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Airstream Interstate, built on Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis

Airstream Interstate, built on Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis

Airstream announced that its popular Interstate Class B motorhome model will be available in Canada beginning in Spring 2013. The Airstream Interstate, built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis, claimed the spot of number one selling B-van model in the US for 2011 and through September 2012 according to Statistical Surveys Inc.

The Interstate boasts over 50 best in class features that distinguish it from its competitors. As a result, the Interstate has experienced tremendous growth in the US market, commanding 17 percent market share through September 2012.  Interstate sales are up 72 percent year over year in the United States, leading Airstream to discuss opportunities for expansion in Canada.

“The Interstate offers a unique blend of luxury, design and performance that we are confident will do well in the Canadian marketplace,” said Airstream President and CEO Bob Wheeler. “We see tremendous possibility in this region and look forward to a very active spring, when our Canadian customers can hit the open road in the Interstate for the first time.”

Airstream plans to meet with potential Canadian dealers at the 50th annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky, November 27-29. At the show, the company will also debut a new nine-seat option for the Interstate, at the request of many dealers.

“As a result of our success in the United States, we have had several inquiries from both dealer and retail customers from Canada,” said Airstream General Manager Tim Garner. “We believe the combination of best in class product with progressive dealer programs will drive similar success in Canada and we look forward to discussing these opportunities with Canadian dealers in Louisville.”

For more information and dealership locations in Canada please visit www.airstream.com.

 

Lance Truck Campers Honored with DSI Quality Circle Award

Lance Truck Campers Honored with DSI Quality Circle Award

 Lance Camper is proud that the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) will honor Lance Camper along with 12 other manufacturers with its Quality Circle Award November 26, prior to opening of the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky.

According to the RVDA the honored brands had to receive at least 15 dealer responses and score 80% or above for overall dealer satisfaction in the Association’s 19th Annual Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) survey.

“We’re honored by the continued recognition by our dealers as represented by the DSI Award,” says Jack Cole, President of Lance Campers. “We continually strive to build an exceptional product – constantly challenging to best ourselves. And by incorporating dealer and consumer feedback, we seem to have a successful formula.”

In consideration of the DSI Award, the RVDA asks dealers to express their level of satisfaction on a number of factors that directly affect a high quality experience for the consumer.

The 19th Annual DSI survey was conducted between April and July 2012. Four hundred and sixty-one dealers responded to the DSI providing extensive data in the selection of the honorees.

FOREST CITY, Iowa–Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE:WGO), one of the leading United States (U.S.) motor home manufacturers, today reported continued improvement in financial results during the Company’s first quarter of Fiscal year 2011.

Revenues for the first quarter of Fiscal 2011 ended November 27, 2010 were $123.7 million, an increase of 52.7 percent, versus $81.0 million for the first quarter of Fiscal 2010. The Company reported an operating profit of $4.9 million for the quarter, versus an operating loss of $6.0 million for the first quarter of Fiscal 2010. Net income for the first quarter was $3.8 million versus a net loss of $1.3 million for the first quarter of Fiscal 2010. On a diluted per share basis, the Company had net income of $0.13 for the first quarter of Fiscal 2011 versus a net loss of $0.05 for the first quarter of Fiscal 2010. The net loss for the first quarter of Fiscal 2010 reflected the positive impact of $4.9 million in tax benefits associated with additional Fiscal 2009 net operating loss carryback due to tax law changes in Fiscal 2010; however, no tax benefits were recorded on first quarter Fiscal 2010 pre-tax losses which were not immediately subject to refund. During the first quarter of Fiscal 2011, an idled assembly facility in Charles City, Iowa (CCMF) classified as held for sale, was sold to CGS Tires US, Inc. The sale was finalized on November 1, 2010 and generated $3.7 million in net proceeds and a gain of $644,000.

The first quarter was positively impacted by increased motor home deliveries, increased average selling price due to a shift to more higher-priced Class A products, more fixed cost absorption and improved labor efficiencies as a result of higher production levels, as well as the sale of CCMF.

“Increased motor home deliveries continued to drive the improvement in our first quarter Fiscal 2011 results,” said Winnebago Industries’ Chairman, CEO and President Bob Olson. “We are pleased to see increases in our delivery volumes, as well as strength in our Class A products in the marketplace, with gains in both Class A gas and diesel market share. As we enter the slower winter months, however, we remain cautious until we see continued retail growth.”

“We experienced a very positive response from dealers on our new 2011 products shown at the recent National RV Trade Show in Louisville, KY which took place November 30 through December 2, 2010,” continued Olson. “Our dealers were particularly excited about the new Class A diesel Winnebago Tour and Itasca Ellipse products for 2011, which were totally redesigned with a new exterior design and four floorplans unique to the Recreation Vehicle (RV) industry. We also displayed several new floorplans in our Class A gas and Class C product lines, in addition to the premier viewing of our new 2012 ERA Class B motor home, with better user-functionality, enhanced features, more storage capacity and more value.”

Winnebago Industries’ dealer inventory increased 31.8 percent with 2,066 Class A, B and C motor homes on dealers’ lots at the end of the first quarter of Fiscal 2011, compared to the end of the first quarter of Fiscal 2010. Conversely, Winnebago Industries’ sales order backlog was 698 Class A, B and C motor homes at the end of the first quarter of Fiscal 2011, a decrease of 54.1 percent compared to the end of the first quarter of Fiscal 2010.

“Our higher sales order backlog last year at this time was indicative of the fact dealer inventory had bottomed out and our dealers were finally ready to re-stock their shelves with new product,” said Olson. “We responded to that increased demand by ramping up our production a year ago and dealer inventory has remained at a consistent level and in line with retail demand since February 2010.”

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