Thanks, as always to the good folk at the UK’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), Tachoblog can bring you a roundup of Commercial Vehicle news…

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Ashwoods Offers LEZ Trade-In

Low carbon vehicle specialist Ashwoods Automotive is working with London Mayor Boris Johnson to offer discounted vehicles to small firms affected by forthcoming changes to the London Low Emission Zone.  Owner-drivers can trade in their non-compliant vehicles for a new Ford Transit fitted with Ashwoods’ EcoDrive technology.  The Mayor has negotiated a significant discount for Londoners, plus £500 cash-back for their non-compliant vehicle.  And because EcoDrive cuts fuel use by up to 10%, buyers are better protected against rising pump prices.

More from Martin Kadhim on +44 (0)1 392 340 414 or martin.kadhim@ashwoods.org

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March van and truck registrations up 25.3% as recovery continues

The latest data from the SMMT show total CV registrations up 25.3% to 48,756 in March.  For the rolling year the total is up 22.7% to 276,584.  Within that, March trucks over 3.5 tonnes rose 11.2% to 4,682 while the rolling year total is up 12.5% to 36,543.  Vans did even better, up 27.0% to 44,074 in March, with the rolling year up 24.4% to 240,041.  Heavy vans and artic tractors led the led the way, with clear signs of the market polarising around maximum capacity vehicles as operators look for maximum efficiency.

More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or rdickeson@smmt.co.uk

TRP offers £1,000 parts discount at the CV Show

All-makes truck and trailer parts supplier TRP Parts will offer operators discounts of up to £1,000 on parts when they join its Max Card loyalty scheme at next week’s CV Show.  TRP is on stand 5J100.  Registration is free and new members who join at the Show will get a book of vouchers worth £1,000.  The vouchers cover 30 different TRP and Daf product lines and are valid at any UK Daf dealer, with all purchases backed by a 12-month warranty.  The firm says its Max Card programme already has over 13,000 members.  People who can’t sign up at the CV Show can still get the deal via TRP’s website at www.trpparts.com

Ian Tonkin on +44 (0)2 079 521 081 or itonkin@automotivepr.com

‘Grim’ bus and coach registrations down 38.2%

The latest SMMT data show total bus and coach registrations down 38.2% in March and down 18.6% for the rolling year to March.  Within that, March coaches dropped 32.3% but rose 5.8% for the rolling year.  Buses fell 39% in March and by 21.1% for the rolling year.  “In the short term the registration data are grim, buses are heading for a near 10 year low, midibuses for a 17 year low and coaches for their lowest for over 50 years,” said Paul Everitt, Chief Executive at the SMMT.  “But the good news is that orders are starting to flow again, meaning that we should see registrations start to rise in the fourth quarter of this year and into 2012.”

More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or rdickeson@smmt.co.uk

Oldbury UK celebrates its 150th anniversary at CVS

Oldbury UK says it will celebrate its 150th anniversary on its stand 5J70 at next week’s CV Show.  The firm is the sole UK importer and distributor for ARB low-loader and step-frame trailers and Warn industrial winches and hoists. It is also and also a distributor for Cayvol hydraulic loaders.  Oldbury’s main aim at the CV Show is to promote its wide range of road transport, construction, extraction, waste management, defence and aerospace related products, all a long way from the company’s beginnings in Wednesbury in 1861, when Isaiah Oldbury founded the firm, making springs, axles and parts for horse drawn carriages and carts.

More from Adrian Graves on +44 (0)1 284 787 438 or adrian@adriangraves.org

Multihog’s CV Show debut

The Multihog MH90 multipurpose implement carrier is making its CV show debut this year on stand 5J20. Developed and manufactured in Dundalk, this robust, diesel powered and hydrostatically driven unit can be fitted with a wide range of attachments to tackle grass and hedge cutting, road sweeping and gritting, snow ploughing, chemical spraying and more.  A quick release system means attachments take less than two minutes to change.  The 90hp engine gives a 40kph a top speed and a three tonne towing capacity.   Launched in the UK last year the Multihog “has already won orders among facilities and grounds maintenance operators due to its all-season versatility,” according to the firm’s Lee Whittaker

More from Lee Whittaker on +44 (0)1 254 703 212 or info@multihog.co.uk

Aim for Axtec at CV Show

Axtec will launch a new hire purchase scheme on its stand 5J64 at the CV Show, to help operators buy and fit its range of axle weighing systems quickly and cheaply.  Called Aim, for Axtec Install & Maintain, it covers all the firm’s systems, OnBoard Load Indicators, fixed weighbridge systems and portable weighpads.  A monthly hire charge and small final purchase payment covers fitting and maintenance for the length of the contract.  At that point, the customer can return the kit to Axtec or keep it.  With a national shortage of public weighbridges, one installed on this basis could be a valuable source of revenue, says, Keith Gresham, MD.  “The Public Weighbridge in our yard in Runcorn generates £7,500 a year of additional profit.”

More from David Rowlands on +44 (0)2 079 521 081 or drowlands@automotivepr.com

AdBlue awareness at CV Show

GreenChem, on stand 5H92 aims to raise the profile of the industry’s AdBlue Awareness Campaign from its stand at the CV Show.  The firm is working with its competitors and major truck and engine makers to warn operators that proper specification and handling of AdBlue is vital.  “This is probably the ‘cleanest’ liquid used in the modern commercial vehicle,” with no problems if looked after with the same care as lubricants, fuels and other fluids”, says Chris Haynes, GreenChem’s UK MD.   “No one would dream of putting sub-standard lubricant in their engines.  They need to apply the same standards of care to their AdBlue. While you need to protect the environment from diesel, AdBlue simply needs protecting from the environment.”

More from Martin Hayes on +44 (0)2 079 521 081 or mhayes@automotivepr.com

Double-deck loading innovation at CV Show

Transdek UK, on stand 4H100 will show two of its latest double-deck trailer loading systems at next week’s CV Show.  The firm’s 20t Double Deck and 6.5t V2G (Vehicle-to-Ground) Lifts both use Transdek’s unique surface-mounted, plug-and-play loadhouse design, which sees even the largest of lifts installed and commissioned in less than two days.  Transdek says its V2G 6500 lift is the only lift of its kind to load all vehicle types, from rigids to double deck trailers, without the need for pit-mounting.  Its lift platform carries up to 12 standard roll cages or six pallets.  It has already “been earmarked for operation” by three big retailers.

More from Leon Butler on +44 (0)1 302 752 276 or leon.butler@transdek.com

Blitz Rotary to workshop productivity

Blitz Rotary will use its stand 4H110 at Workshop 2011 to show a Duplex Truck Lift, a Rotary six tonne parallelogram light commercial vehicle lift, a set of four 28.8t capacity Blitz wireless mobile column lifts, a Blitz 15 t twin ram air hydraulic pit jack and a range of Blitz floor-running air-hydraulic jacks.  UK Managing Director Gary Shepherd says the firm will have its technical experts on hand to help customers find the best ways to lift workshop productivity.  The ISO certificated firm says it is a leader in truck lifting technology and Shepherd is confident that visitors will be impressed by the quality of kit on show.

More from Ivan Mant on +44 (0)1 628 486 418 or ivan@marketingperception.com

Penman Engineering buys Creation

Dumfries-based Penman Engineering has bought Creation, the Hampshire-based design, prototype development and vehicle engineering firm.  The deal unites two of the UK’s best known independent, privately owned defence, security and related technology companies.  They aim to create a world-class centre of design and engineering capability, covering a wide range of land systems products.  Penman is involved in UK and international defence and security programmes, it supports a range of military, diplomatic, police and blue-chip commercial clients, in addition to projects in the Middle-East, Far-East and Africa.

More from Adrian Graves on +44 (0)1 284 787 438 or adrian@adriangraves.org

Low carbon light vans and minibuses from Ashwoods

Low carbon vehicle specialist Ashwoods Automotive is expanding its range with fuel-saving light vans and minibuses.  Ashwoods EcoDrive is a simple but effective system that works with a driver to get the best fuel use out of the vehicle, cutting fuel by up to 10%.  EcoDrive, launched on the Ford Transit panel van earlier this year is now also available on all Ford Transit Connect and Transit minibus models.  Prices start at £10,495.  Based on 30,000 miles a year, the fuel saving alone can pay for the technology in as little as 12 months.

More from Martin Kadhim on +44 (0)1 392 340 414 or martin.kadhim@ashwoods.org

CV Show debut for Marshall

At the CV Show for the first time, Marshall Fleet Solutions on stand 4C130 will show the new Thermo King SLX Spectrum Multi-temp refrigeration unit..  This uses up to 30% less fuel than earlier models and so produces 30% less CO2.  It is also 65% quieter.  Marshall will also show a range of Thermo King accessories including a fuel priming system, cargo printer and the Combo display system.  The firm says the CV Show is an important opportunity to meet its customers and discuss the range of products and services it supplies across the UK.

More from Tim Otter Tel +44 (0)1 223 373 079 or tim.otter@marshall-ls.com

Win an AdBlue storage tank worth £7,000

Air1 on stand 5J80 at the CV Show says it will use the opportunity to promote a new AdBlue storage system – the BlueBox. This compact unit is specifically developed for smaller transport yard and offers a “compact, versatile and cost effective” addition to the firm’s range of AdBlue storage options.  Part of the promotion is a draw to win a Premium BlueBox worth £7,500.  The unit has a remote fault diagnostic system “so that we can contact you with the solution before you’re aware of any issue, cutting potential down time and allowing you to concentrate on running your business,” says the firm’s Ruth Noble.  “Simply fill in the form in the CV Show Guide Daily or from the Air1 stand and drop it in to us during the show to win.  And we are also including free delivery to your site.”

More from Ruth Noble on +44 (0)1 472 889 254 or ruth.noble@Yara.com

And finally

New Scientist’s Feedback page says that several readers have told it about this statement in London’s free newspaper, Metro: “Fallout from Japan’s damaged nuclear plant is expected to reach Europe this week – but experts say the particles will be minuscule.”  Responses range from “Gosh”, “Who would have thought it?” and “No, really?” to “I’ll only start to worry when they are the size of cricket balls.”

More from New Scientist on www.newscientist.com