April 9, 2020

Midlands Truck & Van to showcase Mercedes-Benz vans at NEC events

Midlands Truck & Van is preparing to showcase Mercedes-Benz vehicles at two events at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham.

The dealer has commissioned a Mercedes-Benz Vito van with bespoke canine carrying conversion for display on its stand at Crufts 2020, starting on 5 March.

The Vito Sport 116 CDI was converted to ‘dog walker’ specification by Vantastec, of Ystrad Mynach, Caerphilly. Despite being an L1 (compact) crew van model with a second row of seats, it offers accommodation for up to five dogs of varying sizes.

Two cages are mounted to the floor rails, and there are two smaller ones above, one of which can be divided in two. Each cage has ‘escape hatch’ for use in the event of an accident, and the entire system can be unbolted and removed completely.

Then, in April, Midlands Truck & Van presents a truck and no fewer than five vans – including two fully electric eVito models – at the Commercial Vehicle Show. All will be in the liveries of high-profile customers of the dealership.

It will be the first time a Mercedes-Benz dealer has exhibited at the UK road transport industry’s flagship event.

The roll call of vehicles on show will include new electric eVito models offering zero tailpipe emissions, in the colours of Europcar and Travelodge. Also appearing will be Diesel-engined Citan, Vito and Sprinter models belonging, respectively, to Tructyre, Really Awesome Coffee, and Clancy Docwra, and a tractor unit from the new Actros range – International Truck of the Year 2020 – in CEVA Logistics livery.

“These are hugely exciting times for our business,” said Midlands Truck & Van managing director Steve Hunt. “We want to shout about our successes, and our heart of England locations mean the NEC is the perfect venue at which to do so. We look forward to welcoming established and prospective customers, as well as representatives of the manufacturer and other guests, to our stands at Crufts and the CV Show.”

Visit Midlands Truck & Van at the NEC, Birmingham:

  • Crufts, 5-8 March, Stand 4-148
  • CV Show, 28-30 April, Stand 5A20