February 18, 2020

CV Show 2019: Preview

The 2019 Commercial Vehicle Show will open at the NEC in Birmingham from April 30-May 2. With more than 400 exhibitors, the show is almost sold-out once again, providing an opportunity for van operators to see the latest vans and trucks, along with a wide range of services. The show will incorporate separate Workshop and Cool zones, providing an opportunity to see the latest innovations and technologies from these essential sectors of the business. These are just some of the exhibitors that should be worth a visit during the show.



The new British-built Vivaro will make its first appearance at the CV Show on the Vauxhall stand. Based on PSA siblings Citroën Dispatch and Peugeot Expert, the Vivaro will be offered in a range of wheelbases and load volume capacities. Set to be formally launched in June, the van will be offered in both light commercial and people-carrying formats.

To prepare for both the new Vivaro and to accommodate the recently launched Combo, Vauxhall has developed a network of 65 Van Business Centres. Each outlet will display the full range of Vauxhall LCVs, with test drive vehicles on offer. Dealers will offer national, all-inclusive service pricing with overnight drop-off and pick-up availability.


We will have to wait until later in the summer before Mitsubishi’s next generation L200 pick-up makes an appearance in the UK, but the company will have two new LCVs on offer at the show. The Shogun Sport Commercial and the Outlander PHEV Commercial have recently been added to the firm’s line-up, offering customers a conventional diesel and a hybrid driveline in the 4×4 van market.

To maintain interest in L200, Mitsubishi has been running an online social media competition to design a truck of the future. The Mitsubishi L200 ‘eSports Concept’ has emerged as the winner of the inaugural UK ‘Truck King Battle’. Designed by Joanne Tulloch, sales administrator at Livery Dole Mitsubishi in Exeter, the Mitsubishi L200 eSports concept receives a number of major modifications including a high-roof gaming zone. The winning design form the inspiration for a bespoke one-off truck, due to be unveiled at the show.

Ladder loading launch

Family-owned CV accessories manufacturer Van Guard is returning to the show and will launch new product ranges including its Van Guard ladder loading system and its latest range of ladder clamps, alongside its established ranges of van racking, roof bar and tool storage products.

LDV to give away electric van worth more than £60,000

The company will show its latest range of zero emissions commercial vehicles – including the  EV80 van which will be the prize.

The first electric vehicle launched as part of the LDV range of commercial vehicles, the EV80 is claimed to offer a 120-mile range on a single charge and can be fully charged in less than 90 minutes. LDV says it is already being used by delivery and utility companies, together with selected city councils, all over the UK.

The prize EV80 will be presented to one lucky winner at the CV Show on 30 April and, as part of the giveaway, the winner and a guest will be invited to a five-star stay in a Birmingham hotel.

To be in with a chance to win, visitors need to complete a short survey, which can be done online via https://myldv.co.uk/ldv-ev80-great-give-away. Terms and conditions apply and can be read via the link.

Mark Barrett, LDV UK and Ireland general manager, said, “We wish all entrants good luck and we look forward to seeing you at the CV Show 2019. Alongside the latest range of light goods vehicles, LDV will have a number of representatives from SAIC Maxus Automotive in China in attendance at the event, together with management representatives from its UK and Irish dealerships, at what promises to be another action-packed event.”


Toyota is extending its light commercial vehicle line-up with the launch of a car-derived model. Continuing its cooperation with the PSA Groupe, the new van will be based on the latest Peugeot Partner, Citroën Berlingo and Vauxhall Combo. That should mean short and long wheelbase models with payload of up to 1-tonne on either body. The company will also display exterior specification changes to the Hilux Invincible X model, boosting its range-topping status.

MAN Truck & Bus

MAN Truck & Bus has a full line-up of commercial vehicles, from the 3.0-tonne TGE van to a 44-tonne tractor unit on the stand at this year’s show. For van buyers, the TGE is the focus of interest, offered from 3.0-5.5 tonnes GVW, the TGE is of course based on parent company Volkswagen’s Crafter.

This year MAN will offer the TGE as a minibus, based on the 5.0-tonne chassis and will also demonstrate a 3.5-tonne TGE Flatframe chassis cowl. Based on a front-wheel drive chassis, the Flatframe sits 190mm lower than the standard frame TGE chassi cab. It has been designed for specialist body builders to base conversions upon, such as low height Luton bodies and boxes.


Ford will be launching an update to its 2-tonne Transit, first seen at last year’s Hanover show in Germany. Transit features a revised exterior and interior, taking its design cues from the recently updated Transit Custom. It will also use the EcoBlue 2.0-litre diesel engines, that now conform with Euro 6.2 emissions levels, while Ford will offer a 48V mild-hybrid on both Transit and Transit Custom models.

There is also a new 185hp offering, plus Ford has said that it will emissions test some models using the heavy-duty cycle, that is currently outside of WLTP standards. Front-wheel drive Transit will still be offered with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission, though some rear-drive models will now be available with an optional 10-speed automatic, also available in the revised Ranger pick-up.

Ford will provide payload improvements across the Transit range, up to 50kg savings on front-drive Transit and 80kg on the rear-driven models, through the use of alloy bonnets and other weight  saving measures. Transit will also get selectable driving modes, such as eco and towing. New options such as power side doors and active park assist will be offered and the vans will be equipped with electronic power assistance for the steering for the first time.

Transit and Transit Custom models will come with an embedded modem, providing access to online monitoring and driver assistance applications. Custom also moves to Euro 6.2 engines, with the new 185bhp rating replacing the previous 170bhp engine in Sport and Tourneo models. Selectable driving modes and the mild hybrid option will be offered on the mid-weight, while Ford’s plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Custom will finally be available to paying customers.

The new Ranger pick-up will make its first public appearance at the show. Powered primarily by a range of EcoBlue 2.0-litre diesel engines, including a new range-topping bi-turbo model, Ford has now decided that it will also keep the existing 3.2-litre diesel engine too.


The PSA Group, of Peugeot, Citroën and now Vauxhall, will between them have one of the biggest presences at the show this year. However, Citroën will also be celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, so expect that to feature in the French firm’s display. The award-winning Berlingo will take pride of place on the stand, now available in almost all possible driveline and trim combinations. It will be supported by Dispatch and Relay, which like Berlingo will move to Euro 6.2 engines in the coming months.

Citroën will be promoting its range of service offers, plus changes to the Business Centre network. All of the firm’s 145 dealers can sell and service vans, plus Citroën now has 41 Business Centres, offering an enhanced service to fleet users. Now it has also appointed 75 Business Active centres, to deliver additional support to business users without providing the full Business Centre service.


As with sister companies Citroën and Vauxhall, Peugeot company has been working with its 180-strong dealer network to bolster its 52 Business Centres, with the development of a network of Business Essential outlets. Though not offering the full Business Centre service, the Business Essential dealers will have LCV expertise and test vehicles on offer, as well as improved levels of after-care and service. The company will have its full van line-up on display, including the award-winning Partner, the mid-weight Expert and the larger Boxer.

Portable handling system

MJ Products will be at the show for the first time to unveil its latest product. VanMate is a highly portable handling system for loading and unloading. It can handle loads of up to 250kg, and is lightweight and quickly disassembled to enable remote delivery of goods without separate handling devices at destinations.

Truckman to debut new accessories

Truckman will unveil a range of accessories including a new commercial hardtop, racking and a lighting range. The new cab-high Truckman RS-3 hardtop offers all-round access through three lockable side gullwing doors and will be available later this year for all of the leading OEM pick-up trucks.


For Volkswagen, the focus will be on new technology, with the electric e-Caddy, e-Transporter and e-Crafter on display. The e-Caddy, which alongside the e-Transporter is built by partner ABT, will be the first to arrive in right-hand drive this year, followed by e-Transporter in 2020 and e-Crafter in 2021. The company will also show new conversions for Crafter, including a long-wheelbase CR50 riot van and a 17-seat CR50-based high-roof minibus conversion. VW will demonstrate its commitment to accessible mobility too, offering wheelchair-accessible versions of the Caddy, Transporter and Caravelle.

Fiat Professional

Fiat Professional will once again be focused on trade customers, with each of the vans on its stand built to reflect a specific trade use. This will include a sandwich van, an ambulance and a painter and decorator’s vehicle. The stand will feature three Doblo Cargos, a Fiorino Sportivo, a Talento van and a Ducato with a tipper body.

DAF Trucks

Heavy truck manufacturer DAF will have its biggest stand yet, with a full line-up of vehicles. The emphasis will be on customer support, including DAF Connect, an online fleet management system. The firm also offers a comprehensive range of maintenance and support packages to keep fleets on the road an ensure compliance.

DAF Trucks will also be promoting a driver training voucher scheme. When acquiring new CF and XF trucks, retail customers’ drivers will be entitled to around 2.5 hours of professional driver training, through 25 dedicated DAF Dealer Driver Trainers.

Conversions and bodybuilders

Cartwright Group

Bodybuilding company Cartwright Group will be offering parcel delivery companies a 3.5-tonne low ride rigid box van, that is said to offer up to 15% more payload than competitive models. The body has been built onto a Movano chassis and it comes with flush rear doors with a slam-lock feature. There is a step in the bulkhead with hand poles to allow the operator to access the space over the cab and the interior has PIR-controlled lighting.

Cartwright will also show an Iveco EuroCargo NP 7.5-tonne box, powered by compressed natural gas.

Keeping cool – and warm

Eberspächer is once again lining up a range of vehicle conversions – mini-buses, trucks, motorhomes, service vans and emergency rescue vehicles – showcasing its heating and climate-control products, mobile hand-wash products and its temperature-controlled Coldtainers in a wide range of sizes. And soon to be available is the Hot Meal Line (HmL), a development of Coldtainer designed to maintain the temperature of hot food (above 65°C) during transport, storage and serving.

Due to increased business from the refrigerated and temperature-controlled vehicle market, Eberspächer is taking an additional stand in the Cool Zone.


VFS (Southampton) will demonstrate the range of bodies on offer, with six vehicles on display. This will include an aluminium tipper with a tool pod and cage, from Ford’s One-Stop-Shop range of pre-bodied vehicles. The tipper has a five-stage underbody hydraulic ram and a 2kW electro-hydraulic power pack. A steel bodied Transit tipper will also be on show for comparison.

To further demonstrate the available options open to customers, the firm will show a steel 3.5-tonne dropside body with a host of extras, including a Penny Hydraulic crane, Chapter 8 livery, a bulkhead storage box, working at height rails and an LP13 light arrow. VFS will demonstrate a 7.5-tonne tipping body from parent company Scattolini, designed for vehicles like the Fuso Canter and Iveco’s Daily 7.2-tonne chassis.

The company will show a Luton body too, equipped with a 500kg DEL tail lift. With an aluminium frame, the roof construction is a translucent GRP sheet, while the body sides and bulkhead are made from 33mm Foamcore composite panels.


The big news from racking specialist Tevo, is that the firm will be adopting the name of its parent company, Modul-System this year. The re-branded business will have a number of updates on show, including a lightweight workbench top, that at 7kg is considerably lighter than the current 19kg wooden surface. The worktop is made from the same material that the company uses for its van flooring.

To complement its racking and storage solutions, Modul-System has developed a range of roof bars and lockable pipe tubes. They use the vehicle manufacturer’s fixing points, so there is no requirement to drill into van bodies. The company will also update the Modul Connect plug and play wiring system, to incorporate wireless and Bluetooth activation for components. The system can also be equipped with a SIM card, to allow communication between the vehicle and its operating depot.

Ring Carnation

Conversion company Ring Carnation is launching a revised vehicle power management system. The Genisys II ECU has increased processing power with a larger memory and greater control capability. The firm’s updated Wireless Switching Power Hub can reduce the installation time on a typical installation of a light bar, two working lamps, three interior lights and a hand wash from three to two hours. It provides up to eight output ports with a total rating of 60A, making it easy to connect ancillary electrical items.

Cool Crafter

CoolKit, specialists in refrigerated van conversions, will be displaying a refrigerated VW Crafter featuring its latest cold chain technology at the show. The Crafter Trendline model will feature CoolKit’s latest dual-temperature conversion that allows for chilled and frozen goods to be carried simultaneously. The vehicle will also have a lightweight movable bulkhead which, thanks to its GRP high-impact reinforced construction, allows for load increases of up to 150kg, says CoolKit.

Safety and compliance


Health & Safety Executive guidance states that providing a ‘safe vehicle’ is one of the three key areas that employers are expected to consider. Hope manufactures a wide range of heavy duty SAFE-T-STEP products that help comply with HSE’s guidance and will be bringing its range of steps and other products to the show. Hope claims it is one of the few manufacturers which has the ability to design, test and manufacture tow bars and under run equipment in house to both Regulation 55 and 58. Each of the SAFE-T-STEP models features a full width step, with non-slip surface for greater safety when loading in or out of the vehicle or accessing the roof. The perforated design, manufactured in lightweight high-tensile steel provides maximum weight efficiencies and durability – increased by as much as 25% – while being able to wash through any winter build-up of debris or fluids that could also cause a potential slipping hazard. The steps have a powder-coated yellow finish which includes a pre-treatment phosphate process to ensure durability and a long lasting quality look.


Trakm8 has updated its RH600 in-cab camera system to include driver concentration alerts. The company has also unveiled a mobile app for fleet managers using its Trakm8 Prime solution.
The Trakm8 Prime Fleet Manager app delivers important insights into driver behaviour and vehicle condition. The launch follows a recent move to 30-day rolling contracts, providing companies with increased flexibility.


Axtec has updated its OnBoard Axle Load Indicator system (pictured above). Suitable for all commercial vehicles, from light vans to 44-tonne trucks, the revised system comes with a choice of 5” or 7” touchscreen displays, providing clearer graphics. To ensure failsafe protection from overloading, management functions are password-protected and there are no manual controls for drivers.

The screens use less power than previous models and provide outputs to tracking systems and other telematic devices. Options include remote calibration, video recording and analysis of vehicle data.


SmartWitness is launching three new and upgraded video telematic solutions – SmartView, SmartGuard and SmartAPI. SmartView is a video tracking system that provides instant HD video on demand from cameras on the vehicle. Maps show where the van is at any time and managers can track routes taken.

The SmartGuard software package has been upgraded with driver league tables, that can be used as a virtual fleet manager. It aims to simplify the data available to fleet managers into simple league tables. Lastly, Smart API is an application that allows traditional telematics providers to add video to their own systems.


FleetCheck has updated its Vehicle Inspection app. The app now includes access to tyre pressure data for a wide range of vans. It delivers a paper-free vehicle check process, including uploading relevant photos from drivers and bespoke checks for specialist equipment.


VisionTrack will show an enhanced advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) solution and an extended range of forward and rear-facing cameras for LCVs. The connected ADAS system combines a forward-facing camera with an in-vehicle fatigue and distraction monitor, a driver feedback device and an HD mobile digital video recorder. The ADAS system identifies lane departures, forward collisions, tailgating and vulnerable pedestrians or cyclists, while the in-vehicle camera can identify a tired or distracted driver. The driver can be alerted to potential dangers and managers can monitor areas of concern both in real-time and historically.

ECCO Safety Group

ECCO Safety Group will participate at the show under its own name for the first time this year. The group, which owns Britax, Vision Alert and Premier Hazard, will offer a range of safety solutions for fleet vehicles, in sound, vision and lighting areas.


Tachograph and compliance provider TruTac has updated its TruLicence system, to make it easier for fleet managers to verify driver licence and tachograph data. Key features include online driving licence checks, validation of correct information, current endorsements and points, entitlement to drive, confirmation of vehicle categories and checks against disqualified drivers.


The Road Haulage Association (RHA), one of the three CV Show partner organisations, is celebrating its 75th anniversary at this year’s event. Visitors to the stand will be able to take a trip down memory lane, to see how the industry has changed and the impact that the Association has had since its start in 1944. There will also be a helpdesk facility, providing the opportunity to have one-to-one discussions with experts on a range of issues.