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Thor Motor Coach released the latest Gas Class A motorhome model rankings from Statistical Surveys that named the single floor plan EVO29.1 A.C.E. Motorhome as the 3rd best selling motorhome for the month of April 2011. This follows the “Best of Show” award it earned at its debut a few months ago at the Louisville RV show. This is a clear sign that dealers, as well as retail customers, are pleased.
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The EVO29.1 A.C.E. Motorhome was built with a focus on how a customer would use their coach. It offers the best features of a Class A and a Class C motorhome with an entry level price point. Retail customers are drawn to the clever features and innovative design. In short, it’s the answer to what many Class A and Class C shoppers want. President and CEO of Thor Motor Coach, Bill Fenech, responded to the A.C.E’s success stating, “It is very gratifying to see the retail success of the A.C.E. Motorhome. We took the blinders off in designing the A.C.E., and it’s a homerun.

Our dealers love the product and many are commenting that it’s the best turning motorhome on their lot. Being #3 is encouraging; however we are more focused on building great products with great support. The numbers will follow.”

This same innovation and customer driven design is carried into the other Thor Motor Coach products. Thor Motor Coach strives to provide these “hot products” with a great emphasis on what retail customers are shopping for. This includes intelligent floor plans, a clever use of space, as well as industry leading exterior storage as illustrated by the Mega Storage™ feature offered on several products.

Thor Motor Coach also offers an abundance of standard features at entry level price points and provides superior “after the sale” support. “We want to be everything to everybody, by offering an extraordinary value for your family.” Explained Dana Simon, Vice President of Gas Sales for Thor Motor Coach. He continued with what’s next, “Building on the success of the EVO29.1 with the EVO29.2.”

Thor Motor Coach will continue the evolution with the EVO29.2 A.C.E. Motorhome, which is set to be introduced in the coming weeks. With many territories left undefined and recently partnering with several new dealerships; Thor Motor Coach believes the evolutionary features of the “open concept” EVO29.2 floor plan with its enclosed bathroom will push the A.C.E’s success even further.

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Winnebago Industries, Inc. has been recognized for the tenth consecutive year as the nation’s top-selling motor home manufacturer, according to Statistical Surveys, Inc., a retail reporting service in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Statistical Surveys reported Winnebago Industries’ dealers retailed more Class A and Class C motor homes combined than any other manufacturer’s dealer group in calendar 2010, achieving 18.8 percent market share. Winnebago Industries also became the top-selling Class A market leader for the first time since 1981. Total Class A market share for calendar 2010 was 19.5 percent compared to 16.6 percent for calendar 2009. Winnebago Industries’ Class A diesel market share was 15.2 percent in calendar 2010 versus 11.4 percent in calendar 2009. Winnebago Industries also led the Class A gas market segment with 23.7 percent market share in calendar 2010, compared to 22.9 percent for calendar 2009.

“We’re very pleased that Statistical Surveys once again reported Winnebago Industries as the number one manufacturer of Class A and C motor homes combined in the United States,” said Winnebago Industries Vice President of Sales and Marketing Roger Martin. “We congratulate our loyal employees and our strong dealer network in achieving this top selling position for the tenth consecutive year. We work very hard to develop exciting new products and to provide support for our dealers and retail customers in the form of what we believe are industry-leading sales and service programs. We are pleased that these efforts have resulted in continued success in the retail market. We are particularly pleased with our market share performance in the Class A gas and diesel motor home market segments, due in part to the success of our new 2011 lineup featuring many innovative industry-exclusive features and floorplans.”

Statistical Surveys also reported the ERA as the top-selling Class B model in the industry with 15 percent for calendar 2010. Following a brief hiatus in production to develop the new model, the newly redesigned 2012 ERA will be reintroduced this Spring.

Pablo Carmona proudly pounded on the side of the MVP RV’s first Tahoe, a Class C recreation vehicle that resembles a small house on the back of a truck, moments before it would drive away from the assembly line.

“My first one,” the company’s director of operations said, smiling. “It feels so good.”

Less than three years ago, Carmona and two other Thor California executives started MVP RV, and less than two months after that the country, along with the company, slid headfirst into one of the nation’s worst financial downturns. The new company downsized, cut back, shut down and searched for funding.

Jaime Martinez, left, and Horasio Hermosillo apply glue that will bond a rubber roof to a trailer. MVP RV foundered in the recession. Then it found a partner. “I had faith we were going to find somebody to believe in us,” says Pablo Carmona , director of operations.

MVP’s fortunes have since taken a U-turn for the better with a Chinese business partner on board and a $310 million agreement to build and export 30,000 RVs to China, as well as plans to develop an all-electric RV for customers here and abroad.
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