05 July 2017 | Paul O’Malley, Torque Agency Group

DAF Trucks rolls out New CF and XF demonstrator fleet


DAF Trucks has delivered a fleet of New CF and XF demonstration tractor units to the DAF UK Dealer network. Following the global launch of the new trucks at the CV Show earlier this year, the new, upgraded models are about to hit UK roads.

DAF trucks rolls out new CF

35 UK tractor units are part of a much larger European fleet of over 200 new CF and XF demonstrators, painted in metallic Jamaica Blue and sporting their distinctive demonstrator livery, manufactured at DAF’s two European production plants in Eindhoven and Leyland. Since the CV Show in April, DAF Trucks has received over 600 UK orders for its new CF and XF models. The first customer vehicles will also start to appear on the roads over the next few weeks.

The demonstrators include a variety of New CF and XF models including FTG 6x2 twin-steer and FTP pusher-axle tractor configurations, in both Space and Super Space cab variants. DAF Dealers are reporting significant interest from operators keen to evaluate the New CF and XF models, with many planning local events where customers can appraise vehicles first-hand.

The new DAF model line-up arrives as DAF Trucks further strengthens its position in the UK truck market above 6.0-tonnes GVW. Latest market share figures confirm DAF Trucks’ dominant 33% share – more than twice that of its nearest competitor – meaning one-in-three new trucks in the UK is a DAF.

The New-model DAF CF and XF rigid and tractor line-up boasts up to 7% lower fuel consumption thanks to innovations and higher ratings to the PACCAR MX-11 and MX-13 engines, a new ZF TraXon gearbox, new high-efficiency rear axles with faster gear ratios, advanced powertrain software and new cab aerodynamic aids.

 

Further new developments include an enhanced MX Engine Brake and a new compact Exhaust After-treatment System (EAS) – all combining to reduce kerb-weight by a significant 130kg on the FTG 6x2 tractor model. The EAS is 40% smaller allowing extra chassis space to accommodate ancillary blowing and or tipping equipment. Maximum service intervals are also increased to 200,000km.

For the driver, new trim, a new dashboard layout and new temperature / climate controls further enhance already high levels of comfort, while an Exclusive Line specification provides the ultimate in luxury.