Last season, the lion’s share of Lunar’s efforts went into improving the Lexon, luxury Clubman and twin-axle Delta ranges, so for 2014, it’s all about the mid-market Quasar. This model now mirrors the much more attractive aerodynamic front end and flat roof of Lunar’s more expensive ranges, plus it comes with its own package of equipment improvements.

This Quasar 564 is new for 2014. It’s an open-plan, four-berth caravan with an end washroom and separate shower, and with an MTPLM of 1350kg, it is a good match for the likes of a VW Passat Estate.

But that’s not all. For years, Lunar’s reputation for producing the lightest touring caravans in the UK won it extra market share. In recent seasons, however, the gap has narrowed between its vans and those of its competitors, which have driven weights down, as Lunar introduced larger bodyshells. So for the 2014 touring season, Lunar is reclaiming centre stage on lightweights, with a new wallboard that reduces the weight of the largest vans by up to 60kg.

The company calls its new approach to construction ‘Core’, in which the traditional plywood inner wall is replaced by a material called ThermHex – a super-light, plastic-skinned board with a polypropylene honeycomb core. It’s covered with the usual decorative PVC, so the only visual clue is the single horizontal board joint, made possible by its large sheet size. According to Lunar, the strength and durability of the new construction have already been proven by simulated life testing on track, in co-operation with chassis supplier Al-Ko.

The Quasar has one-piece aluminium-skinned sidewalls, a new moulded rear panel, a colour-coded awning rail and alloy wheels. It gets an appealing new circular graphics treatment in blue, which helps differentiate it from Lunar’s other ranges on the forecourt.