Laika, named after the first dog in space, is owned by Hymer. Apart from German managing director Hermann Pfaff, however, it remains an Italian operation, which shows through in the design details.

Laika’s approach to design has always impressed us. Spend time in any of its ‘vans and you’ll find touches that make life easier. This high-end class of coachbuilt is not strongly contested, especially among UK manufacturers who rarely offer fixed bunk floor plans. However, there are family buyers with £40-50,000 to spend, and their standards are high. They want a year-round touring vehicle that drives well and looks good, with a huge amount of storage space.