Blair Jacobs, reporting for Swift TV, takes you through all the changes to the Autocruise panel van range for the 2013 season.
Hello and welcome to Swift HQ, I am Blair Jacobs and I’m here to walk you through the exciting changes to Autocruise for 2013.
Autocruise has grown to be the UK’s leading manufacturer of van-conversion motorhomes. It’s got there by offering a wide choice of innovative layouts and great specifications. And being part of the Swift Group gives it the power to keep prices low. For 2013, there’s new styling, even higher specifications and two more new models.
All Autocruise models are based on Fiat Ducato or Peugeot Boxer vans. But these are not just vans; they were specially designed to become motorhomes, and their car-like interiors emphasise that. They’re easy to drive, quiet, economical and comply with the latest Euro5 emission standards. For 2013, they come in a smart light blue metallic paint finish, highlighted with Autocruise’s unique new graphics scheme. The van conversion now has smart new double glazed windows to complete the look.
But the big news for 2013 is inside. The new Italian Ash furniture finish, with its chrome detailing and white gloss doors, really does look stunning. And the Cordone fabric scheme coordinates superbly.
New preformed panels for the rear doors have also been introduced that are easier to clean and improve the overall appearance.
Overhead lockers have been re-styled to incorporate concealed ambient lighting, part of the ultra-low energy lighting system which uses mainly LED fittings. Once you are comfortably established on site, pull out your television, connected to the new Status 530 directional aerial which is designed to receive the new digital signals.
Kitchens are comprehensively equipped with a fridge, a two or three-burner gas hob and grill, and most models also have gas ovens. 2013 models also have space for an optional microwave oven, great for quick meals. When you’re ready to dine, the new extending table can seat up to 4
Fully fitted washrooms give you independence when you want it. This one has a new fold-away washbasin which makes more space for using the toilet or showering. Hot water comes from a new Truma Combi-Boiler, fuelled by gas or mains electric, which also powers the blown-air central heating. And, to give you longer between fill-ups, the insulated fresh water tanks have been increased to 100 litres in all the except the smaller Jazz and Rhythm Compact models.
A really useful innovation for 2013 is the Truma “Drive-Safe” gas regulator, which allows you to run the heating system whilst driving – more comfortable for rear passengers and warm when you arrive on site.
On top of the great standard specification, there’s an optional “Comfort Pack” full of key upgrades including cab air-conditioning. Check it out - it’s so well priced that Autocruise expect all customers to specify it. Also, Fiat’s new automatic gearboxes are now available with the 130bhp engine, and that’s sure to be a popular option.
With such a well-equipped and desirable ‘van you may well be concerned about security. Autocruise have thought of that too - a Tracker Retrieve” Thatcham approved tracking system is now standard equipment. Many insurers insist on trackers, so it could save customers several hundred pounds for fitting one later.
With me now is Lee Roberts, Swift Group’s Motorhome sales manager. Lee, I can see the appeal of a van-conversion motorhome, but they do cost quite a bit of money. Why do you think your sales have increased in recent years while the economy has slowed down?
Lee- “Both new-comers and existing motorhome owners like van conversions because they are easy to drive, multi-purpose and give a better MPG than larger motorhomes. They are compact but comfortable and we offer equipment levels higher than many of the larger motorhomes, so they are good value for money.
I’m excited about the new models in our 2013 range. The Forte combines an ever-popular rear lounge with seats and beds for four people, and the Rhythm Compact is a smaller, lower cost version of our current best seller.”
Thanks Lee. An impressive seven model line-up!