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New generation DAF trucks transport roads in new directions

Economic indicators show a rapid recovery in business recovery as regulations are relaxed from the coronavirus epidemic. The rising graph arrows from various platforms such as the Eurozone Economic Sentiment Index and the increasing proportions associated with EU GDP show a positive atmosphere in industry and commerce. The record use of the German Mauth pay system shows more trucking movements that provide additional economic buoyancy. However, there are downsides such as soaring fuel costs and a continuous shortage of parts, which is affecting further prosperity.

Truck sales have been severely impacted by the global parts shortage caused by Covid-19 and other global events such as large-scale fires and floods in major supply areas. According to Harry Wolters, president of DAF Trucks NV, the new HGV market as a whole will be around 280,000 units if it can serve customer orders by the end of the year. “Sales of medium-sized vehicles will reach 50,000,” he said at a press conference at DAF Trucks headquarters in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

“This is well above last year’s figure by 100,000 HGV, recreating the 2015 market across Europe.” He reveals the latest market share for both HGV and tractor sales. Did. Since the end of June every year, it has been a close call between the two brands competing for the top of Mercedes-Benz, leading the chart at 19%. Next, three horse races between Scania, DAF Trucks and MAN have market shares of 17%, 16.8% and 16% across Europe, respectively. Volvo is next closest at 15%, followed by Renault Trucks and Iveco at 8% and 7%. Looking at the 16 ton tractor unit segment above, it’s another story that the DAF is commanding 20.2%. Next is the second quarter of 2021 since the beginning of the year with 18.2% for Volvo, 17.5% for Scania, 16% for Mercedes-Benz, 13% for MAN and an average of 7% for Renault Trucks and Iveco.

Despite not being in a position to bring a new generation of DAF lineup to the market, the Dutch brand has grown the most in recent years due to investment in a new area in Belgium (Westerlo) and the accompanying construction of a new factory. Harry claimed that the new XF, XG, and XG + are “the right tracks at the right moments.” “The new cab design meets new mass and dimensional regulations, sets new standards for safety, improves fuel efficiency by 10% and is a benchmark for driver comfort.” Harry said. We are confident that the attributes will somehow address the current 400.000 pan-European driver shortage.

At the time of the event, 11,600 new generation DAFs were ordered and there is an interesting breakdown of model line demand – XF 43%, XG 41%, XG + 16%. To date, there are 10 different axle configurations, and many more.

Key elements of the new generation DAF:

  • Service interval up to 200,000km
  • Aircraft update
  • Pan-EU repair and maintenance contract
  • Class-leading aerodynamics and airflow
  • Automatic transmission with only enhanced predictive capabilities
  • The new MX-13530hp engine and more powerful engine braking increase torque at low revs.
  • New XF and current XF = -175kg lighter
  • Best-in-class visibility – curved windshield, low beltline, digital mirror
  • Full LED light (automatic)
  • Excellent passive safety: controlled steering column deformation system
  • Program Cab Displacement System (ProCaDis) – Patented Design
  • 12 inch DAF digital display
  • XG and XG + 5cm engine tunnel
  • Higher comfort
  • Excellent steering operation
  • Excellent ride quality and handling
  • Ultra-low room noise
  • Excellent crashworthiness
  • Future Drivetrain: HVO / Renewable Energy; BEV; Hybrid (Full & Mild); Hydrogen-Fuel Cell and Internal Combustion Engine H2

New generation DAF trucks transport roads in new directions New generation DAF trucks transport roads in new directions

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