It’s commercials to the fore as CV Show takes centre stage
Our June issue has an unashamedly commercial bias, as we run through all the action from this year’s CV Show in Birmingham.
Vauxhall made a welcome return to the Show with its all-new Vivaro. Built on the PSA platform shared with Citroen, Peugeot and Toyota, the new panel van looks set to give the Transit Custom a run for its money.
Chinese-backed LDV launched a new small electric van, the EV30. We chatted with LDV boss Mark Barrett to find out more about the brand’s push into electric.
The highlight at Isuzu was the reveal of a new range-topping D-Max, the XTR, arguably the first lifestyle pick-up in the range.
Elsewhere, Citroen and Peugeot showed off their first large electric vans, the Relay and Boxer, and Ford its latest Ranger, the Raptor, as well as its improved Transit. Toyota gave us a glimpse of its new small panel van, the Proace City, as well as a revamped Hilux Invincible.
There was also plenty of attention at the Volkswagen CV stand where an electric Crafter and Transporter took centre stage, while MAN showed off its new TGE minibus and flat frame chassis cowl. Mitsubishi took the wraps off the Shogun Sport SVP, Fiat Professional showed both a Ducato ambulance and a ‘Green Thumb’ Doblo while SsangYong was rightly proud of its emergency vehicles, a Rexton police car and a Musso in the livery of Highways England.
Between all the unveilings and presentations we also caught up with a number of franchise movers and shakers at the Show who took time out to answer our Q & As.
On the car front, we visited a castle to test drive the new Range Rover Evoque and hit the road in the Hyundai Tucson. Lexus is at the forefront when it comes to hybrid cars and its latest saloon, the ES, is also tested this month.
An electric Golf that looks and feels like a normal Golf? That would be the Volkswagen E Golf, which we also tested for this issue. Finally, there’s praise a’plenty for the Volvo V60 and we take a look at the new Mazda3 and latest BMW 3 Series.
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