English builder Lunar Caravans has returned to the motorhome market after a four-year absence with the launch of its new Vacanza “camper car,” according to a report by Motorhome News.
Based on a Nissan NV200, the Vacanza promises all-round versatility, with four berths, a kitchen and toilet packed into a 13-foot long van offering 50 mpg. Prices start around $46,000.
“It’s practical for everyday use, where other products are a good campervan or a good car, but not both”, says Tony Swarbrick, Vacanza’s Project Manager.
Initially available through Lunar Caravans’ existing dealer network, plans are for the Vacanza to be available from additional retailers in the future.
The Lunar Vacanza will debut at the Spring Caravan & Campervan Show, Feb. 19-24 February at the NEC in Birmingham, England.
An English motorhome manufacturer has been forced to close its doors, blaming its failure on significantly reduced sales in recent months.
Caravan Times reported that Mexborough-based Bentley Motorhomes has ceased trading, with 26 people losing their jobs as a result of the closure.
The company’s failure is made all the more shocking by its recent success – at the 2012 Caravan Club Awards, it picked up first and second place in the “Coachbuilts $70,000 to $86,000” category for its Cerise and Amber models respectively. It also won the top two spots in the “Coachbuilts over $86,000” competition for its Oulton and Mallory models.
But this success was not enough to save the company with insolvency specialist Begbies Traynor blaming a downturn in sales for the failure.
Andrew Cordon, from the administrator’s Nottingham office, said: “It is particularly disappointing to be called into such a well-run company and one that has an excellent reputation for the quality of its products.”
One of England’s top holiday caravan, touring caravan and motorhome dealerships, Salop Leisure, has reported better than expected sales of holiday caravans so far during 2011, according to a report in Out&About.com.
“Sales have held up beyond our expectations in the difficult economic climate,” said Salop’s chairman, Tony Bywater. “That’s possibly because we have introduced our quality products to many new potential customers this year and encouraged existing owners to update their caravans and motorhomes.
“We have seen more first-time buyers, including many young families, looking to invest in holidays in the U.K. for the next 10 to 15 years by buying a touring caravan, motorhome or a caravan holiday home, which gives them the freedom to have a break any time they wish. We are also finding that retired couples are investing in caravan holiday homes and luxury lodges, which can be shared with their children and grandchildren.”
Salop Leisure is based at Emstrey, Shrewsbury, and the company also has showrooms at Machynlleth in west Wales and Stourport in Worcestershire.
Bristol, England-based Bailey Motorhomes has confirmed it will introduce its new range of models at the Motorhome and Caravan Show 2011, NEC, Birmingham on Oct. 11, according to Out and About Live.
The first vehicles will be a range of motorhomes featuring the award-winning Alu-Tech body shell construction system. This state-of-the-art technology, conceived initially for the company’s touring caravan ranges, is seen by many as the most significant development in leisure vehicle production technology for over 30 years.
Bailey says that because it is engineered to ensure it remains weatherproof and structurally sound, the Alu-Tech body shell sets the standards in terms of durability. A new design interlocking external framework provides greater strength and rigidity as well as significantly reducing the number of external joints and fixing points, thus minimizing the potential for water ingress and improving the overall integrity of the protective shell.
At the same time timber free upper body shell panels, featuring a composite plastic internal skeleton, also offer a second line of defense by limiting the impact any possible ingress may cause.
The body assembly incorporates thicker laminated panels which combine with additional supplementary insulation in traditional cold-spot areas to improve the thermal properties of the shell, keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer as well as making the vehicle more economical to own.
Over the past 12 months Bailey has been working on modifying the Alu-Tech system using the latest 3-D modeling computer software to specifically suit the needs of a motorhome. The resulting vehicles have then been subjected to a series of accelerated life and structural tests as well as being given a thorough examination in a climate control chamber at the internationally renowned Millbrook Proving Ground to ensure that every aspect of the new designs have been thoroughly evaluated.
An introductory Bailey Motorhome website is now live at www.bailey-mhomes.co.uk and this will be updated with regular news and product information prior to the official public launch in October later this year.