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DAF - 90 Years of Innovation

Sommer Denning - Tuesday, April 10, 2018

On 1 April 1928, Dutch engineer Hub van Doorne started a small construction workshop in the city of Eindhoven, the Netherlands. From these humble begin-nings, DAF has evolved into a leading global truck manufacturer focused on inno-vation, quality, and transport efficiency.

The highly talented Hub van Doorne opened his small workshop in the corner of the lo-cal 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 – to expand services. The workshop evolved into a trailer manufacturing business in 1932 and the company name was changed into Van Doorne’s Aanhangwagen Fabriek (Van Doorne’s semi-trailer fac-tory), abbreviated to DAF. Thanks to their welded chassis, the trailers and semi-trailers that left the small factory, stood out from the competition because of their high pay-loads. The welding – used to make these trailers was a unique innovation in those days that significantly saved weight. Another unique invention was the DAF container trailer which debuted in 1936 and was designed to quickly load and unload containers from a railway carriage. This was a very early example of intermodal transportation and made DAF one of the world’s first suppliers of container trailers.

A New Truck Company Was Born
In 1949, the first DAF truck entered production and the company name became Van Doorne’s Automobiel Fabriek. A year later a dedicated truck factory was built and pro-duction started with three, five and six tonne truck chassis and the truck company we know today was on its way.

Leading in engine development
In the early days, DAF installed Hercules and Perkins petrol and diesel engines, but in 1957 the Eindhoven company designed and began manufacturing the first DAF-branded engines. Two years later, DAF improved the DD575 diesel engine by adding a turbo charger which was another ground-breaking achievement. DAF introduced turbo intercooling as an industry-first in 1973. The technology was initially developed to meet the demand for higher engine outputs and lower fuel consumption, but also proved to be indispensable in realizing cleaner exhaust emissions. In the 1980s DAF launched ATi, Advanced Turbo Intercooling which provided further power and efficiency gains through a further refinement of injection technology and an optimised shape of the com-bustion chamber.

In 2005, DAF unveiled the PACCAR MX engine that is now installed in all of DAF’s heavy-duty trucks and over 40% of Kenworth and Peterbilt built trucks. The latest gen-eration MX-13 and MX-11 engines feature extremely efficient down speeded engines, intelligent drive lines and efficient rear axles that result in high torque being available at impressively low engine speeds for unmatched fuel efficiency and the highest driver comfort. Together with advanced vehicle software algorithms, excellent aerodynamics and a new compact after-treatment system, these DAF innovations result in a fuel effi-ciency gain of an impressive 7%, the largest fuel efficiency gain in the history of the company.

Cab sets new standards
The first DAF trucks from the late 40’s, early 50’s left the plant as just a chassis with in front of the engine the characteristic grille with seven chrome bars and a temporary seat made of wood. The DAF chassis were driven to bodybuilders for the mounting of a cus-tom and locally made cab. In 1951 DAF introduced its own cab, with round corners and a slanted front grill for better aerodynamics. Driver comfort was enhanced by the intro-duction of a suspended seat.

In the 1960’s, DAF further enhanced driver comfort with the first cab designed for inter-national transport. The DAF 2600 offered two beds and windows all around for a spa-cious feeling and an optimal view on the road. Power brakes and power steering eased the demanding job of the driver. The 2600 is now considered to be the first of all inter-national transport trucks. In 1969, DAF was one of the earliest manufacturers to intro-duce a tilting mechanism for the cab-over engine model which greatly improved mainte-nance access.

With the introduction of the Space Cab concept in 1988 DAF enhanced its leadership position as a truck manufacturer with its full focus on both operating costs and the driv-er. With the remarkable Space Cab concept, DAF again set new standards in cab size and comfort for international transport. Together with the even larger Super SpaceCab which was introduced in 1994 DAF cabs continue to be the benchmark when it comes to driver comfort and roominess.

In 1996, DAF became a PACCAR company. Since then, DAF has continued its leader-ship position as a global technology leader with major developments in trucks, engines, and state-of-the-art facilities.

Excellent Trucks in the Market
DAF launched the new LF, CF and XF series in 2001 and 2002, the award-winning XF105 model in 2005, and the Euro 4 and 5 program in 2006. A full range of new, ultra-clean Euro 6 models entered production in 2013.

And in 2017, the New CF and New XF were named ‘International Truck of the Year 2018’ for their class-leading transport efficiency and impressive fuel efficiency gain of 7%. Also in 2017, In the United Kingdom, the New LF was awarded ‘Commercial Fleet Truck of the Year’.

DAF’s commitment to quality has earned the company five International Truck of the Year awards, the industry’s highest honor:

  • 1988 – DAF 95
  • 1998 – DAF 95XF
  • 2002 – DAF LF
  • 2007 – XF105
  • 2018 – CF and XF

Developing Technologies for the Future
In 2015, DAF demonstrated truck platooning. The EcoTwin vehicle system enabled trail-ing vehicles to automatically follow the lead truck resulting in lower fuel consumption, reduced CO2-emissions and improved traffic flow. Due to EcoTwin’s success, DAF was selected to exclusively participate in English platooning trials in 2017. DAF is engaged with leading European technology development projects to gain comprehensive experi-ence with alternative electric and hybrid power trains.

Global Excellence
DAF is driving business globally in the 21st century. Its class-leading trucks are manu-factured in the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Brazil, and DAF products are sold by 1,100 independent dealers on five continents.
DAF trucks are backed by industry leading services provided by PACCAR Parts and PACCAR Financial. Fleets are supported by Europe’s best roadside assistance, Inter-national Truck Service (ITS) and DAF Connect, DAF’s advanced fleet-management system.

“DAF provides a complete range of excellent trucks that offer the industry’s lowest oper-ating costs, best transport efficiency and highest driver comfort,” said Preston Feight, DAF president. “Thanks to the wonderful team of over 10,000 dedicated people who design build, sell and support its quality trucks, engines, parts and services DAF is well positioned to continue growing successfully around the world.”



DAF- Spackys Super Sucker

Sommer Denning - Friday, April 06, 2018


Almost a decade ago, Todd Spackman embarked on a career specialising in the servicing of septic waste systems. His repair and care operation employs a new DAF LF series ‘vacuum truck’ to clean up the mixture of sludge and slurries.

Todd Spackman is a salt-of-the-earth, 40-something family guy who often laughs off his occupation of pumping sewerage from septic tanks. On the back of his vacuum tank, a cartoon depicts Yosemite Sam with his guns drawn and the caption: “Back her up, I ain’t hauling milk!”

Spacky’s Septic Service, based in the township of Harden, New South Wales, began in 2011 when Todd discovered a local septic service business for sale.

Like many rural Australian towns, there’s frequently little choice when it comes to eking out a living. However, over the course of Todd’s life, he’s been a carpenter, an excavator operator, a signalman on the railways, a truckie, and a workman laying concrete sleepers to upgrade train lines.

These jobs kept Todd away from the family for long stretches. Determined to spend more time with his wife Jodi and their three children, Todd packed up his working life as a contractor, moved back home to Harden, and ‘went out on a limb’ to collect, transport, and dispose of sewerage.

As Todd unashamedly reminds us, “You can’t have a weak nose in this business.”

Today, Todd plays a key role servicing septic systems, covering a 100km regional radius around Harden. His complex occupation involves tank cleaning, removing waste for councils, ridding of grease traps, fixing sewer chokes before spillages occur, re-strapping business blocks and portable ablutions, and pumping tanks on semi-rural properties amongst the outskirts of towns.

He accomplishes all this with the means of his LF280 DAF, purchased mid-2017 from Inland Truck Centres at Wagga Wagga.

He bought the truck prior to celebrating his 50th birthday, thinking that he would like to spend the next chapter of his working life in comfort. “Like me, my previous truck was getting a bit old and rough around the edges,” he laughs.

As well as being comfortable, the LF truck proved to be a vehicle with generous fuel economy and one that could handle the trappings around septic tanks, giving Todd the capability to integrate his application requirements with other body builders.

“We built this truck to incorporate the vacuum tank, which was manufactured by Vorstrom in Warrick, Queensland,” Todd explains. “They previously fitted these tanks on DAF trucks with great results, which got me looking into the nitty-gritty of this combination which had already been proven. The unit is top gear – it’s smooth and very adaptive.”

“The LF sleeper is bigger than what I’ve been used to in terms of cab size but it’s user-friendly, easy to keep clean, and very quiet. It was more about fuel savings and manoeuvrability of the cabover which were big selling features for me. A lot of my work involves tight spaces around yards and because septic tanks are usually constructed to be hidden, I found myself in some tricky situations until I got the DAF.”

The heavy-duty chassis was shortened from the standard 6.25 metre length to a wheelbase of 4.5 metres to incorporate Todd’s 4-metre vacuum tank, which can carry up to 8,000 litres (2-3 septic tanks per load).

The single axle design is rated at GVM 18 tonnes and as Todd points out, he made the decision to purchase a heavier truck based on safer work methods and variable road restrictions.

“With the tank I chose I ended up purchasing the bigger truck to give me a bit more wriggle room, and it’s been real steady. I needed something with a bit more capacity because the RTA regulations for this axle configuration limits me to 15 ½ tonnes in New South Wales, where in Queensland and Victoria I can carry up to 16 ½ tonnes.”

Underneath the LF cabover, the 280Hp/210Kw engine works effortlessly through the undulating countryside where Todd does the majority of his driving.

“It’s well powered and lovely to drive when it comes to handling on bitumen, and when I’m out in paddocks, the traction control kicks in nicely.”

The PACCAR GR 6 cylinder, turbo intercooled, 6.7 litre engine works effortlessly (when it’s just off idle) in order to power the independent hydraulic motor, which drives the high-pressure pump designed to thrust and suck the waste collections in a range of situations.

“It’s more power than I have ever had or needed and it handles everything, no worries at all,” he declares.

Todd plans to also purchase a single axle dog trailer, as he is determined to expand his service and get more use from the LF280 18T.

“I’m no plumber but with 280Hp I can also cart around the excavator and do earth works for plumbers, and that allows me to offer more of a complete package with my septic installations,” he proudly states.

Todd services the rig at Inland Truck Centres, located in Wagga Wagga every 25,000kms. Between oil changes and extended service periods, Todd says the DAF has been a real cost saver.

“Even with 280Hp, it’s cheap to run. The crew at Wagga have been great to deal with. They take care of everything for me and they’re a real friendly group – it’s a very personalised and quality service.”

Over the last decade PACCAR has built relationships with customers like Todd based on reliable back-up and servicing. At the point of sale, a big advantage for Todd was the PACCAR nationwide parts network.

“A while ago, I broke the Perspex sun visor when I clipped an eagle. It was only a matter of a day or two and PACCAR got the part in for me. I’m located between Orange and Wagga Wagga so it’s is a real bonus to have that network behind my business.”

Despite not being the most desirable of vocations, Todd has stuck with his profession for over seven years to create a viable business. Nowadays, he gets to spend more time with his family and he even drives the DAF down to the river to make use of the sleeper cab when he goes fishing overnight.

“I’ve got the flashiest crap carter in town,” he chuckles. “In all seriousness though, it lets me be who I am, and gives me the lifestyle I want to have.”


DAF - International Truck of the Year 2018

Sommer Denning - Wednesday, April 04, 2018


DAF’s New CF and XF Named Joint International Truck of the Year 2018 Winner

DAF’s New CF and XF ranges have been jointly crowned International Truck of the Year 2018 at the Solutrans Commercial Vehicle Show in Lyon, France.

With a winning score of 104 votes, the trucks beat the Iveco Stralis NP 460 (96 votes) and the Scania XT (59 votes) into second and third places.

The jury of 23 commercial vehicle editors and senior journalists from across Europe praised the trucks’ improved drivelines, which feature optimised MX-11 and MX-13 engines, the latest ZF TraXon 12-speed automated gearbox and new DAF rear axles.

These together deliver improved driveability, greater fuel efficiency and seamless gear-changing characteristics.

Numerous energy-efficient features include improved combustion, engine down-speeding, intelligent auxiliaries, driveline component integration, enhanced predictive features and weight reductions.

“There’s certainly a lot more to this truck than a new sun visor and grille,” said CM editor and UK jury member Will Shiers.

The Iveco Daily Blue Power was named International Van of the Year 2018, with the manufacturer praised for producing a range of highly sustainable light commercials with a choice of powertrains that reduce operators’ environmental impact.

The range, which includes electric, CNG and Euro-6 Real Driving Emissions options, scored 113 votes, with the new Ford Transit Custom coming in second place with 79 votes.

The other podium place went to Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ latest gas-powered Caddy TGI model.

“The Daily Blue Power range puts together the main and viable solutions to reduce the environmental impact of LCVs in urban and suburban operations,” said one of the judges.

In the final category, the Volkswagen Amarok V6 took the International Pick-up Award 2018.

“Jury members adjudged the Amarok V6 to be the best all-rounder in a very close-run competition.

It scored 56 points with its new German rival, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class achieving 50 marks, and the current Toyota Hilux not too far behind on 41 points,” said Jarlath Sweeney, chairman of the International Pick-up jury.