Live blog from the CV Show

Day One

Published:  29 April, 2014

In a brief round up of the first day of the CV Show and Workshop 2014, Aftermarket Editor Phil Curry shares some of the stories and the fun from the event.

The first day at Workshop 2014 has been busy with a number of companies keen to get in early and show their wares to the trade.

ACTronics has arguably one of the stands of the show, with a number of their aftermarket products sunk into the raised platform, with purple lighting and music playing. The company has bought an upbeat feel to hall 3A and is promoting its catalogue which can be picked up for free.

Texa is showing its range of diagnostic products and air conditioning systems, including its Konfort 700 series with the dual gas system capable of handling both R134a and R1234yf gases, which as more manufacturers turn to the less harmful gas, will be an essential piece of equipment as workshops work between the two.

Fuchs Lubricants have a remote control truck running around its stand in Hall 4 and while not running people over, the team have been trying a number of slalom challenges with its products. I've not worked up the courage to ask for a go yet... The company is here promoting its range of lubricants for both the commercial vehicle market and the automotive aftermarket.

Tecalemit is showing its new wheel aligner, the GTR 440. With its active 3D system and infra-red LED, it is able to measure front and rear toe-in and toe-out, as well as camber, caster and thrust line.

The CV Show would not be complete with a couple of launches of new vehicles. Vauxhall has launched the new Vivaro with an elongated bonnet and bigger load area. Ford has bought a number of new Transit variants to promote and Citroen has launched the new Relay, all of which are presented on lavish stands and attract large amounts of interest, as you would expect from the vehicle manufacturers!

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