Crowds witnessed the global debut of the all-new Citroen Dispatch, Peugeot Expert and Toyota ProAce, all of which share the same platform and offer practical commercial vehicle advances alongside the latest in driver technology.
The CV Show was also the launch pad for the Toyota Hilux, Fiat Fullback, Ford Transit EcoBlue 2.0 Diesel, Iveco Daily Euro 6, Renault Master Passenger, DFSK C-Series, Volkswagen Crafter Tipper and Isuzu D-Max Centurion.
It also witnessed the return to the UK of the LDV brand with the new V80 and G10 van ranges.
Other big names in the LCV arena include Ford, Mitsubishi and SSangyong, all exhibiting their latest model line-ups.
CV Show director Rob Skelton says the focus on vans this year fits perfectly with the SMMT’s (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) findign that vans sales in Britain are at an all time high – with more than four million LCVs now running on UK roads, driven by the burgeoning e-commerce and home delivery sector.
“The number of major manufacturers who have chosen the CV Show 2016 to launch their new vans and pick-ups shows just how important this event has become,” states Skelton.
“There’s a huge amount of excitement around the show this year, especially with the recent growth in van registrations.”
As well as vans, the first day of the CV Show also provided visitors with opportunities to view new technologies in everything from trailer KERS to liquid nitrogen-powered transport refrigeration systems and on to ‘plasma actuator’ electronic aerodynamic systems.
Then there was the usual array of trucks – led by Iveco as the only truck OEM at the Show – as well as tankers and trailers from the broadest range of vehicle manufactures and bodybuilders.
Delegates could also visit tyre manufacturers, telematics and training providers, and speak to fuels and lubricants suppliers, workshop equipment suppliers and so on throughout the transport industry.
The CV Show 2016 runs until Thursday 28 April 2016 in Halls 3a, 4 and 5 at the NEC, Birmingham from from 8.30am to 5.30pm daily.
Visitors can still register for their free ticket at www.cvshow.com