Instead of futuristic prototypes, manufacturers at the Caravan Salon 2018 launched novelties ready for the market. For vans and caravans, there seemed to be trends in both directions, large and small, with plenty of compact models and others of larger size with increased comforts, while for motorhomes, the 7-7.5-m size models featured improved interiors.
Words Andrea Cattaneo
As huge and exciting as ever, the Caravan Salon 2018 offered the world a glimpse of the latest of European caravan and motorhome production models. The market in Europe is flourishing, with sales in Germany at particularly high levels, so perhaps manufacturers did not feel the need for innovative concept models to attract the attention of the public. The news was mainly refinements and enhancements. There was certainly a great amount of work that had been done in the van conversions sector, with almost all companies showing renewed ranges – from the Trigano group to Knaus-Tabbert, from Adria to Hobby. Without doubt, it was the new solution of the integrated cabin that got the greatest attention in the van sector. Manufacturers seem to have optimized the interior space on compact vans and increased the level of comfort inside them. These could, potentially, become tempting alternatives to some semi-integrated models. The same applies to caravans: on the one hand, with lightness and ease of towing a definite theme, while on the other hand, maximum comfort was also favoured in models that have increased in size.