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DAF New XF 530 FAS heavy recovery unit for fast-growing RD Avery

Strong business growth, which has seen the operator double its turnover in the last three years, has seen RD Avery invest around £¼ m in a DAF New XF 530 FAS recovery unit. The Super Space cab of the rear lift 6x2 includes a host of driver safety and comfort features, while its Boniface body and the latest Mk.6 ‘K-Boom’ lifting equipment make it one of the most sophisticated recovery units in the UK. RD Avery specified the 16-speed TraXon automated gearbox and hub-reduction drive axle allowing the vehicle to run at up to 90 tonnes trainweight. “A lot of the...

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DAF European Technician of the Year 2018

Who is the best DAF Technician in Europe? To find out, DAF Trucks is organising the fourth staging of its DAF European Technician of the Year competition. The quest to find the best DAF Technician in Europe underlines just how important the intensive training of professional workshop personnel is to DAF Trucks’ aftersales portfolio. Technician Award Last year, DAF launched a brand-new generation of ultra-modern trucks. Following their relaunch, the New LF, New CF and New XF trucks continue to lead the way in areas such as environmental friendliness, safety, driver comfort and, of course, total cost of ownership.  DAF Technicians possess...

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HW Martin Waste enjoys boost from New DAF CFs

hw martin The waste and recycling operation of the diverse Martin Group of Companies, based near Alfreton, Derbyshire, has taken one DAF CF 460 FAT six-wheel draw bar units and two CF 460 FAD eight-wheel hook-loader as completion of its 15-strong order for DAF trucks in 2017. The vehicles are partly for fleet replacement, but overall the HW Martin Waste fleet has grown by some 35% this year. Speaking about the acquisitions, Geoff Kearsley, operations manager of the group’s vehicle and plant maintenance division, HW Martin (Plant) Ltd, which specifies, acquires and maintains the group fleet, said: “We have a very...

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DAF Trucks - 90 Years of Innovative Transport Solutions

*DAF Trucks - 90 Years of Innovative Transport Solutions* On 1 April 1928, Dutch engineer Hub van Doorne started a small construction workshop in the city of Eindhoven, the Netherlands. From these humble beginnings, DAF has evolved into a leading global truck manufacturer focused on innovation, quality, and transport efficiency. The highly talented Hub van Doorne opened his small workshop in the corner of the local Coolen brewery in Eindhoven. Initial work included welding and forging for the city and local companies like lamp and radio manufacturer Philips. The Great Depression inspired Hub van Doorne – together with his brother Wim –...

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DAF Trucks’ New CF 8x4 provides solid credentials at UK Concrete Show

DAF Trucks will debut its New CF Construction ‘FAD’ eight-wheeler dedicated mixer chassis at this week’s UK Concrete Show 2018 at the NEC. Offering the lowest unladen weight from a dedicated ‘Mixer’ specification 8x4 the New CF weighs-in 250kg lighter than its predecessor, yet with a host of product enhancements to boost productivity, driveability and comfort. While the New CF benefits from a leaner profile, its specification remains uncompromised, retaining all its credentials for rugged reliability, though providing more refined driveability with uprated engines and drivelines. Concrete Truck Two vehicles are on display at the NEC. A New CF 450 FAD 8x4...

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‘New XF’ 480 DAFs confirm growth at 2MV Logistics

2MV Logistics has added two DAF New XF 480 FTG tractors to its fleet at its Portsmouth base. The haulage, groupage, HazChem and pallet services operator says it is seeing consistent growth, which fuelled its decision to bring fleet numbers up to 20. Managing director, Jim Tyler, says, “We know we are a relatively small player in the world of logistics, but, with our fleet profile further boosted by these modern 6x2 mid-steer DAF units, we are attracting more and more business from a loyal and growing customer base. Customers like to know they are dealing with a successful and progressive...

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Adam Baker named 2018 DAF Trucks’ UK Technician of the Year

Baker, from DAF Dealer, Chassis Cab, crowned top DAF Technician Award for Baker follows DAF European Technician of the Year title in 2016 Culmination of tough series of tests at DAF Trucks in Thame "He remains on course for perhaps another win at DAF’s European Technician of the Year, but, moreover, he is assured a highly successful career in the service and aftersales business.” Nigel Beckett, DAF Trucks Aftersales Director Adam Baker *Left to right: Adam Baker with Neil Hayes (Engineering Manager, DAF Trucks)* Adam Baker from DAF Dealer, Chassis Cab in Bury St Edmonds, has landed DAF Trucks’ highly coveted...

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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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