Truckman, the UK’s leading manufacturer and distributor of 4x4 hardtops and accessories, has been confirmed as the sponsor of the Pick-up truck category at the industry famous What Van? Awards 2017.
Taking place on December 13, the What Van? Awards are renowned as the most-prized independent endorsements of excellence in the Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) industry.
Hundreds of industry professionals will attend the awards ceremony, which is being held at the prestigious The Brewery in the City of London, to celebrate the achievements of the LCV sector and unveil What Van? magazine’s vehicles of the year.
Every year the panel of What Van?’s editorial staff draw on expertise accrued over decades to select the light commercial vehicles, services and innovations they believe most deserve to be recognised.
The 2017 event will be the largest yet and includes several sponsored categories, among them the Truckman-sponsored Pick-up award. With a number of new pick-ups hitting the market in the past 12 months, competition for the award will be hotly-contested.
Truckman hardtops are renowned for their robust, secure and stylish features.
The company is the chosen UK OEM supplier for Isuzu, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen and is a highly-respected part of the after-market supply chain.
For nearly 30 years, the West Midlands-based manufacturer and distributor is best-known for its market leading Truckman range of hardtop canopies. The Truckman brand has been synonymous with high-quality commercial and luxury hardtops for several decades.
Mike Wheeler, Managing Director of Truckman, said: “We are very proud and excited to sponsor the What Van? Awards Pick-up category. The UK sector is going from strength to strength with pick-ups becoming increasingly popular as a reliable and effective choice of commercial vehicle.
“Their versatility and off-road capabilities, combined with their storage capabilities, which can be enhanced with the addition of a Truckman hardtop, makes pick-up trucks a natural choice for many companies.”
“The awards will be a great way to celebrate the achievements of the sector and recognise the prominent position pick-ups are taking in the LCV sector.”
Truckman, the leading manufacturer and distributor of 4x4 accessories, is aiming to more than double the export sales to Europe of its UK designed and built pick-up truck hardtops.
Currently accounting for 10 percent of its £12.5m turnover, the West Midlands-based company is targeting export sales to reach in the region of £2.8m over the next two years.
Truckman’s export drive is supported by its increased manufacturing and storage capacity at its factory in Dudley. Its recently-expanded 120,000sq ft. premises, which includes its new headquarters, new development facility and a much-needed additional warehouse space to enable Truckman to meet increased demand from UK and international customers.
The company will look to replicate its successful and long-standing relationships of the UK’s Original Equipment (OE) manufacturers, such as Isuzu, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen, with the ever growing international market.
As part of Truckman’s increased presence in Europe, the company is showcasing its renowned range of hardtops and pick-up accessories to the international market at one of the world’s premier industry exhibitions, Automechanika Frankfurt.
The event, which runs until 17 September, attracts more than 100,000 visitors and around 4,000 exhibitors from 74 countries. Truckman’s stand, 3.1 G10, feature a selection of its commercial and luxury leisure hardtops highlighting its UK design and manufacturing excellence.
Mike Wheeler, Managing Director of Truckman, said: “The investments we have made in the infrastructure of the business, together with our commitment to the highest quality of craftsmen-delivered design and manufacturing has provided the springboard we require to grow our export business.
“British manufacturing has a positive reputation around the world, which we are pleased to confirm with our quality hardtops and accessories. Automechankia is the ideal opportunity to build upon our existing international business and help highlight the skills and quality products we can offer the international market.”
Truckman has unveiled a comprehensive range of hardtops and accessories for the NEW Fiat Fullback pick-up truck.
Approved by Fiat and available through its dealer network and direct from Truckman, the range of accessories includes a collection of commercial and leisure hardtops, a choice of tonnneau covers and a selection of practical and stylish accessories.
Truckman is the UK’s leading hardtop and pick-up accessories specialist with more than 30 years working with Original Equipment (OE) manufacturers to develop a range of complementary products, which enhance vehicle practically without compromising on pick-up styling and quality.
Central to the collection is the UK’s best-selling luxury hardtop, the fully-featured Truckman Grand, which includes pop-out side windows, sliding bulk-head window, remote central locking and automatic interior light.
Joining the Grand in the UK-designed luxury hardtop range for the Fullback is theGLS, which is ideal for dog owners with its sliding tinted side windows.
The collection is completed by two S-Series models, which feature a choice of solid orglass gullwing doors.
For commercial customers, Truckman has introduced three practical, secure and easily customisable hardtops, which are designed, engineered and manufactured at the company’s factory in the West Midlands. Ideal for engineers, fleet managers and construction workers,
the range includes the cab-high Truckman RS, the high capacity Truckman Classic and the Truckman Utility which transforms the Fullback into the ultimate mobile workshop.
All of the Truckman hardtops come with a three-year warranty.
Also available for the Fiat Fullback from Truckman is a range of four truck bed tonneau covers including the popular Jack Rabbit, the Mountain Top Roller and the Max Sports cover. The company has also created a version of its new premium, solid aluminium Truckman Tonneau, which is available in black or silver and can be fitted with matching styling or cross bars.
Truckman’s Fullback range is completed by a selection of bed and exterior accessories ranging from bedliners and tool boxes to tow bars and styling bars.
The full collection can be found at www.autostylinguk.co.uk Mike Wheeler, Managing Director of Truckman, said: “The Fiat Fullback is a welcome addition to the UK pick-up market and we have developed a range of accessories that perfectly complement its practicality and styling.
“Our bestselling luxury hardtops, which are renowned for their secure and stylish design, together with our robust and exceptionally practical British-built commercial hardtops offer Fullback owners a comprehensive choice of accessories that will meet their leisure or business requirements.”
Mike added: “Thanks to our investment in our West Midlands facility and its large production and storage capabilities, we have an extensive stock-holding of our Fullback hardtops and accessories, which enables dealerships, commercial and web-based customers to immediately access the range that can be quickly dispatched across the UK.”
Truckman, the leading UK-based manufacturer and distributor, will showcase its renowned range of hardtops and pick-up accessories to the international market at one of the world’s premier industry exhibitions, Automechanika Frankfurt.
The event, which takes place between 13 and 17 September, attracts more than 100,000 visitors and around 4,000 exhibitors from 74 countries.
Truckman will be located at stand 3.1 G10, promoting its UK design and manufacturing excellence, and long-standing relationships with the UK OE’s including Fiat, Isuzu, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen. As well as highlighting its vast 100,000sq ft. premises which offers the largest stock of hardtops and pick-up accessories available in the UK.
On display will be a collection of commercial hardtops and accessories along with its bestselling luxury canopy, the Truckman Grand, all of which are all available for international export for a variety of pick-up models.
The iconic and solid sided, Truckman RS will be showcased on the NEW Nissan NP300 Navara, along with the Ford Ranger displaying the popular Jack Rabbit roller tonneau and one of the NEW skid resistant Truckman bedliners.
Completing the line-up of commercial hardtops will be the Truckman Utility, fitted to the newly-launched Fiat Fullback, which transforms the truck bed into a mobile workshop allowing tradesman to operate in off-road situations with secure, all round access to their tools and equipment.
Designed and manufactured by craftsmen at its large production facility in the West Midlands, its secure and robust commercial hardtops are popular with technicians, fleet managers and engineers across a range of industries including construction, agriculture, power distribution and telecoms.
Complementing the commercial canopies on the stand will be the bestselling luxury hardtop, the Truckman Grand which will be showcased on the NEW generation Toyota Hilux.
The Grand’s high quality specification includes pop-out side windows, remote central locking, roof bars, sliding bulk-head window, automatic interior light, tinted windows and vinyl lining.
Mike Wheeler, Managing Director of Truckman, said: “The quality of British design and manufacturing is internationally well-respected and we are proud to demonstrate this with our quality range of hardtops and accessories.
“We have made considerable investments into our UK production and distribution facilities allowing us to successfully export to the international market.Automechanika Frankfurt is an ideal event to help us build new relationships with European OE manufacturers and 4x4 accessory distributors and we look forward to welcoming visitors to our stand.”
Auto Styling Truckman are proud to launch two NEW ‘VW Approved’ British-built commercial hardtops for the Volkswagen Amarok.
Manufactured by craftsmen at the company’s West Midland’s facility, the Truckman RS and Utility hardtops offer customers a practical and robust storage area, ideal for commercial applications.
Featuring a practical wipe-clean interior, non-drilling clamp fitting and integrated spoiler, the cab-height Truckman RS combines the practicality of a commercial top with the styling of a leisure canopy. It also has solid sides and toughened, tinted rear door glass to keep the truck bed concealed and secure.
Boasting a large storage capacity, the Truckman Utility hardtop transforms the Amarok into a mobile workshop providing essential space for racking, tools and equipment, which can be accessed through its rear and gullwing doors.
The new made-to- order hardtops can be ordered via Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles network of 73 Van Centres.
Mike Wheeler, Managing Director of Auto Styling Truckman, said: “Businesses are increasingly using the practicality of pick-up trucks to their advantage and it’s important that quality commercial accessory products are readily available.
“We are very proud to continue our excellent relationship with Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles by designing and manufacturing two new approved hardtops, which will help business users get the most out of their Amarok.”
Trevor Hodgson-Phillips, Head of Service and Parts for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: “The two new Truckman Amarok hardtops further enhance the range of off-the- shelf storage solutions we can offer as a brand. There is now even greater choice for business users and those Amarok owners that require a more commercial practical storage solution.
“Working in partnership with Truckman, we’ve developed two new products that not only meet Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ stringent manufacturing and technical standards, but also enable us to meet the business needs of our customers. With the variety of colours available, the new hardtops are guaranteed to make Volkswagen drivers stand out from the rest.”
A new range of Truckman hardtops have been unveiled for the new generation 2016 Toyota Hilux.
The new hardtops have been skilfully designed to complement the new stylish lines of the Hilux while maintaining Truckman’s renowned and impressive build-quality.
For over 30 years, Truckman have proudly supplied the market with quality hardtops for Toyota pick-ups combined with excellent customer service.
The Truckman Grand, which is the best-selling luxury model on the market, is now available for the 2016 Hilux, as well as the Truckman GLS and S-Series, which are all in stock and ready for immediate dispatch.
Designed to incorporate a range of features, each of the new hardtops transform the truck bed into a secure and flexible storage space. The Grand’s high quality specification includes new hidden seal design and tailgate configuration plus remote central locking, roof bars, sliding bulk-head window, automatic interior light, tinted windows and vinyl lining.
Among the key features of the new Truckman GLS are its sliding side windows, which can increase ventilation to the truck bed while maintaining its high level of security with heavily-tinted safety glass which is ideal for dog owners.
Providing increased accesses to the truck bed, without compromising security is the new Truckman S-Series, which is available with either gull wing opening side-tinted windows or solid side doors. Also among its features are remote central locking, carpet lining, automatic interior light and sliding interior bulkhead window.
The range will be completed by the British-built Truckman RS, which is available to pre-order now and enters production in the coming months. The Truckman RS boasts the new hidden seal design, solid sides and is highly adaptable to enable the truck bed to become a mobile workshop with the ability to add accessories such as beacons, wiring and vents. As standard the RS is fitted with a LED automatic interior light.
Mike Wheeler, Managing Director of Auto Styling Truckman, said: “We are very proud of our new Truckman range for the 2016 Hilux and that it has been approved by Toyota GB. It cements Truckman’s long-standing relationship with Toyota GB as a trusted and quality manufacturer of accessories that enhance their excellent pick-up trucks.
“The Toyota Hilux is one of the cornerstones of the UK pick-up truck market and the 2016 model will continue its legacy among business and leisure owners who can increase the functionality and styling of their vehicle with the addition of a member of the new Truckman hardtop range.”
Truckman’s new British-Built commercial hardtop and accessory range impressed the industry-experts at the UK’s largest Commercial Vehicle Show to date.
More than 20,000 delegates, made up of fleet managers, pick-up manufacturers, contractors and 4x4 enthusiasts, attended the show, which provided a fantastic platform to showcase Truckman’s exciting new product range.
At the three-day event, which was held at the NEC Birmingham, the expert manufacturer and supplier of 4x4 accessories exhibited new hardtops for the new 2016 Toyota Hilux, Nissan NP300 Navara, Ford Ranger, as well as the Isuzu D-Max and VW Amarok – all of which generated a phenomenal amount of interest.
Visitors were impressed to see and hear how the new Truckman commercial hardtops are designed, engineered and manufactured by hand at their Dudley factory.
There was particular interest in the new Toyota Hilux which is due to be launched in the next few months, and the newly launched NP300, both of which Truckman are able to offer a comprehensive range of hardtops and accessories.
Truckman’s next appearance will be at Automechanika Frankfurt in September but are also looking forward to another bigger and better CV Show in 2017. In the meantime, customers can contact the Truckman team on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01384 485 405.
Mike Wheeler, Managing Director of Auto Styling Truckman, said: “The CV Show always provides an excellent opportunity to network and share the latest product developments in the automotive industry.
"This year’s show was particularly impressive and our team enjoyed sharing our innovations with a record crowd. We invest a great deal of time and effort perfecting our British-built products and were delighted with the reception they received.2
Auto Styling Truckman are the exclusive UK distributors of the first aluminum tonneau cover to facilitate the fitting of an optional styling roll bar.
Designed to fit all existing Double Cab and Extra Cab models for the leading pick-up truck marques, the new stylish Upstone tonneau cover provides a stylish and functional way to create a robust and secure storage space in the bed of the vehicle.
Currently the only product on the market that has been manufactured to facilitate the addition of a styling roll bar, the cover features a non-drill mounting system for a hassle-free installation – the product does however include a device to allow the tonneau and vehicle tailgate to be locked together. This device does require a four small holes to be drilled on the inside of the tailgate, but it does make the whole cargo area secure.
As well as creating a secure and weather proof space for tools and materials, the tonneau can also help improve fuel consumption by reducing the drag caused by wind turbulence in the open bed while moving.
Designed to complement the style and finish of the cover, a new Upstone styling roll bar has also been introduced, which doesn’t impair the cover’s ability to easily open and close. Ideal for both leisure and commercial use, the Upstone tonneau cover and styling roll bars are available in silver and a striking black aluminum.
Mike Wheeler, Managing Director of Auto Styling Truckman, said: “For many pick-up truck owners it’s important to achieve a blend of style and function, which is why the two new Upstone products are ideal for our customers.”
Auto Styling Truckman has designed and manufactured a new ‘open metal grill’ hardtop door for the Isuzu D-Max and Mitsubishi L200 which will significantly improve the pick-ups’ ventilation for agricultural customers.
The West Midlands-based company spotted a hole in the market for a secure open grill hardtop door that allows farmers, land owners and estate managers to transport animals and equipment whilst also complementing the style of the vehicle.
The optional open grill door, made from galvanised and powder coated steel, increases the circulation of air – a feature greatly appreciated by customers who have dogs.
Designed, engineered, and manufactured in the UK, the new rear door is designed to be fitted to the solid sided and secure Truckman RS hardtop, which is fully customisable to meet the varying needs of customers with bespoke requirements including vents, beacons and roof bars.
Mike Wheeler, Managing Director at Auto Styling Truckman, said: “The addition of the new open grill door on the Truckman RS means that our agricultural customers can transport their animals in a well ventilated hardtop without having to compromise the stylish feature of their pick-up. We also had estate managers and customers who shoot in mind when designing this new door.”
Auto Styling Truckman has ramped up production of its hardtops for the new 2016 Ford Ranger to support dealer and customer demand, as well as adding the new colour Pride Orange to the range of colour options available.
Offering business and leisure Ford Ranger owners the most comprehensive range of hardtops on the market, Auto Styling Truckman carries extensive stock in its new 100,000sqft warehouse to ensure they can supply its customers’ hardtop and accessory needs.
Designed at its factory in the West Midlands, the hardtops are part of Auto Styling Truckman’s long tradition of supplying a broad range of 4x4 accessories for the Ford Ranger.
Truckman’s Luxury range includes the Grand, the GLS and the S-Series, which are designed for private and commercial customers looking for a secure and stylish hardtop to suit their work and lifestyle and complement the stylish new Ranger.
Truckman’s British-Built Commercial range includes the Classic, Utility and RS, which are suited to fleet managers and field based engineers (e.g. agriculture, off-highway construction and the utilities industry). The Truckman Classic is available in double, super and single-cab variants, and the RS and Utility hardtops are available for double and super-cab.
The full range can be found at Auto Styling Truckman’s website, www.autostylinguk.co.uk or the Truckman website www.truckman.co.uk.
Mike Wheeler, Managing Director of Auto Styling Truckman, said: “Our established and market-tested range of Truckman hardtops that will fit the 2016 Ford Ranger will be a real advantage to Ford dealers and their customers. We have been increasing our stock-holding of the range, which can be dispatched with a rapid order turnaround, to support the high levels of customer service dealerships offer.
“The refinements Ford made to the current model made the Ranger more appealing to a wider audience, which will no doubt continue with the facelifted 2016 version. This influenced the styling and diversity of our large range of hardtops, which have proven popular with the market.”