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Manufacturers showcase commercial offerings at Brussels Motor Show

The 2017 Brussels Motor Show proved an ideal venue for manufacturers and suppliers in the Benelux region (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) to showcase their new commercial offerings

Renault unveiled the all-new Master ZE and the second-generation Kangoo ZE. Both vehicles feature a newly-developed 33kWh lithium-ion battery, which equates to a range of around 168 miles on the smaller Kangoo and 124 miles on the Master, although the Master has a slightly more powerful output of 77PS compared to the Kangoo’s 62PS.

Another electric vehicle that attracted attention was the MT, launched by a recent start-up company called Addax Motors. The compact truck is aimed at local authorities and country estates, and Addax wants to expand out of its home market of Belgium into new territories, including the UK.

In contrast to the larger electric Renault vans, the MT has a choice of two outputs: 8kW/100Nm and 9kW/180Nm. These offer a range of between 80 and 110km (50-68 miles), with an impressive 1,000kg payload and a choice of two load lengths (2,150mm and 2,420mm).

Isuzu took the opportunity to display the D-Max’s all-new 1.9 litre engine, which is set to hit UK dealerships in the summer.

Although it is a considerable downsize from the current 2.5-litre (165PS/400Nm) unit, Isuzu argues the new engine is far more fuel efficient and cleaner, without compromising on performance. The power has increased slightly to 166PS, although the torque has been reduced to 360Nm, while fuel economy is around 10 per cent better (around 40mpg) which makes it a more attractive option for fleet customers.

The product marketing team at Nissan recently said they were surprised at how well the top-spec Navara models were selling. Approximately 90 per cent of Navara sales are with the flagship Tekna trim and it is therefore no surprise that Nissan has decided to launch a limited edition model. The Trek -1° is based on the Tekna and the differences are mainly cosmetic (black sport styling bars, LED spot lamps, 18-inch alloy wheels, etc.), although there is also a load bed cover which is hinged at the cab end.

In Hall 1, the ‘Truck & Transport’ show took place, and all the major players (DAF, Iveco, MAN, Mercedes-Benz, Renault Trucks, Scania and Volvo Trucks) were represented as well as some of the smaller names like Fuso and Isuzu.

The focus on the DAF stand was the LF urban distribution truck. Taking pride of place was a 4×2 sleeper cab chassis, fitted with the most powerful 215PS/850Nm output of the 4.5-litre PX-5 engine. For the class of 14 to 16 tonnes, nine wheelbase variants are available, ranging from 3,250mm to 6,300mm.