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Before diving into the trends and novelties for this 2022 – 2023 season, a few words and information about the Le Bourget Leisure Vehicle Show.
Dates and times of the Leisure Vehicle Show
It takes place from Saturday, September 24 to Sunday, October 2, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bourget fairgrounds.
The Leisure Vehicle Show can be accessed by car via the A3 and A5 motorways, but also by public transport (RER B Le Bourget stop). 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 entrance price. 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 be lowered to €5 through special operations. On the spot, the price for adults (over 14 years old) is €13, €7 for children 10-14 years old and students (upon presentation of proof). Admission is free for children under 10 and people with disabilities.
Ford takes colors!
Dreamer D51 Ford Aircraft Carrier FunCredit Photo – Autonews
For a long time, or nearly so, dependent on the Fiat Ducato, the manufacturers have partly revised their example. They no longer put the eggs in the same basket to continue producing in number. Many turn to Ford and to a lesser extent to Peugeot.
Hence an avalanche of new 2023 models in the Ford Transit 2 T: let’s mention the low-profile Bürstner Lineo C 550 and C590 vans, the Campérêve Miramar 61 and Dreamer D 51 vans. This is also the case for Dethleffs, with three new vans low profile. “Just Go” profiles, in Challenger, Pilote, Sunlight or Rimor, which inaugurates a new range of Kilig vehicles (five low-profile models and six with a hood) on this same roof rack.
Atlas, Ford’s new pilot range
Photo Credit – YouTube Screenshot
For its part, Pilote launches in 2023, on the occasion of its 60th anniversary, a new Atlas range aimed at adventurers. The first model presented at Le Bourget is a van on a Ford Trail chassis: a vehicle designed for sports lovers, 6 meters long and 2.65 meters high. Designed for rough 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 Capuchin models signed Pilote were already “mounted” on the Ford Transit.
The Peugeot Boxer “awakens”
Campereve Magallanes 540 AirCredit Photo – Autonews
The Peugeot Boxer 2.2 l BLUEHDI 140 CV also acquires colors. It is very present in the 2023 catalogs in Campérêve with four Magellan models (540, 540 Air, 643 and 746) or in Dreamer with three models (D43 UP, D 55 and D 55 UP). Mercedes is not far behind: 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 “ invoice” €139,900 and has a PMA of 4500 kg.
The fashion of vans with a pop-up roof
The Dreamer D 43 UP equipped vanCredit Photo – Dreamer
It is a real trend. There are countless vans equipped, 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 (5.41 m, €63,200) in Peugeot Boxer drew attention at the fair. Same success for the two Dreamer D 43 UP (5.41m, €59,800) and D55 Up (5.99m, €62,800) which are also being presented at the Peugeot Boxer.
Reduced width profiles!
Fast C50Credit Photo – Autonews
If vans and vans account for more than 50% of new vehicle sales, streamlined models remain popular. We are also innovating in this category of vehicles.
The Bürstner Lyseo TD Gallery is a good example of this. In fact, this profile is equipped, above the cabin, with an amazing inflatable chamber thanks to an electro-pneumatic system. Prototype a year ago, this profile is already in the 2023 catalog with two 6.99 m long models.
Apart from this 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 only 2.14 m wide or the Rapido C50 (2.17 m) against 2.30/2 .35 m for a classic profile.
Aim, circulate or park with greater ease for maximum pleasure.
To sum up
What are the main trends and developments in the world of motorhomes, since the 56th edition of the Leisure Vehicle Show in Le Bourget takes place at the end of September and until October 2? Our motorhome specialist analyzes the situation for you.