What’s Happening in The World of Campervans?
Some interesting news over the last month includes a renowned leisure vehicle manufacturer unveiling their first pop-top campervan and record-breaking ticket sales for the largest motorhome event in the UK. Alas, there has also been more event cancellations as the pandemic continues to cause havoc with supply chains.
Here’s what’s been happening in the world of campervans during December.
Swift Unveil New Monza Campervan
Motorhome group Swift revealed their brand new Monza campervan, set for official launch in February 2022. The Monza is Swift’s first pop-top campervan and is built on the Ford Tourneo Custom model. Swift intends the new campervan to be the ‘ultimate everyday getaway’ for any journey or adventure including everyday commuting as well as exploring mountain and coastal roads.
Aimed at couples and young families, the compact Monza campervan will have a similar carbon footprint to a standard family vehicle, hence why it is being marketed as an everyday passenger vehicle as well as a camper for holiday adventures.
The Commercial Director of Swift Group, Nick Page, said of the new campervan: “We’re known for our wide and credible ranges of leisure vehicles across touring caravans, motorhomes and holiday homes and lodges, so to now add a campervan to our line-up is absolutely brilliant. We know there’s a hunger for access to regular adventures, and the Monza really does open up the travelling opportunities.”
The Swift Monza will start at £58,395 for the automatic 128bhp version, and £62,290 for the automatic 168bhp version.
High Demand For NEC Campervan Show
The upcoming Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show in February has seen extraordinarily high demand for tickets, say the organisers. NCC Events revealed that over 26,000 advance tickets had already been sold by early December, which is ten times the usual amount at that stage.
Birmingham’s NEC will host the event between 22 and 27 February, and there will be more than 350 exhibitor stands showcasing all the latest campervan and motorhome models, and associated camping gear.
The CEO of NCC Events, John Lally, spoke about the high ticket demand, saying: “The strong ticket sales are a clear indication of pent-up demand. We know that not only are there a lot of new buyers coming into the industry, but many of the core market of caravanners have held off upgrading their outfits.
“This will be the first major leisure vehicle exhibition in the UK for two years and we know that many will have missed the opportunity to step inside the latest models, compare the different layouts and specifications and talk face to face with others who share their love of the touring lifestyle.”
Scottish Campervan Show Cancelled
Demand for the NEC tickets may also be driven higher due to cancellations of other events, with the Scottish Caravan, Motorhome and Holiday Home Show the latest to postpone their 2022 event until 2023.
The biggest caravan and motorhome show in Scotland was due to take place at the SEC in Glasgow between 3 and 6 February. The cancellation has been blamed on a combination of an increase in demand along with supply chain issues which has led to a significant inventory deficiency for dealers and manufacturers.