CV Show 2022 report
As one of the largest events on the automotive calendar, the Commercial Vehicle Show 2022 has been eagerly anticipated, particularly after a few Covid-hit years. Held at the NEC, Birmingham at the end of April, the CV Show was not as big as pre-pandemic years, but it still packed a punch for visitors.
One of the largest stands at the event was Ford's, with a huge focus on electrification driving visitors to take a look at the Blue Oval's space.
The newly-launched E-Transit was certainly one of the stars of the show, with the all-electric LCV set to make waves in the commercial vehicle market in general. Available as panel van, chassis cab, and a wide range of lengths, heights, and conversions, the E-Transit took centre stage at the Ford Pro stand.
Other attractions included the new Ranger, including the high-performance Ranger Raptor, and the new Tourneo Connect which is built on the new shared Volkswagen-Ford platform.
New brand Ineos appeared at the CV Show for the first time, with its Grenadier on display. The model, which takes clear inspiration from the likes of the classic Land Rover Defender and Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen, looks to offer a tough, go-anywhere model.
Available with up to 2,000 litres of load space, 3.5 tonnes towing capacity, and permanent four-wheel drive, the Grenadier in Utility Wagon specification has blanked off rear windows for greater load flexibility.
Isuzu displayed its latest D-Max pick-up, as fettled by renowned exploration experts Arctic Trucks. The official conversion to the AT35 sees an increased ride-height and width, with larger wheels and improved off-roading ability.
Although offered as a model with chunkier styling and extra off-road capabilities, the AT35 is intended as a flagship model for the range, though Isuzu also had the Basecamp AT35 on display, which is kitted out in full expedition spec, complete with built-in kitchen and roof-tent.
Although not a new product, LEVC's stand presented the VN5 range-extended van. Built on the same platform as the TX5 black cab, the VN5 offers a significant electric-only driving range, which can be supported by running a compact petrol engine to act as an on-board generator.
Fast becoming an expert in electric LCVs, Maxus unveiled two new EVs at the CV Show as part of its biggest ever line-up of commercial electric models.
Debuts were given to the MIFA 9, a large pure-electric MPV that is likely to prove popular with the taxi and private hire market. More conventionally CV-based however was the launch of the Maxus T90EV, an electric version of the T90 pick-up. Featuring a range of 198 miles, the T90EV will be available to order in August, likely being the first EV pick-up to be offered in the UK.
Bedecked in new Toyota Professional branding, Toyota's presence at this year's CV Show was extensive, with a wide range of models on display. From a new GR Sport version of the Hilux pick-up to the conventional hybrid Corolla Commercial van, Toyota had plenty on show.
Joining the newest models above were the Land Cruiser Commercial, as well as the Proace and Proace City vans, including pure-electric versions of each.
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