The total floor area booked now exceeds 47,000 sq m – up from last year, show bosses say – with most of the heavy truck manufacturers now having confirmed their attendance. These include Iveco, which is back with brand new vehicles, as is Volvo – while DAF will use the Show for no less than three new launches.
Meanwhile, light commercials are represented by Citroen, Fiat, Ford, Isuzu, Iveco and Nissan.
A spokesperson for the show organisers said: “On the light van scene, Mercedes are launching their new car derived van, the Citan, and Nissan will showcase their EV offering with a ride’n’drive experience from hall 3a. Ford return following the global launch of the new Transit last year, with the new Transit Connect. And don’t forget launch of the iconic Mini Clubvan.”
He also emphasised the number of body and trailer builders exhibiting.
“Not since 2008 have we had so many body and trailer builders. This year sees the return of UK greats like SDC, Lawrence David, Gray & Adams, Cartwright, Montracon and tanker specialists like Feldbinder, Whale and RTN Lakeland. The return of the Cool Pavilion sees the likes of Paneltex (see box), Solomon, Quinn and fridge manufacturer Frigoblock concentrating on the needs of chilled distribution operators.”
The show will also once again feature an assortment of vintage historic vehicles in Hall 4, back by visitor request – with Scammell, ERF and Foden all bringing top class examples of the trucks of yesteryear.
Watch out for Transport Operator’s extensive CV Show Preview in our next printed edition, in which we’ll be highlighting a wide range of the equipment and services set to be showcased at the NEC in April.