DAF Trucks has started extensive field tests as the final phase in the development of an entirely new generation of distribution trucks.
The firm has teamed up with leading customers for the tests and says the new trucks will ‘share the DNA’ of the New Generation XF, XG and XG⁺.
The new trucks will feature the highest levels of quality, safety, efficiency and driver comfort.
New Generation XF, XG and XG⁺
The launch of the New Generation XF, XG and XG⁺ has been a success in Europe for DAF.
After their first test drives, the series was widely praised by the truck media and crowned ‘International Truck of the Year 2022′.
They enjoyed an impressive order book of nearly 20,000 units before production officially started in early November – with the trucks breaking records in the 93-year history of the Dutch truck manufacturer.
The field-tested New Generation DAF distribution trucks make use of the same platform as the award-winning, long haul and heavy-duty trucks.
These are the first commercial vehicles developed with the new European Masses and Dimensions regulations in mind and will ‘push the boundaries’ for road safety, efficiency, low emissions and driver comfort.
Game-changing XF, XG and XG⁺
Ron Borsboom, DAF’s executive director of product development, said: “With the game-changing XF, XG and XG⁺, DAF started the future of long and heavy haulage.
“Now, we are on our way to starting the future of regional and national distribution as well.”
He added: “Direct vision, seating position, ergonomics, fit and finish, it will all be of a new league, next to superior vehicle efficiency and ride and handling.”
DAF will unveil its New Generation of distribution trucks in the second half of 2022, and they will become available alongside the popular and versatile DAF CF trucks.
DAF Trucks enjoyed a ‘solid performance’ in 2021
Meanwhile, DAG Trucks says that 2021 was an ‘excellent year’ with truck production reaching 60,000 units.
The highlight of the year was the introduction of the New Generation DAF XF, XG and XG⁺.
Designed for long distance transport, they resulted in a full order book for the Eindhoven truck manufacturer.
DAF also says that it is a market leader in six European countries.
In the heavy 16+ segment, DAF racked up a 15.9% market share, and 10.1% for the light segment.
DAF says that in 2021, it was the heavy-duty market leader in the Netherlands, the UK, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria and Portugal.
Harry Wolters, the president of DAF Trucks, said: “Thanks to the upturn in the economy, there is an increasing demand for trucks in Europe and with the New Generation DAF XF, XG and XG⁺ DAF has an excellent product on its hands.
“These are the first and only trucks on the market to comply with the new European regulations for vehicle masses and dimensions.
“This means that the XF, XG and XG⁺ set a new benchmark in the areas of efficiency, safety and driver comfort.”
He added: “We expect the European truck market to reach somewhere between 260,000 and 300,000 vehicles in 2022. Thanks to our industry-leading model programme and first-class services, we are ready, together with our professional dealers, to achieve further growth.”