Fendt Caravan is presenting its new Apero range to the public for the first time at CARAVAN SALON. Highly modern inside and outside, the seven layouts of the Apero caravans offer a variety of solutions for couples and families. Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf / C. Tillmann
New studie: Tourer CUV Knaus Tabbert AG, Hall 1 / A 01
A completely new category of vehicle is celebrating its début in Düsseldorf. Based on the VW T6.1, KNAUS is completely redefining the class of CUV (Caravanning Utility Vehicle) and combining the best of two worlds. The Tourer CUV Studies offers many benefits with its variable roof: "Entrenched" in driving mode, agile and compact as an urban class vehicle, the caravan is pleasingly small as a result, meaning that there is less resistance against the airstream. This reduces consumption and protects the environment. This solution also makes it possible to navigate many underground car parks. By contrast, when arriving at its destination, the Tourer CUV reveals its full height of 1.90 m at the push of a button, thanks to the unique and flexible lifting roof construction, which is electrically operated by remote control and offers around 70 cm of extra height. With a total length of almost 5.9 metres, like the 500 MQ, the Tourer CUV provides up to four beds. However, a fully equipped kitchen with two-flame cooker, sink and 90-litre compressor fridge and an open bath must not be missed. The washroom contains another highlight: the shower cabin is also equipped with a lifting roof. This means: when lowered, the top side forms part of the bed construction in the rear. In the top position, there is a good 1.90 metres' standing height under the shower. The basis of the Tourer CUV – also available as 500 LT with opposite seats - is the VW 6.1, with 110 HP in the entry-level engine and standard six-speed manual gearbox. However, stronger engines and a seven-level dual-clutch transmission are also available as an option.
Entering the luxury class: Credo Concorde Reisemobile, Hall 5 / C 07
Concorde will present not one but four layouts of its new Credo at CARAVAN SALON 2022. Credo represents the entry-level models for the compact luxury class. Serving as a base vehicle here is the proven chassis of the Iveco Daily Euro VI-E, 2.3 l with 156 HP, which makes possible the stepless One-Level concept with a newly designed double floor that extends over the whole vehicle. This double floor contains the technical equipment of the vehicle and three 160 l tanks (for fresh/grey/black water) as standard. The storage capacity of these tanks can optionally be increased to 270 l for fresh water and to 230 l each for grey and black water. The Credo is characterised by more storage space in the double floor and an even more elegant living room. Concorde has converted the chassis of the Iveco Daily base vehicle to position the cab seats and instrument panel higher and further to the front. This makes not only for a one-level floor but also 35 centimetres of additional living space with the same length. Even in the smallest 7.49-metre Credo 740 HI you can travel like a king. And even more so in the larger models with a length of up to 8.49 metres. The new compact luxury vehicles that expand this series are priced between Euro 179,000 and 189,900.
Caravan for two: Apero 495 SG Fendt Caravan GmbH, Hall 9 / B 37
Fendt Caravan will introduce its new Apero series to the public at CARAVAN SALON. It serves as the new entry-level series of models for the premium manufacturer’s portfolio. The seven layouts of the Apero caravan are state of the art both inside and outside offering couples and families versatile solutions. The 495 SG is perfect for couples to use. The caravan has single beds and a spacious bathroom in the middle of the vehicle. There is a dinette with lift table in the front. It has a permissible total weight of 1,600 kilograms. In 7.22 metres in length and 2.32 metres in width, there is plenty of comfort and luxury. The entry-level price starts at around EURO 28,100, the model exhibited in Düsseldorf costs EURO 32,400.
Trend camper van: Maxia Van on VW Crafter Hobby Wohnwagenwerk Ing. Harald Striewski GmbH, Hall 9 / B 05
In the Maxia Van by Hobby Scandinavian flair and cosiness merge with a state-of-the-art superstructure and vehicle technology “Made in Germany”. The camper van will celebrate its premiere at CARAVAN SALON and is described by its manufacturer as powerful, comfortable and brimming with many smart features. The Hobby Van sleeps three because in addition to the 2 m long single beds the Maxia provides further overnight accommodation for little co-travellers in the driver’s cab. With a technically permissible total mass of 3.5 tons and the huge sleeping area in the rear the Maxia Van is perfectly geared to the needs of couples. All in all the camper van is just over 2 m wide and 6.8 m long. For the first camper van in its Maxia series Hobby banks on the VW Crafter (2.0 l TDI) as a base vehicle. 177 HP, 8-speed automatic transmission and start-/stop technology are just as much part and parcel as the latest vehicle safety technology. The price is EURO 89,750.
Camper van with folding bathroom: Globetrail 590 C Dethleffs GmbH & Co. KG, Hall 7a / 01-08
Dethleffs are extending the model range of their new camper van series Globetrail to include the 590 C. This camper van conversion based on a Ford Transit features a spacious living area, raised floor and an innovative comfort bathroom. The floorplan follows a proven layout: a seating group at the front with two seats in driving direction as well as swivel driver’s and passenger seats and behind this, the bathroom and kitchen plus a transversally installed double bed in the rear. A major contribution to the spacious living ambience in the Globetrail 590 C is made by the completely newly developed comfort bathroom concept. Here, Dethleffs combines the foldable transverse bed in the rear with an innovative swivel wall solution, a roller blind door and a shower tray that is unusually large for a camper van. Thanks to its high roof this camper van is also suitable for everyone – headroom is 1.94 m throughout the complete vehicle. The Ford Transit is propelled by a 130 HP (96 kW) 4-cylinder engine. Alternatively, a 170 HP (125 kW) engine can be selected. Both are available with gear box or automatic transmission. The new Globetrail 590 C starts at Euro 58,999 for the basic version.
Vision comes true: Offroader Venture S Hymer GmbH & Co. KG, Hall 6 B 07
When the Hymer Vision Venture concept car was unveiled at the Caravan Salon 2019, the traditional motorhome manufacturer from Bad Waldsee presented a bold response to current and future trends in the industry and revealed how motorhomes might look in 2025. That vision is now becoming reality as Hymer celebrates the market launch of the new Venture S. Packed with innovations such as the unique Instant Loft – a pneumatic pop-top roof including integrated stairway – as well as the striking tailgate with its real glass Infinity Screen that offers 180-degree panoramic views and an exclusive sun deck, the Venture S is quite simply a motorhome in a class of its own. Hymer is thus meeting the needs and aspirations of an exclusive, highly discerning customer group while playing a key role in the birth of a new breed of camper van – by bringing its vision of the future into series production with its customary pioneering spirit and innovative energy. The base price starts from about Euro 225,000.
Family alcove: A-Serie, 699 EVB Forster Reisemobile, Hall 10 / A 21
Forster flexibly responds to the persistently difficult supply situation faced by chassis suppliers. For the 2023 season this entry-level brand therefore presents the successful alcove models on a Ford Transit now. This robust base vehicle with an automotive cockpit perfectly fits young families as a target group. Here, Forster banks on the lighter front-wheel drive in combination with heavy-duty engines (130 or 155 HP as an option) for the 3.5 t class. Focusing on the 7 m layouts with a correspondingly practical payload for this range they also clearly address the younger target group. Alternatively, Forster also offers the 4.1 t chassis. In technical terms the superstructure remains largely unchanged – apart from the adaptations to the new base vehicle. Offering four 6.99 m long models where buyers can opt for layouts with single beds, a classic double bed and two versions with a rear bunk bed, the brand covers all important options in its range. The interior, which was updated last season, featuring bright, Mediterranean-style furniture also cuts a fine figure in combination with the Ford driver’s cab. The base price starts from about Euro 59,600.
Entry-level caravan with lifting roof - Mini Freestyle 300 Silver, Hall 11 A 53
The French manufacturer is hard to beat when it comes to compact caravan designs. The small caravans not only fit in every standard-size garage but they are also suited for small cars with limited towing capacity. Nevertheless, they sleep up to four, have a compact kitchen with refrigerator, sink and 2-burner stove. The new Mini Freestyle 300 is 4.50 m long and 1.95 m wide and has a permissible total weight of only 750 kg – and can therefore even be towed with a small car. When the lifting roof is lowered the caravan is only 1.98 m high. Thanks to the low weight and drag the French manufacturer additionally scores points with a reduced fuel consumption. With the Mini Freestyle 300 the brand that forms part of the Trigano group has designed a caravan that is likely to be used mainly by couples. The Freestyle 300 with rear door is particularly suitable for sports enthusiasts – it also features the (optional) bicycle and motorbike mount for transporting two-wheelers. The base price stands at around Euro 17,000. the Racing Edition for motorbike fans who would like to take their motorized two-wheelers along costs Euro 23,500.
Electrical camper: e-Vanster on Citroën E-Spacetourer base Pössl Group, Hall 12 A 02
Pössl Group is the market leader in the camper van segment and also offers the Vanster as an electrical version on the Citroën E-Spacetourer. The e-vanster comes with 136 PS and a 75 kWh battery. This gives it a range of up to 298km (382km urban). Apart from this, the e-Vanster is equipped like the standard version. The Pössl vehicle with lifting roof & sleeping facilities plus a modular kitchen box offers five seats as a standard with swivel driver and passenger seats. In terms of price the e-Vanster is reported to retail for around Euro 69,999.
Interesting vehicles / selected innovations at CARAVAN SALON DÜSSELDORF 2022
Alcove at the touch of a button: Lyseo Gallery TD Bürstner, Hall 6 / D 03
With Lyseo Gallery TD manufacturer Bürstner has developed a genuine “quick-change artist”. This innovative motorhome features a lifting roof that ensures unrivalled living comfort with its “second floor”. Under the motto “travel small, live big” the new Lyseo Gallery TD for the first time combines the benefits of a semi-integrated model with that of an alcove version: before setting out on your trip the second floor is lowered at the touch of a button so the vehicle takes on the semi-integrated silhouette and is far more streamlined and therefore more fuel-saving than conventional alcove motorhomes. When standing, the front part of the roof can be lifted fast and conveniently via a compressor and specially developed air cell technology – converting into a 3-room interior with vistas. The 6.90 m long Lyseo Gallery is offered with two floor plans and is available from Euro 85,000.
“Hygge” cosiness in a luxury-class caravan: Maxia Hobby Wohnwagenwerk Ing. Harald Striewski GmbH, Hall 9 B 05
This luxury-class caravan is designed to target lovers of Scandinavian cosiness, smart functionality and minimalist design: the Hobby Maxia banks on an open-plan layout, natural materials, coordinated colours and Nordic “hygge”. The light-flooded Maxia series is offered in three layouts and measuring up to 20 sqm comes across like a holiday apartment on wheels. Be it single beds or a free-standing Queens bed – this luxury caravan caters to just about every need. A special eye-catcher is the big panoramic front window in the 660 WQM, while the new 585 UL scores points with a generous and yet cosy feel inside. The smallest Maxia version comes in at a starting price of around Euro 33,000, the 660 WQM is available from Euro 42,000.
Automated series production of caravans in fibre frame construction – Azur Knaus Tabbert AG, Hall 1
This forward-looking technology is based on fibre frame components that are glued to form a stable frame in an automated process and, hence, do without any screw connections whatsoever. The self-supporting and high-strength frame makes for optimum stability and durability as well as substantially higher flexibility for layout and interior design versus the conventional construction of caravans. According to manufacturer Knaus Tabbert AG, this innovative technology contributes to greater stability and durability and therefore increased value retention and sustainability of the vehicles. The first model of the new Premium series of the Knaus brand featuring this technology is called Azur. Its frame consists of 22 fibre frame components glued by a robot. This model not only stands out with this manufacturing technology but also a UV-resistant and “self-healing” surface. Here, pressure marks and dips automatically disappear when exposed to heat. Besides this, frame construction permits highly flexible interior design concepts and the integration of new, innovative furnishings. The new Azur fuses functionality with homeliness and innovative technologies.
Trend camper van: Free S Blue Evolution Hymer GmbH & Co. KG, Hall 6 B 07
Launching the Free S Blue Evolution, Hymer is introducing a new camper van to the market in Capri blue featuring a Mercedes Sprinter base vehicle. With the special edition a well-thought-out interior concept and flexible construction offer travellers plenty of room and comfort – thanks to the pop-top roof this camper van sleeps up to 4 despite its compact layout with 5.93 m exterior length. Jam-packed with special features the Free S Blue Evolution can be ordered with a 170 HP or a 143 HP diesel engine. The basic price stands at Euro 85,900.
Caravans for couples / Tandero 500 E LMC Caravan GmbH, Hall 67 A 01
Caravan manufacturer LMC launches its new model range Tandero. As the latest caravan series the Tandero is presented with a total of 5 layouts, including one with cots. It is the ideal caravan for couples with a special feel for unique interior design. The modern “Japandi” design with a taupe finish creates an amazing ambience by cleverly combining square and circular elements. Natural fibre blinds and open shelves, together with the clever bathroom design, showcase the distinctive blend of shapes and materials, making the Tandero a very special caravan. The two single beds are located in the bow of the Tandero 500 E, a double bed in the lifting roof is available optionally – allowing this model to sleep 4. The 7.57 m long motorhome is available from around Euro 27,600.
Liner with a living space revolution: Flair Niesmann+Bischoff, Hall 6 / C 03
By introducing the elegant Liner Flair manufacturer Niesmann+Bischoff sets new standards in interior design. The style is modern, clear-cut, timeless and purist without compromising on design quality, materials or homeliness. With its modern look & feel the interior clearly sets itself apart from the so far rather conservative interior designs in the Liner class. Visually, the interior seems surprisingly large because it provides an obstructed visual axis from the driver’s cabin to the rear berth; but the interior not only appears bigger: it really does provide noticeably more freedom of movement. There is a wide passageway to the berth and the multi-directional displacement table can be adjusted in such a way to give you open access from the living space with cosy face-to-face seating to the driver’s cab. Besides this, the lavishly equipped kitchen and bathroom make the Flair a jewel with prices starting from Euro 215,000. Propelled by an Iveco Daily 70 C18 the Liner is offered in two lengths: 8.87 m and 9.27 m.
Integrated premium class / Sonic Plus 700 SL Adria Mobil, Hall 10 A 29
Adria Mobil presents Sonic, the premium-class series of integrated motorhomes. The high-quality equipped Sonic series comprises the Supreme or Plus models and three layouts each, sleeping four to five. The Slovenian manufacturer here focuses on a modern design living room and an S kitchen with large tabletop, high-volume storage space and high-end appliances. The interior features an elegant bathroom with plenty of space and convenience as well as an integrated, height-adjustable bed in the bow with easy access. The Adria Sonic Plus 700 SL (7.49 m long, 2.32 m wide) presented here comes with the optional “Exclusive Plus” package which includes amongst others fog lights with cornering light function, a leather-look steering wheel, a folding black-out system for the driver's cab, charge booster, gas filter and an insulated and heatable wastewater tank. The price stands at around Euro 95,000.
Luxury for two: Star 800 VARIOmobil, Hall 5 C 05
At CARAVAN SALON manufacturer VARIOmobil will present the new luxury motorhome for two for the first time: VARIO Star 800 in an exclusive design – individually manufactured by hand. This agile, just 8.25 m long, 7.5 t motorhome is based on the powerful MAN TGL 8.220 and propelled by dynamic 162 kW / 220 HP. Up to 7.49 (8.8) t can be transported in this chassis. Especially manoeuvrable with a 2.33 m exterior width, this vehicle offers great drivability. The agile integrated vehicle scores points with the elegant lines of its distinctly shaped, glass-fibre reinforced body. A two-stage turbo charger, air suspension on the rear axle, optimum traction and driver assistance plus safety technology as standard features ensure effervescence and driving comfort. The leather upholstery, underfloor heating and the finest kitchen technology provide further comfort. Individual beds along with the higher roof in the rear ensuring full headroom provide plenty of head room in the sleeping area – something particularly appreciated by motorhome users in hot summers. Also conveniently accessible is the very large rear storage room lying underneath. Optionally accessible from inside and out it takes two scooters or e-bikes and can be equipped with a powerful charging station. The base price starts from Euro 488,400.
Semi-integrated with a star: Profila T 696 EB Eura Mobil GmbH, Hall 10 C 43
Eura Mobil now also offers this semi-integrated motorhome of the Profila series on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter base vehicle with two layouts with single beds. In both compact 3.5 t models the kitchens feature surprisingly large worktops, big refrigerator and roomy base cabinets with sturdy, soft-close sliding draws. The bathroom convinces users with its high variability and great freedom of movement thanks to sliding wash basins. Trendsetters would probably refer to the living room as a chill-out area – so intuitively and naturally, serenity spreads when staying in the mobile centre of life. The comfortable beds extending up to 2 m are the perfect place to relax. Underneath, the spacious garage and large wardrobes offer further arguments for facing even larger luggage with confidence. The base price of the Profila T 696 EB is Euro 79,900.
Premium alcove: Palace A 88 DL Morelo Reisemobile GmbH, Hall 5 A 07
The premium manufacturer introduces two new layouts for its Alkoven Palace – the A 88 DL with 8.97 m length scores points with its generous living room and bathroom concept and is designed for two. The alcove on the IVECO Daily 70 C 18 chassis captivates users with its excellent finish, perfect space utilization as well as numerous sophisticated technical features. Owners of Germany’s “old” class 3 driving licence will be particularly delighted because the permissible total weight is just under 7.5 tons. Additional “wellness” points are scored with the generous bathroom with underfloor heating, a giant rear seating facility as well as top-notch furnishings – and all of this for a base price of around Euro 236,400.
Gasless caravan: CaraCito 470 EU Weinsberg, Knaus Tabbert AG, Hall 4
With CaraCito 470 EU Weinsberg is launching a caravan with single beds that foregoes a gas system and manages everyday camping activities electrically as standard. Owing to its fully electrical equipment the CaraCito is particularly sustainable – the manufacturer offers five layouts in total. Their aerodynamic design and reduced weight make for optimised fuel consumption. Designed for two the caravan 470 EU sleeps four and can therefore accommodate for overnight guests since the rear seating facility can be converted into additional berths. The Weinsberg Caracito 470 EU costs around Euro 15,890.
Off-road vehicle with comfort: EX 600 bimobil - von Liebe GmbH, Hall 5 A 03
At CARAVAN SALON bimobil, the expert for 4-wheel and expedition mobiles, will present its new flagship on a MAN TGM 4x4 chassis: the EX 600. Weighing as much as 16.5 tons the expedition mobile offers plenty of comfort on its just under 8.5 m length. The EX 600 includes not only real glass windows and dimmable LED indoor luminaires as standard but also a large kitchen and separate shower. Self-sufficiency is granted by amongst others the huge freshwater tank at 400 l and the 100 l gas tank. The tech tower right at the entrance holds a big refrigerator with a separate freezer compartment. The adjacent large seating facility can be converted into a high seat for the great outdoors with an optional large panoramic window or can alternatively be turned into a large double bed at the flick of a wrist. Hidden behind several floor-to-ceiling wardrobes is a longitudinal bed spanning the complete width of the rear. The huge storage space below the double bed can be loaded from both the driver’s and passenger’s side. The EX 600 combines luxurious furnishing with the proven bimobil construction and an off-road base vehicle; it is available from around Euro 540,000.
Micro-Camper: T-Class Mercedes Benz AG, Hall 16 D 22
The new Mercedes T-Class was launched in April and the CARAVAN SALON will now see the camping version on show for the first time. The new T-Class fuses a sporty-emotional design with all the value, comfort and connectivity aspirations so typical of Mercedes. These properties in combination with the compact exterior dimensions plus the well-thought-out interior design also open up a wide range of possibilities in the increasingly popular field of micro-camper conversions.
Special theme e-mobility
Electrical van with a modular concept: EQV Mercedes Benz AG / Sortimo Walter Rüegg AG, Hall 16 D 22
Mercedes-Benz Vans consistently electrifies all model series. The portfolio already available on the market encompasses amongst others the EQV – the battery-driven counterpart of the midsize V-class van. The EQV comes with two different batteries: as an EQV 300 with 90 kWh battery and a WLTP-range of 326-363 kilometres and as EQV 250 with a 60 kWh battery and a WLTP range of 213-236 kilometres. Both models are offered in two lengths (5,140 cm or 5,370 cm). At quick-charge stations the EQV charges from ten to 80% in up to 40 minutes. Furthermore, the EQV is embedded in an electromobile eco-system comprising smart navigation with active range management and Cloud-based services and Apps. Serving as a central control unit here is the infotainment system MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience). With these features it covers a wide spectrum of uses for a wide variety of customer needs and all of this locally emission-free – including for Vanlifers as will be shown by Sortimo Walter Rüegg AG in cooperation with Mercedes-Benz at CARAVAN SALON. Sortimo’s conversion concept is a modular one. Those “pulling all the plugs” will get a lifting roof with roof bed as well as a multi-functional box with sleeping and kitchen facility for the rear. The special benefit of the camping accessories is their lightweight construction because every saved kilo means a bigger range. Solar panels on the roof provide the camping battery with additional power ensuring added self-sufficiency. Other optional features include tinted rear windows as well as interior lighting in the rear plus USB outlets.
Fiat, Hall 16 D 42
In Düsseldorf, Fiat, the leader among the basic vehicles for motorhomes, will present the Scudo as a purely electric vehicle. The base vehicle for campers with pop-up roof, which is particularly popular with van conversions, has a WLTP range of 330 kilometres, a top speed of 130 km/h and a permissible gross weight of 3,027 kilograms. Values that could be quite interesting for a light camping bus conversion.
Ford, Hall 16 C 54
With the E-Transit, Ford is showing its first purely electrically powered panel van that could serve as the basis for a motorhome. It promises a range of up to 317 kilometres with a gross vehicle weight of 3.5 tonnes and a top speed of 130 km/h. Performance data that are ideal for leisurely days out. Performance data that would be quite suitable for leisurely day trips on holiday - if a charging station can be found at the destination.
Reimo, Hall 15 A 45
The conversion specialist Reimo converts the electric van Mercedes Benz EQV into a camping bus. To do this, it installs a pop-up roof with two sleeping berths as well as two furniture modules, one with a cooker and sink and one with a cool box and storage compartments in the electric van.
Tonke, Hall 15 A 25
At the CARAVAN SALON, Tonke will also show an extension based on the Mercedes Benz EQV with electric drive. There are even two versions to choose from: As a Touring with a two-person sleeper bench and camping furniture along the driver's side or as an Adventure with a three-person bench in the rear and a kitchen module that swivels outwards.