Wednesday 9 March 2011


A commercial vehicle van centre in Tonbridge has seen demand for its Volkswagen campervans increase after a campervan hire and accessory company placed an order worth £400,000.

Southern Motor Group Van Centre (SMG) has supplied a fleet of seven luxury Volkswagen California’s to CamperVantastic throughout 2010 with a further orders expected.

CamperVantastic was born in 2007 when owner, Steve Lumley was offered redundancy. The former charity retail manager seized the opportunity and embarked on a European family tour in a Volkswagen California.

The successful experience led to the launch of the business which aims to become the leading hirer of campervans in the UK.

The relationship between the Morley Road Volkswagen van centre and CamperVantastic has been beneficial to both parties, as Steve explains.

“The efficient service and aftersales care from the SMG team has been crucial in helping to build our 100 per cent Volkswagen brand and business reputation. It’s a delight to work with people who are equally as passionate about the California’s.

“The business has gone from strength to strength as the vehicles are available for both UK and European holiday hire. We include everything for a stress-free break including insurance, kitchen and dinning equipment and satellite navigation systems.

“We also provide an impartial campervan advice service which has been favourable for both SMG sales as well as strengthening our expertise.”

Each California, which sleeps four, is brightly coloured emulating the companies fun approach to holidays and features an electrically powered pop-up roof with a double bed and fuel efficiently benefits

Laine Watts, brand manager at SMG Volkswagen Van Centre, said: “The Volkswagen Campervan has always been an iconic vehicle and the California model combines the brands classic qualities with modern day luxuries.

“Thanks to CamperVantastic even more people can enjoy the Volkswagen campervan experience in an affordable way.”

For further information on the Volkswagen range at Southern Motor Group Van Centre call 01732 778877 or for CamperVantastic visit
For further information please contact Sue Foster or Lucas Coe on 01902 714957 or email

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