The Commercial Vehicle Show 2019, opened at 8.30 this morning (Tuesday) in the Birmingham NEC.
Figures released at the CV Show media day in February revealed that in 2018, and in the first quarter of 2019, there has been sustained growth in the market with rises in both demand and production.The first quarter of 2019 showed a 10.6% year on year demand increase (UK LCV) according to latest figures from the SMMT, this being the sectors best ever monthly performance.
Ford has enjoyed a record month of sales last month in the UK and have a big presence at this year’s event where it will be unveiling the latest Ranger and Ranger Raptor pick-ups later. VW Commercial vehicles is showcasing its latest commercial EVs on its stand.
Rob Skelton, CV Show Director, said: “The sold-out 2019 CV Show is great indicator of the ongoing strength of the UK commercial vehicle industry. “In times of potential uncertainty in other UK market sectors, the road transport industry and all that surrounds it continues to show clear signs of confidence. Road transport forms the backbone of the British economy, we continue to feature the cutting-edge developments taking place across the market that will keep interest high. The growth in exhibitors of eco-tech, pedestrian safety and fleet optimisation technology indicates that, while the UK market is strong, it continues to evolve and look ever-further to the future.”
The organisers claim that this year’s show will play host to no fewer than ten major product launches from global manufacturers, which will highlight industry knowledge and offer insight into the current and future trends.