Hot on the heels of winning the Overall Motorhome of the Year title at the latest Practical Motorhome Awards with the esteemed Escape, the Swift Group has come out on top again by winning the ultimate accolade at the Practical Caravan Tourer of the Year Awards. The all new Eccles Sport 514SR has been awarded the Overall Tourer of the Year.
The criteria was tough with owners, journalists and a testing panel putting all products through a rigorous judging process which ultimately led to the Eccles Sport 514 coming out on top.
Practical Caravan Commented ‘Choosing 2012’s winner was tougher than in recent years, due to a glut of all-new vans from the major manufacturers. That indicates how impressive the new range of ‘Sport’ tourers are — and the 514 is our favourite among them.’
The 514 model has a fixed near side rear bed, good parallel front lounge and a sizeable kitchen with work top extension. The new ‘Italian Ash’ woodgrain and mink coloured fabrics give a light contemporary feel. The optional panoramic sunroof gives the feeling of extra light and space and is sure to be ordered on most models.
The all new Sterling Eccles Sport range was launched in September to provide a stunning replacement for the Europa range. With all new exterior body designs and completely restyled interiors they have brought cutting edge design to the mid market price sector.
Sector leading specification includes AL-KO ATC trailer stability system as standard, low energy LED lights in the main habitation area, over locker lighting in the seating and bedroom, a moulded light and speaker panel over the front seats, 4 x 230volt sockets, including two in the neat front shelf pod and restyled kitchen with worktop extensions in some models, including the winning 514.
With MTPLM weights that start at 1143kg, more than 170kg lighter than the more up market Eccles models and 35kg to 50kg less than the range they replace, without loss of specification, this exciting new range is also within the towing capability of most average family cars.
Swift were also recommended in four other categories:
- Recommended: Best caravan for couples – Swift Challenger 580
- Recommended: Best caravan for couples – Swift Challenger Sport 514SR
- Recommended: Best caravan for seasonal pitches – Swift Challenger Sport 636
- Recommended: Best caravan for large families – Sterling Eccles Sport 586
Nick Page, Commercial Director for Swift Group commented “Swift Group is delighted to have come out top in both the Practical Motorhome and Caravan 2012 Awards. This bears testament to Swifts commitment to continuing product development shows the success of our all round design and specification approach.“