Hanover Show: The 66th IAA International Commercial Vehicle Show (Part 1)

"New mobility world logistics": Mercedes-Benz, Scania, Iveco


The IAA Commercial Vehicles Show, driven by ideas

IAA International
Commercial Vehicle Show

"The meaning behind the IAA poster" (according to the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA))

  The contemporary and revolutionary ideas of "connectivity"/"digitization"/"safety" were represented based on the theme of "Ideen sind unser Antrieb (driven by ideas) on a heads-up display similar to a blue windshield, displayed as an image of connected informational systems. It depicted a world with digital interaction between ever evolving vans, trucks, and buses.

IAA Show overview

IAA Show overview

  At the end of September 2016, the world's largest commercial vehicle show was held in an unseasonably warm Hanover. Roughly 2,013 companies from 52 countries exhibited over 330 world-premiere vehicles, and there were over 100 European premieres (the same number as the previous show) at the venue, which has an area of 270,000 square meters (3.5 times the size of Tokyo Big Sight, where the Tokyo Motor Show is held). The ratio of foreign exhibitors increased to 61%, and most were large and small parts manufacturers from China, Italy, the Netherlands, and Turkey. In addition to Europeans, there were attendees from Chinese companies and particularly large numbers of visitors from firms in Southeast Asia and India. At any show, visitors from China are mostly composed of female staff who work in development, and many were seen diligently taking photos of parts and jotting down information.

  As is usually the case, Daimler Group rented out one large hall to exhibit its products, but Scania's booth, which showcased the OEMs fully redesigned cab, was even more popular than in normal years. Excluding press days, attendees who wished to take photos had to run to the booth as soon as the venue doors opened.

Truck transport in Europe and the market for vehicles

Truck transport in Europe
and the market for vehicles

  Long-haul trucks in Japan travel for an average round trip of 1,000 km, often driving during the night, and are rarely seen on highways and at service stops during the day. On the Autobahn, which sprawls in all directions, as well as on major European highways, there are many long-haul trucks that travel for 2,000 to 3,000 km, without regard for the time of day, and many truck drivers can be seen taking afternoon naps. (Photo taken on Autobahn route 7, which connects northern Europe to Italy)

Truck market

(Source: VDA documents. For details, see MarkLines data)

  • Trucks transport 76% of cargo in Europe, with the percentage still climbing. In Germany, a daily average of 1.6 million trucks or more transport cargo.
  • In 2015, there were 259,000 registered (year-over-year (y/y) increase of 14%) trucks weighing 6 tons or more in western Europe, and approximately 90,000 in Japan. Registered trucks increased by 20% or more in Spain and the Netherlands. Large trucks in Germany are expected to increase by 87,000 or more this year.
  • In 2015, trucks transported 465.7 billion ton-km (approximately 215.8 billion ton-km in Japan).

Related Reports: IAA Hannover Commercial Vehicle Show 2015
(Part 1) Daimler's autonomous truck and MAN's new engines on display
(Part 2) Exhibits by Volvo, Scania, Renault and ZF