In just under a week all who are involved in the industry will be descending on Birmingham, more specifically at the NEC, where this year’s CV Show will be held, as it has been for many years now.
The Commercial Vehicle Show is without doubt the largest and most comprehensive event for road freight transport, distribution and logistics in Britain which is what makes this event so special on your calendar. It caters for every operator’s requirements, ranging from fleet managers, logistics operators, convertors and many more.
There will be many debuts from companies at The CV Show including Mellor Coachcrafts Orion-E model which is supposedly the ‘world’s first low-floor electric bus’ which will be a very interesting piece to go and look around.
But what we’re looking forward to seeing in the flesh is the all new Volkswagen Crafter, which will be joined on the stand by a drop-side Crafter, an e-load up, VW’s Amarok pick-up and a Transporter Sportline.
Volkswagen is currently taking orders for the new Crafter, which comes with a 2-litre TDI engine specifically designed for the new van. A single turbo-charged unit will provide 101hp, 121hp and 138hp, while a bi-turbo engine will provide 174hp.
The Crafters come with a standard 6-speed manual transition gearbox. However, for the more powerful vehicles in the range, VW offers an optional 8-speed torque converter automatic gearbox to manage the 410Nm of torque they produce.
The first UK deliveries of the Crafters are expected in May, beginning with front-wheel-drive panel vans, with the available range expanding during the year.
Volkswagen will also be demonstrating their new Crafter which has been on a road trip around 31 countries, covering a colossal 50,000km. The Crafter has been to visit 30 craftsmen and women hard at work in their respective workplaces ranging from a sausage manufacturer in Moscow right down to a designer in Morocco.
If you want to look back on their amazing trip just go the #Crafter2Craftsmen website: