Vehicle technology

News & Press Archive 2021

  • The Technology Centre in Großkötz, Germany.
    A leader in quality and driver of innovation in the motorhome, caravan, commercial vehicle, and commercial trailer sector

    The AL-KO Vehicle Technology Group, based in the Bavarian-Swabian town of Kötz, has grown over the last 90 years to become what it is today: a leader in quality, a driver of innovation and the epitome of safety and comfort in the motorhome, caravan, commercial vehicle, and commercial trailer sector.

  • Brink Group is one of the European market leaders in towing systems with over 75 years’ experience. © Brink Group
    Acquisition aimed to expand product portfolio and operations footprint and to give access to new adjacent end markets

    Novi, Michigan/USA, Kötz/DE, Staphorst/NL | DexKo Global Inc. (“DexKo”), a global leader in highly engineered trailer running gear, chassis assemblies and related components, has completed the acquisition of European towbar solutions specialist Brink International. This strategic acquisition enables its subsidiary AL-KO Vehicle Technology Group (“AL-KO”) to expand its product portfolio as well as its operations footprint and to give access to new adjacent end markets in order to continue the group’s strong growth trajectory.

  • With the AL-KO lightweight chassis, the Volkswagen Transporter reaches 3.5 t gross vehicle weight. This theoretically provides 300 kg more payload.
    The leading chassis and accessories specialist AL-KO Vehicle Technology Group will be presenting its solutions for municipal applications and platform vehicles at NUFAM in Karlsruhe from 30.9. to 3.10.2021.

    Kötz. Back again: The AL-KO chassis is now available again as a 2-axle version for the Volkswagen Transporter. Customers provide AL-KO with the original VW transporter chassis, which AL-KO converts into a cab and refines with the AL-KO chassis. This means that the tried-and-tested AL-KO chassis solution is once again available for VW vans and their fans. At NUFAM, AL-KO is presenting a corresponding solution with a body from Schoon Fahrzeugsysteme GmbH.

  • Make it easier together: As drivers of innovation in the lightweight chassis sector, AL-KO Vehicle Technology and Adria Mobil are launching a partnership together.
    As drivers of innovation in the lightweight chassis sector, AL-KO Vehicle Technology and Adria Mobil are launching a partnership together.

    Kötz. The aim of the collaboration: to combine experience and expertise, and to expand VARIO X to further weight classes and product series. AL-KO Vehicle Technology’s lightweight concept for caravans offers a chassis solution that allows an increased payload thanks to its reduced weight. “With VARIO X, we have developed a chassis that is as innovative as it is robust and highly resilient with the usual and tested AL-KO quality and durability.

  • MAMMUT Evolution is the world’s first innovative manoeuvring system with weight detection.
    Multi-award winning MAMMUT manoeuvring system is now leading the way with weight calculator

    Kötz. Strong yet sensitive, the AL-KO MAMMUT manoeuvring system enables smooth and precise manoeuvring of single-axle caravans up to a maximum weight of 2.5 tonnes or tandem axles up to 3 tonnes. Now AL-KO Vehicle Technology Group has added an indispensable feature to its proven MAMMUT manoeuvring system: an innovative system that can determine the weight within five minutes with a tolerance of less than five percent. 

  • KW automotive GmbH is based in Fichtenberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
    AL-KO Vehicle Technology Group focuses on core business

    Kötz | Abadiano.  As part of its strategic focus on its core business – the development and production of high-quality chassis and suspension components for trailers, recreational vehicles, light commercial vehicles and new mobility solutions – the AL-KO Vehicle Technology Group (“AL-KO”) has announced the sale of its damping technology division to KW automotive GmbH (“KW”), based in Fichtenberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

  • Green Caravaning
    At the 2021 Caravan Salon Düsseldorf AL-KO Vehicle technology will present its holistic approach on how caravanning can be made even more environmentally friendly.
    • Lightweight solutions
      Electrification and longer ranges
      Optimized aerodynamics
      CO2-optimized choice of materials and supply chain

    Kötz. In 2021 the Caravan Salon will be all about green caravanning. As far back as 2010 AL-KO Vehicle Technology was one of the first to present a hybrid vehicle at the Düsseldorf trade fair. As a major supplier to the caravanning industry, AL-KO strives for the manufacture and use of its components to make a significant contribution to CO2 reduction.

  • Timo Schwickart
    Expansion of global sales activities with strategic vision

    Kötz. As of July 1, 2021, Dr Timo Schwickart (44) is the new Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing at the AL-KO Vehicle Technology Group. He will focus on the organizational development and structuring of global sales as well as marketing and product management.

  • Eva Doppler
    New contact person in Corporate Communications

    Kötz. Experienced communications expert Eva Doppler (56) is set to strengthen the AL-KO Vehicle Technology Group in corporate and product communications from July 2021.

  • 19.07.2021

    DexKo Global Inc (“DexKo”) has reached an agreement to acquire the European towbar solutions specialist Brink International. The Netherlands-based company expands DexKo’s portfolio into the area of engineered towing and carrying solutions.

  • 24.06.2021

     A trend that came to Europe from the USA, the Tiny Living and Tiny Houses movement has been growing in Germany for some years now.

    Kötz, Germany. There has been a lot of hype lately about living in small spaces. For most Tiny House occupants, the move is often motivated by a desire for sustainable living. According to a recent survey by Germany’s Tiny House Association, 83% of those questioned said that reducing life to the essentials was the most important reason for buying a Tiny House.

  • 10.06.2021

    Tiny houses are trending right now. But what’s the hype all about?

    Kötz, Germany. The Tiny House Trend Report shows where these mini houses are most popular in Germany. Plus, the experts from AL-KO Vehicle Technology reveal what needs to be considered when building a Tiny House.

  • 26.05.2021

    Virtual press event offers insights into current and future mobility solutions.

    Kötz, Germany. The virtual press event of the AL-KO Vehicle Technology Group on 19 May 2021 with a focus on New Mobility Solutions was attended by high calibre specialists. As such, Markus Emmert, Executive Board Member of the German association of E-mobility (Bundesverband eMobilität (BEM)), Dr.