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CV Show: Your A-Z CV Show guide for 2005

Some of the exhibitors cater for large trucks only, so here we have filtered out the stands of interest to light commercial vehicle fleets. To find out more, log on to www.cvshow.com


AS an electrical engineering solutions company dedicated to the specialist vehicle industry, Antares has developed many systems, some of which will be on display at the show.

Antares has set up a technical partnership with Standby AB to market an on-board specialist vehicle Canbus multiplex system. This can be applied to any vehicle requiring more complex switching, timing and interlocking than is capable using traditional hardwired relays. Applications include frontline ambulance, police and fire response vehicles.

Also on display will be the utility power system incorporating all the components to create quality mains power on the move from 600W to 3000W. For higher continuous power the firm will be displaying an example of its range of fully packaged, low noise, compact diesel generating sets.

Advanced Technical Panels

ADVANCED Technical Panels (ATP) , the prefinished and overlaid panels arm of leading UK distributor James Latham will be showcasing Buffalo 6K and Rhomb 6K with a new and improved hard-wearing phenol overlay to provide increased surface wear resistance. A taber machine will also be on the stand this year to show how different surfaces compare to the new 6K panel.

In addition, details will be available on large size one piece floors, Kopla Deck, a beech plywood flooring product that improves performance against nylon wheel cages and pallet trucks for the heavy truck market, and van linings and floors that include bespoke van kits for the lighter vehicles.


BRI-STOR Systems will be exhibiting a wide range of new racking products at the show. Making its debut will be the newly-expanded Euro-Stor range, which has also been redesigned to improve strength and reduce weight.

In addition, there is the launch of the new Easi-Load 2, the latest version of Bri-Stor’s ground-loading roof rack system. This device has now been re-engineered to incorporate lighter, highly corrosion-resistant materials.

Also, to demonstrate its ability to rapidly respond to new vehicle introductions, Bri-Stor will be showing a new LDV Maxus van. This new light commercial vehicle range is fully equipped with a wide range of Bri-Stor products specifically designed for this model, including the Easi-Load 2 roof rack system.


SEVERAL brand new Citroen vans will be on display at the show. Firstly, the new C2 Enterprise makes its debut. It is the most economical diesel van on the road today.

There will also be various examples of Citroen’s Ready To Run specials, which include temperature- controlled panel vans, a new Relay tail-lift and an upgraded Relay minibus.


HEATING and air-conditioning will be under the spotlight on the Eberspacher stand. Visitors will be able to see a Jarvis maintenance crew vehicle equipped with a handwash system and a low-floor Mercedes-Benz Sprinter accessible minibus with a climate control system fitted, along with a host of other specially-converted models.


THE Italian van maker will be proving that it manufactures more than just panel vans at the show. On display will be examples of all the maker’s ranges – Punto van, Doblo Cargo, Scudo and Ducato. But the Ducato will also be featured in car transporter, Gran volume, Combi and minibus versions as well.


FORD will preview a number of new models and concepts at the show, including Transit Connect crew van, Transit shuttle bus, a Ranger tipper and the Transit special editions launched to mark 40 years of Transit success.

Central to the stand will be a walk-through tunnel which tells the story of Transit over the last 40 years. With a second row of foldable seats, the Transit Connect crew van can carry five (four plus driver), with room in the back for a sizeable load. The new nine-seat shuttle bus concept has been created from the 12-seat Transit minibus.

The new Ranger tipper concept is planned as an extension to the Transit One-Stop range of ready-for-work conversions. The new model is expected to suit the urban building artisan or off-road forestry and agricultural operator.


H-MODUL will be displaying a variety of panel vans equipped with modular racking system and accessories. The mobile workshops on display will demonstrate just how maximum storage potential and functional workspace can be achieved with a racking system, regardless of the vehicle or type of commercial operation.

H-Modul has been providing modular vehicle racking solutions to commercial fleets for a wide range of businesses for more than 20 years and introduced a new UK-manufactured product into the market early last year.


IVECO is displaying a full range of vans and trucks at the show. Taking centre stage is Iveco’s revised range of Daily LCVs, each benefiting from new styling. The Daily line-up comprises three panel vans, with load space volumes of 12, 15 and 17 cubic metres and performance outputs of 116bhp, 136bhp and 166bhp. Joining the vans will be one chassis cab model, fitted with an Ingimex tipper body.

The three largest models on show (a 35C14 chassis cab, 35C14 van and 50C17 van) will incorporate Iveco’s all-new, 3.0-litre, common rail direct injection engine, which is capable of injection pressures of up to 1,800 bar which, together with double overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder, ensures optimum performance.

The fourth Daily, a 35S12 AGile van, will be fitted with the 2.3 litre HPI engine and produces up to 116bhp. For the first time, this model also sees the introduction of a factory-fitted six-speed automatic transmission into the Daily, offering the choice between completely automatic mode and manual sequential gear selection, using a lever on the dashboard.


LDV will be on home soil to unveil its all-new range of light commercial vehicles for the first time at a major exhibition. Visitors will be some of the first in the world to see the company’s Maxus range. LDV will show six vehicles including, for the very first time in the world the Maxus Kombi, which can seat six people. Joining the Kombi will be short wheelbase standard roof Maxus, long wheel base hi-roof Maxus, long wheel base extra hi-roof Maxus, Convoy minibus and Convoy cab.


ON the Lex/RAC stand there will be a number of companies from RAC group which together provide a range of products and services to the commercial vehicle industry including vehicles and parts, leasing, funding, maintenance and software. Fleet operators can opt for just one specific service or use the group for a complete outsourced solution.

There will be two launches and a celebration:

  • The first national van conversion service from RAC Auto Windscreens, which will allow the removal of side and rear panels on many commercial vehicles and replacement of them with either glazed slider units or fixed glass via its Specialist Glazing Department.
  • A new dedicated van website by Lex Vehicle Leasing, which will enable customers and prospects to either specify a van or identify vans which meet selected search criteria, and then add them to a list of favorites to make direct vehicle comparisons.
  • The 21st anniversary of the Tranman fleet management software

    Manheim Auctions

    MANHEIM is planning a live launch of its new Simulcast interactive van auction service at the show. Simulcast enables online buyers to watch live images of a Manheim auction hall on their PCs with full auctioneer’s commentary and bid on vans in real-time via the click of a mouse. To celebrate the launch, Manheim is setting up a live link between its show stand and its first Simulcast van sale, which is being held at Manheim Colchester. Visitors can see for themselves how the technology works and discuss the benefits of Simulcast in more detail with Manheim’s team of commercial vehicle specialists.

    This is the first time an interactive commercial vehicle auction service has been made available. This is due to the previous complexity of compiling quality images, accurate vehicle descriptions and condition reports for online sales catalogues that match the clarity and quality of printed versions.


    MAPBYTE will launch a new version of the Mapaphone mobile phone-based tracking system. Mapaphone helps businesses check the location of mobile phones on any of the four major networks, using cell ID technology. Mapbyte will also show its Vega system, a web-based asset management tool for mobile units.


    FRESH from its crowning as International Van of the Year 2005, the Mercedes-Benz Vito will be starring on the stand with three vehicles on display – a long wheelbase in silver, an extra-long wheelbase Traveliner and a Dualiner. The Sprinter will also be making an appearance with its standard ABS brakes and ESP. Four models will be on show – a freezer van, dropside long wheelbase, a Traveliner and a long wheelbase van.


    MODUL-System will be showing off a new, extendable unit system for bulky objects. The units are made from aluminium and the system is the lightest on the market. Each extendable unit has a load capacity of up to 70 kilograms and a maximum length of over 1.5 metres. The system has been developed to fit all box vans, pick-ups, SUVs and estate cars.

    The units are made from aluminium with a natural anodized finish to protect them from stains and scratches. The drawer bottoms are lined with rubber to prevent the contents from sliding about during journeys.

    The units come in two widths, two heights and five depths and are able to be stacked on top of each other or can fit under a double floor. The maximum length is 1,568 mm and the maximum width is 535 mm. The drawers are fitted with ball bearings, which make them easy to slide in and out.


    DESIGNED and engineered alongside the new Pathfinder, Nissan’s new Spanish-built Navara makes its debut at the show. It claims to offer passenger car comfort and quality, sure-footed four-wheel drive, the largest bed size in class and double and king cab versions available.

    Penny Hydraulics

    THREE new V-Range vehicle mounted cranes and a new platform lift will be highlighted by Penny Hydraulics at the show. The new products add to the company’s range which helps operators comply with manual handling regulations. All Penny Hydraulics products are designed to eliminate the need for manual handling and reduce the risk of injury to operators and damage to vehicle and load. The company will also introduce its latest demonstration vehicles at the show.

    The new one-tonne and one-and-a-half-tonne capacity Penny Hydraulics V-Range cranes are designed for operation on flat-beds, tippers and other delivery vehicles. Another addition to the Penny Hydraulics V-Range of vehicle mounted cranes incorporates a hydraulic winch to increase operational performance and flexibility.

    RAC Auto Windscreens

    RAC Auto Windscreens is launching a national van conversion service at the show Offered through its specialist glazing department, RAC Auto Windscreens can remove side and rear panels on most commercial vehicles and replace them with either glazed slider units or fixed glass. Replacing panels with glass enables many vans to be used as crew-cabs.

    The service is available on a wide range of commercial vehicles, including Ford Transit, Vauxhall Movano, Renault Trafic and Mercedes-Benz Actros. RAC Auto Windscreens is working with a number of leading vehicle conversion specialists to deliver the service on a national basis.


    TAIL-LIFT specialist Ratcliff will be launching new models at the show. The company says its lifts are even more important now that health and safety at work is coming under the legal spotlight. Staff will be on the stand to discuss requirements with fleet buyers.


    THERE will be a host of specially-converted models on display on the Renault stand. There will be 13 models to look at altogether, including the Trafic nine-seat minibus, Master minibus, Master Combi and Master RWD dropside. There will also be a Master ambulance, tipper and luton. As a crowd-puller, Renault’s F1 R25 car will also be on show.

    Signs Express

    SIGNS Express is exhibiting the ‘harlequin style painted lady’ which is being used as part of its new corporate identity. Signs Express will be showcasing its vehicle livery design and application service with regular vehicle graphics demonstrations made on stand throughout the show showing the different effects and finishes available and the Signs Express national accounts team will be on hand to discuss individual signage requirements.

    Signs Express will also have a female model on stand, painted in the Signs Express harlequin colours, who will be able to help with any visitor requests.

    Siemens VDO

    SIEMENS VDO Trading will be exhibiting a wide selection of technology-driven products and solutions. The main emphasis will be on products associated with the forthcoming introduction of digital tachographs.

    A fully operational digital tachograph, download device and data analysis software with smart card reader will be on show, together with information on the various training packages available. Siemens will also be holding free 10-minute digital tachograph information sessions throughout the day on the stand.


    TIPMASTER will show its new aluminium Tommy Lift at the show. The Tommy Lift is designed for one-tonne pick-ups through to 3.5-tonne GVW dropside and flat bed trucks. It has a non-slip loading surface and is lighter than the last generation models. The firm is known for its lightweight tippers and also makes a range of related equipment such as mesh cages and refuse kits for the municipal sector, specialist high sided bodywork for the forestry industry and a range of tail lifts and cranes.


    TLS is offering UK businesses a novel way of addressing the serious issue of commercial vehicle needs, and the chance to win a Sony PlayStation Portable. Visitors to the stand are invited to take the ‘Risk Evaders’ challenge and see for themselves the business case for the TLS Advantage flexible rental product. The computer game allows company bosses to assess their attitude to risk and shows how Advantage can help stop business turning into a game of chance. TLS says Advantage is a low-risk and financially efficient way to finance a small or large van fleet.


    HILUX, Hiace and Dyna will be taking centre stage on the Toyota stand, some fitted with a range of approved accessories.

    On display for the first time will be the Dyna three-way factory build tipper body which will be available in both short and medium wheelbase formats and a Dyna Jiffy Banquet mobile catering truck. There will be five Hilux models, all fitted with twin airbags and ABS brakes as standard and the Hiace will be on show in standard and long wheelbase formats.

    Trace Systems

    THE Trace system is available in more economic business specific modules. Launched at the show, each stand-alone module is also an integral part of the full Trace System, so addition modules can be added at any time. Available modules are for: fleet management, workshops, stores, bodyshop, contract hire, maintenance, plant hire, accident log, bar coding, time allocation and fuel data.


    VAUXHALL is making 2005 its ‘year of the conversion’ and a display at the show will emphasise the company’s commitment to provide a wide choice of specialist vehicles alongside its regular light, medium and heavy van range.

    A long wheelbase crew-cab tipper leads the Movano pack. It has an Ingimex tipper body with a 2,880mm load length – and seating for seven people.

    The show will see the debut for the new six-speed clutchless Tecshift transmission system now available across vans in the Movano range fitted with the 2.5 litre CDTi common rail diesel engine. Tecshift promises to save around 8% on fuel and to cut wear and tear on several components. Tecshift will be displayed in another Movano newcomer, the double-cab. The Combo crew-cab will also be taking a place on the stand. Vauxhall is also planning an Astravan surprise which won’t be unveiled until opening day of the show.


    IN addition to a display of Caddy, Transporter and LT vans, Volkswagen is showing the Caddy TDI racing van as featured in the Volkswagen Racing Cup. Visitors will get the chance to win a prize in a hands-on competition with the van. Also on show will be a Caddy TDI van complete with racking, a Transporter T32 LWB High-Roof TDI 130bhp with roof rack, Transporter Kombi, Transporter AL-KO chassis cab (designed mainly for motorhomes and specialist applications), a Transporter Shuttle SE LWB TDI 130bhp, an LT35 MWB TDI 108bhp chassis cab with tipper body and an LT35 LWB High-Roof TDI 158bhp panel van.
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