When Tyrepress.com attended the first press day of last year’s IAA Commercial Vehicles show, we were surprised to find ourselves working in halls that effectively doubled as building sites. It turns out we weren’t the only ones to be less than happy with this arrangement, as show organiser VDA (the German Association of the Automotive Industry) says it’ll do things differently next year. In response to “a large number of requests from the media and exhibitors,” the press days at the 66th International Motor Show Commercial Vehicles will no longer coincide with the period set aside for the erection of show stands.
“It is encouraging to see that the commercial vehicle market continued to grow in February with registrations up 19.5 per cent”, said Sue Robinson, director of the National Franchised Dealers Association. February marked the tenth consecutive month of growth in the CV market – up to 40,491 units. Van demand sustained its upward trend and grew 17.9 per cent, and for the second month running, truck registrations increased 31.7 per cent to 2,518 units.
Towards the start of October I had a chance encounter with a University of Oxford academic, researching the economics of Transport. Generally people understand that there is a certain cache associated with such a role. And people may have an idea of what life is like for academics that are part of elite institutions. But at the same time those in industry often question how close to the market and how practical the suggestions made by such academics really are. Talking to Dr David Bonilla (Senior Research Fellow in Transport, Energy Economics at St. Anne’s College, Oxford) between speeches at Goodyear’s recent fleet symposium really brought this home (See our complete Fleet Business feature in November’s Tyres & Accessories for more on the subject).