The Commercial Vehicle Operator Show returned to the NEC in Birmingham this month following its cancellation in 2009
It returned as a much smaller exhibition than in previous years as exhibitors and visitors assessed the impact of the recession on the show. Indeed, it was the recession that led to its cancellation last year with the commercial vehicle sector hit particularly hard.
This year’s show contained over 300 exhibitors according to the organisers, although only BMC was demonstrating waste-specific vehicles with its low entry cab and skip trucks.
BMC director Paul Bicknell said: “It is good for us exhibiting the only refuse vehicle in the show. We work with the likes of Farid and Geesink Norba to produce low cost vehicles.”
Major manufacturers such as Vauxhall, Renault, Fiat, Peugeot and Nissan were showing off their van ranges.
Nissan was awarded the top model in the Professional Van & Light Truck Small Van Category but also won the Van of the Year title at the show for its Nissan NV200 light commercial vehicle.
Renault displayed its new Kangoo Van Maxi and its new Master Panel Van. The Kangoo Van Maxi has a maximum load volume of 4.6m³ and a payload of 800kg. The Master Panel Van was shown with its new twin rear wheel rear-wheel drive version alongside the more traditional front wheel drive vans.