Production of the latest Nissan Qashqai is underway at its Sunderland plant.
There is a new design, upgraded interior, better performance and added mobility technologies, with an advanced self-driving mode from spring 2018.
A regional conference for members of the Freight Transport Association will be held at the Celtic Manor Resort on 4 October.
It is one of ten nationwide which looks at and discusses issues facing members and the industry, including topics particularly relevant to their locations.
The new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market saw an increase in registrations in June 2017 following four consecutive months of decline, said the SMMT.
Demand for new vans rose 1.8%, with 37,349 new LCVs joining British roads last month.
US versions of Britain’s best selling Ford Transit vans are being recalled over a major safety issue, but it does not affect British models.
Vehicle safety inspectors in the US say almost 373,000 Transit vans and buses made from 2015 until this year in its Kansas plant may suffer driveshaft coupling failure but no accidents or injuries have been reported.