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Old 06-11-2019, 10:11 PM   #31
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This story about Westfalia James Cook Sprinter Camper was posted today on RV Business news. Also has embedded link to original story from Motor1.com. Doesn't specifically say this is coming to USA.Canada, but seems to imply it will.

https://www.rvbusiness.com/blog/west...e-out-bed.html

Endit: Followed all chained links that took me to the original Westfalia story:
https://www.westfalia-mobil.com/en/n...gotha_engl.php

This is just another story about the early May introduction at Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf. Don't know why Motor! or RV Business is making this news now.
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Old 06-12-2019, 01:41 AM   #32
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Considering that Roadtrek's attempt a few years back to sell the concept of the bed pushing out from the rear was not successful (or popular), it would seem an odd choice to start with in a new market.
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Old 06-12-2019, 07:36 PM   #33
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Attracting young families to simplicities of camping by bringing simple, high quality camper vans at right costs could rejuvenate the camper van market. Young family van means 2+3 sitting and 2+3 sleeping with designed in fixability at any RV dealer. I don’t know if it is possible to design such a van today but it was possible in the past, my 77 Westfalia had 5 seats, 2+3 sleeping, my 85 Westfalia had 7 seats, 2+3 sleeping and both of them were less than 15’ in length.

I hope Westfalia will strive for B class rejuvenation and with past efforts of Hymer and good vans from Winnebago (still too expensive) this market segment will grow.
I wonder what the demographics say about the market, since that should determine where VW (and other manufacturers) concentrates it's R&D and marketing efforts. So, which is larger: The demographic bubble of Baby Boomers retiring with discretionary income and capital to spend on leisure time and vehicles, or growing families with new mortgages and other expenses and financial commitments? Personally, I want to see more 2 person Class B vehicles rather than small RVs that try to cram too many people into too small a space, and usually with too many compromises on effective usage of that limited space... In either case, I heartily welcome the increased competition from European manufacturers with what I think are superior designs and quality control compared to the often corner-cutting American RVIA members.
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I am positive that marketing study will be done by Rapido/Westfalia to determine the best strategy. NA B-class manufacturers went after baby boomers’ easy money skipping more price sensitive market segments.

Unfortunately, the retirees’ market will not last forever, without new younger buyers this B Class market will struggle, I hope Rapido/Westfalia are here for long term. Westfalia has many models aimed at different market segments in EU, why not here. Hymer tried, Winnebago is slowly heading that direction as well.
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I am positive that marketing study will be done by Rapido/Westfalia to determine the best strategy. NA B-class manufacturers went after baby boomers’ easy money skipping more price sensitive market segments.
I expect that they will be looking closely at the sales of the Hymer rigs which were directed to the younger Class B buyers, and based on social media, were very popular with young families and young active couples. Lots of FB threads on how to connect child seats and how to carry the surfboards, canoes, and serious bicycles that are too expensive to strap on the back. The introduction of the Aktiv loft brought even more.

EGHNA left the boomer market to Roadtrek.
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