Three of the UK’s leading LCV manufacturers, Mercedes, Nissan and Vauxhall have confirmed to What Van? they will not be exhibiting at this year’s CV Show, which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from 26-28 April.
Vauxhall and Mercedes said they would direct their investment elsewhere this year.
“Mercedes-Benz Vans and Mercedes-Benz Trucks aren’t exhibiting this year, as both brands are investing in more segment-specific events, and will be rolling out a revised events strategy shortly,” a spokeswoman told What Van?
“After being a consistent supporter of the CV Show for many years, Vauxhall Commercial Vehicles has decided to take a break from the show for 2016 and focus its marketing investment on other priorities,” a Vauxhall spokesman told What Van?
Nissan has not disclosed its plans, but a spokeswoman told What Van?: “Nissan will not be exhibiting at this year’s CV Show.”
According to the organisers of the show, more than 400 exhibitors have signed up, including key manufacturers such as Citroen, Fiat, Ford, Isuzu, Iveco, LDV, Mitsubishi, Peugeot and Volkswagen.
This will mark VW’s first appearance at the NEC since 2011, however the firm will not be bringing its new Crafter van or Amarok pick-up to the show.
Last year, more than 19,500 people attended the show.
“In 2015, the show was a massive success and saw an impressive increase in visitor numbers,” said CV Show director, Rob Skelton.
“Several key deals were done during the event, and we had some fantastic feedback from both exhibitors and visitors alike,” Skelton added.
“In 2016, we’re looking to build on this and make the CV Show more effective and busier than ever.”