Camp Westfalia returns to North America in 2024
The brand’s Columbus wagon is based on the Fiat Ducato, the Ram’s ProMaster sibling.
September 13, 2023 in 7:35 PM ET
Westfalia, the German company known for its RV conversions, is returning to North America with an official launch in 2024. It has yet to provide details about its model lineup but plans to unveil it to potential dealers at the RV Dealer Open House in Elkhart, Indiana, later this month.
While the Westfalia brand is most often associated with Volkswagen in the US, the company does camper conversions for other brands. It was acquired by DaimlerChrysler in the early 2000s and built the James Cook wagon based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. A few James Cook campers made their way to US shores as the Dodge Sprinter Westfalia and were sold by Airstream. However, sales never lived up to expectations, and Airstream stopped importing them in 2006.
Westfalia was later acquired by France’s Rapido Group, a consortium that also owns Roadtrek, a Canadian wagon brand. Roadtrek recently began work on securing Westfalia’s return to the North American market to complement its core range of camper vans. She believes the Westfalia brand still has value despite its disappearance from North America nearly two decades ago.
No details were provided about the Westfalia vehicle itself. And based on what can be seen in the main image, the Westphalia appears to be a full-size truck with a Ram ProMaster-like front bumper. Using the ProMaster as a starting point makes sense. Westfalia is offering the Columbus wagon in Europe based on the Fiat Ducato, the ProMaster’s Italian sibling.
In Europe, the Ducato-based Westfalia Columbus campervan has a classic floor plan and is equipped with an optional pop-up roof. It has a high rear double bed, a kitchenette on the passenger side, and a bathroom on the driver’s side. Up front, the dinette includes a two-seater aft bench and uses swivel cabin seats. In some models, the dinette can be converted into a bed.
We expect to learn more details after the RV Dealer’s open house, scheduled for September 25-27, where Roadtrek is one of the exhibitors. Roadtrek currently offers 10 models based on the Ram ProMaster, including the Play Slumber and Zion Slumber, two campers that feature pop-up sleeping areas.
Failed to fetch backend
ID number: 163512494
Varnish cache server