Adria Twin SLX photoThe Adria Twin SLX has been named the High-Top Van Conversion of the Year 2013 by Motorcaravan Motorhome Monthly (MMM), the UK’s best-selling motorhome magazine, and Which Motorhome, the UK’s number one magazine for motorhome testing, at their prestigious 2013 awards.

This is the second year running that MMM magazine has joined forces with Which Motorhome magazine to create one set of combined awards that recognise the best new campervans and motorhomes on sale in the UK.

The Motorhome Awards 2013 were sponsored by the Caravan Club and were held at the Luton Hoo Hotel on Wednesday 9th January, with dealers and manufacturers from the motorhome industry present.

Expert and experienced judges from the two magazines considered all the models new to the UK market or that have undergone significant design specification upgrades in the past 12 months. In selecting the winners, the judges considered the functionality of the layout, the build quality and overall usability, as well as how the motorhome performs on the road and on the campsite, right through to whether it offers value for money.

The Adria Twin SLX is a great example of a high-top van conversion and impressed the judges with the best take yet on the increasingly popular fixed single bed floorplan in a van conversion. Not only does the SLX have an excellent bedroom but this can be converted to a massive storage area when required. It’s the washroom that really separates the Adria from its key rivals, though.

Adria was also runners-up in the Compact Motorhome of the Year 2013 with its Sport 571 SP.

The judging panel selected the Globecar Vario 545 as the runner-up in the High-Top Van Conversion of the Year category, while the Globecar Roadscout R and Murvi Pimento were nominated for consideration in this class.

Head of the judging panel and editor of Which Motorhome, Peter Vaughan, commented: “Adria has a long heritage of producing top-quality van conversions and this new Twin SLX will convert more buyers from coachbuilt motorhomes into high-top van conversions. The execution of its bathroom is especially clever.”

While Daniel Attwood, Managing Editor of MMM and Which Motorhome magazines, added: “These awards are the most important in the motorhome industry. Readers considering buying a new campervan will use the results to help them decide which ‘van should be at the top of their shopping list. Adria is to be congratulated for producing the Twin SLX, which beat off stiff competition in this sector to be named High-Top Van Conversion of the Year 2013.”

MMM and Which Motorhome magazines recognise that demand for high-top van conversions has remained very buoyant despite the difficult economic situation.

This is because these vehicles offer more living space than a small campervan but are more versatile and easier to drive than a coachbuilt motorhome. The new breed of base vehicles also makes them more car-like than ever before to drive. They are often used as everyday vehicles during the week and leisure vehicles for the weekends and holidays. The latest Euro V engines offer more power, less emissions and better fuel economy. Meanwhile, enhanced base vehicle dimensions mean converters can fit in more than ever into what is still a vehicle with the finite external dimensions of a commercial van. The latest generation of high-top van conversions can offer luxuries like fixed beds, spacious washrooms or comfortable lounges that were once only the preserve of larger coachbuilt motorhomes.

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