Yesterday marked the beginning of the tenth annual Commercial Vehicle Show, hosted in the NEC Birmingham arena. This event provides people and companies within the industry, as well as commercial vehicle insurance providers, the opportunity to network with each other and get updates on the latest news and product releases.
One of the most visited exhibitions was the UK debut of the Ford Transit Custom, which will be going on sale later this year. The Transit Custom has updated features which are proving to be very attractive to fleet owners. One commercial fleet manager commented, “It looks like a stylish, much more aerodynamic new van, but the biggest feature for us is the ability to carry a three-metre length of pipe inside. We’ve had to switch from the current Transit for carrying lengths of copper pipe on the roof as a lot of thefts have occurred. This new design will mean that we can go back to the Transit, and have a more secure load that will also help lower our CO2 fleet average.”
Fleet Truck and Van Awards Shortlist
Motor Transport announced the shortlist for their prestigious Fleet Truck and Fleet Van awards for 2012. The shortlist was selected by registered readers of Motor Transport. Editor of the digital and print magazine, Steve Hobson said, “The Motor Transport Fleet Truck and Fleet Van of the Year awards are highly valued by the manufacturers because they are chosen by the people who really matter, the operators”.
Fleet Van of the Year shortlist: Ford Transit; Iveco Daily; Mercedes-Benz Sprinter; Renault Kangoo ZE; and the Volkswagen Crafter.
Fleet Truck of the Year shortlist: Daf CF; Iveco Stralis; Mercedes-Benz Actros; and the Volvo FH.
The winners will be announced on the 13th June.
What’s on Offer
Other exhibitions and features at the show include a Workshop (forum car and commercial vehicle maintenance and repair business) and numerous businesses specialising in areas such as vehicle technology, environmentally friendly vehicles, tyres, engines and parts, and vehicle dealerships.
Tomorrow is the final day of the show before it closes up shop for another year. So anyone interested and involved in the industry should definitely make the most of this annual experience. If the products and shiny new vehicles aren’t enough to keep you entertained, some novelty exhibit freebies never fail to excite the most cynical of event goers.