DAF’s New Generation of trucks for long distance haulage has been crowned International Truck of the Year 2022.
In addition, the XF H₂ Innovation Truck with its hydrogen combustion engine picked up the ‘2022 Truck Innovation Award’.
The jury said: “The XF, XG and XG⁺ set a new industry benchmark in efficiency, safety and driver comfort”.
They carried out an extensive series of tests with the prestigious award being handed over at the Solutrans truck and transport exhibition in Lyon, France.
Truck that has made the most significant contribution
The annual award is presented to a truck that has been introduced in the past year and which has made the most significant contribution to road transport efficiency.
This award criteria relies on a comprehensive range of criteria, including technological innovation, comfort, safety, driveability, fuel economy, environmental ‘footprint’ and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
The jury’s chairman, Gianenrico Griffini, said: “DAF is the first truck manufacturer to introduce a completely new generation of trucks that have been developed with the new European regulations for truck masses and dimensions in mind.
“The result is a series of highly attractive and very aerodynamic trucks which features class-leading efficiency, safety and driver comfort.”
He added: “The new XF, XG and XG⁺ offer excellent direct visibility provided by a large, curved windscreen, side windows with low beltlines and the kerb-view window. These features – along with the digital vision system that replaces the traditional side-view mirrors and the new corner view camera – offer all-around view, protecting vulnerable road users.”
International Truck of the Year 2022 award
The International Truck of the Year 2022 award was presented to Harry Wolters, president of DAF Trucks, who dedicated the recognition to all the 12,000 DAF employees worldwide.
He said: “This unique achievement is a true team effort!
“The New Generation XF, XG and XG⁺ represents the largest innovation project in the 90-year history of our company.”
He added: “It is the result of thoroughly listening to our customers and their drivers, having a clear vision about the future of durable and sustainable transport solutions and always going the extra mile to deliver the best possible transport solutions. Indeed, we are the first truck manufacturer that fully utilises the new European regulations regarding truck masses and dimensions to deliver unique benefits to our customers.
“It is good to be the first – it is even better to be unique.”
The Truck Innovation Award 2022 for the new DAF XF H₂ Innovation Truck with its hydrogen internal combustion engine technology recognises the development that DAF has undertaken – and a demonstration to the award jury in October impressed them.
Ron Borsboom, DAF’s executive director of product development, said: “This specific award underlines our philosophy that we need to explore the full suite of technologies on the road of decarbonisation of transport and mobility in the next decade.”