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Our Gentleman Jack Bancroft is an irredeemable motorcaravaning enthusiast. His family have been camping, caravanning and motorcaravanning since 1928. Jack and his wife Flora are now on their tenth motorhome, a 2003 Auto-Sleeper Pollensa on a Ford Transit base. They have toured extensively at home and abroad, including a period of full-timing. Here, Jack answers your motorcaravanning queries:
Q: I’ve just seen a review on the Practical Motorhome website in which the author said that an Auto-Trail ’van was based on a SEVEL. It looks like it’s on a Fiat. Are they the same thing?
A: Yes and no! SEVEL is actually an acronym for a cooperative venture between Fiat, Citroën and Peugeot. So all Fiat Ducatos are SEVELs but not all SEVELs are Ducatos. SEVEL mass-produces vehicles that are collaborative ventures between the three manufacturers, although each participant also produces other maker-specific models at its own factories.
Currently there are two main SEVEL factories in Europe: SEVEL Sud is in Italy and it is here that all Fiat Ducato, Citroën Relay and Peugeot Boxer chassis are made; SEVEL Nord is in France. Their output consists of people carriers and car-derived motorhomes.
SEVEL’s full title in Italian is Societá Europea Veicoli Leggeri, so you can see why most people abbreviate it!