When it comes to automotive events, the NEC's commercial vehicle show is one of the largest. The show is touted as providing commercial vehicle users with a unrivalled level of products and choices, more so than any other in the industry. This years show certainly came close to delivering that, with literally hundreds of exhibitors attending.
One notable celebration at the show was that of the Ford Transit. It is hard to believe that it is 50 years since the first vehicle rolled off the production line. Since its introduction in Langley 1965, there have been approximately 8 million models built.
Latest automotive data figures show that sales of Ford commercials are still buoyant, with an all time high reported in March 2015. 43% in fact, representing 16497 units year on year.
Models were launched, deals were made, and stars were met – so where do we start with a quick round-up of another successful show?
It wasn't just Ford having the limelight to themselves with the Transit either, as there were plenty of other launches from vehicle manufacturers.
Those worthy of mention in 2015, included a first for Dacia with the Duster Commercial.
Vauxhall presented its new Corsavan, sporting improvements and design changes to its chassis. Not wishing to be left out of the limelight was Citroen, whose Berlingo announced a new range of engines.
Taking the accolade of best newcomer, the new Mercedes Vito was launched and immediately drew attention to itself.
All in all, it was a great show and it was good to see so many automotive suppliers committed to bringing efficiency and innovation to the marketplace.