NEWS

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles increases sales by 2.4 percent YTD

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) has increased worldwide vehicle deliveries by 2.4 percent in the first five months of 2019 to a total of 215,000. The T-series (Transporter) continued as its best-selling range with 85,100 (-0.1 percent) delivered so far this ...
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LCI offers to purchase Lewmar Marine Ltd

Lippert Components, Inc. ("LCI"), has made a cash offer of approximately £33.286 million, or approximately 143.65 pence per share, to the board of directors of Lewmar Marine Limited ("Lewmar"), a supplier of leisure marine equipment, in Havant, UK, to acquire ...
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New features for 2020 Knaus Tabbert models

After the best year in its history, Knaus Tabbert, is promising innovation and fresh ideas for its 2020 model year caravan, motorhome and CUV models. In 2018, Knaus Tabbert achieved double-digit percentage growth in terms of both sales and volume ...
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New AL-KO Vario X chassis up to 30 percent lighter

AL-KO has a new Vario X lightweight chassis concept for caravans, with lightweight steel construction to achieve weight savings of up to 30 percent and the potential for increased payloads, higher efficiency and greater sustainability. "With Vario X, we are ...
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2020 model year Fiat Ducato debuts

Fiat has released the first details of the 2020 model year Ducato - the most popular base vehicle for motorhomes in Europe, accounting for approximately 75 percent of the market. New features of the 2020 Fiat Ducato include a new ...
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Dometic appoints new Chief Financial Officer

Dometic has appointed a new Chief Financial Officer, Stefan Fristedt, who joins Dometic from Mölnlycke Healthcare, where he most recently held the position as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Stefan Fristedt will join Dometic on October 1 and ...
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Latest issue of AboutcampBtoB now available online

The latest (June) issue of AboutcampBtoB, recently posted to professionals in the caravan industry (via a free subscription), is now available to view online at https://www.aboutcampbtob.eu/read-the-magazines/. This issue includes a large review of the RVX Show held in Salt Lake ...
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Slow recovery of US RV sales expected to continue until 2020

An industry forecast expects the RV industry in America to make a slow recovery in retail deliveries during the remainder of 2019 and through in to 2020. These results would still rank as the fourth and fifth highest in the ...
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FCA withdraws merger proposal to Groupe Renault

The Board of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has decided to withdraw its merger proposal made to Groupe Renault on 27 May, saying that the political conditions in France do not currently exist for such a combination to proceed successfully. FCA ...
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NCC adds further protection for leisure vehicle dealers and consumers

The British caravan industry trade association, the NCC (National Caravan Council), has given its tourer and motorhome dealer members across the UK a new set of model terms and conditions. This is to ensure they continue to operate fairly within ...
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New cooler from Dometic uses bio-based material to reduce its carbon footprint

Dometic is introducing a new cooler, the Dometic CoolFun SC30B, made with a biocomposite material which is fully recyclable, light and strong, and achieves a 26 percent lower carbon footprint compared to conventional coolers made from polypropylene. The biocomposite contains ...
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German Innovation Awards honour caravanning

The German Innovation Awards from the German Design Council honour products and solutions that are user-focused and provide added value, across all industrial sectors - including caravanning. Winners from the caravan industry in this year's results include well known manufacturers, ...
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Jayco Australia passes 8,000th leisure home production milestone

Jayco Leisure Homes in Australia is celebrating the production of its 8,000th home, marking an important milestone since it started manufacturing them in 1981. Jayco produces its leisure homes at a dedicated plant in Dandenong South, near Melbourne. The 8,000th ...
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Record attendance at Interzum furniture and interior design fair (74,000 visitors)

The Interzum trade fair for furniture production and interior design, held in Cologne, Germany from 21 to 24 May 2019, proved a great success and set a new record of 74,000 visitors with an increase in visitors from overseas. Exhibitors ...
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China’s All in CARAVANNING exhibition expects to set more new records

As a result of the continuing growth of the camping and caravanning sector in China, its leading trade fair for campervans and caravans, 'All In CARAVANNING' (AIC) which takes place in Beijing from 14 to 16 June 2019, will have ...
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Brianza Plastica Spa acquires stake in Mobiltech Srl

Fincap, the company that owns Brianza Plastica Spa, has acquired a controlling stake in Mobiltech Srl, a company in the electronics sector for the automotive and nautical markets. Mobiltech Srl produces and sells satellite antennas and a range of innovative ...
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FCA submits proposal for merger with Groupe Renault

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) has delivered a non-binding letter to the Board of Groupe Renault proposing a combination of their respective businesses as a 50/50 merger. Renault’s Board of Directors will meet this morning to discuss this proposal. The ...
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Award winners at the Caravan Industry Association of Australia National Conference 2019

The Caravan Industry Association of Australia announced several award winners at its National Conference 2019, which was attended by over 400 businesses and 700 delegates, including state association CEOs, Australia’s largest caravan manufacturers, dealers and service providers, caravan park owners, ...
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Eberspaecher reports increased revenue in 2018 and growth in North America and China

In 2018, the automotive and RV supplier, the Eberspaecher Group, increased its consolidated revenue to around € 4.6 billion and achieved a net income of € 53.4 million. This development was primarily due to increased sales volumes in the North ...
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Camping and Caravanning Club celebrates 100 years of caravans in the UK

The Camping and Caravanning Club in the UK has celebrated the 100th anniversary of the start of commercial manufacturing of caravans in Britain, and the launch of its annual National Camping and Caravanning Week, via an unusual PR activity in ...
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More additions to LCI RV Europe management team

A reorganization following the recent appointment of Michele Checcucci as CEO of LCI Italy and of the RV Europe segment, sees the managerial team expanding to include Lorenzo Manni (as Commercial Director), Luigi Gozzi (as Technical Director), Gianluca D’Antoni (as ...
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Messe Düsseldorf reports ‘robust’ financial year in 2018

The Messe Düsseldorf Group, which hosts trade fairs and exhibitions, including the Düsseldorf Caravan Salon, has reported lower turnover (€294m) and profits after tax (€24m) in 2018 compared to the previous year (of €367m and €55m, respectively) due to fewer ...
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Frank Hugelmeyer Named New National Marine Manufacturers Association President

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced today that its Board of Directors has selected Frank Hugelmeyer, a veteran leader in the outdoor recreation industry, as the association’s next president. He succeeds Thom Dammrich, who has led the NMMA for ...
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European Caravan Federation annual conference is underway in Stockholm

Over 90 representatives from across the European caravan industry, including AboutcampBtoB, are in Stockholm, Sweden this week to attend meetings hosted by the European Caravan Federation (ECF), the umbrella organisation representing the national organisations of the European Caravanning Industry. There ...
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Caravan and motorhome sales in Germany set new record

Registrations of new leisure vehicles in Germany have increased by 13.7 percent to a new record of 31,844 units so far in 2019, with outstanding sales of caravans and motorhomes in April making a significant contribution to the increase. Last ...
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Trigano sales up 3.7% in first half-year 2018/19

Trigano, a leading leisure vehicle manufacturer in Europe, has announced sales of € 1,136.8M in the first half-year 2018/19, up 3.7 percent (+0.1[ercent at constant scope) while maintaining a good level of profitability despite economic and political uncertainties in Europe ...
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THOR and KOA partner for “Pick Up America” anti-litter campaign

Two leaders in the outdoor leisure sector in USA, Thor Industries, Inc™, the world's largest RV manufacturer, and Kampgrounds of America (KOA), are partnering for a joint anti-litter 'Pick Up America' programme to encourage people to clear away rubbish to ...
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Lippert Components expands RV products sales team

Lippert Components, Inc. (LCI®) has expanded its RV products sales team, and also promoted several of them, in order to enhance its support to the RV industry with better customer support for day-to-day operational needs, and to manage the introduction ...
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DexKo expansion of AL-KO’s core business through acquisition of Bankside Patterson is approved

DexKo Global Inc., a global leader in trailer running gear, chassis assemblies and related components, has received regulatory approval of its acquisition of the British manufacturer of chassis for holiday and park homes, Bankside Patterson Ltd. ("Bankside"), which will enable ...
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MORELO invests €3m in factory expansion

MORELO, the luxury motor home brand owned by the Knaus Tabbert group, is investing about €3m to acquire land for an extension to its factory and for more motorhome parking for visiting customers. The extra land has already been paved ...
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New Dometic awning improves safety and convenience

Dometic, the global supplier of a range of products for mobile living, has introduced a new 'PW 1100' side-mounted awning with three patented features - including slide-out support legs. Dometic says the innovations on its new model transform the way ...
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All-Party Parliamentary Group launched to raise awareness of trailer and towing safety

A Trailer and Towing Safety All-Party Parliamentary Group has been set up to bring together parliamentarians, industry representatives and consumer groups to discuss and raise awareness of trailer and towing safety in the UK. The trade body for the UK ...
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Caravan Salon Düsseldorf 2019 preparing to be ‘the beating heart of caravanning’

As the world's biggest caravan and motorhome trade fair, this year's CARAVAN SALON Düsseldorf, open from 31 August to 8 September 2019 (trade visitors’ day on 30 August), will attract the global RV industry as well as caravan and motorhome ...
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PSA Groupe previews electric offensive at UK Commercial Vehicle Show

As part of its ambition to offer 100 percent of its range with an electrified version, Groupe PSA (including the Peugeot, Citroen, DS, Opel and Vauxhall brands) has a preview of the new Peugeot Boxer Electric and Citroën Relay Electric ...
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World premiere of Volkswagen Transporter 6.1

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has shown the new Transporter 6.1, which many campervan converters will be eagerly waiting to see, for the first time, following the debut of the passenger-carrying Multivan/Caravelle version back in February this year. It chose the suffix ...
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Ford announces first-in-class Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid

Ford has announced a new, plug-in hybrid model of its eight-seater Tourneo Custom people-mover (a sister model to its Transit Custom used as a base vehicle for many camper conversions). It combines zero-emissions driving capability without 'range anxiety', and will ...
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AL-KO motorhome chassis now available with the Mercedes Benz Sprinter

The AL-KO motorhome chassis, offering higher payload capacity and better comfort and handling, is now available with the Mercedes Benz Sprinter (in addition to the Fiat, Peugeot, Citroën, Volkswagen cabs), and now also available as a 2- or 3-axle version ...
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German leisure vehicle sector reports record results in first quarter of 2019

The trade association of the German leisure vehicle sector, the CIVD (Caravaning Industrie Verband), reports that motorhome and caravan sales in Germany achieved another record result with 18,241 vehicles newly registered in the first three months of 2019. This represents ...
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Hella reports 6.2% consolidated sales growth

HELLA, the global supplier to the automotive sector, has reported a 6.2 percent increase in consolidated sales to €5.2 billion in the first nine months of the current fiscal year 2018/2019 (1 June 2018 to 28 February 2019). Taking into ...
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Tom Faludy is the new LCI Vice President of Global Growth and Strategic Development

Lippert Components, Inc. (LCI®) has promoted Tom Faludy to Vice President of Global Growth and Strategic Development. Faludy has served as a senior consultant and strategic advisor for LCI over the last five years. As Vice President of Global Growth ...
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Sebastian Janssen is new Aguti managing director

Aguti & Design GmbH, the manufacturer of seats and seating systems for the automotive and motorhome sectors, has appointed Sebastian Janssen as its new Managing Director. Janssen started his new position on 1st April 2019 and takes over the operational ...
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Rapido signs binding letter of intent to acquire Roadtrek

Rapido Group, owner of the Westfalia brand, signed a binding letter of intent last Friday to acquire substantially all of the assets related to the Roadtrek RV brand ("Roadtrek"), an operating division of Erwin Hymer Group North America lnc. ("EHGNA"), ...
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Groupe Pilote appoints new members to its supervisory board

Groupe Pilote, the European RV manufacturer, has appointed two new members to its supervisory board - Mr Bruno Cathelinais and Ms Bénédicte Padiou, as President and Vice-President. Philippe and Colette Padiou, previously President and Vice-President of the Supervisory Board, remain ...
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Laika celebrates 55 years

Laika, the Italian motorhome brand, and part of the Erwin Hymer Group, celebrated its 55th anniversary with a party in a 19th century, former railway station in Florence, to remember its history, and give a glimpse of the future with ...
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Two Lippert Components staff honoured in the RVIA’s 2019 “40 under 40” Awards

Two winners of the 2019 "40 under 40" Awards from the RV Industry Association (RVIA) come from the same company - Lippert Components Inc. (LCI). The annual “40 Under 40” Awards recognize current and future leaders in the RV industry ...
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Thor Industries sales decreased 34.5% in Q2

After a series of record sales results, Thor Industries, Inc., one of the biggest, global RV manufacturing groups, saw its second-quarter net sales dip to $1.29 billion. This was caused by the impact of balancing production with market demand, as ...
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MORELO produces its 2,000th luxury motorhome

The luxury motor home manufacturer MORELO has produced its 2,000th vehicle at its plant in Schlüsselfeld in Upper Franconia, Germany, since it was founded in 2010, and has also doubled its sales in the last three years. MORELO has established ...
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Format for next RVX:The RV Experience being reviewed

The RV Industry Association (RVIA) has held a meeting to review this year's first-ever RVX: The RV Experience show, held last month in Salt Lake City, USA, and has decided not to go ahead with the dates and locations currently ...
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German car magazines vote Webasto most popular parking heater brand

In the latest reader surveys by three of the most popular car magazines in Germany ('Auto Bild', 'auto motor und sport' and 'Auto Zeitung'), Webasto has taken 1st place (again) in the Parking Heater category. Each winter the three most-read ...
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IVECO launches new Daily

​​​​​​​​​​​IVECO has announced details of its new Daily van range, which it says sets new standards in on-board living and the driving experience, with lower total cost of ownership, plus enhanced safety features and advanced driver assistance systems, and important strides towards autonomous ...
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