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...
*The new DAF CF and XF – Pure Excellence*
DAF is introducing the new generation CF and XF trucks, which set a new standard in transport efficiency and driver comfort. Engine innovations, new drivelines and aerodynamic optimizations result in an up to 7% lower fuel consumption. The new DAF Connect fleet management system will drive even larger efficiency gains. The new generation CF and XF also feature lower weight for increased payload and an updated interior and exterior design for the highest driver comfort and greatest appeal. These excellent new trucks provide our customers with the lowest operating cost and...
David G Davies places first UK order for new DAF XF
*3 May 2017* – David G Davies & Sons in Glossop has placed the first order for a new, uprated DAF XF 4x2 tractor unit, as launched alongside its DAF CF stablemate at the CV Show last week.
Delivery of the new model, a 40-tonne XF530 FT with Super Space Cab, is expected in July. The new XF will feature an uprated 530bhp PACCAR MX13 engine, new ZF TraXon gearbox, front axle air suspension and a new Exclusive Line cab-interior specification.
“ The new model looks superb, but the real developments have been made under the cab. Our existing DAFs all perform...
DAF First Choice Euro-6 XF tractors at the CV Show are ‘typical of growing demand’
*18 April 2017* – DAF Trucks continues to experience growing demand for its First Choice quality-approved used trucks, and in particular its Euro-6 XF 6x2 tractor unit models. First Choice is DAF Trucks’ premium, quality-approved used truck programme. DAF Trucks and PACCAR Financial – DAF Trucks' financial services division – will display late model, low mileage 460bhp and 510bhp examples of these in-demand models at the CV Show.
The trucks will take a prominent position within DAF Trucks’ outside display area. “Our Euro-6 three-axle XF tractors are at the top of operators’ wish-lists,” said Paul Young, Regional Asset Manager...
*18 April 2017* – Signalling a fundamental shift in operations, commercial fuel delivery specialist, mini-TANKERS, has taken delivery of a new DAF CF draw-bar configuration to provide greater operational flexibility. Supplied by Evans Halshaw DAF in Stockton, the new maximum-weight rig is the first of its kind in a previously rigid-only fleet.
The new DAF CF 440 FAN chassis is a 6x2 rigid chassis with a lifting and steering second axle. Coupled with a 16,000-litre capacity tri-axle trailer with lifting first axle from TASCA Tankers, the result is a 44-tonne drawbar combination with highly manoeuvrable handling characteristics ideal for...
DAF Trucks’ TRP trailer to greet visitors at CV Show
*12 April 2017* – DAF Trucks’ all-makes parts brand, TRP, takes a prominent position at the CV Show later this month as its TRP-branded trailer will sit proud on the highly-sought-after roundabout position at the entrance to the NEC.
The truck and trailer combination, with the ‘Building Britain’ liveried DAF XF, will greet CV Show visitors, as TRP promotes its range of trailer, all makes parts and workshop consumables. The ramp-up in visibility coincides with the UK and European roll-out of new, dedicated TRP Shops, introduced to complement Parts availability through the existing DAF Dealer Network.
There are now 11...
New DAF XFs delivering ‘brilliant’ AdBlue usage for Arthur Oakley Transport
*10 April 2017 *– Steel haulier, Arthur Oakley Transport, has taken delivery of another four DAF XF 460 FTG 6x2 tractor-units – the seventh premium duty tractor acquired by the company since 1st March. The Hereford-based operator continues to replace its Scania and MAN fleet in preference of the built-in-Britain marque and the DAF XF’s ‘brilliant’ AdBlue economy.
Even more recently, the company has put to the road a new top-of-the-range flagship DAF XF 510 FTG. All the new DAF XFs are spec’d with Super Space Cabs and are supplied through DAF Trucks’ Cardiff dealership, Watts Truck & Van.
“The DAFs can be...
DAF confirms Future Truck Chassis Concept at the CV Show
To underline DAF’s focus on innovation as part of drive to enhance fuel efficiency, lower CO2 emissions and improve productivity, DAF has confirmed that the Future Truck Chassis Concept (FTCC) will be on display at the CV Show later this month in Birmingham.
Thanks to a number of patented chassis design innovations, in combination with lightweight materials and components, DAF’s FTCC achieves a remarkable weight saving of 500kg on DAF’s 12-tonne LF chassis platform – which already offers a low kerb weight for highest payload. Featuring independent front air suspension, the FTCC also makes extensive use of aluminium.
Another patented innovation is...
After nearly thirty years in Thame, Oxfordshire, DAF Trucks in the UK is moving to a new facility in neighbouring Haddenham, Buckinghamshire. Last week, an official groundbreaking ceremony took place that signals the beginning of a £20 million investment that is “Instrumental in further strengthening DAF’s market leading position in the UK”, commented Ray Ashworth, DAF Trucks UK Managing Director.
Senior executives from DAF Trucks N.V. and PACCAR Inc. were joined at the ground-breaking ceremony by Simon Smits, the Dutch Ambassador to the UK, as well as representatives from the local authorities and the project management company. The new three-story facility...
DAF Apprentices ‘deliver’ assistance for pregnant woman
Six DAF Apprentices have been hailed as heroes after coming to the rescue of a pregnant Bristol woman after she suffered a late-night flat-tyre on the city’s Cribbs Causeway. After several adults either refused or were unable to help 25-year-old Natalie Jones, it was the six youngsters from the DAF Dealer network, studying locally at City of Bristol College, who stepped forward to lend assistance and fit a replacement wheel and tyre.
“I was with three friends and had just returned to the car after a night out at the cinema on Cribbs Causeway,” said Natalie, “It was cold, dark and...
Ray Ashworth to retire – Robin Easton to succeed as MD
After 48 years working in the UK truck industry, the last eight years as DAF Trucks Managing Director, Ray Ashworth (63) has announced his retirement. Ray Ashworth will be succeeded by Robin Easton (50), who leaves his post as Managing Director of PACCAR India.
Ray Ashworth is expected to complete formal duties over the next few months. He retires with DAF Trucks continuing its dominance of the UK truck market; a leading position it has held uninterrupted for more than two decades and with a record 30% share above 6.0 tonnes in 2016.
Robin Easton returns to the UK, his home country...
DAF Dealer Driver Trainers graduate from DAF Academy
A group of five DAF Driver Trainers has this week successfully completed the DAF Dealer Driver Trainer programme after graduating through the DAF Academy at the DAF Trucks’ Thame headquarters. Throughout 2016, DAF Trucks has been delivering a series of intensive learning programmes to a select group of DAF Dealer Driver Trainers.
23 fully-qualified DAF Dealer Driver Trainers now provide practical driving training at each of the DAF Dealer network’s 34 sales locations. Today, DAF Dealer Driver Trainers are in place to provide customers with professional driver training, at a local level and throughout the DAF Dealer network.
The training programme has...
DAF draw-bars boost utilisation for Storage on Site
Southampton-based container storage and hire specialist, Storage on Site, has taken delivery of its fourth DAF CF 410 FAN draw-bar unit in 12 months from local DAF Dealer, Adams Morey. High service levels from Adams Morey is helping the company achieve 100% utilisation.
In conjunction with Avon Crane & Commercials in Bristol, each truck is fitted with a Fassi 48-tonne crane and bespoke flatbed body to Storage on Site’s precise requirements. All vehicles are supplied with new flatbed drawbar trailers from Chieftan Trailers in coordinated livery and with full LED lighting.
The 26-tonne 6x2 rear-steer rigid and trailer will be joined by...
DAF Trucks consolidates market dominance ahead of CV Show 2017
01 March 2017 – DAF Trucks makes its return to the CV Show this year having recently announced impressive annual registrations figures for 2016. DAF Trucks’ overall 13,911 registrations – up almost 20% on 2015 – resulted in a record-breaking 30.1% market share for the company in 2016; its most dominant position in the over-six-tonnes GVW commercial vehicle market which the company has headed for the past 22 years.
“This is a record-breaking performance,” said an understandably delighted DAF Trucks Managing Director, Ray Ashworth, “which has been achieved with a product range of the highest quality, reliability and productivity, supported by...
Think Logistics, the DAF Trucks-backed drive to encourage 16-19-year-olds into a career within the transport and logistics sector, reports significant progress in expanding its profile and attracting even greater numbers of youngsters to its workshops. Through an increase in sponsorship, Think Logistics has also grown its network of learning centres to nine locations across the country.
Think Logistics, the brain-child of Abbey Logistics’ Steve Granite, has the full-backing of the RHA, the FTA, the CILT and a number of leading truck operators, and is being delivered by national education charity, Career Ready. DAF Trucks was the first high profile sponsor of...
With a growth in registrations of nearly 21%, DAF Trucks further strengthened its position in the UK truck market in 2016. Figures released by the SMMT earlier this week showed the built-in-Britain marque ended the year with 13,911 registrations, equating to a commanding 30.1% market share above 6.0 tonnes GVW. It is the first time DAF Trucks has topped 30% share in its 22-year market-leading dominance of the UK commercial vehicle business.
These numbers gain even more significance in light of the growth of the overall market volume: the overall market volume was up 5.3% to 46,231 units in 2016 compared...
Marlin Industries switches to top-spec DAF XF Fleet
Cable reel and drum producer, Marlin Industries, in Wrexham has replaced its entire artic fleet with new top-of-the-range DAF XF Super Space Cab tractor units. Supplied by DAF Dealer, Imperial Commercials, also in Wrexham, ten XF 460 FTG 6x2s and one XF 460 FT 4x2 unit are already in service and, the company says, already delivering vastly improved returns over its pre-existing mixed fleet.
The move to a DAF Euro-6 fleet, explains Group Transport Manager, Mike Stokes, has resulted in an immediate and significant upturn in productivity for the company, “Although we have a GVW of 44 tonnes we only gross...
Every week, DAF Trucks ships components for the popular LF, CF and XF105 series from its factories in Eindhoven and Leyland to Taiwan, where its partner, the Formosa Plastics Group, assembles around four trucks per day. All the vehicles are powered by highly reliable and economical Euro 5 PACCAR engines. Two years ago, the ultramodern assembly line in Dadu was expanded significantly to meet the growing demand for DAF trucks in Taiwan.
"The quality of the DAF trucks assembled in Taiwan is at the same high level as the trucks that come off the production lines in the Netherlands and the...
To further connect with the real influencers of the truck manufacturing industry, the drivers, DAF have created a blog site.
DAF Drivers Blog provides practical, useful and entertaining information that is constantly being updated. Drivers can find everything from driver training videos, the latest industry news, to fun articles such as the top rated truck stops.
Throughout this light-hearted communication platform, DAF invite two-way conversations with comment feeds, like buttons and social share options.
Another beneficial feature of the blog is its image download facility; this feature enables site visitors to obtain high and low resolution images of DAF Trucks for their...
Lightweight DAF waste collection fleet for Carmarthenshire County Council
Carmarthenshire County Council has taken delivery of ten new DAF LF 220 FA refuse collection trucks for its waste collection service. With an eye on whole-life-cost benefits, the Council has switched from its previous hire-in policy to outright ownership, with support from local DAF Dealer, Watts Truck & Van in Swansea, a key ingredient to the new method of acquisition.
DAF’s lightweight 16-tonne LF chassis is already proven on Carmarthen Council’s domestic refuse operation where high manoeuvrability is a prerequisite in operation; on 19.5-inch wheels, DAF’s LF chassis boasts the tightest turning circle in its class. The 16-tonne LF’s smaller cab...