SsangYong Motors UK is delighted to supply three SsangYong vehicles to support one of the UK’s largest caravan manufacturers, Bailey of Bristol, for its latest overseas roadtrip adventure. Bailey of Bristol, in association with the Caravan and Motorhome Club, is embarking on a new and inspiring 3,500-mile intercontinental caravan adventure this week to Morocco, named the ‘Sahara Challenge’.
The challenge will commence from the Bailey production facility in Bristol, travel through Spain and Portugal and across the Strait of Gibraltar into Morocco, then over the Atlas Mountains and as far south as the edge of the Sahara Desert – the birthplace of the original caravans – before returning home. The marathon journey will take 20 days to complete with the team experiencing a range of potentially extreme road and weather conditions along the way.
A new Bailey Discovery D4-4 caravan will be towed by a SsangYong Korando Pioneer, a car designed with the caravanning market in mind, and another Discovery D4-4 by SsangYong’s flagship SUV, Rexton 4x4. The support team for the challenge will drive the award-winning Musso Saracen pick-up that will carry crew and vital equipment. All three models represent SsangYong values to the core – a comprehensively equipped, value for money package, with a surprising level of interior refinement and infotainment, as well as an impressive 7-year/150,000-mile warranty.
Nick Laird, managing director at SsangYong Motors UK, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Sahara Challenge. The crew will endure challenging terrain and weather, but our vehicles will be right at home demonstrating how they tackle real-world conditions, doing what they do best – rugged terrain, and towing!” Laird continued; “This is a perfect challenge for us - the caravan market has been and still is extremely important for SsangYong in the UK and we can’t wait to see the output so we can share it with our customers and our followers. It’s great to support real people, in real conditions, going back to the roots and origin of caravanning.”
The Sahara Challenge vehicles will be driven by representatives from Bailey of Bristol, the Caravan and Motorhome Club and media guests. Throughout the journey, the core team will be also joined by a wide range of guests including media representatives from both inside and outside the industry.
Talking about the forthcoming trip, Simon Howard, marketing director at Bailey of Bristol, said: “The 20-day Sahara Challenge will demonstrate just where a caravan and a SsangYong tow car can take you. We are delighted to have SsangYong’s support with three superb and capable vehicles and are very excited about the trip – watch this space!”
As they travel towards the Sahara, the team will post regular blogs/vlogs and social media updates via the Bailey of Bristol, the Caravan and Motorhome Club and the SsangYong Motors UK social media channels using the hashtag, #SaharaChallenge.
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SsangYong Korando Pioneer
The Korando Pioneer, is available the 1.6 diesel engine with automatic transmission, in 2WD and 4WD. Aimed at the caravan and towing market, the Pioneer has a 2-tonne towing capacity, a full-size spare wheel, and a whole host of safety equipment and infotainment, including an 8” touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Auto Android. Korando’s newly developed Euro 6D-T compliant 1.6 litre diesel engine produces 136PS max power and 324Nm max torque delivering a smooth, progressive and powerful driving experience. It’s durable and fuel efficient, so the 1.6 diesel engine is the perfect choice when peak torque performance and fuel economy are a priority.
SsangYong Musso Saracen
Designed to carry passengers in comfort and transport loads securely, the SUV-based Musso combines a five-seat crew-cab body style with a workman-like load. It carries a payload of over 1-tonne and tows trailers of up to 3.5-tonnes concurrently to give the highest total load capacity in the segment. This combination of utility pick-up and SUV means Musso offers the perfect blend of functionality, versatility, practicality, performance and comfort to the driver and passengers. With an Aisin 6-speed automatic transmission, Musso is powered by the same e-XDi220 engine found in the Rexton and delivers a maximum power of 181ps at 4,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 420Nm at 1,400 to 2,800rpm.
SsangYong Rexton ELX
The Rexton powertrain employs an uprated e-XDi220 engine 2.2 litre turbo diesel engine manufactured by SsangYong, which delivers maximum power of 181PS and maximum torque of 420Nm. Its’ highly efficient, extremely quiet delivers progressive acceleration from a standing start, and strong low-end torque, typical of a SsangYong power unit. The powertrain has been proven to deliver outstanding output in the low to mid-range and is ideal for those wishing to tow a double horsebox, large caravan or commercial trailer. Rexton has strong ladder chassis providing a substantial towing platform of 3,500kg, and a kerb weight of between 2,095 - 2,233kg, which is particularly important for anyone towing a heavy caravan.
Made in Korea
SsangYong cars are manufactured in South Korea by SsangYong Motor, which is 75 per cent owned by the Indian engineering conglomerate Mahindra & Mahindra and imported into the UK by SsangYong Motor UK. Established in 1954, SsangYong is Korea's oldest vehicle manufacturer and only 4x4 and SUV specialist producer. There are currently some 65 SsangYong dealers covering England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with new locations being added to the network all the time. To download hi res images via the SsangYong online press office visit: https://media.ssangyonggb.co.uk/
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About Bailey of Bristol
The Bailey of Bristol website contains full details of its caravan and motorhome ranges as well as all the latest company news and information: baileyofbristol.co.uk.
Founded in 1948, Bailey of Bristol is the longest established UK independent manufacturer with over 70 years’ experience in leisure vehicle production and design. During this period our family-owned business has grown to become not only the manufacturer of the UK’s most popular caravan brand, but also one of the largest in Europe. In 2011, the company brought this same level of expertise to the motorhome world, as well as expanding to new export markets in Australia, New Zealand and South Korea.
With more Bailey leisure vehicles on the road in the UK than any other, our company has earned its place as The Nation's Favourite. The signature build quality, comprehensive specification and superb value for money combine to set us apart from the competition and will ensure people will continue to ‘Go Bailey’ for many years’ to come.
Ten years’ ago, the company introduced the Alu-Tech body shell construction system, which is seen by most observers as the most significant development in leisure vehicle production technology for three decades. Providing genuine design innovation, this fully patented technology means that Bailey leisure vehicles are now some of the best engineered and most technically advanced on the market, keeping owners comfortable, safe and secure, no matter how tough the conditions.
freedomtogo.co.uk: As a leading UK manufacturer, Bailey of Bristol is a keen supporter of the ‘Freedom to Go’ campaign developed by the caravan and motorhome industry to help people discover and plan their next adventure or relaxing escape. It offers inspiring ideas on where to go on holiday, and what to do when you get there, plus helpful advice, such as comparing whether a caravan or motorhome is the right and affordable choice.
About the Caravan and Motorhome Club
Champions of the great outdoors – from glamping to touring – the Caravan and Motorhome Club represents the interests of around one million caravan, motorhome, campervan and trailer tent owners across the UK. Founded in 1907, the Caravan and Motorhome Club has a wealth of experience and prides itself on offering great value and high-quality campsites for tourers and glampers.
Caravan and Motorhome Club membership is just £54 per year and provides members with access to 2700 quality campsites in the UK and overseas. The Club offers over 340 campsites across Europe including France, Spain and Germany amongst other destinations. All members can take advantage of expert advice, overseas travel services, great ferry offers, cover and insurance and exclusive member offers and discounts.
The Club offers a choice of glamping accommodation, motorhome hire and tent camping through its Experience Freedom operation, all of which are available to non-members. Caravan and Motorhome Club members receive a 10% discount on glamping and 15% discount on motorhome hire. To find out more about Experience Freedom, visit www.experiencefreedom.co.uk
For further information about becoming a member of the Caravan and Motorhome Club, please visit www.camc.com or call 01342 318 813.
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