April 26, 2019

CV Show preview

The 2018 CV Show may be set against a backdrop of uncertain times, but nevertheless reveals an optimistic and innovative vision for the future of the commercial vehicle sector. In this preview, we present a snapshot of the main players that will showcase their products and services at Birmingham’s NEC.

The biggest commercial vehicle event in the UK will take place in Birmingham’s NEC this month (April 24-26). With more than 21,000 visitors expected, exhibitors include vehicle manufacturers and converters, telematics and fleet management providers and a wide range of support services. The Cool Zone is back for temperature-controlled transport firms and the Workshop section for the after-market sector.

There will also be an Innovation Hub, offering seminar sessions throughout the show. Key topics include autonomous vehicles, truck platooning, alternative fuels and smart logistics. Guest speakers from the industry will take part and the seminars are free to attend.


Ford always has one of the biggest stands and this year it will be concentrating on the new Transit Custom. The van has an improved interior, upgraded connectivity and additional driver assistance and there will be three new Customs on show, including a Sport Van.

Visitors will be able to find out more about the hybrid Transit Custom PHEV, which is currently testing in London, with the Metropolitan Police, Heathrow Airport and businesses including Clancy Plant and Speedy Hire. The van has a 1.0-litre range-extending petrol engine and a compact battery pack, promising up to 31 miles of zero-emission electric range.

Visitors will be able to see the latest Transit Connect too, boasting a refreshed grille and headlamps. There are more changes inside, with SYNC 3 connectivity and a 6” touchscreen, while the drivelines on offer now include 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesels, with the option of an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Transit Courier gets a facelift too, with a redesigned front end and the addition of a six-speed manual gearbox alongside a 100bhp 1.5-litre diesel engine. There will also be the latest special editions of the Ford Ranger pickup, including a limited run Ranger Black. (Stand 5G10 & 5G20).

Fiat Professional

Fiat Professional will exhibit a new range of Sportivo vans, alongside a Ducato ambulance, a Ducato Luton, the recently launched Fullback Cross pick-up and a Fiat Doblo Workup light truck. (Stand 5D20).

Guest Truck/Iveco

Iveco dealer Guest Truck will represent the Italian manufacturer this year, with the award-winning Blue Power Daily range of vans taking centre stage. Iveco now offers Daily with a choice of Euro 6 diesel engines, natural gas power or electric drive, delivering the widest possible choice for customers. (Stand 5G90).


Isuzu’s D-Max pick-up will be present in its many trim levels, including the big-wheeled Arctic Trucks specification. There will be a range of conversions on offer and Isuzu is promising to unveil something new on the first day of the show. (Stand 5F65).


With a growing range of vans on offer, LDV is another company with a launch planned for the first day of the show. The company, part of the Chinese SAIC motor business, has both diesel and electric versions of its V80 and EV80 available. UK and Ireland dealer Harris Group has promised smaller vans and a pickup in the future, so a visit to the stand will be worth the time. (Stand 5F120).


MAN will be back at the show this year, with a full range of vehicles from the 3.0-tonne TGE through to its TGX flagship tractor. The TGE, which is MAN’s version of the new Volkswagen Crafter, will be the main attraction for van fleets, with front, rear and all-wheel drive models coming to the market this year. (Stand 5F10).

Mitsubishi Motors

Mitsubishi’s L200 remains a strong seller in the UK pick-up market and the truck is sure to take centre stage this year. However, the company also offers commercial versions of its Outlander and Shogun all-wheel drive cars, with the Outlander PHEV still one of the only hybrid vans on the market. (Stand 4H90).


Nissan is using this year’s show as the UK launch for the recently uprated e-NV200 electric van. The 40kWh e-NV200 will be available in panel van and combi versions and the firm will also show a workspace concept vehicle based on the e-LCV. Also on show will be a range of NV200, NV300 and NV400 vans, along with an NT400 Cabstar light truck. The firm’s popular Navar pick-up will also be displayed in 2018 model year specification. (Stand 4G20).

Peugeot & Citroën

Peugeot and Citroën will not have the new Berlingo and Partner at the show this year, despite the car versions being shown at this year’s Geneva auto show in March. Expect the Expert and Dispatch to take the limelight, with the full range of both models now available to UK buyers. There will no doubt be equal emphasis on conversions for the heavier Relay and Boxer too (see p14), while electric versions of the L1 and L2 smaller vans should make an appearance. (Stand 5D40).


Renault continues to lead the way in electric vans and this year the Master Z.E. will take centre stage alongside the smaller Kangoo Z.E. 33. The electric Master uses the same batteries as the smaller van, with the drive motor from the Zoe car, and boasts a payload in excess of 1-tonne from a gross weight of just 3.1-tonnes. Available in a range of lengths and heights as a panel van and also in two chassis cab lengths for conversion, Master Z.E. will go on sale later in the year.

The firm will also launch Renault Tech at the show, with a range of factory conversions including a temperature-controlled Master and a parcel van with walk-through partition. (Stand 5H60).


SsangYong will launch its updated Musso pick-up this April, available in all-wheel drive double-cab format only. With a 1-tonne payload and the ability to tow a 3.5-tonne trailer, the Musso truck is powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine providing 181bhp and 420Nm of torque. Buyers can choose between a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed auto, passing the drive to a part-time 4WD system with high and low ratios.

All models come with DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity and Apple Car Plat/Android Auto, displayed through an 8” screen. Electric windows, air conditioning and a power outlet in the pickup bed are also available. All SsangYong models come with a five-year limitless mileage warranty. (Stand 4F80).


Toyota is celebrating 50 years of the Hilux pick-up in 2018 and the truck will dominate the stand. However, the company will also have Proace on display and will take the wraps off a Land Cruiser-based commercial vehicle, which will be available in three-door short wheelbase and five-door long wheelbase formats. Expect to see new conversions, based on Proace, too. (Stand 4E10).


Volkswagen’s stand will once again be built to resemble a house, providing a comfortable environment in which to do business. New Business Editions of Caddy, Transporter and Crafter will take centre stage too. Based on Startline trim for Caddy and Transporter, plus Startline or Trendline versions of Crafter, the Business Edition packs include a range of specification and trim options grouped together in a combined price. For instance, the Caddy Business pack includes an alarm, rear parking sensors and air conditioning for £950, while the Transporter pack includes the alarm, parking sensors, air-con and a bulkhead for £975. (Stand 4G10).