Faced with a declining industry, the firm decided to design a concept that would inspire a future generation of RVs. Though currently not reproducible en masse, Caravisio raises the bar for recreational vehicles both aesthetically and functionally. Most notable is the integration of a central control panel through a system of apps.
The caravan is aerodynamically designed with the towing vehicle in mind, and features a layout inspired by luxury yachts, designed for multi-functionality. Caravisio may be an RV of the future, but it also draws on the roots of why people love to vacation with caravans: closeness to nature. The open rear terrace allows for comfortable proximity to the outdoors, and a large sunroof breaks down the indoor-outdoor barrier even while on the go.
One of the more on-trend features is the inclusion of an app system that allows central control of essential elements. For example, the entire caravan can be lowered to the ground by a single touch, enabling barrier-free access. Similarly, all of the doors and hatches can be locked with one swipe of a finger.
The former Hungarian unit of German motorhome maker Knaus Tabbert is planning to produce 500 motorhomes and 800 caravans this year, managing director József Botka told economic daily Világgazdaság.
Their plans are based on a self-developed motorhome model, Box Star, built on FIAT Ducato chassis, and another motorhome type, specially designed for the German motor vehicle club ADAC, and exports to the Russian market which started in December, according to the Budapest Business Journal.
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Order volumes require making three Box Stars per day till the end of May, and daily two afterward.
In its best business year so far which ended July 2008 the company sold 4,790 caravans and 420 Box Stars. The 18-year-old company employs 130 peoples compared to 350 three years ago.
Hungary’s single maker of motorhomes and caravans, Knaus Tabbert is also planning to buy their plant site in Hungary from the former owner, the German Knaus family which went bankrupt in 2008. At present, Knaus Tabbert rents the site.
At that time, in September 2008, production at Knaus Tabbert was shut down temporarily. In January 2009 it was acquired by Dutch investment group HTP, which loaned the company money and bought €1. its debts from a Hungarian and an Austrian commercial bank. Around the same time, it cut staff numbers to 130.
Knaus Tabbert finished the business year ended July 31, 2009 with losses of Hungarian florints (HUF) 714 million after net profit of HUF 86 million in the previous business year. One U.S. dollar equals approximately 200 HUF. By the end of the last calendar year, the company racked up further losses of HUF 24 million though much less than the HUF 150 million expected earlier. Sales dropped to HUF 1.25 billion in the last business year from the previous HUF 3.417 billion, and it was a further HUF 468 million up to the end of 2009.
This year, when the company’s business year will be the same as the calendar year, Knaus Tabbert expects to break even, Botka told Econews earlier.
The former Hungarian unit of German motorhome maker Knaus Tabbert is filling its first order for a Russian partner, according to the Budapest (Hungary) Business Journal.
Knaus Tabbert has made the first five vehicles of a 50-unit order for the Russian partner, according to Jozsek Botka managing director.
Production at Hungary’s Knaus Tabbert shut down in September after its parent company went bankrupt. In January, it was acquired by Dutch investment group HTP, which loaned the company money and bought part of ts debts from a Hungarian and an Austrian commercial bank. Around the same time, it cut staff from 270 to 130.
Knaus Tabbert is renting its plant from its former owner, but is in talks to purchase it, Botka said.
Knaus Tabbert finished the business year ended July 31 with losses of 730 million Hungarian Forints (about $3.95 million in U.S. dollars), but it expects to rack up further losses of about 150 million Hungarian Forints ($810,000 U.S. dollars) by the end of the calendar year, he said. In 2010, when the company’s business year will be the same as the calendar year, Knaus Tabbert expects to break even.
The company is now making two motorhomes and three camper trailers a day, but it will start making a daily three motorhomes and two camper trailers from January, Botka said.