All-new Vauxhall Vivaro makes global debut at CV Show 2019

The all-new Vauxhall Vivaro will have its world premiere at CV Show 2019, with the new British-built van now available to order in time for first deliveries this summer.

Vauxhall’s new mid-sized van will go into production at the company’s Luton plant shortly, and will be available in two lengths, three body styles and three trim levels. Pricing starts at £21,240 plus VAT.

As well as being an all-new vehicle, the latest Vivaro also represents a new chapter for Vauxhall’s Luton manufacturing plant and its 1,250 employees. More than two million Vivaro-type vans have been built at Luton since production started in 2001, and investment from Vauxhall’s new owners Groupe PSA will help increase the plant’s production capacity to 100,000 units per year.

For the first time, Vivaro will be available with dual sliding doors, both driver and passenger airbags, and cruise control with a speed limiter function.

The new Vivaro has a maximum payload of up to 1,400kg, which is 200kg more than the previous model, and a maximum towing weight of 2,500 kg, which is an increase of 500kg.

“As a British brand since 1903 and the UK’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer, we’re delighted to reveal the all-new Luton-built Vivaro,” said Derek Wilson, Vauxhall’s LCV Director.

“Practical, comfortable, economical and packed with all latest driver assistance and connectivity technology, the all-new Vivaro is the vehicle that sits at the heart of our commercial vehicle range.”

Vauxhall has also announced an all-electric version of the new Vivaro will debut next year, so we look forward to seeing that model at CV Show 2020.

Win a £60,000 LDV electric van

LDV is celebrating its fourth year of participation at the CV Show by giving away a brand new electric van worth more than £60,000, with the lucky winner being presented with the keys on the first day of the Show.

In the lead-up to CV Show 2019, LDV is running a free online competition to win a brand new EV80 electric van valued at more than £60,000. As part of the giveaway, the lucky winner and a guest will be presented with their new EV80 at the Show and enjoy a stay at a five-star hotel in Birmingham.

LDV will be showcasing its latest range of zero-emissions goods vehicles on its stand (5D110) with different versions of the EV80. The electric van boasts a 120-mile range on a single charge and, more importantly, can be full charged in less than 90 minutes thanks to its high-capacity lithium battery.

The EV80 is already used by several delivery and utility companies, together with a number of city councils, in cities all over the UK.

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.”

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

Global debut for Toyota at CV Show 2019

Toyota is strengthening its position in the light commercial vehicle market with the global debut of a new compact van at CV Show 2019.

The new Toyota Proace City signals a brand new segment for Toyota, adding the flexibility of a compact model to its business-focused range. More details and information about the new model, including powertrain, body styles and dimensions will be revealed nearer to the show date.

Proace City complements the expanding range of Toyota commercials, all of which will be displayed on the company’s stand. They include the larger Proace medium-duty panel van, available in Compact, Medium and Long wheelbase form and with a range of Toyota-approved conversion options.

Launched in 2018, the Toyota Land Cruiser Utility Commercial is attracting new customers who require a rugged vehicle with genuine off-road capabilities. It is available with short or long wheelbase platforms.

Finally, the all-conquering Toyota Hilux, which continues to impress with its legendary toughness and reliability. It provides the flexibility of three different body styles – Single, Extra and Double Cab – all powered by an efficient 2.4-litre diesel engine and offering a 3.5-tonne towing capacity.

The latest version of Hilux, the Invincible X will be on the Toyota stand at CV Show 2019. Further details about Hilux will be announced nearer to the show.

For more information about the Proace City and the full Toyota range of LCVs and conversion programmes, visit the Toyota stand in Hall 4.

Giti races into CV Show 2019

Giti Tire will undoubtedly have one of the most popular stands at CV Show 2019, with a race-prepared Volvo NL truck taking centre stage alongside the latest Giti trailer tyres.

Following four years of design and thorough testing across diverse fleet types, the new Giti GTR955 Combi Road makes its first appearance at CV Show 2019, with the promise of a mileage increase of around 30% against previous comparable products.

Available in 385/65R22.5 164K and 385/55R22.5 160K sizes, the new GTR955 Combi Road also offers rolling resistance improved by approximately 10% and better wet braking, both of which result in B labelling. Both sizes are three-peak mountain snowflake (3PMSF) marked to indicate excellent winter and all-season traction and braking properties.

The new GTR955 Combi Road is one of more than 20 different tyres to be displayed on the Giti stand (4F55), which will be split into seven core areas comprising combi-road, long haul, regional, mixed service, urban, winter and competition.

Meanwhile, racing fans will be clamouring to see the Giti-sponsored Team Oliver Racing Volvo NL racing truck.

The partnership between Giti Tire and Team Oliver Racing saw two units competing in the British Truck Racing Championship last year, while Giti Tire began supply of its global competition truck tyre, the Giti Race-Tuned v1.

Another full house for CV Show 2019

Once again, exhibitors have booked out every available square metre of the show halls for the 2019 Commercial Vehicle Show, ensuring that the CV Show remains an essential event for any company running commercial vehicles.

With another full house of exhibition space at the NEC in Birmingham, CV Show 2019 has reinforced its position as the premier event for the UK road transport, distribution and logistics industries.

This is a brilliant result in the face of enormous political uncertainty on many levels, and is testament to the resilient nature of our industry.

When you visit CV Show 2019, you will be presented with the largest range of options to help purchase, operate and maintain your vehicle fleet. It’s all brought together under one massive roof at the NEC and it’s all designed to help boost your productivity and profit.

It’s Show Time for MAN

CV Show 2019 will see MAN Truck & Bus showcase a range of vehicles covering the entire spectrum of its range, from the 5-tonne TGE Minibus and the 3.5-tonne TGE flatframe chassis cowl, through to the 6×2 TGX XLION Flagship tractor and a TGX 41.640 8×4/4 BBS Heavy Haulage prime mover.
Supported by bespoke customer tailored and integrated business focused aftersales products, MAN Trucks and Vans set benchmark for the highest levels of efficiency, reliability and cost-effectiveness.

Thomas Hemmerich, Managing Director, MAN Truck & Bus UK Ltd said: “The UK CV Show is an important event in our calendar and as a leading Commercial Vehicle manufacturer it’s a show that we have always felt important to both attend and support.

“The attraction of the CV Show for MAN is not the volume of visitors, but the quality of the visitors. It offers us great networking opportunities and allows us to both meet with existing customers whilst at the same time greet and build relationships with new customers.”

Customer interaction is a key area for MAN and as a clear demonstration of customer, vehicle and product support, MAN in-house experts covering all business areas will man the stand (5D10 in Hall 5) over the three days, offering visitors support, advice and product updates.

“Our experience of the CV Show has always been incredibly positive,” said Hemmerich, “Last year’s show witnessed the launch of the TGE Vans to Go body package solutions and over the last 12 months we’ve seen TGEs in differing configurations win favour with companies both big and small throughout the UK.

“Our trucks, from the 7.5-tonne TGL to the TGX at 250 tonnes, are renowned and recognised within the industry for offering robust, trustworthy and efficient transport solution partners.”

Hemmerich concluded: “Our stand in Hall 5, as in previous years, is in a prime location at the industry’s biggest exhibition and we are already looking forward to meeting with customers.”

MAN Truck & Bus UK Ltd will have the following exhibits on display at XV Show 2019:

Internal Exhibits on Stand 5D10 in Hall 5:

  • MAN TGX 26.500 6×2/2 BLS XLION Tractor unit
  • MAN TGE 3.140 4x2F SB Flatframe chassis cowl
  • Alternative fuel display
  • MAN D15 Engine

External Exhibits:

  • MAN TGE 5.180 4×2 SB Minibus
  • MAN TGX 41.640 8×4/4 BBS Heavy Haulage tractor unit

New vans from industry giants

Some of the industry’s biggest players will have some important new vans on display at CV Show 2019.

All-new Vauxhall Vivaro
The centrepiece of Vauxhall’s stand will be the world premiere of its all-new British-built Vivaro van and Vivaro Life passenger model, which have cemented the future of the company’s Luton assembly plant for the next decade.

Replacing the previous model that has served since 2011, the new Vivaro shares its platform with PSA sister brands Peugeot and Citroën. It will be available in two different lengths and three trim levels, with five engine options.

The new Vivaro and Vivaro Life will be available to order at the show, with the first models set to arrive in Vauxhall showrooms over summer. An electric model is expected to follow in 2020.

Joining the new Vivaro on the Vauxhall stand will be the award-winning new Combo and Combo Life models. Winner of the 2019 International Van of the Year award, the new Combo has been on sale for six months now and has already enjoyed great sales success.

Volkswagen electrifies its home
Meanwhile, Volkswagen is bringing all-electric versions of its three van models – the e-Caddy, e-Transporter and e-Crafter ¬– as part of a 14-vehicle stand that will also include a number of customer vehicles and conversions.

Also featured will be a wheelchair-accessible Caddy Life, an Amarok Aventura 2 pick-up and a Crafter CR50 17-seat minibus conversion.

This will be the largest display Volkswagen has staged since its return to the show four years ago. Once again, Volkswagen will bring its ‘home’ concept to the show, where visitors can sit and discuss their needs with brand specialists over a cup of coffee.

LDV plans to spring a surprise
With the enormous amount of interest in electric vans for urban delivery, another brand eyeing up big growth is LDV.

While details are still under wraps, we can reveal that LDV will have an all-new van (a little brother to the existing EV80 large electric van) to launch at CV Show 2019.

The new van will be the first model launched by LDV that will be specifically designed and manufactured as a pure-electric van tailored for the UK market.

Mark Barrett, general manager of LDV U.K. & Ireland, is looking forward to what the brand will offer eco-conscious businesses in the future: “Investing in a fleet of EVs will cut down long-term operational costs and there has never been a better time to make the change to emission-free fleets.

“Electric powered vehicles will soon be the norm and this is reflected by the number of brands, both in the domestic and commercial market, that are moving their focus from fuel dependent engines to hybrids and pure-electric models.

“LDV is ahead of many in terms of its offerings and it latest launch will only serve to strengthen its position as a leading brand in the electric commercial vehicle sector.”

NEC Visitor Experience

When you come and join us at the CV Show, why not make the most of the ‘NEC experience’? It’s now better than ever!

From planning your travel to a fantastic range of facilities on the day, the NEC has been busy making life easier and more convenient for you, so you can focus fully on the show.

Take travel, for starters. You can save 20% on Advanced tickets for Virgin Rail travel – and walk straight into the halls from Birmingham International. Or if you’re driving, you can pay for parking in advance online. The parking areas are now simpler to get around, with colour-coded navigation and free shuttle buses straight to the halls. Less time queuing means more time to spend at the show.

You’ll want to refuel during the day of course, and you’re in for a treat with mouth-watering food and drink options from Amadeus, the NEC’s award winning catering partner.

You don’t even need to leave the show halls to tuck into a whole range of tasty choices at The Edge; with faster service and more seats, you can take a quick break and relax before you get back to the CV action.

After a packed day at the show, there’s plenty to explore across the campus to help you unwind. For adrenaline junkies, you and the team could sample the action at the Bear Grylls Adventure. With everything from zip-wiring and indoor sky diving to swimming with sharks – this is an opportunity to really test your limits.

Alternatively, you could head over to the leisure and entertainment destination Resorts World Birmingham. Take in a film at the Cineworld cinema with Imax™, treat yourself to dinner at one of the many restaurants or grab a pint at the Sports Bar. If you’re feeling lucky, there’s even the Genting International Casino if you fancy a flutter!

Largest-ever CV Show presence for DAF Trucks

DAF Trucks is heading to CV Show 2019 with its largest ever vehicle display at the NEC, covering its full range of new LF, CF and XF chassis across two exhibition areas.

Exciting aftersales initiatives will also form a significant part of DAF’s presence at the Show.

DAF Trucks’ main stand in Hall 5 will showcase models from across the range with LF and CF and XF variants on display, while an adjacent outside stand will provide visitors with a wide selection of vocational vehicles including multi-axle tractors and rigids, and a variety of DAF First Choice quality-approved used trucks.

Show vehicles include:

  • a new CF 8×4 tipper offering 250kg more payload over its predecessor model;
  • a lightweight CF 450 FTP 6×2 tractor for the petro-chemical market complete with Safe Loading Pass and ADR compliance;
  • a compact LF City 7.5-tonner equipped with a PACCAR boxvan body and
  • a CF 370 FAN 6×2 rigid featuring the lastest electro-hydraulic rear-steer technology.

DAF Trucks’ Showtrekker low-deck tractor and trailer combination will also be on display, decked in striking air-brushed livery to celebrate the company’s history.

The main stand will focus on the company’s extensive customer support portfolio, including DAF Connect, an online Fleet Management system, and DAF Fleet Services, DAF Trucks’ comprehensive maintenance support package.

CV Show 2019 will also see DAF Trucks promote its new driver training voucher scheme. Upon acquiring their new CF and XF vehicles, all retail customers’ drivers will be entitled to professional driver training courtesy of 25 dedicated DAF Dealer Driver Trainers.

Approximately 2.5 hours in total, training includes in-cab and vehicle walk-round familiarisation, followed by on-road coaching.
“We’re delighted to be exhibiting at the CV Show again this year,” said DAF Trucks managing director, Robin Easton.

“The CV Show always provides us with a great opportunity to network with customers, both existing and new, plus a chance to exhibit our new LF, CF and XF product range – which, of course, we unveiled at the NEC in 2017.”

60 seconds with Rob Skelton

With only a few weeks until CV Show 2019 opens its doors on 30 April, show director Rob Skelton is a very busy man right now. We grabbed a minute of his time to quiz him about what’s in store.

What can visitors expect to see at The CV Show this year?
Well, more than four hundred exhibitors spanning the whole road transport, distribution and logistics supply business. You will see everything from truck, van and trailer manufacturers through to fork lift trucks, insurers, tyre manufacturers, telematics and training providers, fuels and lubricants suppliers, and a whole lot more.

The CV Show is the largest and most comprehensive commercial vehicle event held in Britain and provides business solutions for every operator looking to boost productivity and profit.

What value does a visitor get from attending the CV Show?
The future of the industry is always at the forefront of the CV Show. Central to this year’s show offering will be the latest technological innovations, advances in design and manufacturing, and concepts for the products of tomorrow. This year we’ll see a growing number of alternative fuel commercial vehicles on display.

The Show will help anyone involved in the sector best prepare their business for the years ahead.

How do you see the show evolving over the next few years?
The CV Show never stands still and will continue to evolve to meet the changing requirements of both visitors and exhibitors. Increasingly, the CV sector is leading the way in the development and implementation of technology to improve operational efficiency, to make our roads safer and our environment greener.

The CV Show is the chosen showcase for these advances and always supports the industry in any way possible. New exciting elements to the show proposition are already being planned for 2020 and beyond, to ensure the show remains relevant and stakeholders truly benefit from their attendance. Watch this space!