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I’m something of a veteran of caravan launch events and I’m always a little sceptical about new model information.
Often, this year’s model is little more last year’s model with a bit of lippy on. Maybe a new sticker here and there, an extra cushion or some new wheels perhaps. Often, little is genuinely new aside from the brochure. And the price.
That’s definitely not the case here. The new Swift and Sterling vans really move caravan design on.
At the launch, Swift’s design team spoke of giving ‘an automotive’ level of finish and I think they've achieved it. There's a level of detail inside that really sets these apart from rival products.
The design work for this started in 2006/7 when Swift was designed a motorhome body for the new Fiat Ducato chassis cab. It wanted a higher level design integration and the same quality of mouldings and finish in the habitation area to what you see in the cab.
These new models are the result of applying the same process to the touring caravans for the first time and the results speak for themselves. When you see them up close at the Lawns Show or the NEC, I’m sure you’ll agree that these caravans really raise the bar.