Motorhomes focus on lightweight construction and compact models; caravans with completely new product portfolio and new model range in the premium segment; cult caravan in "Woody" look
At this year's Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf Knaus Tabbert GmbH, a leading manufacturer of caravans and motorhomes in Europe, again presents numerous new models to international trade visitors: One focus of the trade fair appearance from 30 August to 7 September 2014 in halls 12 - stand A51, 16 - stand A06, and 5 - stand D31, lies on sporty and compact vans. With the completely new developed CaraCompact the WEINSBERG beginner brand presents a completely new model range in its product portfolio. The agile semi-integrated CaraCompact convinces both with its automotive look and with its high-quality living room concept. The 600 MEG single-bed layout is available at authorised dealers at a price starting from Euro 43,990. At the KNAUS stand the subject of lightweight construction is demonstratively presented with the Sky Traveller Superlight. A completely innovative and new body concept with numerous weight-saving detail solutions in the next season essentially reduces the weight of the popular alcove model with standard equipment, and thus makes it especially attractive for recreational vehicle rental services. In addition KNAUS also has redesigned one of its most important motorhome ranges, the Sun TI. Less weight, more beauty, reduced price – that is how the new features of the Sun TI upper middle-class motorhome can be shortly summarized. As from next model year an optimised room concept provides open lines of sight and a pleasant atmosphere of well-being. Despite the clear enhancement in the interior the Sun TI on average costs about Euro 4,000 less than its predecessor. The range of motorhome news in 2015 is completed by many new camper van layouts. Right on time for the 10th birthday of the KNAUS BoxStar five new layout solutions are presented at the trade fair. With the CaraBus 601K WEINSBERG also has a new layout in its product portfolio.
Caravans also come with numerous new features for the 2015 season. TABBERT, the group's premium brand, presents a completely reworked product portfolio to trade visitors in Düsseldorf. The value of the four existing model ranges has been clearly enhanced both in the exterior and interior. With the Rossini TABBERT furthermore presents a completely new developed caravan that now represents a new, the fifth, model range of premium caravans. As a beginner-level model range for demanding tourism customers the TABBERT Rossini starts with a price of Euro 17,490. And the Knaus Tabbert cult caravan also gets a new look: In the new season the T@B also is available in wood style.
NEW MOTORHOME MODELS
WEINSBERG CaraCompact: New model range in the compact van class
One of the most important new models in the segment of compact motorhomes that are becoming ever more popular starts with a price of Euro 43,990. The WEINSBERG CaraCompact is the ideal beginner model for the camping holiday form. The innovative interior design of the compact van features high-quality surfaces and many functional details. The new CaraCompact also comes with a service module that is the van's central supply station at the side wall – a unique feature in this price class. The automotive van has a body Glut” the WEINSBERG brand furthermore impressively demonstrates that the beginner segment can very well be sporty, automotive, and cool.
KNAUS Sky Traveller Superlight: Clearly reduced weight for more holiday fun
With an innovative and completely new body concept the popular alcove model in the next season has essentially less weight with standard equipment. For example the floor in the new Sky Traveller 650 DG now is made in sandwich lightweight construction – with 47 mm XPS-RTM insulation and a total thickness of 58 mm. This has a direct positive effect on driving dynamics. The same applies to the new side wall and rear wall construction: Because of the sandwich lightweight construction of poplar plywood the outer sheet metal only is 0.7 mm thick. With 30 percent lighter mattresses, a kitchen without double vertical walls and lighter handles, a weight reduction of about 175 kilograms could be realised altogether. The alcove model thus easily transports up to six people plus sufficient luggage into their holidays. With these features the KNAUS Sky Traveller 650 DG SL is the ideal model for families who wish to rent a spacious and comfortably equipped motorhome for their holidays. In 650 DG layout the new KNAUS Sky Traveller is available at a price starting from Euro 55,290.
KNAUS Sun TI: Upper middle class for clearly less than Euro 60,000
The KNAUS Sun TI already has the biggest panorama glass roof in the motorhome segment. A practical double floor and the patented KNAUS service-box also are standard in the modern motorhome. For the coming season the interior now has been completely modernized. A bright furniture decor now is combined with dark-brown high-gloss furniture flap doors to create optical contrasts. New stainless steel handle recesses and high-quality self-closing drawers also give the interior a modern touch. A dimmable 8-channel light control system with optional remote control creates the corresponding comfortable atmosphere in the motorhome's interior. Design and function – the two core virtues of the KNAUS brand – are optimally combined in the new Sun TI. The excellently equipped motorhome is available in five different layout versions starting at a price of Euro 56,990.
NEW CAMPER VAN MODELS
WEINSBERG CaraBus 601K: New family layout
The WEINSBERG brand that today belongs to the Knaus Tabbert group has a with an excellent cost-performance ratio for all models. The CaraBus 601 K that at the beginning of the year was presented as a special model is designed for families and four permanent sleeping berths. Corresponding room is created by two double bunk beds in the rear (184 x 138 cm and 180 x 136 cm), and the upper double bunk bed as desired and in both for adventurers and weekend holidaymakers, and also for multi-active amateur athletes. In the new season a total of ten layouts with a length between 4.99 m and 6.36 m, from the pure two-person van through to the family model, offer everything that the hearts of camper van drivers desire. For the BoxStar Knaus not only has made the big hit with the completely new variety of models, but also with consistent product improvements in all layouts. Kitchen worktop, table, and bathroom surface are in bright slate laminate design, which in combination with the light brown furniture decor gives the vans a particularly elegant touch. Models with fixed rear cross beds are equipped with a climbing aid that can be folded up and down and can be operated with the foot without any bending. The rear cross beds furthermore come with a fulldimension slatted bed base that provides decisively improved sleeping comfort. With respect to safety all the BoxStar models are equipped with a new belt system according to ECE directive. Furthermore all the seat benches have Isofix preparation for fastening child seats.
NEW CARAVAN MODELS
TABBERT Caravans: Complete portfolio reworked, and a new model range
Everything new for the 2015 season: That is what the TABBERT premium brand has focused on. In addition to the complete reworking of the existing model ranges Da Vinci, Vivaldi, Puccini and Cellini, the high-class manufacturer with the Rossini also presents a completely new developed model range for caravan beginners. Furthermore, the standard equipment of all the TABBERT premium caravans has been clearly extended for the new model year: GFC roof, hinged Seitz C6 double windows tinted for thermal insulation, and aluminium bottom in the gas bottle locker, which features a large opening and a cover with parallel opening mechanism and gas strut. Plus rear lights in new design with integrated brake light, special equipment packages, and additional details in the interior, where the new Rossini range captivates with furniture fronts in Salem Ash, metal handles in stainless steel look, comfort foam mattresses, and on request backlit stowage box corners. At authorised dealers the beginner model TABBERT Rossini 450 E 2,3 is available at a price starting from Euro 17,490, the top model 540 E 2,3 at a price starting from Euro 20,530.
T@B "Woody": Cult caravan now with wood look
At the Caravan Salon 2001 T@B for the first time was presented to the public as a new brand in the Knaus Tabbert group. Ever since that time the optically striking retro caravan has had an established fan community. This year the small "bubble trailer" especially catches the eye with its new wood look for the side walls. Fittingly this new look that surely will mean many new friends again for the popular caravan is called "Woody".
INFORMATION FOR THE PRESS
About Knaus Tabbert GmbH
Knaus Tabbert GmbH is a leading manufacturer of recreational vehicles in Europe, headquartered in Jandelsbrunn in Lower Bavaria, and with other plants in Mottgers (Hesse) and Nagyoroszi in Hungary. In business year 2013 the company with its core brands KNAUS, TABBERT, T@B, and WEINSBERG reached a turnover of Euro 274 million, and with approx. 1,200 employees produced about 12,100 caravans, motorhomes, and camper vans.
Alexander G. Wehrmann
Group Press Officer
Knaus Tabbert GmbH
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