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CV show faces axe

Date: 07 January 2009   |   Author: Tristan Young

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The British Commercial Vehicle Show looks like it will be axed in its current format following a number of pull-outs by major van manufacturers.

Volkswagen and Citroen have become the latest to pull out, following cancellations by Vauxhall, Mercedes, Iveco and Isuzu. The attendance of Ford, Toyota and Nissan is also in doubt.

Most cite the tough economic conditions as the reason for staying away, although the majority are currently pledging to return in 2010.

All the major truck manufacturers have also announced they will be missing the event, held at the NEC in Birmingham between 28-30 April.

BusinessCar's sources have indicated the show may change its format to move away from vans and trucks to becoming a "road transport and engineering show".

A spokesman for the SMMT which runs the show said: "The CV show has always been a transport and engineering show, there are 250 other exhibitors that aren't vehicle manufacturers. There will be very many fewer vehicle manufacturers this year."

More than 28,000 visitors attended the event in 2008.