The Swift Group’s all new Bessacarr E450 model, which was launched at the International Boat, Caravan and Outdoor Show in February 2010 came top, in what was a very strong class, to win the award for ‘Best Coachbuilt up to £43,000’ category at The 2010 Caravan Club’s Motor Caravan Design and Drive Awards.
The new 2-berth, low-line, Bessacarr E450 which is designed for couples, provides a popular layout with a twin settee forward lounge, centre kitchen, good sized stylish bathroom and a comfortable fixed rear bed.
The judges found that this layout, coupled with the keen price tag and very high specification which includes a large overcab locker set in a moulded facia, an LED lighting system, a passenger airbag in addition to the driver’s one, remote central locking, sprung interior mattress and backrest cushions, en-route and on-site heating in addition a 12 volt external power point for owners who want to use a pump to fill the fresh water tank, made the E450 a clear winner.
In addition to winning the ‘Coachbuilt up to £43,000’ category the new 2 berth Swift Sundance 530LP, with its improved kitchen layout, received second place.
In the ‘Coachbuilts between £43,000 and £54,000’ category the Swift Sundance 630L received second place and the Bessacarr E480 third place and in the ‘Coachbuilts over £54,000’ and ‘Van Conversions up to £40,000’ categories the Bessacarr E769 Low Line and Autocruise Jazz were each awarded third place respectively.
Richard White, Swift Group Marketing Director, said:”The strong position of the new Bessacarr E400 and Swift Sundance ranges at the Awards show that new level of style and specification, all at a very affordable price is a winning combination. With the visual appeal of more expensive motorhomes, these ranges are ideal for people looking to renew their motorhome in the current economic climate”
All manufacturers were invited to submit entries and forty-eight motorhomes in total were put forward for evaluation for the 10th Motor Caravan Design and Drive Awards. The aim of the Awards is to provide Club members and Motor Caravanners in general, with up-to-date unbiased assessments of the vehicles submitted for appraisal.
Commenting on the Awards, Caravan Club Chairman, Grenville Chamberlain, said: ‘The Club is extremely pleased with the high entry rate for 2010’s Motor Caravan Design and Drive Competition, a big increase compared to last year, which as we all know was a difficult time. The Club believes this increase is indicative of the green shoots of economic recovery that everyone has been waiting to see. I would like to extend my congratulations to the winners and the thanks of The Club to Swift for their entries.”