Gary, Daryl, and Brett recently returned from a trip to France via Japan, and we can't wait to hear all the stories.
As you may be aware, recent years have been extremely challenging for the automotive manufacturing industry and the current war in Europe has extended
many of the issues we thought would be rectified by now. Motorhome manufacturers are still struggling to source certain chassis, parts, and labour, and are working through many challenges. However, Pilote managed to continue their path of constant development and improvement and the Smiths were impressed with the progress since the last visit in 2019.
Groupe Pilote remains a family-owned business despite the growth and size of the operation and we at Deluxe are as proud as ever to represent the brand in the southern hemisphere.
Above: Number three Pilote motorhome ever built. The boys loved to see the Bedford base as a reminder of the past.
Besides checking out the factory, discussing current improvements and nurturing our relationship with Pilote staff, future projects and brand-new motorhome projects on the horizon were thoroughly talked about.
Above: Another great find was this 90's Pilote family motorhome...
A company like Pilote is always working on new projects, new concepts, and ways to deal with current challenges. Its paramount for any business to move with times and adjust operations as needed and whilst we can't share the secrets and all new concepts, we are very excited to officially have ordered the first Pilote Atlas motorhomes for the New Zealand Market.
Above: In 2022 Le Voyageur decided to go back to the roots and launched the new Le Voyageur Heritage range base on a Mercedes-Benz chassis. Gary managed to spot a relic of the past with this beautiful vintage Le Voyageur motorhome.
The brand-new range is based on a Ford chassis and will add another great option for customers who are looking to purchase something different.
"60 years of travel and innovation!
On the occasion of its 60th anniversary and to further underline its dreams of adventure and limitless travel, Pilote is launching its new Atlas range on Ford Trail chassis."
Keep your eyes peeled and I will ensure to share any further news and estimated arrival dates. We are currently hoping to premiere the new Atlas Motorhome in 2024.
Above: Vintage hand tools before machines and power tools took over the world.
The guys also enjoyed getting a factory tour (Unfortunately we can't share photos from the inside of the factory) and are excited to return next year. Make sure to come in and have a chat with the Smith's if you are keen to find out further details.
Above: Brand-new Pilote motorhomes waiting to be picked up and shipped.
Above: Besides visiting the factory the Smiths kept a little time aside for site seeing and exploring the surroundings.
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