of products and services for the professional van user. In our show preview we give our selection of some of the ones to look out for. 

CITROËN 

This year’s CV Show will see the global launch of Citroën’s new mid-weight Dispatch, alongside Peugeot and Toyota versions of the same van. Sharing its structure and design with the recently unveiled Spacetourer people-carrier, the Citroën will be available in three body lengths, with increased carrying capacity compared to today’s model.

The vans will be powered by PSA’s Euro 6 BlueHDi diesel engines, with Stop&Start as standard. A 22.4l AdBlue tank provides a range of more than 9,000 miles between refills and service intervals have been extended to two years/ 25,000 miles.

Euro 6 engines will be adopted across all of Citroën’s van models. For Berlingo that means a BlueHDi 75 engine is plus the existing EU6 100hp and 120hp models. Citroën also offers a Euro 6 VTi 95 petrol engine, for conversion to LPG or for customers that would rather run on petrol.

At the heavier end, Citroën is extending its Relay Ready To Run range again, with the introduction of a Plant & Go small machinery carrier, a car transporter and two crew vans. Built by KFS using an Al/Ko chassis, the Plant & Go transporter comes with sideboards that double as lightweight loading ramps, to keep weight down to just 1,860kg, for a payload of up to 1,640kg.

The 3.5t Relay car transporter conversion, also from KFS, delivers an equally impressive kerb weight of just 1,760kg. Two Relay Ready To Run Enterprise crew vans from CoTrim are offered on L1H1 and L3H2 bodies. The crew vans have seating for six with an integral moulded bulkhead between the crew compartment and the load area.  Stand no 5D40

PEUGEOT 

PSA stablemate Peugeot will also be showing a new mid-weight Expert van, based on the Traveller MPV. As with Citroën’s Dispatch, expect to see multiple body lengths and wheelbases, plus a full range of Euro 6 engines with SCR and AdBlue.

There will be a full line-up of Euro 6 engines for Bipper, Partner and Boxer too, in readiness for the change in emission standard on September 1. Stand no 5D60

TOYOTA 

Toyota is returning to the NEC show this year, completing the trio of manufacturers involved in the second generation Proace. Toyota insists that it has played a far more integral role in the new van’s design and construction, rather than simply badging the previous Dispatch/Expert van.

Toyota will also offer Proace with a choice of two wheelbases and three body lengths, plus a host of Euro 6 drivelines, as part of a growing range of LCVs on offer to UK customers. Indeed Toyota GB has appointed Gareth Matthews as its new LCV manager, to improve the offering from its network of fleet specialist dealers.

Of equal importance as the new van, Toyota will finally be unveiling its new Hilux pick-up this year. The eighth generation Hilux is already on sale elsewhere in the world. It will be powered by a new 2.4l diesel engine and fuel consumption and emissions levels should see big improvements.

The latest Hilux is bigger than the current model, offering improved load volumes as well as carrying capacity. The redesigned truck has a new interior, with improved technology and equipment levels. Stand no 4E10

FORD 

While Ford’s Ranger pick-up will no doubt be the big attraction on the blue oval’s stand this year, there is also big news under the bonnet of the Transit and Transit Custom models. Both drop the current Euro 5 2.2l engine, replacing it with an all-new 2.0l Euro 6 unit.

The Dagenham-built 2.0l is offered in three power levels, all delivering slightly more power than previous models. Ford claims a 12.4% fuel consumption improvement for the 2.0l engine against the 2.2l, despite increased power and torque. The use of selective catalytic reduction (SCR) cuts NOx emissions by 55% on the Euro 6 engines.

The oil sump size has been increased, allowing Ford to stretch service intervals to two years/36,000 miles, though the firm will continue to offer fleets an interim service if requested, at one year/18,000 miles.

Both Transit and Transit Custom (right) get a 21l AdBlue tank with the filler in the same flap as the diesel filler cap. Ford says this should last for up to 6,000 miles between refills. Fuel tank sizes are unchanged, which means that payloads on 3.5t vans will drop by an average of 40kg. On vans below 3.5t Ford has increased gross weights to account for the additional tank and maintain the previous payloads.

Ford will finally offer an automatic transmission on front wheel drive Transit and Custom models by the end of this year, while rear air suspension will become an option on the larger model. The company is also set to offer what it calls a towing axle for its front drive models.

Ford is also expanding the one-stop-shop range of Transits. As well as the existing Ingimex Dropside conversion, which becomes the Dropside Premium, Ford will offer a lighter weight VFS body with unpainted tail and side panels and up to an 80kg weight saving, for payload-conscious customers. Stand no 5G10 & 5G20

IVECO 

Iveco will be among the few truck manufacturers at this year’s show, with the current International Truck of the Year, its EuroCargo model, taking centre stage. Van customers will be able to see the growing range of Daily models, which run from 3.5-7.2t and include both 4×2 and new 4×4 variants.

The show will see the launch of the firm’s latest Daily Electric van, while there will be a test fleet outside the halls that includes three Daily vans with the Hi-Matic eight-speed automatic transmission. There will also be a Daily Natural Power van with a gas engine running on CNG, that customers can try on the firm’s ride and drive circuit. Stand no 5F10

VOLKSWAGEN 

Volkswagen is another manufacturer that is making a welcome return to the CV Show, after a number of years away. Caddy and Transporter models will be on display alongside the current pick-up and heavy van lines, though the show comes too early to see the upcoming facelifted Amarok and all-new Crafter models that will be launched later this year.

VW will show a host of conversions built under a newly developed Converter Recognition Scheme for various models. Extending the firm’s existing Engineered To Go offer, this includes a wheelchair accessible Caddy, a Crafter tipper and a high specification Caravelle. Stand no 4G10

FIAT PROFESSIONAL 

Fiat Professional is no longer part of the trio building the mid-weight Scudo van with PSA, instead basing its upcoming replacement on Renault’s Trafic chassis. However the show comes too early to see the new van, or the Fullback pick-up that will be launched this summer based on Mitsubishi’s L200.

Ahead of the launch of the new mid-weight and the firm’s first 1t pick-up, the company will once again show a range of Fiorino, Doblo and Ducato models in fleet colours.

Fiat will also be demonstrating its latest vehicle technologies, including Start&Stop, EcoJet engines, Traction+ and touchscreen infotainment and satellite navigation systems.

Customers will also be able to discuss Fiat Professional’s recently launched Business Contract hire offer. Stand no 5G80

RENAULT 

Renault will be concentrating on design, technology and conversions at this year’s show. Vehicles on display will range from the smallest electric Twizy ZE commercial, through to the largest 17m3 rear-drive Master van.

UK customers with have a first chance to see the 3.5t Master Passenger range, offering a choice of six or nine seats within the 3.5t GVW van design that can be driven on a car licence.

With one of the biggest stands at the show, the company will show a full range of Euro 6 engines, ready for the introduction of the updated emissions standard in September. This will include a Euro 6 Kangoo van.

“We’re delighted to once again have a strong presence at the Commercial Vehicle Show,” said James Boyer, marketing director, Groupe Renault UK and Ireland.

“With thousands set to visit the NEC for the Commercial Vehicle Show, it presents the perfect opportunity to introduce our existing and new customers to our very latest vehicle developments and also the class-leading aftersales support that we are striving to provide business users with.”  Stand no 5H60

ISUZU

An all-new Euro 6 D-Max is not expected until the arrival of the 2017 model towards the end of this year, however Isuzu will be at the show with two special editions of the current pick-up. Celebrating the firm’s centenary, the pick-ups follow on the tailpipes of the popular D-Max Blade and Fury models.

The Alpha Type-E hardtop will also be on show. Developed to fit any double cab D-Max the Type-E is colour matched to the body with brushed alloy roof bars. Isuzu will demonstrate a range of conversions too, each developed to meet the needs of a specific industry sector. Stand no 5F40

LDV

LDV, now owned by Chinese automotive giant SAIC and distributed in the UK and Ireland by Dublin-based Harris Group, will be showing a full range of its V80 vehicles. The van, built in China, is largely unchanged externally from the old Maxus – the original presses are still being used – although new badging and grille make it distinctively different.

The van has been selling strongly in more than 30 countries worldwide since SAIC started production five years ago, with a 15% market share in Australia and New Zealand.  Stand no 5C81