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Van news – the CV Show 2016

The latest new vans from some of the best-known names in the light commercial vehicle Industry are set to be a major draw at the 2016 CV Show, with key manufacturers such as Citroen, Fiat, Ford, Isuzu, Iveco, LDV, Mitsubishi, Peugeot, Renault, Toyota and Volkswagen all taking high profile stand space at the free-to-attend event. Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Vauxhall/ Opel are not exhibiting their LCV ranges this year.

One of the biggest names to make a comeback is Volkswagen, which will be using the show to exhibit its latest Transporter and Caddy and some of its conversions.

Commenting on the brand’s decision to return to the CV Show, a VW Commercial Vehicles spokesman said: “We’re looking forward to being back at the CV Show in April. It’s great timing for us to consolidate the launches of the new Caddy and Transporter, as well as to meet customers and provide opportunities to build relationships.

“Meeting customers at the show gives us a chance to understand their requirements and demonstrate how we can support them and their businesses.”

Renault is also looking to build on recent sales success, after enjoying its 18th consecutive year as Europe’s best selling LCV brand.

In 2015, Renault LCV sales in the UK reached their highest ever level, and the company will be marking this with a strong presence at Stand 5H60 the CV Show 2016.

Renault’s stand in Hall 5 will showcase 11 vehicles that illustrate the diversity and versatility of the manufacturer’s LCV offering with themes of design, technology and conversions. The stand will also provide an insight into the Pro+ specialist dealer network.

On display will be everything from a Master LHL35 RWD with 17 cubic metres of load space, to the Kangoo Z.E electric van and Twizy Cargo. Official conversions will include the Master-based Welbus conversion and the public debut of the 3.5 tonne Master Passenger that can be driven on a normal driving licence. All Renault LCVs come with Renault’s four-year, 100,000-mile warranty with roadside assistance.

Renault’s Euro-6 advancements will be demonstrated by several engine displays, and representatives Renault Aftersales will be available to speak to stand visitors about any ownership queries.

Making a welcome return is Toyota, which will be exhibiting the latest variants of its light commercial range, appearing at the CV Show for the first time since 2008.

“We are looking forward to returning to the CV show in 2016,” said a Toyota LCV spokesman. “The venue will provide us the perfect opportunity to demonstrate how we plan to increase Toyota presence and product line-up in the light commercial vehicle market.”

Citroën’s extensively revised New Berlingo range will debut at this year’s Show. Available from May onwards, the 2016 Berlingo is offered with a choice of a Euro 6 VTi 95PS petrol engine or BlueHDi 75PS, 100PS and 120PS diesel engines. This all-new engine line-up will see operators reap the rewards of improved fuel economy, increased efficiency and even better on-road dynamics. Details of the Berlingo’s full Euro 6 lineup will be available at the show.

Also set to launch at the Show and available from May onwards are two new standalone Euro 6 BlueHDi-powered Berlingo van models. These new, range-topping variants are based on the newly launched BlueHDi 75 manual L1 625 van and the BlueHDi 100 S&S manual L1 850 van.

Additional equipment fitted on these models includes air conditioning, touchscreen audio pack, anti-theft alarm, rear parking sensors and Connecting Box (a Bluetooth/USB port).

Other show highlights will be Mitsubishi, showcasing the very latest L200 pick-up, and the long anticipated return of the LDV name, with the new Chinese-built V80 panel van expected to make its UK debut.

The 2016 CV Show will also feature a massive range of racking and storage solutions for LCV’s from the likes of Bott, Bri-Stor, Rhino, Sortimo, System Edstrom, Tevo and many others, along with a range of goods from smaller suppliers designed to make the art of personalising a van or making it fit for a specific job much easier.

With over 19,500 visitors attending CV Show 2015, the event remains the ‘go-to’ event for anyone involved in operating commercial vehicles, logistics and distribution based businesses.

CV Show director, Rob Skelton, said: “After an amazing 2015, which saw a record number of vans and light commercial vehicles being registered, it’s clear that vans and LCVs will be a major focus of this year’s show, so it’s great to see some of the best-established names in the van industry returning to the most important show in the calendar for CV owners and operators.”

The Show is unique in that it provides visitors with the opportunity to fulfil all of their sourcing needs under one roof. From truck, van, trailer and fork lift manufacturers through to ancillary service providers including insurers, finance companies, tyre manufacturers, telematics and training providers, along with fuels and lubricants suppliers, the show is the perfect business- to-business environment for any individual or company involved in road transport.

CV Show 2016 takes place in Halls 3a, 4 & 5 at the NEC in Birmingham from 26-28 April. Visitors can register for their free ticket at www.cvshow.com