Coachman’s drastically revamped 2012 Pastiche, VIP and Laser ranges have helped grow the brand’s share in the luxury market – and this is despite new van sales falling by one third in five years. So what’s all the fuss about?

The Pastiche was the cheapest of the three Coachman ranges to receive a new body, prominent roof rails, striking graphics and a moulded front panel incorporating a full-width roof window. Also new was Truma’s programmable Combi boiler. The bold new looks and smart interior earned the Pastiche 460/2 the Best Caravan for Couples gong in our Tourer of the Year Awards 2012.

The Pastiche did well for Coachman in the 2012 model year, so improvements for 2013 are either cosmetic or upgrades. The biggest change is the introduction of a new layout: the 525/4.

The manufacturer says it is a response to customer research and dealership feedback that ‘more retired people are either caravanning longer or re-entering the market’. Coachman calls it ‘grandparent demand’ and has designed the 525/4 to help them take grandchildren on breaks. It is an extended version of the Pastiche 470/2, deleted for 2013, and comprises an L-shaped kitchen, fixed bunks and a corner washroom.