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Stuttgart - CMT 2024

CMT again proves to be a “mood lifter”

Over 234,000 visitors at The Holiday Exhibition / Exhibitors reported interesting discussions, as well as sales and bookings

Words editorial staff

Roland Bleinroth

There’s nothing better than direct contact, personal discussions and on-site comparisons: that became clear at CMT, the world’s largest consumer show for tourism and leisure. “We can look back on a successful holiday exhibition,” said Roland Bleinroth, President and CEO of Messe Stuttgart. “We welcomed over 234,000 visitors to the Stuttgart Trade Fair Center. The exhibitors were happy: they said that they held first-class discussions and were able to sell holidays and vehicles.”
According to Bleinroth, CMT is a real mood lifter in the winter months. There was only one downer: “The weather conditions and the railway line closure proved unfavourable for us. However, those aspects did not dampen the great atmosphere in the exhibition halls,” said the President of Messe Stuttgart. This was also clearly demonstrated by the figures from a survey conducted during CMT. The Holiday Exhibition was awarded the school mark 1.9 in the survey. 96 per cent of the surveyed visitors said that they would also recommend the event to friends and members of their family. That’s not surprising in view of such a wide variety of holidays with 1,600 exhibitors and 1,300 vehicles. The accompanying programme featuring a holiday cinema, show performances and a church service also catered to every taste.

Bernd Wuschack

The desire to drive away in a recreational vehicle is unabated
It also became clear in the halls how much interest there is in caravaning. New vehicles were exhibited, accessories were offered and the latest technology in the industry was presented. The new features also included an area which was explicitly devoted to the topics of new work and vehicles. The exhibitors from the caravaning industry looked back on interesting discussions. “On the whole, we can conclude that both the number and, fortunately, the quality of the discussions increased,” said Bernd Wuschack, Director for Sales,

Wolfgang Speck

Marketing and Customer Service at Carthago. Wolfgang Speck, Chairman of the Board of Management at Knaus Tabbert, made some similar positive comments: “The keen interest in our recreational vehicles exceeded our expectations. CMT is an important indicator for our company at the start of the year.”

CMT: Meeting point for trade visitors
CMT also proved again this year that it is more than a consumer show. It is also a platform for trade visitors. Whether the “RadRunde” Cycling Tourism Conference, the Baden-Württemberg Tourism Day or the Dolde Medien European Innovation Award, the trade visitors got their money’s worth thanks to an extended programme for them. Another new feature this year was the CMT Business Ticket with access to the Business Lounge, a workstation and other benefits. That went down very well.
Despite all the holiday inspirations, two topics were not ignored: international understanding and sustainability. For example, a keynote speech was given on the topic of sustainable winter tourism. The CT Award was presented to projects which unite people while an information stand focused on environmentally-friendly caravaning holidays.

CMT 2025 will be held in Stuttgart from 18 to 26 January 2025.

News from the fair

This year, there were no shortage of significant debuts at the CMT fair in Stuttgart, including many innovations built on the new generation of the Ford Transit Custom

Words Paolo Galvani

With deliveries finally normalizing and prices rising sharply, there was some concerns at the beginning of the CMT; however, the good influx of visitors and the initial signs of a willingness to buy created a fair amount of optimism, supported by numerous product innovations. This year also confirmed the trend of a diversification of base vehicles being used for motorhomes and camper conversions. The Fiat Ducato, which once dominated the sector, has seen its market share decrease in favour of Mercedes-Benz, Ford, and Volkswagen. The realm of versatile minivans remains firmly in the hands of Ford, which recently introduced the new generation of its Transit Custom: it has a much more automotive design than the previous version and is rich in driving assistance systems. In terms of consumer interest, once again, camper vans claimed a prominent place. Overall, there seemed to be a pursuit of higher quality levels, justifying prices that have increased significantly compared to two years ago. The adoption of brands considered more premium as base vehicles has helped in this regard. On the other hand, the entry-level segment is increasingly being addressed by using the Citroën Jumper as a base. And if prices have captured attention, we wanted to have some fun so entered the “liner” hall and went hunting for the most expensive campers at the fair.

Dreamer

The new generation Ford Transit Custom has prompted the Rapido Group’s Dreamer brand to renew the CapLand and introduce the City Camp. The CapLand, a compact vehicle that’s only 545cm long, stands out for featuring a toilet compartment with a cassette toilet and shower tray, plus a foldable table in the front area that allows four people to comfortably sit for meals. Two beds are created by transforming the bench seats and two more are located in the pop-up roof, equipped with roof rails. There is a two-litre diesel engine with 136hp, and double sliding side doors. Standard features include a DAB radio (with a rearview camera) compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Optional features include diesel heating and a gas boiler. For maximum versatility, Dreamer has launched the City Camp, which forgoes a bathroom but manages to be only 505cm long. The kitchen unit is unique, featuring a retractable stove usable from both inside and outside, thanks to having the double sliding side door. The 25-litre refrigerator is portable, and the standard seating capacity is five (but four sleeping places), with an optional single seat available. The package includes a 25-litre water container and a 15-litre waste water container. Standard equipment for the base vehicle is the same as the CapLand, as are the optional features.

www.dreamer-van.co.uk

Dethleffs

The CMT was an important stage for Dethleffs, which presented numerous novelties. In the camper van segment, the Globetrail Performance series debuted, based on the Volkswagen Crafter: three models are planned with lengths from 5.4 to 6.4m. The 600 DR model, 6.0m long, was exhibited in Stuttgart featuring a central pass-through bathroom that provides ample space for showering. The new vehicles will be offered with a 177hp engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard. The Globetrail series on the Fiat Ducato and Citroën Jumper was enriched with the 540 DR and 600 DR versions. Similar to the Globetrail Performance, they feature the spacious central bathroom with a floor-level shower tray that extends into the central corridor. For the first time, the Globevan urban vehicles, or minivans, are available with the Fiat Ulysse mechanics: 496cm long, 201cm wide, and only 199cm high. Four berths for sleeping are available, including two in the pop-up roof. The kitchen is removable and can be equipped with a compressor refrigerator as an option. Finally, Dethleffs completely renewed its Trend range, including semi-integrated and motorhome models. The curved rearview mirror is the main aesthetic novelty for all models, while new elements include both the front part of the integrated models and the overcab of the semi-integrated ones. The interior has also been revised, modernizing the lines and colours of the furnishings. For the first time, a layout with a transverse rear double bed enters the range, providing more space in the living area.

www.dethleffs.de

Eriba

Eriba, known for its iconic pop-top caravans, made a grand return to van scene. Opting for the Volkswagen Crafter as the base, the German company has created the Eriba Car 600: measuring 599cm in length, it features a very classic interior layout with a rear transverse bed, a semi-dinette at the front, and central kitchen and washroom. What sets it apart is its style, with a choice of vibrant colours for the two-tone body (red, blue, or grey) and interiors featuring furniture with a blue and wooden finishes on doors, countertops, and cabinets. Functional features include walls covered with felt, enhancing insulation and soundproofing. The bathroom follows a traditional design, omitting unconventional elements like swiveling walls, and opting for a simple shower curtain and creating space by using a foldaway sink. Equipment includes a 4 kW gas heating system (with space for two 11 kg gas cylinders), a 90-litre refrigerator, 100 litres of fresh water capacity, and an 80-litre waste water tank. The rear bed measures 200 cm by 126 cm, while a third bed (170 cm x 100cm) can be created by converting the dinette.

www.eriba.com

Eura Mobil

Self-sufficiency and adventure are the distinctive features of Eura Mobil’s new offering, named Xtura. It is a four-wheel-drive semi-integrated motorhome based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. According to the manufacturer, it ensures energy autonomy for up to 30 days, thanks to a 330 Ah lithium battery, two 135-watt photovoltaic modules, and two DC/DC converters capable of charging up to 30 A (60 in total), with an energy control system from the Victron brand. Both tanks (145 litres for fresh water, and 105 litres for grey water) are insulated and heated. The equipment includes the Garmin Tread Overland edition navigation system which has the function of setting of the vehicle’s dimensions and integrating inReach satellite communications with two-way text messaging and interactive SOS emergency calling. The Xtura is 688cm long and features twin beds, a front semi-dinette, and central services with a bathroom in a single space.
At CMT, Eura Mobil also introduced the Profila T 726 EB semi-integrated motorhome based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter with an AL-KO chassis. Measuring 762 cm in length, it offers a bedroom with twin beds and a centrally divided bathroom. The heating system is the Alde water system.

www.euramobil.de

Hobby

The main novelty presented by Hobby in Stuttgart was the Maxxia Van 680 DT van: 684cm long, based on the Volkswagen Crafter, the interior layout features a large U-shaped rear seating area that can quickly transformable into a pair of single beds (200 cm x 86cm) or into a massive longitudinal double bed; in the front, there’s two swivel seats in the cab that can use a small table. The vehicle is approved for only two people, although an optional third bed (160cm x 74cm) can be accommodated in the front. The vehicle is offered with a 177 hp engine and a four-speed automatic transmission. The interior height reaches 2.0m thanks to the raised fibreglass roof.
Hobby also introduced the Optima Ontour Edition F V65 GE, a semi-integrated motorhome built on the Fiat Ducato with 140hp, measuring 678cm in length. Approved for four people, it is designed to offer comfort and space with two twin beds measuring 193cm and 185cm long and 76cm wide. Among the standard equipment is 16-inch alloy wheels, a Teleco satellite system with a 22-inch screen, and the Thule Omnistor awning.

www.hobby-caravan.de

The million-Euro motorhome

Looking around the liners, here’s what won the title of the most expensive recreational vehicles at the fair

Wandering through the stands of the hall dedicated to liners and luxury products is always a joy for the eyes. This year, we wanted to play a game: look for the most expensive products exhibited at the fair. We explored the displays of Concorde, Morelo and PhoeniX liners in search of the top three price list champions. Obviously, the vehicles have plenty of optional accessories fitted, which have a considerable influence on the final price.

3° - PhoeniX TopX-Alkoven 10.800 BMAXF: € 579,540

The third position on the podium was conquered by the PhoeniX TopX-Alkoven 10,800 BMAXF. It is a vehicle 10.70m long on a MAN TGM chassis with a maximum weight of 14,990kg. The base price starts at €432,000, but adding options for a total of almost €150,000 is child’s play. The interior is quite ‘classic’ for this type of vehicle, except for having an alcove above the driver’s cab big enough to accommodate a double bed: in the front, there’s a large dinette that be turned into a U-shaped one (by blocking the passage to the cab), a long kitchen the size of one at home, a huge pass-through bathroom, and a rear bedroom with a full-width double bed. A car can be accommodated in the garage. The payload is 5,630 kg. The most expensive option is the Luxury Package: €21,270, including a light grey body, 12-speed automatic transmission, seven alloy wheels of 19.5 inches, fabric interior trim and awning. For only €200, you can add a door to the rear bed to access a portion of the garage.

www.phoenix-reisemobile.de

2° - Morelo Empire Liner 98 MB: € 664.730

This liner abandons the idea of the loft and instead focuses on meeting the needs of a couple. Built on a Mercedes-Benz Actros 1840 L chassis, it is 10.50 m long. The maximum weight reaches 18,000kg with a payload of 7,380kg. Despite these figures, this vehicle does not have a garage capable of accommodating a car, only motorcycles or at most a quad. But luxury is not lacking: the front area offers a large “L”-shaped sofa facing a second sofa and flanked by the swivel seats of the driver’s cab. After the classic pass-through bathroom, you reach the bedroom with a central double bed. The base price is €537,900 and the most expensive option installed on this model is the Elektro Package: for €17,990 you can have two Victron 24 Volt 200 Ah lithium batteries and the inverter. The cheapest thing you can choose is the clothes rack in the rear garage: €350.

www.morelo-reisemobile.de

1° - Concorde Centurion 1160 GSI: € 1.002.060

Here we have the absolute champion, one of the most expensive motorhomes ever, costing over €1 million! The base price starts at €808,100 based on a Mercedes-Benz Actros 2540 L. The overall length is 11.73m. The total mass reaches 18,000 kg, and the payload stops at 2,854 kg (although only 1,870kg for the model exhibited in Stuttgart): not much, considering that a car fits in the garage here. Noteworthy in this setup is the elegant rear bedroom with the double bed placed slightly diagonally and the luxurious living room where two armchairs offer electrically adjustable footrests. In this Centurion, the most expensive option is worth €30,510 (the 12.8-litre engine with 530 hp), the cheapest is €435 (the external shower in the garage).

www.concorde.eu

Adria

The Slovenian company Adria has added a 600 SBP model to its recent range of Man TGE-based Twin Max vans, the shortest in this family: 598 cm in length and a classic interior layout with a transverse double bed at the rear, a semi-dinette at the front, and bathroom facilities in the centre. A panoramic cab in the front, a refrigerator positioned at the head of the kitchen unit with sliding opening, and a bed measuring 195 cm long (thanks to the widening of the body on the left side) feature on this model.

www.adria-mobil.com

Bürstner

At the CMT event, Bürstner expanded the Lineo T range with the 590G model, the most compact in the family, with a length of only 599cm. The interiors feature a transverse double bed at the rear, a semi-dinette at the front, and bathroom facilities in the centre, with a rotating wall to create a spacious shower compartment. With an additional 1.0m in length, the Lineo T 700 offers a central double bed at the rear and a bathroom in a single space, with a rotating wall to create the shower, similar to the smaller version. The Lineo T models are built on the Ford Transit chassis and have a narrower width of 220 cm.

www.buerstner.com

Challenger

Launched a few years ago on the Ford chassis, and introduced last year on the Renault chassis, the Challenger S 194 and S 217 now return on the Ford Transit chassis in the Sport Edition version, with a 170 hp engine and automatic transmission. The front overcab design has also changed, while the philosophy of compactness remains unchanged, with the S 194 model stopping at 599cm in length (with a transverse double bed at the rear) and the larger S 217 reaching 659cm (with twin beds and a larger garage).

www.challenger-motorhomes.com

Fendt Caravan

Presented as a prototype at the Caravan Salon, at the CMT the Apero 495 #connect has become a production model: this version is specially designed for those who need to do remote working. The living area is has a desk with a foldable worktop that houses electrical and network connections, and a multifunction panel where additional monitors can also be placed. For perfect ergonomic seating, the Aeris Swopper stool is included. Internet connection is ensured by the presence of a Wi-Fi router compatible with LTE cellular signals.

www.fendt-caravan.com

Forster

In a time when prices have significantly risen, and the entry threshold into the world of recreational vehicles gets increasingly more expensive, the introduction of the Forster V 541 Youngster made headlines. It is a camper van with essential features and a carefully designed interior targeting a younger audience. Offered in Germany with a starting price below €44,000, it is based on the Fiat Ducato weighing 3.3 tonnes with a 140hp engine. Simple yet multifunctional furnishings make this vehicle unique in the market. The double bed at the rear is even height-adjustable. Among the optional features are the Mobile Office package, which includes a unit with a laptop stand.

www.forster-reisemobile.de

Frankia

The German manufacturer introduced the Platinum Pure models at CMT: two integral vehicles weighing 5.5 tonnes and measuring under 8.0m in length, based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter with a 190hp engine and a nine-speed automatic transmission. The specification is comprehensive, including a 300 Ah lithium battery and three solar panels, each with 115W. Also new is the Frankia Now 7.0 L, a semi-integrated model with distinctive exterior and interior colours. On the van front, Frankia presented the Yukon K-peak range: four models based on the Sprinter, including a 4×4 version.

www.frankia.com

Hymer

The prestigious ML-T series by Hymer has been enriched with the 570 Xperience Edition model, in which the German company has incorporated some of the experience gained with the Venture S. In particular, the interiors have been redesigned, adopting a more modern and elegant style. Built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis with 170hp, automatic transmission, and a 10.25-in MBUX multimedia system, this vehicle is 6.74m long and 2.22m wide. The features are particularly comprehensive and include a 80 Ah lithium battery.

www.hymer.com

Karmann Mobil

The Duncan series has been updated to adapt to the new generation of the Ford Transit Custom. Three models are available: 500 and 505 (the first has five travel seats, the second has seven) and the 550 (with a configuration featuring a bathroom and kitchen at the rear). The two products can be enhanced with two attractively priced optional packages: Viva, which includes thermally insulated side windows and rear air conditioning, and Driving Assistance, with adaptive cruise control and navigation system.

www.karmann-mobil.de

Laika

The Italian company within the Hymer Group has expanded its motorhome range with the introduction of the Kosmo H 1409, noticeable by the new grille reminiscent of the flagship Kreos. With a length of 7.40m, it features a rear bedroom with spacious twin beds (210cm and 205cm in length by 80in wide) and a bathroom divided into two separate areas. It is homologated for four travel seats, with the option for an optional fifth sleeping place.

www.laika.it

LMC

The overcab motorhome still has a market, especially in the rental sector. LMC has developed the Tourer A 690 G model, which stands out as a 6-berth, staying within the weight limit of 3.5 tonnes to allow it to be driven with a category B driving license. To optimize space, LMC has equipped this vehicle with a 131-litre compressor fridge and Truma Combi D4 diesel heating. The seats in the driver’s cab swivel, but the dinette (of a classic type) is for only four people.

www.lmc-caravan.com

Morelo

Famous for its luxury liners, Morelo has decided to switch the living arrangements of the Palace 88 DL model. The living area is now located at the rear of the vehicle, based on Iveco mechanics and measuring around 9.0m. A large lounge with a wall equipped with a large screen constitutes the heart of what is, in all respects, a true apartment.
The pass-through bathroom and bedroom are located at the front, created by lowering an electric longitudinal double bed over the driver’s cab.

www.morelo-reisemobile.de

Robeta Womondo

Focused on the premium camper van market, Robeta has launched its new brand Womondo, which the company describes as: ‘A name synonymous with innovation, quality, and unparalleled performance, now available at an incredibly affordable price.’ In reality, we are not talking about popular vehicles, as the list prices fall in the range of €80 to €100,000 price bracket. There are three models in the lineup: Pegasus on Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (593 cm in length) and Siren (599 cm) and Sphinx (636 cm) on the Citroën Jumper.

www.robetamobil.online

Tabbert

In the entry-level range of caravans from the German company, the Senara, the model 550 DMK 2.5 joins with a shipping length of 775 cm and a width of 250. It features a traditional dinette for four, a front transverse double bed, and longitudinal bunk beds at the rear on the left side. The side kitchen, with a 133-litre refrigerator, precedes a spacious corner bathroom.
The technically permissible maximum laden weight is 1,700 kg.

www.tabbert.com

Vanderer

Developed in collaboration with the Italian coachbuilder Caselani, the Vanderer One is based on the Citroën Berlingo, including an electric version. The exterior pays homage to the legendary 2CV, featuring round and protruding headlights and a roof that slopes towards the rear. The interior, on the other hand, is modern and includes a convertible sofa bed, a kitchen, and a pop-up roof with an additional bed. Displayed by the German specialist Caravan Grebner, it attracted significant attention at the CMT.

www.grebner-wohnmobile.de

Pössl Vanline

Pössl has expanded its offering with the introduction of a Vanstar Plus model based on the Mercedes-Benz Vito. Measuring 514 cm in length, it features a minimal camper setup, including a raised bed and a rear bench that converts into a bed. An optional camping kitchen solution and a portable refrigerator are available for the interior. The standard version has a 163hp engine, while the Comfort version boasts 190hp and 4×4 traction. Both come with an automatic transmission.

www.poessl-vanline.de

Weinsberg

Weinsberg introduces new ideas with the CaraLife 630 LQ, a van conversion with a separate driver’s cab from the living area. This design reclaims a wall that can be utilized for furniture, specifically the kitchen, but it sacrifices space for a bathroom. However, the German company has addressed this by incorporating a compartment for a portable toilet and creating the option for a central shower using a foldable curtain that disappears under the floor when not in use, integrated with a shower tray and drainage. As an option, the rear transverse bed can be converted into an XL longitudinal double bed.

weinsberg-caralife.com