Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC

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IOC chair Carl Lomas with Phil Martin DfT at the 2019 CV Show at the NEC IOC chair Carl Lomas with Phil Martin DfT at the 2019 CV Show at the NEC

Van was King in a red-themed Commercial Vehicle show 2019.

Walk the CV show red carpet with the IOC exclusive photo gallery; if you did not make it, IOC have an exclusive photo tour from the comfort of your laptop below.

IOC chair, Carl Lomas, met Man from the Ministry, Phil Martin, DfT during three days of commercial vehicles at the NEC to talk all things vehicle in final mile.

What once was a truck show sees the big LGVs in the minority in a land where van is king. Exploding e-retail driving courier and final mile showed in the displays of light vehicles dressed for courier and delivery work. Manufacturers showcasing their volume, weight and loading, getting clean on their emissions for arriving compliance on clean air and listing big numbers in the fuel mile per gallons.

A red trend; red carpets and red vans, Vauxhall launching their brand new Vivaro in red, A raft of major new products, including the 2.0-tonne Transit and LDV EV30. The big red machine, Royal Mail had vans on the VW stand, VW had lined the advert board of every entry to the NEC with EV electric solutions, wall to wall visitors queued for entry to the Birmingham venue collecting their white CV show lanyards

It was all blue on the LDV stand for their new electric with a bonnet shape that was unusual, snug and futuristic. LDV Zero emission, the EV30 turning in the spotlights on a rotating electric stand. Crazy funky bonnet just clipped off for a look at the inverters.

Blue for Hermes with a large van demo and back to DPD red for the electric delivery. Paxster had an electric final mile micro four wheeler micro in DPD colours to get hands on. The Paxster in its second generation now comes with three battery options, a new single motor rear wheel drive and updated front suspension for best of the best micro delivery that’s way ahead of ULEZ on the zero emission status. Paxster are guaranteeing the batteries for two thousand cycles.

Citroen and Ford went retro, placing vintage vehicles alongside new. A string of garlic hung in the cab of an old Citroen panel car that attracted the cool photos. Talking real business of delivery, van doors were logo-ed with volume, size and weight. Back to red paintwork for the Citroen ev and just next door for the Peugeot electric box van.

Availability and delivery time questions at the forefront while lots of Euro 6 diesel vans were ready to go. Even stands punting best value on AdBlue.

The Ford stand dominated the stairway area and this year featured a park assist, try for yourself, drive area. In reverse and no bumps in that delivery.

Not just vans, there were a few trucks, a tanker zone and a cool zone so cool it featured a must-selfie giant grey moose.

The CV show brings a heady mix of all the things you need. Yokohoma launched their new van tyres, and tools, lights, mirrors and comfy van seats were part of the busy aisles of smaller stands.

Let’s not forget the land of final mile at the petrol station. Shell showcasing its Jamie Oliver food for final mile fuel stop time was very tasty.

Lots of tech from sensors to route optimisation. Plenty of huge advances in areas such as in-cab connectivity, telematics, driver monitoring and real-time analytics placing support all around the driver in their workplace. Sitting in the driving seat you would be challenged to separate the comfort and kit from a high spec car. It looks like manufacturers are going the extra mile for our delivery to the door world.

Your next big A-list trade show event at the NEC is June 18th-20th Multimodal taking focus away from the van and placing it on systems and delivery - see you there!

If you missed the show, get a flavour with our IOC exclusive photo tour...


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Ford dominate lower stairway of the big hall.


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Hermes Big Van at the CV show


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Garlic in the Citroen Van


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It's here, Electric Relay by Citroen


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Peugeot Boxer hooked up, all electric panel van


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Red carpet launch for red Vauxhall Vivaro


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DPD colours on the micro Paxster for zero-emission final mile


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British Superbikes at the CV Show – Suzuki GSXR for two wheel deliveries?


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Royal Mail – Parcel Force VW showcase


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Jamie Oliver does delivery dinner by Shell

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Last modified on Thursday, 02 May 2019 13:24