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DAF Trucks tops market in 2017

For a 23rd year in succession, DAF Trucks has topped the UK commercial vehicle market for trucks above 6.0 tonnes GVW. With figures released by the SMMT earlier this week confirming 13,301 registrations for the built-in-Britain marque, DAF Trucks ended 2017 with a 29.5% share of the market – almost twice that of its nearest competitor. DAF Trucks’ performance is set against a slight drop of 2.6% in overall market registrations in 2017 – from 46,231 in 2016 to 45,045. “Another year, and another record-breaking performance from DAF Trucks and our DAF Dealer network,” said DAF Trucks Managing Director, Robin Easton, “Our...

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DAF Trucks looks back at strong performance in 2017

DAF Trucks saw strong performance around the world in 2017. DAF’s European (EU+2) market share in the heavy segment (16 tons+) stood at 15.3%, and in the light segment it increased to 10.5%. In addition, a record number of over 9,000 DAF vehicles were registered outside Europe, while PACCAR engines sales to leading coach and bus manufacturers also reached a new record. “The European economies continue to perform well, leading to strong transport activity and truck demand”, said Preston Feight, DAF Trucks president. “DAF trucks deliver premium quality, low operating costs and superior driver comfort for our customers.” European truck industry sales...

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DAF Transport Efficiency Driver Challenge 2018 – the return

In response to the success of its first DAF Transport Efficiency Driver Challenge in 2016, DAF Trucks has launched its second UK-wide search to find Britain’s best commercial vehicle driver. Following a robust selection process – including an invitation to non-DAF drivers – 20 of the country’s best truck drivers will be set a series of rigorous challenges at a two-day finale at the Millbrook proving ground on 19th and 20th May. The winning driver will emerge as the DAF Transport Efficiency Driver Champion 2018. Drivers may be nominated or enter themselves, though all are required to undertake a demanding on-line questionnaire...

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DAF Trucks Presents Limited 90th Anniversary Edition

DAF Trucks presents the limited 90th Anniversary Edition of the New XF. This truck commemorates the fact that 90 years ago Hub van Doorne laid the foundation of DAF: now one of Europe’s most successful truck manufacturers. The anniversary edition features a premium option package, exclusive striping and subtle exterior design elements. To stress the exclusivity of this special truck it comes with the class leading Super Space Cab and PACCAR’s most powerful 530 HP/390 kW MX-13 engine. The 90th Anniversary Edition is limited to only 250 vehicles. It is available as a 4x2 tractor (FT) for the markets on the...

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PACCAR Elects Harrie Schippers as President and Chief Financial Officer

December 14, 2017, Bellevue, Washington – The PACCAR Board of Directors elected Harrie Schippers as president and chief financial officer (CFO) effective January 1, 2018. Mr. Schippers has worked at PACCAR for 31 years and is currently executive vice president and chief financial officer at PACCAR’s corporate offices in Bellevue, Washington. Schippers was president of DAF Trucks in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, from 2010 to 2016. He earned a degree from Tilburg University (M.S. Economics). “Harrie is an outstanding leader and has contributed towards PACCAR’s excellent record of profitable growth including the recent introduction of the new DAF CF and XF trucks,...

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DAF New XFs for Primafrio

Leading Spanish transport company, Primafrio, has taken delivery of 280 DAF New XF trucks into its Murcia-based chilled, frozen and high-value goods operation. “Based on the excellent reliability and fuel efficiency of the first 30 New XF trucks added to our fleet,” said Juan Conesa, Managing Director of Primafrio, “we have taken delivery of another 250 units. These great new trucks are part of our plan to further expand our business throughout Europe.” He added, “Our decision to opt for the top-of-the-range DAF XF truck follows comprehensive market research. To support our position as a premium transport operator we required a premium...

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New XF’ 530 DAF is ‘catch of the day’ for AMG Transport

Specialist fresh fish transport operator, AMG Transport from Airdrie in Scotland, has taken delivery of a DAF New XF 530 FTG unit as an addition to its six-strong fleet. The vehicle, supplied through DAF dealer Imperial Commercials in Cumbernauld, entered service with an inaugural run from its base down to Billingsgate, driven by Andy and his namesake son, a service on which it will be one of two AMG vehicles on regular runs, five days a week. The operator also runs fish to Birmingham Market on the same frequency, as well as into Heathrow airport at least twice a week for...

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DAF Trucks scoops two wins at Commercial Fleet Awards

DAF Trucks has collected two headline awards at the 2017 Commercial Fleet Awards. The truck industry’s market leading DAF LF scooped the top ‘Commercial Fleet Truck of the Year’ prize, and was quickly followed by Truck Fleet Manufacturer of the Year’. Both awards were received by DAF Trucks’ Director of Fleet Sales, Ian Grant. Mark Bobbins, Head of Commercial Operations WMS (left) and sponsor of the Commercial Fleet Truck of the Year Award with Ian Grant, Fleet Sales Director, DAF Trucks. The gala dinner and awards ceremony, at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Birmingham, was attended by 600 fleet transport professionals from...

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DAF New CF and New XF voted ‘International Truck of the Year’

*DAF Trucks’ New CF and New XF series have been voted ‘International Truck of the Year 2018’ by an independent jury of leading road-transport journalists from 23 European countries. The most prestigious award in the European truck industry was handed to DAF Trucks president Preston Feight by Gianenrico Griffini, chairman of the jury at the Solutrans exhibition in Lyon.* The DAF New CF and New XF feature completely new powertrains with highly efficient transmissions and rear axles. Together with the new compact after-treatment systems, sophisticated software and aerodynamic optimizations, these innovations result in a fuel efficiency gain and CO2 reduction of...

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DAF LF cleans-up Brakes fleet with Shell GTL Fuel

In a significant move to cut vehicle emissions in the Capital, wholesale food supplier, Brakes, is championing the use of 18-tonne DAF LF rigids powered by Shell Gas to Liquid (GTL) Fuel from Certas Energy on its London delivery fleet. DAF Trucks’ entire 2017 range of New LF, New CF and New XF vehicles, powered by the PACCAR PX and MX family of engines, is certified for use of GTL fuels, which can deliver a 10-20% reduction in nitrous oxide and a 20-40% reduction in particulates compared to diesel. DAF vehicles are also certified to use HVO (Hydro-treated Vegetable Oil) which...

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DAF Opens State of the Art New Cab Paint Facility in Westerlo

Belgium Vice Prime Minister Kris Peeters and PACCAR Executive Chairman Mark Pigott today officially opened DAF Trucks’ completely new cab paint facility in Westerlo, Belgium. The new facility represents a 100 million euro investment and sets new standards in quality, efficiency and environmental-friendliness. DAF opened its Westerlo factory in 1966, where - in addition to its high quality cabs - it also produces its highly efficient axles. DAF Vlaanderen is among the largest companies in Belgium. Some 2,600 dedicated employees manufacture cabs and axles for medium and heavy duty DAF trucks. * * *50% capacity increase* The new cab paint facility is 144 meters...

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400 DAF New CF and New XF Trucks for Révész Group

The leading Hungarian Révész Group is putting 400 DAF New CF and New XF trucks into operation. After evaluating several brands this year, DAF was found to be the best in terms of value for money, and low operating and service costs. Since its foundation in the ‘80s Révész Group has developed into an industry leading transport company, offering its customers bulk, tank and general transportation as well as value added logistics, with specialisation in hazardous goods and chemicals. Révész Group currently operates a fleet of over 450 trucks. The decision to put 400 of the New CF and New XF DAFs...

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DAFcheck hits two million jobs

DAFcheck, DAF Trucks’ own electronic vehicle maintenance record system, has reached a noteworthy milestone this month after two million individual ‘jobs’ were completed and registered by DAF Dealers from its total of 136 locations across the UK and Ireland. DAFcheck logs all regular vehicle inspections, servicing and maintenance work, with secure reporting back to DAF customers through emails and a dedicated DAFcheck web portal. Importantly, DAFcheck – available to DAF customers free-of-charge – goes towards compliance with the DVSA. DAF Trucks is also working with the DVSA on its Earned Recognition scheme to ensure operators can access their KPI information required...

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PACCAR Achieves Excellent Quarterly Revenues and Earnings New Products and Record Aftermarket Sales Drive Results

October 24, 2017, Bellevue, Washington – “PACCAR reported excellent revenues and net income for the third quarter of 2017,” said Ron Armstrong, chief executive officer. “PACCAR’s third quarter results reflect a strong European truck market, increased PACCAR market share in North America, and record global aftermarket parts results. I am very proud of our 25,000 employees who have delivered industry-leading products and services to our customers.” Third quarter net sales and financial services revenues were $5.06 billion, compared to $4.25 billion in the third quarter of 2016. PACCAR earned net income of $402.7 million ($1.14 per diluted share) in the third...

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DAF CF and mixer-trailer combination reduces traffic movement for Hanson

  Aggregates, cement and ready-mix concrete producer, Hanson UK, says its trials with a new DAF CF 6x2 mid-lift tractor with Muldoon trailer and McPhee mixer combination has been a ‘resounding success’ in reducing its traffic movements. The truck / rear-steer trailer configuration, unusual for UK mixer operations, is proving to be highly effective in boosting delivery volumes while at the same time reducing the number of Hanson’s rigid mixer vehicles on the road.   The CF 440 FTG unit has already conducted in-service operations in London, Manchester, Leicester and Burton-on-Trent as the company gathers evidence to support a fleet-wide shift to truck...

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DAF delivers 500th truck in Jordan

DAF has delivered its 500th truck to Jordan. This is a significant milestone for the Eindhoven-based truck manufacturer considering its very recent entry into the Jordanian market in 2014. The delivery of a DAF CF85 4x2 Euro-3 tractor is indicative of the strong position of DAF Trucks in Jordan, where the Dutch manufacturer now leads the market with a share of over 25%.   The 500th truck delivered is part of an order of 50 trucks for Euro Shipping Services (ESS) in Amman. ESS is a large intermodal haulier that specialises in shipping, freight forwarding, container cargo, general cargo, air freight and...

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DAF New CF and New XF Truck Line Up is Complete Pure Excellence throughout the Range!

The New CF and New XF range is complete. DAF Trucks has added 11 tractor and rigid axle configurations to its new line up; eight 2, 3 and 4 axle rigids and three 3 and 4 axle tractors. The new trucks are up to 7% more fuel-efficient, are at least 100 kg lighter which enhances payloads, have integrated body attachment modules to shorten body installation time and provide best in class performance. DAF now has a complete set of industry leading trucks for its customers and is proud to offer the highest performing custom fit solutions for every application. new xf...

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DAF delivers ‘Pure Excellence’ at RWM ‘17

DAF Trucks arrives at RWM ’17 delivering its ‘Pure Excellence’ update to the entire DAF product range, most recently its New LF series launched at the end of August. The introduction of the New LF follows the launch of its New CF and XF stablemates at the CV Show in April, and all featuring substantial updates to engines, drivelines and cabs. Specifically for the New LF, and of particular interest to RWM visitors, an optional, passenger door lower window has been introduced to improve kerb-side visibility and to increase safety for vulnerable road users. A New LF City version featuring a...

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DAF Trucks rolls out New CF and XF demonstrator fleet

DAF Trucks has delivered a fleet of New CF and XF demonstration tractor units to the DAF UK Dealer network. Following the global launch of the new trucks at the CV Show earlier this year, the new, upgraded models are about to hit UK roads. 35 UK tractor units are part of a much larger European fleet of over 200 new CF and XF demonstrators, painted in metallic Jamaica Blue and sporting their distinctive demonstrator livery, manufactured at DAF’s two European production plants in Eindhoven and Leyland. Since the CV Show in April, DAF Trucks has received over 600 UK orders...

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DAF Trucks to showcase ‘Anniversary’ LC Vehicle Hire eight-wheeler at Tip-ex

DAF Trucks is delighted to be showcasing a ‘Construction’ CF 400 FAD eight-wheel tipper-grab at Tip-ex Tank-ex 2017 in Harrogate, kindly loaned by high-profile LC Vehicle Hire – one of the UK’s largest rental and contract-hire providers specialising in tipper and tipper-grab applications. The Thompsons-bodied 8x4 is specially painted with a black cab and red chassis in recognition of the company’s 60th anniversary. The new eight-wheel tipper-grab is one of 50 new DAF eight-wheelers delivered into the Leeds-based operator in 2017 alone – with the built-in-Britain marque now making up approximately 50% of the 2,000-plus vehicle fleet. “We are passionate supporters of...

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