Italian brand Laika is 55 years old this year, and to celebrate that fine achievement, the firm has revamped its longest-lasting range, the Ecovip.
Earlier this year, at a ceremony to mark the actual birthday, the firm also unveiled four new models in its recently launched, more entry-level Kosmo range – two A-classes, an overcab and a campervan.
There’s a new front profile to this year’s Ecovips, which Laika says is designed to be more aerodynamic. This applies to both A-classes and low-profiles, and it is probably the latter that will be more eye-catching, as the moulding behind the front doors now looks rather like a wave coming over the cab.
But there’s still room for a large sunroof, and the new profile includes LED daytime running lights and xenon headlamps.
Inside, whether you go for the standard Italian Walnut furniture or the optional Tuscan Pear, you still get nautical-style Roman blinds, brushed aluminium surround to the kitchen window, a chrome-plated table leg and chrome edging to the table itself. Italian Walnut includes a stone-effect laminate tabletop.
For the Ecovip 100, the extractor fan in the kitchen and the heated waste-water tank are both now standard.
Kosmo gets bigger
The Kosmo 909 and 912 – the two A-class models that the company unveiled at a birthday ceremony held in Florence’s old railway station last April – are both 7.41m long, with four berths, including a drop-down double.
A cost option included in the 909 is the possibility to convert the front L-shaped dinette into a fifth bed. It also has fixed single beds in the rear, while the 912 has a 1.48m-wide height – adjustable island bed in the rear and a fashionable parallel-sofa arrangement up front.
Both ‘vans include a rear garage that is capable of holding a moped, and they have internal headroom that’s an impressive 2.13m.
The firm’s Kosmo F261 overcab, meanwhile, is a compact model at just 6.59m long, but still has five berths (with the option of a sixth), with bunks in the back that are both more than 2m long. Both the bunks and the overcab bed have USB ports and individual reading lights.
As another cost option, the dinette table in the front can be extended by 140cm to create places for six. This area can also form the optional sixth bed. As you might expect in a family ‘van, it comes with a 167-litre fridge.
Finally, the Kosmo Van 6.4 is a rear-lounge van conversion, based on the extra-long-wheelbase Fiat Ducato – so it is 6.36m long.
An optional third bed can be made up from the front dinette. The Van 6.4 also includes a 90-litre fridge and a diesel heater.
Our pick: Ecovip 112
The Ecovip 100 range has always been a great introduction to Laika style, and with the extra equipment now included as standard, it should be extra-comfortable, too.
At a ceremony to mark the actual birthday, the firm also unveiled four new models in its recently launched, more entry-level Kosmo range - two A-classes, an overcab and a campervan