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LCV registrations fall in April as van market rebalances after stellar growth

04 May 2017 Light commercial vehicle registrations fall -18.8% in April, following period of record demand. Declines across all van segments, but pickup demand continues upward trend, rising 4.5% in April and 17.6% YTD. Overall year-to-date registrations down -4.9%, but demand for vans remains at a high level. SEE LCV REGISTRATIONS BY BRAND Light commercial […]

CV manufacturing dips in March but seventh month of export growth keeps Q1 stable

27 April 2017 UK commercial vehicle (CV) production slips -4.3% in March to 8,041 units. Exports rise for seventh consecutive month, with vehicles shipped overseas up 7.8% to 4,855 units. Q1 performance stable, down marginally by -0.7% as export demand grows 21.2% to account for two thirds of production volumes. UK commercial vehicle manufacturing slipped […]

Toyota begins fuel cell truck trials

02 May 2017 The motor industry’s biggest global manufacturer has begun a trial looking into the feasibility of using hydrogen fuel cell technology in heavy trucks. The Toyota ‘Project Portal’ emissions-free concept truck will hit the highways of California, USA, later this summer, operating between the port areas of Los Angeles and Long Beach. HGVs […]

Feature: CV Show 2017 – another fine turnout from the CV Sector

02 May 2017 The UK’s largest automotive exhibition lived up to all expectations at the NEC in Birmingham last week, with an array of new model launches and some significant news that will benefit British manufacturing. Taking place in its traditional week of the year, CV Show 2017 saw the return of some major truck […]

New Renault Low Cab meets Direct Vision Standards

02 May 2017 Renault Trucks, in conjunction with one of the UK’s biggest facilities management companies, Veolia, has developed a new low-entry, high-vision refuse and recycling collection vehicle ideal for use in areas such as London. The Renault Trucks Range D day cab is the lowest entry truck in the manufacturer’s model range, and is […]

Bevan buys A&R Vehicle Services

03 May 2017 A leading British convertor and bodybuilder has taken over one of the best-known commercial vehicle accident repair and refurbishment companies, and will be moving some of its more specialised conversion work to the new facilities. Bevan is best-known as a commercial vehicle bodybuilder, and as a leading provider of planned and emergency […]

All-terrain fire engines keep Suffolk safe

02 May 2017 Fire chiefs in Suffolk have come up with an ingenious way to deal with incidents in difficult-to-access locations by commissioning three all-terrain Mercedes-Benz Unimogs fully kitted out as fire tenders. Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service’s 14.0-tonne Unimog U423s are based in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, and Lowestoft. They will be used to […]

Artificial daylight could improve truckers’ health

02 May 2017 Filling truck cabs with simulated daylight could benefit drivers’ health and improve road safety, a study has shown. Engineers at Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz Trucks, have published the results of a two week research project into whether artificial daylight could improve the working environment for truckers. To carry out the […]

Driverless shuttle ‘Harry’ to test autonomous mobility

19 April 2017 A driverless shuttle has gone into service in London to trial the idea of autonomous last-mile mobility. The Gateway Project (Greenwich Automated Transport Environment) wants to look into how the pod – named Harry – reacts alongside people in a real world environment. The shuttle will be used over a 2km route […]

Tesco tests engineless fridge units

19 April 2017 Supermarket giant Tesco is conducting a trial of two engineless refrigeration units, which run entirely on the hydro-electric power generated by the trucks’ powertrains. The units, developed by Warrington-based refrigeration specialists Carrier Transicold, are mounted on Mercedes-Benz Antos rigid box trucks and will be in service for seven days a week, transporting […]