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Before diving into the trends and novelties for this 2022 – 2023 season, a few words and information on the Le Bourget Leisure Vehicles Show.
Dates and times of the Leisure Vehicles Show
It takes place from Saturday September 24 to Sunday October 2 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bourget exhibition center.
Access to the lounge
Access to the Leisure Vehicles Show can be done by car via the A3 and A5 motorways but also by public transport (RER B stop Le Bourget). You also have the possibility of coming with your motorhome and spending the night there for a price of 6€ per night. A price that is added to the price of entry. For motorists, the price of the parking space is 10€.
It is still possible to buy your ticket for the show. On the Internet, the price is 7€ per person. It can go down to €5 through special operations. On site, the price for adults (over 14 years old) is €13, €7 for 10-14 year olds and students (on presentation of proof). Admission is free for children under 10 and people with disabilities
Ford takes colors!
Dreamer D51 Fun on Ford carrierCredit Photo – Autonews
Long mono-dependent, or almost, on the Fiat Ducato, the manufacturers have partly revised their copy. They no longer put their eggs in the same basket in order to continue to produce in numbers. Many turn to Ford and to a lesser extent to Peugeot.
Hence an avalanche of new 2023 models on the Ford Transit 2 T: let’s mention the low-profile Bürstner Lineo C 550 and C590, the Campérêve Miramar 61 and Dreamer D 51 vans. This is also the case at Dethleffs, with three new low-profiles “ Just Go”, at Challenger, Pilote, Sunlight or Rimor, which is inaugurating a new range of Kilig vehicles (five low-profile and six overcab models) on this same carrier.
Atlas, the new pilot range on Ford
Photo Credit – YouTube Screenshot
For its part, Pilote is launching in 2023, for its 60th anniversary, a new Atlas range intended for adventurers. The first model presented at Le Bourget is a van on a Ford Trail chassis: a vehicle designed for sports enthusiasts, 6 meters long and 2.65 m high. Designed for tough terrain, it benefits from a limited-slip differential that reduces wheel spin on loose surfaces and rough roads. As a reminder, between Pilote and Ford, the links are old. At the end of the 1970s, the first overcab models signed Pilote were already “mounted” on the Ford Transit.
The Peugeot Boxer “wakes up”
Campereve Magellan 540 AirCredit Photo – Autonews
The Peugeot Boxer 2.2 l BLUEHDI 140 hp also takes on colors. It is very present in the 2023 catalogs at Campérêve with four Magellan models (540, 540 Air, 643 and 746) or at Dreamer with three models (D43 UP, D 55 and D 55 UP). Mercedes is not to be outdone: the Slovenian brand Adria is launching a range of premium integrals on the Sprinter in 2023. The Supersonic 780 DC on Mercedes AL-KO (7.80 m long) with 170 hp is a good example: it is “billed” €139,900 and has a GVW of 4500 kg.
The fashion for pop-up roof vans
The Dreamer D 43 UP fitted vanCredit Photo – Dreamer
It’s a real trend. There are countless vans equipped, as standard or not, with a pop-up roof. This equipment, by providing two additional sleeping places, has the ability to transform a compact van into a “family” model. And that’s what pleases! Many brands are doing it: Adria, Bénimar, Bürstner, Carado, Chausson, Challenger, Font-Vendôme and Hymer to name a few. The new Campérêve Magellan 540 Air (5.41m, €63,200) on Peugeot Boxer attracted attention at the show. Same success for the two Dreamer D 43 UP (5.41m, €59,800) and D55 Up (5.99m, €62,800) which are also presented on Peugeot Boxer.
Reduced width profiles!
Rapido C50Credit Photo – Autonews
If vans and vans capitalize more than 50% of new vehicle sales, streamlined models are still popular. We are also innovating in this category of vehicles.
The Bürstner Lyseo TD Gallery is a good illustration of this. This profile is indeed equipped, above the cabin, with an astonishing inflatable chamber thanks to an electro-pneumatic system. Prototype a year ago, this profile is now in the 2023 catalog with two 6.99 m long models.
Apart from this very particular vehicle, it is worth noting the arrival of profiles whose width is reduced. This is the case, for example, of the Challenger Sport Edition (2.10 m wide), the Etrusco V6.6 SF of only 2.14 m wide or the Rapido C50 (2.17 m) against 2 .30/2.35 m for a classic profile.
Objective, circulate or park more easily for maximum pleasure.
What are the major trends and novelties in the motorhome world as the 56th edition of the Leisure Vehicles Show at Le Bourget takes place at the end of September – and until October 2nd. Our motorhome specialist takes stock of the situation for you.