Exhibitors announce over 200 new products in the run-up to the trade fair
Be it a German premiere or even a global first – CARAVAN SALON DÜSSELDORF will also rise to its reputation as a launch-pad trade fair for caravans and motorhomes in 2020. In excess of 350 exhibitors will be showcasing a host of innovations in ten halls from 4 to 13 September. The focus here will be on the new recreational vehicles for the model year 2021. Already in the run-up to the trade fair numerous renowned exhibitors have announced their new products. Experience from previous years shows that many other highlights will only be unveiled at the beginning of the trade fair. In this respect visitors to CARAVAN SALON 2020 can expect even more innovations than featured in the following list:
Adria, Hall 10/A29
Slovenian manufacturer Adria has re-designed not one but two complete series of its motorhome models. The Coral Supreme and Coral Plus as well as the Matrix Supreme and Matrix Plus models have been completely modernised. The result is twelve completely remodelled, partially integrated motor caravans with new furnishing layouts as well as up-to-date interior and exterior designs.
In the Adria caravan series the eleven Adora models boast a new design. The most eye-catching feature of the new Adora is the extra-large panoramic window at the front. But the vehicle’s rear has also undergone a re-design complete with a new LED lighting system. The panoramic window shows off the newly designed, modern interior to its best advantage with plenty of daylight.
For camper vans Adria proposes a new low-cost, entry-level version with lifting roof: the Active Base. Without a kitchen module the camper van sleeps four: two in the vehicle and two in the lifting roof.
AL-KO, Hall 13/A60
Electromechanical stability programs – commonly referred to as trailer ESP – have considerably contributed to increasing caravan road safety over the past 15 years. AL-KO has now fundamentally re-worked and further improved its successful ATC system (AL-KO Trailer Control). The new ATC is faster, more sensitive and flexible in use. Lateral movements are detected right at the trailer axles even before an ESP installed in the car for trailers could register the pendulum movement. If oscillations exceed the critical threshold levels the caravan is automatically slowed down. Drivers hardly notice this correction.
benimar, Hall 10/C50-01
This Spanish manufacturer will celebrate its German premiere at the Caravan Salon 2020. benimar will introduce itself to German customers for the first time, with not one but 37 mobile homes ranging from camper vans to fully integrated vehicles. These also include the brand new, partially integrated RV on a Fiat Ducato platform, the benimar Mileo 261, that will even be celebrating a world debut in Düsseldorf. Single beds in the rear, bathroom with separate shower and an additional berth above the driver’s cab seats are the hallmarks of the layout of the “new Spanish kid on the block”.
Caravelair, Hall 11/B55
With a superstructure length of just 3.50 metres the new Caravelair Alba 350 is a very compact caravan that comes fully equipped with a kitchen module, bed, 2-seater sofa and a compact bathroom. The position of the bed and the seating facility allows a bed length of up to 2.05 metres. Also sporting new designs are the caravan models Caravelair Alba 426, Titanium 430 and Artica 520.
Carthago, Hall 16/A22
As an alternative to the Fiat Ducato chassis, Carthago now offers both its fully integrated c-Tourer I and the partially integrated motor caravan c-Tourer T on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis. Making an entry alongside the Sprinter chassis are a wide variety of driver assistance systems. The fully and partially integrated RVs on the Sprinter basis are launched with four models each.
Furthermore, the 18 models of the lightweight c-Tourer I/T and the five layouts of the slender Carthago c-compactline have been optimised. A new rear, a new decor, upgraded living spaces with new furnishings and revised shower-toilet combos – the 2021 model year of the streamlined Carthago c-compactline and the light c-Tourer I/T offers noticeably more freedom of movement and improved ergonomics.
Challenger, Hall 10/B20-01
The French brand Challenger from the Trigano Group will be presenting two new layouts on a Ford Transit chassis with approx. 7.20 m total length: the Graphite 377 GA and the Graphite 328 GA. The 337 GA is characterised by the combination of two 1.90 m single beds with a spacious bathroom. In the Challenger 328 GA a 1.60 m wide, height-adjustable queen-sized bed sits in the rear and is conveniently accessible from both sides. There is also a spacious bathroom in front of this. Situated in the middle part of both models is the kitchenette and the 140l refrigerator. In front of this is the seating facility above which another berth for two can be electrically lowered from the ceiling.
Chausson, Hall 1/A45
The Chausson stand awaits visitors with four new partially integrated vehicles and one new camper van. The two partially integrated vehicles 648 and 788 each come with a queen-sized bed in the rear. In the partially integrated 777 GA guests sleep in single beds while the 644 features transversal bed in the rear. All four layouts are available on the basis of the Ford Transit or Fiat Ducato.
Boasting 6.36 m length the camper van V690 offers a large, adjustable lifting bed in the rear, under which plenty of storage room opens up with aluminium grating floor and lashing rings for bicycles or even a motorcycle.
Eura Mobil, Hall 10/B26
By launching four new partially integrated vehicles for the Contura line on the Mercedes Sprinter chassis, Eura Mobil aspires to the mobile luxury class. Front-wheel drive and AL-KO low-frame chassis make for precise and comfortable road performance. Numerous optional driver assistance systems, pilot seats, high-quality furniture and a long list of optional extras underscore the premium claim made by Eura Mobil’s new partially integrated vehicles.
On top of this, the Integra Line is extended to include a new layout with 7m total length: the 660EB. This fully integrated vehicle places the emphasis on sleeping comfort for tall people with its single beds measuring 2 m each.
Fendt Caravan, Hall 9/B37-01
To mark its 50th anniversary the Fendt Caravan brand will launch its new Diamant line as a global first at the Caravan Salon 2020. The three new luxury caravans sport numerous highlights including genuine leather furnishing, electrical floor heating and an oven with grill.
At the same time, Fendt extends its Bianco Aktiv line to include two new layouts: the compact 445 SFB for two persons as well as the spacious 720 SKDW for four.
Forster, Hall 10/A21-01
Livin’ Up is the name of the new entry-level series by the Forster brand with not one but two compact, partially integrated vehicles and five family alcove models based on the Fiat Ducato. Stylish interiors, practical and reliable furnishing and, above all, extraordinarily attractive prices are designed to make the new model series a success.
Hobby, Hall 9/B05
For its caravans Hobby presents two new single-bed layouts in the Excellent line and a new queen-sized bed layout complete with separate shower in the Prestige line. On top of this, the exterior and interior designs of all Hobby caravans are extended to include new decorative elements, furniture and upholstery colours.
The motor caravan series Hobby Optima Ontour based on a Citroën Jumper will be adding two new members to the family: the T70 E with a spacious rear washroom and two single beds as well as the T70 F with a double bed and large rear bathroom. For the alcove models of the Optima Ontour line Hobby proposes three new versions boasting optimised layouts: the A60 GF with a transversal bed in the rear, the A65 KM with a bunk bed and large centre seating facility as well as the large A70 GFM with a transversal bed and the large central seating facility.
Karmann-Mobil, Hall 15/D25
The four new Karmann Mobil Davis “View” models skilfully fuse that unadulterated camping feel with motor home comfort. The extra double bed installed in the lifting roof captivates with unrestricted vistas from approx. 2.70m height and plenty of fresh air in the textile-clad roof superstructure. This means the compact camper can sleep four people.
Furthermore, Karmann-Mobil extends the Davis range of models to include a version with plenty of variable storage room in the rear. The Davis 630 sports a height-adjustable double bed. At the press of a button it is hoisted upwards and gives way to a storage space equipped with metal plating, lashing eyelets and an access ramp. Ideal for transporting scooters and motorcycles.
Knaus, Hall 4/09
By launching the L!VE I 900 LEG Knaus puts the “icing on the cake” for its motor caravan line for starters. With this fully integrated vehicle on a 5-ton chassis Knaus wants to demonstrate that space is the true luxury. The 900 LEG captivates us with two single beds in the rear, lifting beds with 150 cm width in the bow, a large L-shaped seating facility with ample space for guests, storage space galore, roomy wardrobes as well as a large washroom with separate shower and cabinet for utensils.
The new Knaus SUN I, available in two layout versions – with single beds or a queen-sized bed in the rear – is synonymous with luxury paired with sporty elegance. Re-modelled both outside and in, the new Sun I fully integrated vehicles combine generous space with elegant design and luxurious materials.
la strada, Hall 15/C26
With the new Nova M, la strada Fahrzeugbau follows on from a success story at CARAVAN SALON. This compact luxury RV with GFRP monocoque cab on a Mercedes-Sprinter chassis targets demanding customers looking for a mobile home below 7 metres length. Bathroom with separate shower, three beds and a long list of extras ranging from 4-wheel drive to air suspension make for living and driving comfort in compact 6.46 m length.
In addition, la strada presents its first single-bed layout in a Fiat Ducato mobile home conversion: the Avanti E.
Malibu, Hall 16/A05
The new generation M also marks the introduction of new manufacturing technology for Malibu. With suspension frames between roof and walls glued across the complete surface, roof surfaces in GFRP, GFRP underbody and a fully fledged double floor Malibu takes the structural quality of its fully and partially integrated vehicles to a new level. The M generation of Malibu motorhomes kicks off with a broad-based programme: customers can choose from eight fully integrated and seven partially integrated vehicles between 6.55 m and 7.48 m long.
Malibu Vans, Hall 15/D47
Malibu Vans has called its two premieres in the camper van segment “first class – two rooms” and “family-for-4”. These feature, on the one hand, a room partition concept for the 640 LE layout with a bathroom door that can, if need be, separate the living from the sleeping area, and, on the other, an optional lifting roof for all comfort and charming models of Malibu Vans, that sleep two.
Mobilvetta, Hall 10/A18-01
Italian design is the focal theme of all developments at Mobilvetta for the new KEA series. Be it prestige upholstery featuring a combination of top-stitched leather and smooth fabric or the furniture design with high-gloss surfaces with chrome decorations and matt cabinet bodies – everything appears elegant, lightweight and exudes an air of extravagance. The three new layouts of the KEA line are based on a Fiat Ducato and supplied as both partially and fully integrated vehicles. This results in not one but six new models for Mobilvetta’s new KEA model range.
Morelo, Hall 5/A07
Morelo has already been a household name in the world of luxury mobile homes for quite some time now. By launching the Grand Empire 110 GSO the manufacturer from Franconia now wants to further improve its model range. Based on the truck chassis of a Mercedes Benz Actross 1853 boasting 531 horsepower, Morelo announces a new luxury mobile home for CARAVAN SALON. Highlights are said to include a slide-out and a rear garage for an Austin Mini.
Rapido, Hall 16/C06
The new compact model range of partially integrated vehicles from French motorhome manufacturer Rapido is simply called “C”. It encompasses three layouts between 5.99 and 6.99 m long with a double, two singles or a rear queen-sized bed. Measuring as little as 2.17m wide all three models are quite narrow and therefore also do fine on narrow city streets.
Roller Team, Hall 10/C43
With its two new models measuring up to six metres’ total length based on a Ford Transit the Italian manufacturer Roller Team targets first-time buyers and friends of handy motorhomes. The 291 P layout with a double bed in the rear is offered by Roller Team both as an alcove version and a partially integrated one, while the 271 M with a bunk bed in the rear is the “classic” alcove configuration enhancing the model range. Boasting six beds and six seats on six metres the 271 M offers maximum space utilisation with reduced outer dimensions.
Rent & Travel, Hall 1/A01
Introducing a new App the rental brand Rent & Travel, operating in Germany, Italy and Sweden, wants to ease holiday routines in rented motorhomes for their customers. The App contains all useful information for a relaxed holiday with rented RVs – from booking details and operating instructions for the relevant vehicle to the local legislation at the travel destination such as speed limits.
Sawiko, Hall 13/A60
Cycling has almost become an integral part of RV tourism. Nearly all caravanning enthusiasts take their bikes along when travelling. Rear bike carrier systems such as SAWIKO’s new, further developed AGITO VAN 2.0 ensure safe and convenient transport on recreational vehicles. The rear bike carrier is a practical and stable solution for Ford Transit, Ford Tourneo Custom or Fiat Ducato based camper vans. With a payload of 60 kilograms it easily carries two bicycles or e-bikes.
Sterckeman, Hall 11/A55
The French brand Sterckeman will be showcasing five new caravan layouts at CARAVAN SALON 2020. These include the compact Easy 350 CP which has a layout identical with the Alba 350 model placed on the market by sister label Caravelair (see above). Also new are the compact Easy 470 LJ, the mid-class models Starlett Comfort 450 LJ and Starlett Graphite 430 CP as well as the Sterckeman Evolution 520 CP.
Tabbert, Hall 4/06
Tabbert has completely redesigned the eight models in the Da Vinci range for the model year 2021. A new GFRP roof has made weight savings possible for these caravans. The exterior experience can be enhanced with plain sheet and framed windows depending on customer specifications. Inside furniture in light wooden colours with soft shapes and new fabrics and artificial leather in natural tones make for a harmonious atmosphere.
By launching the Finest Edition Tabbert upgrades its entry-level model range Rossini with extensive furnishing extras. These include plain sheet side walls, GFRP roof, 17 inch alloy rims, a comfort sleeping system with disk-spring slats and a breathable Watergel mattress.
Vario Mobil, Hall 5/C05
Vario Mobil has already built luxury motorhomes to customer specs since 1983. The Vario Perfect 900 will celebrate its premiere at CARAVAN SALON. However, the nine metres – a length considered compact for this vehicle category – have everything it takes. A large slide-out bay provides even more room for ceramic floors, genuine wood furniture, thick leather seating, XXL refrigerator, an oven, dishwasher, induction stove and many other amenities. 18 tons of luxury spread over nine metres of length.
Weinsberg, Hall 1/A01
All-electric without a gas system – this is how Weinsberg presents the new caravan model range CaraCito. All systems ranging from combined heating/air-conditioning and compressor refrigerator to the glass ceramic hob operate electrically as standard. The new model range encompasses five layouts from the short 390 QD to the medium-sized 500 QDK.
Upon demand Weinsberg even fits its caravanning utility vehicles CaraBus and CaraTour with a lifting roof with integrated insulation made of fibre-reinforced polyurethane. This technology called Long-Fibre Injection (LFI) makes lifting roofs light and very rugged at the same time. Equipped with a roof hood, ambient lighting, hot-air dissipation system, storage shelving complete with inductive charging tray for smartphones and mosquito netting, the top floor of this converted camper van becomes a homely place to sleep for two more people.
Westfalia, Hall 15/D03
The camper van and camper bus specialist Westfalia has revised its Fiat-Ducato based Columbus model range. For the first time now, a panoramic window will be optionally available for the bow of the five layouts. Sleeping facilities are added by an optional lifting roof.
In addition to this, Westfalia presents the new Fiat Ducato-based Amundsen range with three layouts measuring 5.41 m to 5.99 m in length.
Facts and Figures for CARAVAN SALON DÜSSELDORF
CARAVAN SALON DÜSSELDORF 2020 is open from Friday, 4 September to Sunday, 13 September 2020, from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm daily. 1-day tickets purchased online cost € 13 for adults; students and CARAVAN SALON Club Members pay € 10 online and the online ticket for kids (aged 6 to 12 years) is € 5. Tickets are only available online beforehand, ticket counters will not operate! Admission tickets include a free return trip to the Exhibition Centre on public transport within the Rhein-Ruhr (VRR) network on the day of the visit to the trade fair (travelling in 2nd class compartments of DB trains).