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TRUCKMAN HOSTS ISUZU SUBARU DEALER CONFERENCE

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Truckman, the UK’s leading manufacturer and distributor of pick-up hardtops and accessories, transformed its extensive West Midlands facility into a conference venue to host more than 250 UK motor industry professionals on behalf of Isuzu and Subaru.

The Dudley-based company became the first supplier to ever host the IM Group Dealer Conference at its premises, which provided the ideal setting to discuss industry issues and the group’s current and upcoming vehicle ranges.

Welcoming Isuzu and Subaru dealers from across the United Kingdom and guests from around the world, Truckman utilised its 120,000sq.ft premises to create a conference hall featuring stadium-style seating and audio visual equipment. IM Group has also created a heated outdoor space with catering facilities and seating in its external distribution area.

In addition to attending the conference, which also highlighted the upcoming trends and innovations in pick-up truck accessories, delegates were given a tour of Truckman’s product development and manufacturing facility, which is part of a recent £2.6m investment programme.

Truckman’s head office building has provided much-needed additional warehouse storage and hardtop fitting capacity to meet the increased demand from its multi-channel business stream.

Sales of its hardtops and its range of vehicle accessories have been driven by its strong relationships with Original Equipment (OE) customers, which include Isuzu.

Mike Wheeler, Joint Managing Director of Truckman, said: “We were very proud to host this important industry event for one of the world’s leading vehicle distributors. We have a long and successful relationship with Isuzu UK and were keen to host its dealer conference.

“The investment we have made in the business, in particular in our new facilities, provided a great setting for this conference and interesting discussions about future developments in our industry.”

Darren James, Group Resource Director from Isuzu, said: “Hosting our dealer conference at the premises of one of our established accessory suppliers has been a successful initiative and we would like to thank the team at Truckman for their hospitality. Isuzu has a very engaged dealer network and I am sure they took a lot away from the conference and enjoyed the experience of attending the event at Truckman.”

STEINBAUER ENHANCES TRUCKMANS POWER

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Truckman has secured the exclusive distribution rights in the UK for Steinbauer Performance for 4x4 Pick-up trucks, a unique engine accessory that increases the power and torque of diesel engines by around 20 percent.

The Steinbauer Performance Power Enhancement is an electronic module that plugs directly into existing engine electrics and increases the power of the engine by 20 percent once the electronics sense it is required, i.e. when overtaking, towing or off-roading.

Unlike cheaper alternative products, the desired performance enhancement is achieved by lengthening the duration of fuel injection, rather than increasing the fuel pressure, which can cause damage to the engine. This technology is unique to Steinbauer performance products, which in addition, increases the power only when necessary, at 65% power output, which limits excessive fuel consumption.

Truckman stock a Steinbauer kit for the majority of pick-up models. The modules all come with a three-year warranty and the facility for an optional extra of an on-off switch that allows the user to activate and deactivate the boost when necessary.

Steinbauer Performance is a OE independent developer, manufacturer and global supplier of electronic components and additional modules for modern diesel and turbocharged petrol engines.

Mike Wheeler, Managing Director of Truckman, said: “Securing the exclusive distribution rights for Steinbauer Performance‘s Power Enhancement is a major coup for Truckman and will deliver great value for our pick-up customers.

“Many of our clients use their vehicles for commercial purposes and transport heavy loads, which can make it difficult to reach the desired speeds – our new product will overcome this issue and many more faced by customers that require extra power.”

Gadget Show delivers early Christmas present to Truckman

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Christmas has come early for Truckman, the UK’s leading manufacturer and distributor of 4x4 hardtops and accessories, after Channel 5’s ‘The Gadget Show’ hosted the ultimate festive party for staff at its West Midlands headquarters.

The crew from the show, including presenter Amy Williams, spent a day with the Truckman team, decking out its newly designed showroom and sales office ready for a gadget-filled, office Christmas party.

The party, which was filmed for a special Christmas edition of the Gadget Show due to be broadcast on 16 December, included innovative lighting, music systems and some of the latest party games and treats for tech-fans.

As well as installing state-of-the-art technology to make the party go with a swing, the Truckman team took the chance to trial some of the must-have gadgets that will be at the top of many people’s Christmas lists this year.

Mike Wheeler, Managing Director of Truckman, said: “We had great fun filming with The Gadget Show and everyone got into the Christmas spirit, albeit a little early!

“Some of the gadgets, toys and technology they brought along were fantastic and our team had a blast trying them out. It was certainly the most futuristic Christmas party we’ve ever hosted and set the bar very high for future events!”

TRUCKMAN SPONSORS PICK-UP OF THE YEAR AT THE WHAT VAN AWARDS

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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 TARGETS EXPORT GROWTH IN EUROPE

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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 LAUNCH FIAT APPROVED HARDTOP & ACCESSORY RANGE FOR FIAT FULLBACK

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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 the
GLS, 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 or
glass 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’S INTERNATIONAL DRIVE TO AUTOMECHANIKA FRANKFURT

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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.”

TRUCKMAN LAUNCHES TWO NEW COMMERCIAL HARDTOPS FOR VW AMAROK

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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.”

TRUCKMAN LAUNCH NEW HARDTOP RANGE FOR THE 2016 TOYOTA HILUX

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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 HARDTOP RANGE WINS BEST IN SHOW

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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 sales@truckman.co.uk 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