Following on from last year’s success, Swift Group have dominated the Caravan Club Design Awards again, taking away more awards than any other manufacturer including winning ‘Any Caravan under £12.5K’ and the ‘Family Caravan (Conventional) £12.5K-£16K’ classes.
The 2012 awards were announced at the recent Motorhome and Caravan Show held at the NEC with the full awards line up being:
|Any Caravan under £12K||Winner||Sprite Alpine 2|
|Family Caravan (Conventional) £12.5K-£16K||Winner
|Sterling Eccles Sport 524
Swift Challenger Sport 524
|2 Berth Caravan (conventional) £12.5K-£16K||Third||Sterling Eccles Sport 442|
|Caravan with Dedicated Bed £12.5K-£16K||Second
|Swift Challenger Sport 514
Sterling Eccles Sport 514
|Any Caravan £16K-£19K||Second||Sterling Elite Diamond|
It is clear that stunning new Challenger and Eccles Sport ranges are clear winners, taking home 5 awards here to add to the Overall Tourer of the Year Award won at the recent Practical Caravan Tourer of the Year Awards by the Eccles Sport 514SR.
The all new Sprite range, launched at the show, was extremely well received with its new aerodynamic body shell and well equipped interior, all at great value. The Caravan Club also recognised this by awarding the Alpine 2 the ‘Any Caravan under £12K’ Class.
Forty vehicles were submitted for the Caravan Design Awards with the aim of the Awards being to provide Club members, and caravanners in general, with fair and objective assessments of the vehicles submitted for scrutiny. All manufacturers are invited to submit entries.
The panel of independent Judges and Technical Researchers for the Caravan Design Awards follow rigorous scoring checklists and assess everything from sitting comfort, standing headroom, kitchen design, storage, switches, wiring, security, specification of tyres, repair and warranty arrangements to general safety.
Grenville Chamberlain, Chairman of The Caravan Club, who announced the results, commented, “The Caravan Club is delighted the industry continues to support these competitions with such enthusiasm, and we would like to publicly thank them for their continued participation. We would also extend our sincere congratulations to the winners and all the entrants.”
Nick Page, Swift Group Commercial Director commented, “It is always reassuring that we have got our product design and development right, with the dedicated caravan enthusiast in mind, when we come away from the Caravan Club Awards with more awards than any other manufacturer. Our new Sprite and Sport ranges are proving to be very popular and provide a choice of stylish, well equipped caravans at a good price, in what are still challenging economic times. The new 10 year body shell integrity warranty also provides that extra reassurance for a long term investment.”