Business feature: Wendekreisen


Business feature: Wendekreisen Business feature: Wendekreisen
Business feature: Wendekreisen Business feature: Wendekreisen
Business feature: Wendekreisen Business feature: Wendekreisen
Business feature: Wendekreisen Business feature: Wendekreisen
Business feature: Wendekreisen Business feature: Wendekreisen
Business feature: Wendekreisen Business feature: Wendekreisen
Business feature: Wendekreisen Business feature: Wendekreisen
Business feature: Wendekreisen Business feature: Wendekreisen
Business feature: Wendekreisen Business feature: Wendekreisen

MCD checks back in with the family business Wendekreisen

When MCD caught up with Wendekreisen last year, the business had just begun building their 2016 model Koru Star 2ST on the LDV V80 Biggest vans. Six months later, the LDV has proven its worth with three models now on offer.

With more than 25 years in the motorhome industry, family-owned business Wendekreisen has gone from strength to strength. From their early days as an airfare ticketing service provider, the business has grown by listening to feedback from customers and adapting to meet their ever-changing needs.

Founded in 1990, the purchase of a single campervan for their clients a year later saw the company quickly evolve into a successful motorhome and caravan company.

By 2000, Wendekreisen had built its first fleet of two-berth campervan vehicles. The units were based on the discontinued Mazda E2000 and offered a good value-for-money option in the New Zealand campervan rental market. The vehicle was extremely successful and became Wendekreisen’s first continuous campervan production line.

LDV proving a big success

In August 2016 the business launched the Koru Star 2ST (also known as the Classic) on the international award-winning V80 Biggest LDV van. Wendekreisen has now built 33 of these models for the rental market and has refined the manufacturing process down to a fine art with a clean, standardised finish. Just three months into 2017, the business has now developed a further two LDV-based models, the Walkthrough—a two-berth model with walkthrough to the front cab—and the U-shape, which is similar in layout to the Classic with a U-shape lounge suite in the rear and additional storage below the bed.

With a commitment to manufacture LDV units year-round, the business is now considering expanding the manufacturing operation to allow for increased annual volumes and range expansion.

Wendekreisen’s managing director, Sascha Warnken, says the combination of Wendekreisen and LDV provides customers with excellent value for money.

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"The LDV V80 delivers a reliable, larger than HiAce-sized campervan solution at a very low cost."

One of Europe’s most recognised commercial vehicle brands, LDV vans are the choice of the British government for use by the Royal Bank, Royal Mail and even as travel vehicles for the British Royal Family.

LDV has also been the recipient of numerous international awards including Best New Van, Innovation Award, and Van of the Year.

"We now have reliability statistics for the LDV and its performance has exceeded our expectations," Sascha says. "The LDV V80 is proving itself as a very solid vehicle. It is excellent value for money without mechanical shortcomings. We are stoked!"

New models, new features

Sascha says the team received some excellent feedback on the Classic at last year’s Hamilton show.

"This has helped us make a number of improvements and refinements, resulting in three customer-focused models."

Each of the three models has concealed ambient LED lighting in the rear as well as upgraded upholstery to achieve an edge. "We have experimented with different Warwick fabric combinations to achieve the ‘wow factor’ and to showcase what is possible," Sascha says. Two of the models on display also feature mould-resistant carpet linings on the side walls.

Handcrafted in Wendekreisen’s Auckland factory, the interior furniture of each model not only looks good but is also made to last with durable plywood covered by hardwearing, yet visually attractive veneer. Materials such as MDF and particleboard are not used at all. The rear tow bar and step combination is fitted to all sale vehicles at no additional cost. And because Wendekreisen is a member of the Master Joiners Association, customers know the standard of workmanship is extremely high. 

Andrew Munro was so impressed with Wendekreisen’s motorhomes that he purchased one after a short hire period. "I’m very impressed with Wendekreisen’s attention to detail, solution-based care, and the best value attitude from hire through to final purchase," he says. 

All three models will be on display at this year’s Covi Supershow, finished in stunning silver and available for immediate purchase. The display vehicles also have a range of optional extras fitted such as a Fiamma awning, the roof mounted semi-automatic satellite VuDOME, a Parrot Asteroid System with reversing camera, and budge bars with sides.

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