Fords CV Show presence bigger than ever
Ford once again dominates the entrance to the CV Show, with an even bigger stand (5E10) than in previous years. A heavily revised line-up features on the stand, including the new Ranger, Ranger Raptor and two-tonne Transit van. There are some changes to the Transit Custom, while also on show are the Transit Courier, Transit Connect and Fiestavan, which are still all only one year old.
A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle area is also included on the stand, which is now 33% bigger than last year. Plug-in and mild-hybrid versions of Ford’s commercial vehicle range will arrive in dealerships by November this year, along with Euro-6.2 compliant engines.
Along with the new Ranger pick-up truck, which will arrive in the UK in the early summer, Ford’s large Transit is the main attraction. The new 2-tonne Transit has a 50kg payload increase on front-wheel-drive models, and is capable of transporting an additional 80kg when in rear-wheel-drive configuration. It will also be made available with a new 10-speed automatic transmission to accompany the top-rated 185hp 2-litre Panther engine.
Also on display is a Ford Ranger, liveried in the colours of the RNLI. Ford is now the official supplier to the RNLI, supporting the organisation with products such as the Ranger in a three-year deal covering more than 450 vehicles.
Sold-out CV Show 2019 set to welcome 20,000 delegates
Tomorrow (30 April) sees the Commercial Vehicle Show 2019 open its doors at the Birmingham NEC with more than 20,000 delegates expected to attend.
The show is sold out of stand space for the fifth successive year and will play host to no fewer than ten major product launches from manufacturers.
CV Show director Rob Skelton said: “The sold-out 2019 CV Show is great indicator of the ongoing strength of the UK commercial vehicle industry.
“In times of potential uncertainty in other UK market sectors, the road transport industry and all that surrounds it continues to show clear signs of confidence. Road transport forms the backbone of the British economy, we continue to feature the cutting-edge developments taking place across the market that will keep interest high.”
He added that the growth in exhibitors of eco-tech, pedestrian safety and fleet optimisation technology indicated that the UK market was continuing to “evolve and look ever-further to the future”.
If you are attending the CV Show this year be sure to pick up your free, daily edition of Commercial Motor published especially for the show. There are bespoke issues for days one, two and three highlighting all the major news from the show – and these 96 page issues are packed with all the features you know and love from Commercial Motor.
If you can’t attend Commercialmotor.com will bring you all the highlights.
And why not visit the Commercial Motor stand (4G35) to see our new-look magazine. It is packed with content and used truck bargains.