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Düsseldorf - Caravan Salon 2023
Caravan Salon inspires the community
With 254,000 visitors from 65 countries, CARAVAN SALON 2023 made a very positive statement.
More than 750 exhibitors from 37 countries showed their innovations and current models in 16 exhibition halls as well as the outdoor area.
Words editorial staff
The Caravan Salon 2023 showed that the holiday form of caravanning is inspiring more and more people and that the community is constantly growing. An excellent atmosphere, intensive dialogues and exchange of information prevailed on the fair grounds. Manufacturers and dealers reported promising customer discussions and numerous sales deals.
More than 750 exhibitors from 37 countries showed their innovations and current models in 16 exhibition halls as well as the outdoor area. On more than 250,000 square meters, leisure vehicles of all sizes and price ranges, mobile homes, awnings, and roof tents were on display. Accessories, technical equipment, and extension parts were very popular with the entire caravanning friends. In addition, visitors could plan their next trip or holiday individually at the stands of the camping and motorhome sites and at the destinations.
The Caravan Salon 2024 will take place from Friday, 30 August till Sunday, 8 September.
Erhard Wienkamp, Managing Director Messe Düsseldorf
“With 254,000 visitors from 65 countries, Caravan Salon 2023 made a very positive statement. In view of the challenging general conditions, we are more than pleased that we were able to achieve such a successful result. Trade visitors from all continents and consumers from all over Europe travelled to Düsseldorf and thus provided the special international flair of the Caravan Salon”
Stefan Koschke, Director Caravan Salon
“Our attractive and varied supporting program fully convinced the visitors. Both the ‘StarterWelt’ and the trend theme ‘Abenteuer Selbstausbau/DIY’ are central information hotspots at the Caravan Salon. The Travel & Nature CONNECTED stage has a huge fan community in Hall 3 with its colorful program on caravanning destinations around the world as well as advices on hiking and outdoor activities”
Bernd Löher, President of the Caravanning Industry Association
“Many visitors, a very good atmosphere and unrivalled product variety. This is how people know and appreciate Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf. As a sector we can consider ourselves very luckily because such a positive trade fair result cannot be taken for granted in view of the tight economic situation and is an extremely positive impulse for the caravanning industry. With this, Caravan Salon once again reinforces its importance as a leading trade fair and beacon for our industry. My special praise goes to all exhibitors, who – despite difficult circumstances – again set new standards in terms of product quality and diversity. The wealth of innovations in vehicles, accessories, and services is and will remain the hallmark of Caravan Salon. Though it should not be forgotten that not only the products but also all aspects of caravanning have long since been given a big stage in Düsseldorf. This is why I am very proud that we were again able to welcome many personalities from business, science, and political spheres to Düsseldorf. When high political dignitaries such as Minister Mona Neubaur or Minister Oliver Krischer pay a visit to our trade fair, this is an indication that caravanning receives the attention it deserves as a tourism and economic factor. However, this is only the beginning of CIVD’s work and the newly elected board will continue to commit to promoting the economic and tourist potential of our form of holiday ever further”
Gerd Adamietzki, Chief Sales Officer at Knaus Tabbert
“Caravan Salon offers Knaus Tabbert ideal conditions for presenting themselves to the many visitors. The interest in our vehicles and visitor footfall in our halls was gratifyingly high. At the same time, after the overheated times of the pandemic, we now see a variety of ranges on offer again and, hence, also a certain normalization of the market, which is also reflected by the stable sales figures on a high level”
Holger Schulz, Hobby’s Managing Director for Sales
“For Hobby Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf marks the start of the new model year and is a key business climate barometer for the whole caravanning sector at the same time. We are delighted that our expectations were far exceeded and that we can look back on a very successful trade fair period with our dealership partners”.
“This year we have revised our entire caravan portfolio and presented it in Düsseldorf for the first time. The interest in Hobby caravans and motorhomes continues unabated and we are very much looking forward to this new season. A special thank you goes to Messe Düsseldorf, which has been instrumental to this success with almost perfect organization and very good public relations”.
Holger Siebert, Managing Director of Eura Mobil GmbH and Trigano Deutschland KG
“This year’s Caravan Salon was characterised by the motorhome manufacturers’ improved ability to deliver. Whereas last year you had to wait 1 to 2 years for your new dream motorhome, today the times are 3 to 12 months. The fact that – similar to house building – the manufacturing costs and thus also the prices of motorhomes have increased significantly has hardly affected the interest in mobile leisure. Customers are interested and want to buy new mobile homes. For some of our brands, such as Eura Mobil, Challenger, or Benimar, we were even able to increase the previous year’s good sales despite price and interest rate increases. Last but not least, the complete range of products covering the market and the professional atmosphere at Caravan Salon give customers confidence and security that they have invested their savings correctly”.
Christian Bauer, President of Hymer GmbH & Co. KG
“For its brands Hymer and Eriba, Hymer GmbH & Co. KG looks back on a well-attended trade fair week and a good atmosphere at Caravan Salon 2023. The interest taken in this form of travelling continues unabated. In addition, stable prices and significantly improved delivery capability compared to the previous year are having a positive impact. In many personal conversations we learn that visitors attach increased importance to quality, especially in view of the design, functionality, and furnishings of vehicles. Our trade fair message ‘More Style. Less Limits.’ sums up this expectation and the interest taken in our innovations illustrates that our premium strategy precisely fulfils the expectations of demanding camping enthusiasts. Caravan Salon, as one of the world’s biggest trade fairs for mobile travelling is still a relevant format for us to meet and exchange ideas with dealers, partners, and customers as well as interested parties”
Bernd Wuschack, CEO Sales, Marketing and Customer Service at Carthago Group
“Due to the continuing very tense supply and price situation we came with mixed expectations regarding success this year. We were all the more satisfied with the actual results of Caravan Salon. The attention that caravanning receives as a form of holiday continues to be very high which was reflected by the rising visitor numbers and the numerous positive conversations we had at our stands. To sum up, the trade fair for us boasted a high quality and pleasant atmosphere. At this juncture, it should also be mentioned that the cooperation with Messe Düsseldorf has worked as excellently as before. The highlight for our dealership partners and ourselves was the evening we spent together at the exhibition stand with our guest of honour Johann Lafer”.
Robert Hein, Head of Marketing, Press and Product Development at the Pössl Group
“After a mixed fair last year, we travelled to Düsseldorf with rather subdued expectations and were very positively surprised. Customers take great interest in our entire range of models, they are looking to buy, are also very well informed beforehand and specifically focus on models and/or series before they come to our stand! Especially our Plus models on Citroen and Mercedes platforms are very popular and the highlights at the fair. We were likewise surprised by the great interest taken in buying 6.40m models. All in all, a successful Caravan Salon”
Eva Karlsson, President of Segment EMEA at Dometic
“Caravan Salon is a very important platform for us. The event offers great opportunity for Dometic in many ways. It gives us a place to showcase our technical products with easy to grasp demonstration and real-life use case – which our customers, both business side and consumers, appreciate a lot. Another aspect is that the event is a place to meet our customers. As a global player in the industry, Caravan Salon’s broad audience help us to interact with our multinational customer base. We welcome our customers from all over the world”
Ute Dicks, Managing Director of the German Hiking Association (DWV)
“This year’s Caravan Salon showed us that there was a demand for more combined offers concerning caravanning and camping with outdoor offers including hiking and cycling. Of course, we have a lot to offer with our quality initiative ‘Wanderbares Deutschland’, but it would be desirable for many more destinations to join in. With the two well-received specialist events organized by the German Hiking Association together with its partners, we have noticed that the Caravan Salon offers a good platform for professional exchange and makes industry trends visible. The German Hiking Association is very pleased that its expertise in sustainability, trails and hiking is valued by the trade fair with its 140th anniversary, thank you very much”
Heike Döll-König, Managing Director of Tourismus NRW
“Caravan Salon is increasingly evolving into a key travel fair where people are seeking far more than caravans and other vehicles”
“This also became clear at our stand: especially in demand were tips for hiking and for city trips – both themes where NRW is perfectly pitched for all travellers”.
Michael Krämer, CEO at Campwerk GmbH
“In the middle of a challenging year marked by innumerable insecurities and unfavorable weather conditions, it is such a joy to see how reliably Caravan Salon serves as an anchor point for the sector. The event’s impressive visitor attendance and response has made it clear: the passion for the adventure that is camping remains consistently high, despite all adversities. Particularly encouraging was also the noticeably higher footfall on weekdays, which had seen rather less traffic in the past. This high attendance is an extremely positive signal not only for Campwerk but for the camping industry as a whole. It underlines our confidence in a promising future. Altogether, we are highly satisfied with the results of this year’s Caravan Salon and look to next year with great anticipation”
Words John Rawlings and Paolo Galvani
There was no shortage of curiosities at the last Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf. We’ve seen some really unusual caravans, motorhomes, and leisure vehicles in general.
In this article we offer you a selection
Bürstner Lyseo TD Lounge – Germany
One of the interesting concepts on the Bürstner stand at the Caravan Salon was the Lyseo TD Lounge with a slide-out, an uncommon solution on European vehicles. Inside, the slide-out adds a lot of extra floor space in the lounge which makes it feel really spacious, all of which ends up making the interior of this semi-integrated model resemble a studio apartment The slide-out features a domestic-style sofa that converts into a bed, and opposite there is a large storage unit and TV. There is also a stylish kitchen and an end bathroom.
Citroën Type Holidays - France
On the Stellantis stand, there was this retro-styled Citroën campervan with ribbed body panels, reminiscent of the Type H van, and they confirmed this is actually going on sale. Based on the Jumpy, the interior is a conventional, modern campervan with a side kitchen and all today’s comforts – including a pop-up roof. For the night, the lower bench converts into a double bed and in the pop-up roof there is another bed. The body panel was created by the Italian firm Caselani, and the vehicle is built under Citroën licence.
Crosscamp Flex 541 – Germany
A campervan that caught our attention was the Crosscamp Flex 541, with its multifunction modular interior and removable shower/wardrobe. The seating and table can fold away to create space to carry bikes or other leisure equipment. For the night, the double bed can be made behind the front seats. As an option you can have one or two additional folding seats, or the pop-up roof which adds a double bed. This campervan is built on the Opel Movano chassis.
Deddle RV – China
Deddle RV is a brand from China, present for the first time at the German show. They presented three coachbuilt vehicles, all of them no longer than 6 meters, as required from the Chinese law. The RVs were driven from China and headed to Italy, to the Iveco plant. Equipped with a washing machine and a lot of internal and external innovations, these vehicles require the C driver licence, due to the weight over 3,5 tons. The company has a 10-year history in China and owns three plants. The idea is to start exporting to Europe some of their RVs and then, if the answer from the market will be positive, to open a branch office or a local factory.
Derubis Series 5 – Belarus
Derubis is a boat manufacturer from Belarus with almost 30 years of experience in the shipbuilding industry that is now offering two distinctive caravans – one on a single axle and the other larger one on a twin-axle chassis. They feature some design inspiration from the boat world. Their monocoque body made entirely of fiberglass guarantees resistance, reliability, and safety for passengers.
Dethleffs Yoka Go – Germany
The new Yoka Go motorhomes from Dethleffs are aimed at those who want to take lots of outdoor gear for their hobbies. The interiors are minimalist and functional with removable seats, a wider side entrance door and a rear tailgate to make it easier to load and carry bikes, etc. The compact kitchen unit has 10-litre fresh water and 10-litre waste water canisters, large kitchen worktop extension, induction hob and large drawer for the optional compressor cool box.
Etrusco 600 DF 4x4 xFlip – Italy
The Italian brand, Etrusco, had a clever way to make the rear transverse bed wider in its Ford 600 DF 4×4 campervan conversion – with its new xFlip pop-out hatch to stretch out into. A really neat and simple solution for taller customers. This campervan has a length of just 598 centimeters and offers abundant interior space. A new sliding and folding door in the bathroom area optimizes movement space.
Fendt Live-Work-Connect caravans – Germany
The German caravan brand Fendt had an interesting project showing how a caravan could be designed to be used as somewhere to work. It builds on the concept of hybrid working and people now being able to work from anywhere. This concept has been designed in conjunction with various brands to supply the equipment and technology to make these caravans mobile offices. Inside one caravan, there was a workstation that folds away when not required. In the other vehicles there was a large screen for hosting conference calls or training, etc.
Ford New Nugget – Germany
The new Ford Nugget, based on the all-new Ford Transit/Tourneo Custom, made its debut at the Caravan Salon. It is produced for Ford by Westfalia and its unique layout with rear kitchen continues to the new model. There are various refinements and improvements over the previous model, including an external shower with hot water and a rear seat easier to move. Changes was made to the kitchen too, especially to the fridge: from a top loading chest refrigerator to a drawer refrigerator.
Frankia Neo Black Line – Germany
The Neo Black Line from Frankia has a bold and modern design inside and out. Its Easy-Load system consists of a redesigned rear of the vehicle with easier access to the garage thanks to a rear tailgate and low loading height. It also has an upgraded standard specification and is based on the Mercedes Sprinter and available in two layouts – one with a transverse rear double bed and one with twin single beds.
Hotomobil Gladiator – Turkey
The Gladiator from the Turkish brand Hotomobil is designed to fit pick-ups for off-road adventures. It has a large double bed, seating area, kitchen, and washroom. It is available in two-dimension, one standard for European pick-up e and one Xlarge for the American pick-up.
Knaus Yaseo – Germany
Knaus showed its new Yaseo caravan range. The Yaseo 500DK is designed for families with up to three kids. The purpose of this vehicle is space saving, because it is made for electric vehicles and to be light. The seating corner and eating table can be transformed into a big double bed, 1.60 wide and 2.0 meters deep. The lounge corner can be transformed into three beds for children, thanks to a slidable couch which turns into a double bed and to a pull down cupboard that transforms into another bed. The relatively small bathroom has an hidden basin that slides in and out, and if you need to shower there is a slide mechanism to create space to shower.
MTC MobilTec Vialla Piccola and Electric – Germany
The Vialla Piccola is a micro camper conversion based on the Ford Transit Connect with a rear seating area, kitchen, and a pop-up roof. With a price starting at €38,000 it features side doors on both sides and it can also be built on Volkswagen Caddy Maxi. MTC MobilTec also had the Vialla Electric, a 100% electric van conversion of a Ford Transit featuring an end washroom, L-shaped kitchen, and front lounge. This is one of the first examples of electric camper van on the market, and it is interesting to note the choice from the German manufacturer to have a very particular internal layout, so they do not have to directly compete with more traditional van converter.
Robeta Adonis – Slovenia
The Adonis is a luxury campervan from Robeta, a manufacturer in Slovenia. It is based on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. Measuring just under 6 meters in length, it can accommodate up to 4 people while driving and 2 for the night. Adonis comes with a fully equipped chassis, from the audio-navigation system and the full range of assistance and safety systems (blind-spot monitoring, 360-degree camera, etc.), to the automatic closing of the electric sliding doors. The model includes a kitchen with a sliding a countertop made of genuine Kerrock (similar to granite), a “hidden” sink and a bathroom with an innovative 180-degree bi-folding glass door.
Rovinns Gaia – Turkey
Gaia is a caravan from a manufacturer in Turkey. It has a one-piece fibreglass bodyshell with a side door and a rear door. It is bright and modern inside and available in a couple of different layouts. The total length, including the drawbar, is 570 centimetres with an effective vehicle mass of 900 kg.
Saly Vanjero – Turkey
Another manufacturer from Turkey is Saly. This is its compact Vanjero motorhome, which has a total length of 5.90 meters, a light cabin, and a standard equipped weight of 2,500 kilograms. The interior width is 2.00 meters. The vehicle is based on Fiat Scudo.
Volkswagen New California – Germany
One of the stars of the show was the Volkswagen California Concept. It is based on a LWB VW Multivan instead of the Transporter that the current California uses. It has twin sliding doors and a kitchen that can be accessed from outside. The model on display was a plug-in hybrid. We expect to see the production version sometime in 2024.
Wingamm Oasi 610M – Italy
The premium, family-owned Italian brand, Wingamm, was back at the Caravan Salon this year with its range of motorhomes featuring monocoque bodyshells and interiors with a distinctive style. This model is the Oasi 610 M, with a French bed on the right side and a total length of 610 centimetres. It can accommodate up to 4 people, thanks to its patented drop-down bed. The toilet compartment located in the rear area is made of solid fiberglass and HPL laminate.
Winnebago ERV2 – USA
The all-electric ERV2 prototype from Winnebago, based on a Ford Transit had been shipped over to Dusseldorf from the USA. It is one of 12 prototypes being assessed in USA. It uses innovative, lightweight interior materials to save weight and help to improve the range of the batteries. At this stage of development, the chassis electrical system is not yet capable of communicating with the on-board system, and therefore the respective batteries are managed separately. However, Winnebago is talking to Ford to find a way to create a more integrated system.