The van world is facing a vast number of challenges and uncertainties in 2019, but one thing remains a constant – the CV Show is back at the NEC for another year
The organisers of this year’s show have made the usual pronouncements of how it is almost sold out (99% at the time of writing) and that there are reasons for the van industry to be positive despite WLTP, ULEZ and of course Brexit.
One notable headline is that Vauxhall will be launching a brand-new Vivaro.
Toyota is also launching a new model, while several brands will have updates. Here’s what to look out for.
FORD TWEAKS ITS BIGGEST TRANSIT
Updates to the Ford Transit are a big deal, and there will be plenty on offer at the CV Show this year. If you have been paying close attention to what Ford has announced, or headed over to the IAA in Hannover in 2018, then these updates won’t be that big a surprise, though.
Essentially, the facelifted 2.0-tonne Transit is making its UK debut. It brings a vast array of changes, including upgrades to the interior and the engines. The Transit Custom also gets said changes, and a new 185PS 2.0-litre diesel engine.
The PHEV Tourneo, which is the passenger version of the plug-in hybrid Transit van, may well also be on the stand, while we get to find out the pricing for the PHEV van, too.
VAUXHALL RETURNS TO THE CV SHOW
Vauxhall maintains that it only comes to the CV Show when it has something to launch and this year it has quite the model to show off – the new Vivaro.
The Vivaro is the second Vauxhall van to be launched since the company was taken over by the PSA Group, following on from the Combo.
Unsurprisingly, the Vivaro is to the Citroen Dispatch and Peugeot Expert as the Combo is to the Berlingo and the Partner – they are essentially the same van, but with Vauxhall badging and interior finishing.
As with the Dispatch and Expert, there is just the one height of Vivaro available, but Vauxhall says it is not worried by this, because the high version accounted for only 2% of sales on the outgoing model. What will be worth waiting for is the electric model, which arrives in 2020.
TOYOTA GOES SMALL
Toyota is launching a brand-new van at the 2019 CV Show, but don’t expect there to be a vast amount of fanfare around it.
This is because the van it is launching is the fourth of its kind – a Toyota-branded version of the Citroen Berlingo/Peugeot Partner/Vauxhall Combo trio. It will come with the same engines as those three vans, too – no Toyota hybrids here.
It is the first car-derived van that Toyota has launched and it will be called the Proace City. More information will be revealed at the show.
Toyota is also set to show off some upgrades to the Land Cruiser commercial vehicle’s standard kit.
LDV TO REVEAL NEW EV
LDV is launching a second electric van at the 2019 CV Show, with the new model a smaller vehicle than the current EV80.
Unlike the EV80, though, this new light commercial model will be one that has been designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle. Details are scarce ahead of the show, but the company’s importer, the Harris Group, has confirmed that it will be on sale in 2020 and has been tailored for the UK market.
Sadly the T60 pick-up, which was previously thought to be launching at the show, is no longer due to be on display.
VOLKSWAGEN ON AN ELECTRIC CHARGE
Volkswagen’s first electric model was going to be the new Crafter, which was designed from the ground-up to be powered by batteries at one point. This won’t now arrive in the UK until 2020 so it will be beaten to market by electric versions of the Caddy and Transporter, both of which have been created by VW-affiliated tuning firm ABT.
Both the Caddy and Transporter were shown at the IAA in Hannover, and the former will be the first to arrive on sale in the UK in right hand drive format later this year.
The pair will sit alongside a wheelchair-accessible Caddy, created by official converting partner Lewis Reed.
THE MANY PARTS OF MAN
The MAN TGE large van range edges closer to completion with the launch of the new TGE Flat Frame Chassis Cowl and the 17-seat minibus.
The chassis cab is aimed at converters looking to turn the TGE into a low-height Luton or box van, or a campervan. It sits 190mm lower than the standard chassis cab, aided in part by the front-wheel-drive layout. The model on show has the standard-width rear axle, while a wider version arrives later in 2019.
The 17-seater might be a TGE, but its 5.0-tonne gross vehicle weight means it isn’t likely to feature on the radar of those who deal with light commercial vehicles.
MITSUBISHI’S SHOW SPECIAL
Mitsubishi might have a heavily updated version of the L200 on the way to the UK later this year, but it is putting an even more upgraded show car centre stage at this year’s show. The ‘eSports Concept’ was a design created as a result of the brand’s ‘Truck King Battle’ – an internal competition for Mitsubishi dealers to create the ultimate L200.
It gets, among other things, a high-roof gaming zone with large screens, gaming equipment, bespoke seating and lighting, a refreshment bar and high-power audio system. It was designed by Joanne Tulloch, a sales administrator at Mitsubishi’s Exeter dealership, and the brand has made good on its promise to build the one-off show truck.
Mitsubishi will also show off the latest versions of Outlander PHEV and the Shogun Sport Commercial.