COMTRANS'15 International Commercial Vehicle Exhibition: dozens of examples from Russian and international car manufacturers
COMTRANS’15, the international commercial vehicle exhibition, the leading event in 2015 for commercial transport, took place in Moscow from 8-12 September 2015.
This year, COMTRANS was organised for the first time by ITEMF Expo.
COMTRANS was also organised by the Association of Russian Automakers (OAR).
The event took place with support from the International Organisation of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers OICA, the State Duma Committee on Transport, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, the Association of European Business, the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, the Russian Auto Transport Union and the Russian Engineering Union.
Exhibitors included 198 manufacturers of commercial vehicles, components and spare parts from 12 countries including Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Germany, Turkey, China, South Korea, and Japan.
The exhibition covered 41,000 sqm.
Over 5 days, the exhibition was attended by 16,173 professionals in the car and transport industry and 225 Russian and international representatives of the media.
A number of honoured guests took part in the official opening ceremony:
- Sergey Kogogin, Chair of the Board of the Association of Russian Automakers (OAR) exhibition coordinators and General Director of KAMAZ
- Evgeny Kudryashov, Deputy Director of the Department of Transport and Special Machine Building of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation
- Alfia Kogogina, Deputy of the State Duma, Chair of the Expert Council on the Innovative Development of the Automobile Industry and Special Vehicles under the State Duma Committee on Industry
- Alla Sologubova, Deputy Director of the Department of State Policy on Automobiles and City Public Transport of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation
- Frank Schauff, CEO of the Association of European Business
Leading Russian and global manufacturers brought dozens of new products to the exhibition.
The day before the exhibition, 7 September, was the official press day, where companies such as GAZ Group, Mercedes-Benz Trucks & Buses / FUSO, Mercedes Benz Russia, MAN Truck and Bus RUS, SCANIA, Sollers-Isuzu, Renault Trucks, Volvo Trucks, UAZ, FIAT Professional, Ford Sollers Holding, Robert Bosch, Dong Feng, and IVECO Russia briefed the press on their new models.
GAZ Group and KAMAZ were of particular interest to the press.
International manufacturers of commercial transport showcased their news models: Volvo Trucks, Renault Trucks, Mercedes Benz Russia, Mercedes Benz Trucks Vostok, Fuso trucks, Mercedes Benz buses, Setra, Scania, MAN, Citroen, IVECO, Ford, Peugeot, Chrysler-FIAT, and Sollers-ISUZU.
COMTRANS`15 featured business events, practical seminars and conferences with leading specialists in the transport industry, touching on issues of manufacturing and operating commercial vehicles, licensing, safe deliveries, as well as the main development trends in the Russian freight market and much more.
Samt-fond presented the 92nd conference on Certification of Special Vehicles, Public, Construction, Road Building Machinery and Equipment. Dvizhenye bez Opasnosti highlighted the modern trends in ensuring safety for cargo and passenger transport.
KAMAZ, Schmitz Cargobul AG, Continental, Thermo King RUS and other exhibitors also held their own events.
Best Commercial Vehicle of the Year in Russia award
A key event for the exhibition was the 15th annual award ceremony for the Best Commercial Vehicle of the Year in Russia. The jury, which included leading Russian journalists and bloggers, selected the winners for Truck of the Year, Van of the Year, Bus of the Year, Prospect of the Year and Special Prize.
Truck of the Year went to GAZon-Next, whilst Van of the Year went to the new Ford Transit. Second place went to the Renault T long-haul tractor, holder of the prestigious European title of International Truck of the Year 2015. Third place went to GAZ Group’s Ural M cab-over-engine truck.
The jury were torn between the Mercedes-Benz Connecto and the Scania Irizar i6 for Bus of the Year, however, the title went to Mercedes-Benz Connecto. Third place was awarded to LIAZ-529260.
Commercial models recently introduced to the Russian market fought for Prospect of the Year, which was awarded to the GAZel-Next van. The Special Prize for success on the Russian market went to GAZ Group, with Volvo Trucks and Iveco-AMT taking second and third respectively.
The award ceremony took place with support from regular partners Mobil Delvac.