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Record crowds set for CV Show

FINISHING touches are now being put on the CV Show at the NEC Birmingham on March 20-22 and a record number of visitors are expected. The show has so far attracted more than 400 exhibitors. It is run jointly by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the Road Haulage Association and the Society of Operating Engineers (formerly the IRTE) and replaces separate shows run by each organisation.

Bott: the manufacturer and supplier of in-vehicle equipment and storage systems will be exhibiting standard and bespoke solutions for light commercial vehicles. Standard products include modular shelving, drawer and service case units, fixed and extending floors, lockers, bulkheads and side linings.

Citroen: is taking its biggest ever stand at the show. A full range of vans from C15 to Relay will be on display, together with a variety of specialist conversions, including the new Rohill car transporter. Citroen is now offering a three-year/100,000-mile warranty.

Fiat: the Italian manufacturer will be exhibiting two versions of the new Doblo Cargo van, the replacement for the ageing Fiorino. The van features a class-leading load capacity of 3.2 cu metres and payload of 510kg. Two engines are on offer - a 63bhp 1.9 diesel and 65bhp 1.2-litre petrol. The latest Punto van will also be on the stand.

Ford: all versions of the award-winning new Transit van will be on show, including the 350 LWB Jumbo, front-wheel-drive models, chassis cab tipper and the Ranger Supercab.

H-Modul: mobile workshops and storage systems are H-Modul's speciality and a selection of vans will be on show, displaying the options available. Each vehicle is complete with a tailored racking system and topped off with a selection of practical accessories.

LDV: home delivery is the phrase on every van manufacturer's lips at present and LDV will be showing off its new vehicle for this purpose. Also on show is the Titan and an LPG Convoy Hi-Loader.

RVL: Visitors looking for a cool show can visit the Refrigerated Vehicles (UK) stand, where the firm will be showing off its bespoke 3.5-tonne Premium Insulated Box Bodies made for Sainsbury's home distribution fleet.

Ryders: a beaver-tail recovery vehicle for less than £20,000 is the offer on the Ryders International stand. The company uses a Ford Transit chassis cab and builds on a galvanised steel deck and aluminium framework. Loading capacity is 1,500kg.

Vauxhall: the show marks the European debut of the new Corsavan and the first showing in the metal for most fleets of the new Vivaro light panel van. The Movano, Vauxhall's Transit opponent, will have four models on show, including a 15-seater minibus. The Astravan Sportive Special Edition is back be popular demand, with star silver paintwork and alloy wheels and a Brava 4x2 pick-up and Combo Club complete the line-up.

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