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By: On: Wednesday May 15 2013

Winnebago Rand McNally

Rand McNally’s RV GPS navigation will be featured as part of the new X1 family of infotainment systems in 2014 Winnebago, Itasca and Winnebago Touring Coach motorhomes.

The new X1S 6″ and the industry first, X1 DM 10.4″ Infotainment Systems are the two options chosen by Winnebago. With a 10.4″ display the X1 DM offers the largest integrated, in-dash OEM solution in the RV market today.

“Our Winnebago Industries motorhome owners expect the best from us,” says Russ Garfin,m product manager, Winnebago Industries. “We’ve partnered with the navigation industry’s best – Rand McNally – to provide navigation and routing information specific to RV travel, providing RV-specific stops along the way and enhancing the trip experience.”

By: On: Thursday May 9 2013
Winnebago Travato Touring Coach

The new Winnebago Travato is built on the Ram ProMaster chassis.

At a recent dealer event in Las Vegas, Winnebago unveiled several new models, including a whole new motorized product line.

The Winnebago Touring Coach line joins Winnebago and Itasca to make up the three motorhome product lines of Winnebago Industries. Winnebago Touring Coach includes the very successful Era product, which is built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis, as well as the new Travato Class B product built on the new Ram ProMaster Chassis. The Travato is a new fuel-efficient entry into the Class B market with fuel economy of 15-18 miles per gallon.

To expand on the launch of the affordable Class A gas Winnebago Vista and Itasca Sunstar 26HE, the Vista and Sunstar lineup has expanded to include the new 31KE model. Offering the same value traits, the 31KE is intended for couples or families on the go with a U-shaped dinette, mid-coach TV and walk-around queen bed.

Winnebago Industries has also grown the recently launched Winnebago Minnie Winnie and Itasca Spirit family, with the new Minnie Winnie Premier and Spirit Silver models, providing upscale features and amenities, as well as eye-catching exterior deluxe graphics.

By: On: Tuesday March 12 2013

Winnebago Era Class B MotorhomeCiting a report from Statistical Surveys, Inc., Winnnebago says that its Era model was the number one selling Class B motorhome model in North America in 2012.

In the motorhome retail registration reports issued for December of 2012 for the U.S. and Canada, the Era model was listed as the top selling Class B model in calendar 2012, with market share of 16.0% compared to 7.6% for calendar 2011. Winnebago’s volume growth was 167% above retail registrations during calendar 2011 compared to industry growth of 28%.

By: On: Friday February 22 2013

Winnebago AdventurerAccording to a study done by Statistical Surveys, Inc., Winnebago is the largest motorhome manufacturer in the United States. In fact, the retail reporting service noted that Winnebago sold the most units and experienced the largest volume of growth in motorhome retail registrations in 2012.

In the U.S. motorhome retail registration report issued for December of 2012, Winnebago Industries was listed as the top selling manufacturer for Class A and Class C motorhomes in calendar 2012, with market share of 20.6% compared to 19.0% for calendar 2011. Winnebago Industries’ volume growth was 16.1% above retail registrations during calendar 2011 compared to industry growth of 7.3%.

By: On: Wednesday December 5 2012

Winnebago RVIA ShowWinnebago Industries unveiled a number of RVs at the 50th Annual Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 27-29.

“Our motorized and towable lineups at this year’s RVIA National Trade Show were phenomenal,” says Winnebago Industries’ Chairman of the Board, CEO and President Randy Potts. “Not only did we show some of our hottest floorplans, but also a number of concepts were shown in order to gauge dealer response. What we heard was positive and armed with this information – we are going to continue to take Winnebago Industries in exciting new directions that will meet and exceed the needs and demands of today’s RVers.”

Highlights of the Company’s motorized division included:

Winnebago Minnie Winnie 25B

The Winnebago Minnie Winnie unveiled a new 25B floorplan at the show. Winnebago feels this value-priced coach is perfect for consumers just entering the RV lifestyle or experienced RVers seeking a great value. With a rear corner bed and bath, the front of the coach offers a dinette with opposing sofa/sleeper. An overhead bunk provides yet another place to sleep at night, while the galley is mid-coach.

By: On: Tuesday May 15 2012

2013 Winnebago Vista RallyWinnebago Industries, Inc. is hosting Dealer Days in Las Vegas to launch the Company’s exciting new 2013 lineup of Winnebago, Itasca and Era motor homes and Winnebago and SunnyBrook towable products.

“The recessionary mindset of ‘let’s just survive’ is officially over,” says Winnebago Industries’ Chairman, CEO and President Randy Potts. “This is not your father’s Winnebago Industries and the 2013 products are just a start. We are no longer doing business the way we have always done it in the past. We are here to succeed.”

A brand new Winnebago Vista Rally and Itasca Sunstar Sport 26HE were introduced for 2013.

2013 Winnebago TOUR 42GD interior“This new ultra-value, entry level Class A product is the result of an accelerated product development process unlike anything we’ve done before,” says Potts. “The process involved teams from nearly all areas of the company. The teams were challenged and empowered to become champions of change. The results were everything we had hoped for. The Vista Rally and Sunstar Sport being introduced today are great looking products, they’re loaded with standard features; and best of all, they’re priced to be fantastic values!”

The new 2013 Winnebago Journey and Itasca Meridian models feature new exterior styling, new logos, six all-new paint schemes and the new 34B floorplan. The 34B features a full wall slide, an extendable sectional Comfort Sofa/Sleeper, as well as extendable dining table, chairs and buffet with retractable 40-inch LCD HDTV. According to Winnebago, the Maxum chassis featured on these units delivers powerful and nimble performance with its lowered rail design that creates cavernous storage compartments with up to 220 cubic feet of exterior storage capacity.

By: On: Wednesday March 10 2010

winnebago-era0310Winnebago Industries, Inc. has developed and manufactured a new Ability Equipped design for its ERA Class B motor home.

According to Winnebago, the ERA features an additional new floorplan available for those with special physical needs. The new Ability Equipped floorplan  is designed to meet the needs of those customers who face physical challenges.

The Ability Equipped ERA features a Ricon KlearVue lift in the rear of the motor home. This lift is designed to provide easy access into the ERA while its low profile design allows an unobstructed view out the windows of the rear entrance door.

Additionally, the unit boasts wider aisle-way for easier navigation inside the motor home and wheelchair lock-downs on the driver’s side of the vehicle behind the front cab seats. Also, bath doors swing out for easy access into the bathroom and an assist bar and second shower head holder are found in the wet bath.

Other features include a custom galley with sink, stovetop, microwave mounted under stovetop for easy access, and Waeco refrigerator which extends on a sliding tray from the end of the galley cabinet.

By: On: Wednesday September 9 2009

118CEO_Interview_Winnebago.sff.standalone.prod_affiliate.4Below is an interview from the Associated Press with Winnebago (NYSE: WGO) CEO Robert Olson. Winnebago has endured a rocky-road the past 12 months. Their stock closed today at $12.12, up from their 52-week low of $3.14
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Q: It’s been a torturous couple of years for your industry, a 55 percent decline in shipments in the past year alone. Tight credit, high fuel prices and job losses hit you and your competitors hard. What has it been like?

A: I think you’re going to be hard-pressed to look at any recession this industry has had where you’ve had 10 manufacturers go out of business. They’ve physically shut their doors, sold their assets and they’re done. You’ve also got four other manufacturers who have filed for bankruptcy protection. Some of those are really big names in this industry.

Q: You’ve had to cut total number of workers by nearly 50 percent to around 1,700, close factories, make other cuts. Is that what enabled you to get through it?

A: We learned a long time ago that you always carry a war chest of cash in reserve and we did that again. We’re still at a point, even being in this recession for about 24 months, where we have no debt. We think that’s a very important part of our success.

Q: If the economy is beginning to recover, are you able to capture some of the customers who might have bought from former competitors?

A: We think we are. Those 10 manufacturers made up only 4 to 5 percent of the market, so there’s not a lot there you’ll gain. Some of those in bankruptcy — Monaco Coach Corp. and Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. — made up nearly a third of the market. One of the things that’s a little disheartening to us is that you can file for bankruptcy and get a clean slate. You get to start over. So, now we’ve got two competitors we thought were about down and out who get to come back, and will probably be stronger than ever.

Right now we’re just about 19 percent of the market and we’ve picked up some.




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