NEWS ANALYSIS: All set for the CV Show

Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2018


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Market leader Ford will be holding the official European launch of facelifted versions of the UK’s bestselling van, the Transit Custom (pictured), along with the passenger-carrying Tourneo.

The new Transit Custom features exterior and interior changes, including a new steering wheel, new seats and an 8in touchscreen with Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system. The van’s blind spot information system will now have cross-traffic alert, and it also gets adaptive cruise control with pedestrian detection.

The firm will also stage the official launch of a revised Transit Connect and Tourneo Connect, show a revised Transit Courier, and exhibit a new special edition Ranger pick-up.

Other features of the stand will be a multi-modal delivery solution, involving bikes, and there will also be news regarding connectivity.

Ford is placing a lot of emphasis on the show, with the manufacturer updating its entire CV portfolio over the next 18 months.

Product marketing manager Iain Brooks said: “It’s the biggest stand we have done to date in the UK.”


A major focus of the April Birmingham show for the fuel card provider will be its Allstar Plus card.

Largely aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises that want more than just a fuel card, it has a Visa card built in, but with controls. This means, for example, that a building company could authorise its drivers to use the card at builders’ merchants.


Isuzu is keeping its cards close to its chest ahead of the show. It says there will be two unveilings, one of which will be a limited edition model.

It will also be exhibiting two conversions, the exact details of which are to be confirmed.

The manufacturer says that this year it is aiming to build on a successful 2017, which saw the launch of the D-Max pick-up.


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