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CV Show preview: Stunning line-up puts CV Show on course for success

The CV Show, at the Birmingham NEC from April 30 - May 2, is a definite must for all van operators. Although some of the stands are exclusively for HGVs, many feature items of interest for LCV fleets — and of course the show offers the first chance for British fleets to see the new Ford Transit Connect, and the new Citroen Relay, Peugeot Boxer and Fiat Ducato. For full details, log on to www.cvshow.com

APD Communications is at the show for the first time and will display its new INCA vehicle tracking and fleet management system. APD says the system also helps operators improve communication with customers. It will also help check stock availability, pricing, dispatch and other paperwork.

ARVAL PHH plans to show its new van and truck fleet fuel card, along with information about its wide range of commercial vehicle fleet management services. These include contract hire, maintenance, breakdown assistance and accident management.

Advanced Technical Panels will be exhibiting its collection of panels at the show; and former motorcycle Grand Prix rider - Yamaha superbikes team manager and European truck racing champion - Steve Parrish will be there to kick start the show and drive visitors to the stand. One of the main features on the ATP stand will be the engineered commercial vehicle flooring panels, which are overlaid with a range of weight and patterned phenolic films. The film gives the board its hard wearing and slip resistant properties.

A range of vans, including the new Vauxhall Vivaro, will be on show on the Bott stand, demonstrating the latest range of racking systems. New products will also be on show, including a 300mm deep drawer pan, which helps address storage requirements when space is limited. Bott will also be represented at the Show on other LCV manufacturer and customer stands.

RACKING systems maker Bri-Stor will be showing off a new range at the show. There will be special systems for the new Renault Trafic/Vauxhall Vivaro and Vauxhall Combo and a custom-engineered British Gas Kangoo will be on display. Other products on show will be Euro-Stor van racking and bench systems, Easi-Load rooftop ladder systems and Euro-Clean self-contained hand washing systems.

CAP Network's Red Book is one of the most respected sources of used commercial pricing information available and its services will be on show for visitors to see. Giving you all the data you need to price light and heavy commercial vehicles with confidence, Red Book provides comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date access to used commercial vehicle values.

The busiest ever year for new products at CFC Solutions - formerly known as Car Fleet Control - gets under way with two new fleet management software launches at the show. The two products are modules designed to be added to CFC Solutions' existing FleetPlus fleet management software package for larger fleets, which has sold more than 100 copies in the last two years. The FleetPlus HGV module allows operators of HGVs, plant equipment and trailers to operate their vehicles on a single common fleet management system alongside any cars and vans that they also own.
The second product is the FleetPlus HGV planner module, which is designed to allow fleet operators to see at a glance the service and inspection schedules for their commercial vehicles plus the MoT, tachograph and pollution certificate expiry weeks for the year ahead.

See the world's first 'active' fleet management system - FleetWave - from Chevin Computer Systems. This revolutionary software solution promises to relieve stressed-out fleet managers from endless data inputting, giving them back their management roles. Chevin points out that today's fleet technology generates a huge flow of information, which can easily swamp managers.

Enter FleetWave, which automatically gathers all the information necessary to run fleets at peak efficiency, including transaction data from suppliers (such as fuel card and servicing companies), other departments (P11Ds info etc.), contractors and even drivers. It also saves hours of time each week by allowing authorised departments to run off their own reports, while the fleet/data manager maintains full control through a system of passwords.

Chevin will also be showing off its other developments such as revolutionary touch screen and bar-coding systems to make fleet and workshop operations simpler and more controllable. Visitors can also see Chevin's class-leading RoadBASE and Easy-Fleet packages, aimed at larger (50+) and small fleets respectively. Chevin Computer Systems - Sales Hotline 08000 748302.

FRESH from its sixth award in a row for small van of the year at the Fleet News Awards, Citroen will be displaying the new-look Berlingo for 2002, along with the new Relay and new 110bhp Dispatch. The Berlingo gains a storage drawer under the driver's seat and improved cabin trim. New Relay makes its British debut, offering enhanced levels of comfort and practicality and the usual dazzling mix of wheelbases, roof heights, engines and payloads. The new van went on sale on April 19.

Bristol-based DataTrack Fuel Systems has announced a joint venture with the UK's leading fuel pump manufacturer, Tokheim UK. This will build on the established market position of each company, by producing an advanced commercial fuel pump, integrated with the latest Datatrack Fuel Control Technology. This equipment will be on show and available for demonstration.

FMG Group's newly re-branded Delta Commercial Vehicle Services (DCVS) is to launch a new incident management service at the show. This provides a one-stop shop for organising specialist recovery, load transfer, repair and claims handling - the first time a complete service has been available from a single company.

The rescue and incident management services are provided 24 hours a day 365 days a year, supported by www.deltacvs.com. This gives password access to a revolutionary online tracking, analysis and reporting system.

A unique feature is online digital imaging, which enables the fleet manager to view accident damage from all angles. The website also provides immediate incident analysis including cause and circumstances, status of repairs and costs.

Making its UK public debut at the show is the new Fiat Ducato, which goes on sale in the UK during May. Examples of various versions of the new Ducato will be on the Fiat stand. New Ducato features a restyled front end, new bumpers and light clusters – along with a cabin fully redesigned for maximum space and comfort.

Another Fiat van making its UK public debut is the Fiat Doblò Cargo 1.9-litre JTD SX equipped with a common rail direct injection diesel engine, which gives customers more choice, great value and much more performance. New JTD versions went on sale throughout Fiat Auto's UK dealer network in February.

Completing the Fiat Auto UK exhibits will be a 1.9-litre naturally aspirated diesel engine version of the car-derived Punto van, along with a Scudo Van and Scudo Combi fitted with a 2.0-litre JTD common rail direct injection turbodiesel engine.

BRITISH buyers will be able to get their first glimpse of Ford's new 'baby' Transit the Connect at the show. The short wheelbase model made its world debut at the Amsterdam Van Show in February and is aimed head-on at the likes of the Citroen Berlingo, Renault Kangoo and Vauxhall Combo. Meanwhile Ford will also be showing off the new Transit 12- and 17-seater minibuses, a new 'double cab-in-van' Transit and a SWB LPG Transit with underfloor tank installation and carrying a full manufacturer's three year/100,000 mile warranty.

A new slide-out van racking system will be launched at the show by H-Modul. The compact, lightweight design is aimed at small van users and a twist-and-pull release mechanism provides quick access to tools and equipment. The stand will feature a range of vans kitted out with various racking systems.

A NEW step with towing capabilities will be on display on the Hope stand at the show. The device was developed for Seeboard and has a Nato type coupling and parking distance aid. The Hope Safe-T-Bar has a non-slip wide step which helps prevent debris building up.

LDV will be lining up its largest ever display for the show. An extra long wheelbase Convoy will make its debut, featuring a 3.6-metre wheelbase, and there will be a concept 10-seater executive bus running on LPG. Also on debut will be two limited edition 2.8-tonne and 3.1-tonne chassis cabs. Also on show will be a special version of the smaller Pilot van.

VISITORS will be able to see the advantages of online buying and selling of used vehicles on the Mascus stand. www.mascus.com is a recently-launched website specialising in construction, agricultural, materials handling and forestry equipment. Various enhancements have been made to the site and all be demonstrated by Mascus staff.

PEUGEOT'S LCV armoury at the show will include the new Boxer, which shares its technology with the new Citroen Relay and Fiat Ducato, and the new 1.4HDi 206 van.

New Boxer is available in a huge range of styles, shapes and loads and the French maker claims it offers class-leading levels of comfort and sophistication. Standard on all but the base model are a CD player, electric windows and mirrors and central locking. The new 206 van makes its debut at the show, featuring a new direct injection diesel powerplant weighing just 98kg and giving the van a top speed of 104mph.

TAIL LIFT maker Ratcliff will be showing off its range of products which, it says, are developed to meet the changing demands of the transport industry. There will be a brand new level ride quickfit retractable lift with one piece anodised aluminium platform and a unique rear frame lift which eliminates the need for a separate rear frame and roller shutter or doors.

REALCARE makes its show debut with what it says is a brand new idea for CV tyre inflation and maintenance. Realcare has a system for inflating tyres with inert nitrogen to cut blowouts, general wear and operating costs. Similar systems are in use with a growing number of premium car brands.

SIGNS EXPRESS SIGN company Signs Express will be exhibiting at the show, displaying its state of the art technology to create quality vehicle graphics and wraps. Twice winners of the Institute of Transport Management (ITM) vehicle graphics company of the year award, Signs Express has over 75 centres across the country. The Signs Express team will be seen on other stands at the exhibition, applying vehicle graphics to Mercedes-Benz for display purposes.

A NEW secure, weather-tight body for a range of popular one-tonners will be on show from T-Products Europe. The bodies come from Australia and are precision-built one-piece steel units designed for most chassis cabs and pick-ups. They have six side cabinets, two lidded upper compartments and a telescopic sliding roof covering the central load section.

THE Japanese maker had a busy autumn last year unveiling the new Dyna dropside truck, along with new common rail diesel engines for Hiace and Hilux. These models will be on show on the Toyota stand. The Dyna comes in SWB and MWB formats and features ABS brakes, power steering and driver's airbag as standard. Power is courtesy of a 2.5-litre D-4D diesel engine. Toyota is first to offer a common rail diesel engine in a pick-up and the Hilux also features a redesigned front end and more comfortable cab.

Meanwhile 2002 sees a model boost for Hiace with a fresh look and new specification. Remote central locking, tachometer and adjustable steering column are now standard on all but the base model and a new long wheelbase version has been introduced.

VAUXHALL is laying claim to having the youngest van line-up at the show, featuring the all new Combo, all new Corsavan, new Vivaro, upgraded Movano and new dual-fuel Astravan. The Vivaro, which has won many plaudits since its launch last year, will be on show in short and long wheelbase versions, offering 80 or 100 bhp powerplants. Getting a first showing will be the nine-seater minibus version.

Movano has a new fascia and stereo system and on the stand will be the 15-seater minibus, MWB dropside and a LWB high roof panel van featuring the latest 2.5-litre DTi turbodiesel engine.

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