Hundreds of hauliers and couriers who can find a day to spare in their busy schedules will be making tracks for the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham this week to look in on the only motor show in the UK that specialises in road transport vehicles. Thousands of visitors with an interest in commercial vehicle insurance will visit the show over the three days of the 12-14th of April.
The excitement running up to show for those in the industry has been felt even more than usual this time around as the show has been absent from the calendar for the last three years, a sad commentary perhaps on the frailty of commercial vehicle manufacturing since the recession of 2008.
Hundreds to exhibit
The Commercial Vehicle Show will have over 250 exhibitors showing their wares in halls 4 and 5 of the NEC over the three days, and visitors to the show will have the chance to buy anything from a brand new truck to daily van insurance. In all, fourteen vehicle manufacturers will be in attendance including big names such as DAF and Mercedes on the heavy side of the industry, while most Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) manufacturers will put in an appearance.
Green vehicles will make their presence felt
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will be making their bow at the show and will hope to turn a few heads as will other manufacturers with their new models aimed at the green end of the industry. High Tech electric vehicles and eco friendly engines will more than likely be the stars of the show, at least for the press gang.
Of course the more specialised end of the road transport market will be on show as well. Road sweepers, forklifts, tail lifts and tractors will all have their own group of interested onlookers.
The show will be open from 8.30 to 17.30 each day for visitors and admission will be free. Apart from the chance to purchase everything that has anything to do with commercial vehicles, visitors will find they can purchase food and drink aplenty while they are visiting the show. The last show attracted over 28,500 visitors, organisers of this year’s event are hopeful of topping the thirty thousand mark as those with an interest in commercial vehicles come and see what the future may hold for them.