Leyland Trucks has celebrated the production of its 500,000th vehicle – a 16-tonne DAF LF 210.
That vehicle was handed over to DAF customer, Minoli, at a special production line ceremony.
The DAF LF 210 is the first of four new trucks for Minoli, a leading importer and distributor of Italian porcelain tiles.
Two of the vehicles are specified with a 210 hp PACCAR PX-5 engine and rear air suspension for the transport of the finest ceramic.
Loyal DAF operator for almost 40 years
Minoli, with its headquarters and distribution centre in Oxford and offices and showrooms in London, has remained an exclusive and loyal DAF operator for almost 40 years and they use London-based dealer HTC Group to meet its requirements.
The firm has always chosen DAF trucks from the Lancashire-based manufacturer and the DAF LF is the UK’s most popular distribution truck.
The reliable, robust vehicles have been purpose-built in harmony with the Minoli’s exacting and often changing needs.
Increased demand for Minoli’s products, a drive for constantly enhancing efficiency and a concerted effort to reduce emissions has required an ongoing cycle of investment in expanding and upgrading the Minoli truck fleet.
Minoli will be running 14 DAF trucks
With the latest additions, Minoli will be running 14 DAF trucks and their reasons for using the marque include the LF’s industry-leading payload and driver comfort, as well as outstanding vehicle handling and unmatched manoeuvrability.
The firm’s Jonathon Minoli said: “As a company and a family, we feel very privileged to have been invited to Leyland Trucks to mark such a momentous milestone in the company’s history.
“We’re proud to know that our trucks are built in Britain and that we are supporting British industry.”
He added: “We’ve been a DAF operator for almost 40-years now – and our relationship with the brand has been built on quality and reliability, that in turn allows us to meet our customers’ needs, day after day and year after year.”
The Leyland assembly plant was constructed in 1979 with full production starting in 1980.
Leyland Trucks occupies an 86-acre site
Today, Leyland Trucks occupies an 86-acre site with 93,000 square metres of covered production space.
A workforce of 1,000 includes several fourth and fifth-generation employees and the DAF vehicle range currently includes LF, CF and XF models, plus the New Generation DAF range of XF, XG and XG+ vehicles.
Production of the New Generation DAF trucks started last month in the Netherlands.
The New Generation constitutes a completely new vehicle platform, one that is prepared for the alternative battery-electric and hydrogen drivelines of the future – and are currently being developed at DAF.
DAF is the first truck manufacturer to introduce to the market a completely new generation of trucks that have been developed in line with the new European regulations for truck masses and dimensions.