‘DAF Transport Efficiency’ is DAF’s overall theme at IAA 2016 - which is being held in Hanover from 22 till 29 September. DAF Trucks is exhibiting its full, industry-leading product and services range. DAF offers the most efficient total transport solutions with the highest return per kilometer. The new and innovative DAF Connect fleet management system optimizes fleet and driver performance and enhances logistic efficiency. Innovations to the reliable and efficient PACCAR PX-5 and PX-7 engines in the popular LF and CF distribution trucks provide the perfect balance of power, torque and fuel efficiency. DAF Transport Efficiency showcases the company’s heritage in providing lowest operating cost and highest fuel economy. DAF is further demonstrating its commitment to environmental and fuel economy leadership with its Innovation truck.
The DAF stand will be located in Hall 17 of the exhibition complex. Occupying an area of 2,500 m2, it will showcase the complete product range, setting the standard in quality, low operating cost and vehicle performance. The DAF trucks on display include the LF for distribution transport, the versatile CF for a wide variety of applications and the flagship XF for heavy and long distance transport.
To highlight the importance that DAF and its 1,000 sales and service dealers attach to a full range of services to support their class leading products, PACCAR Financial, PacLease, PACCAR Parts, TRP and DAF MultiSupport Repair and Maintenance are presented prominently at the DAF IAA stand.
DAF Connect fleet management system
At the IAA DAF is launching DAF Connect, an innovative fleet management system, offering the operator real-time information on the performance of his vehicles and drivers. Information on vehicle location, fuel consumption, mileage, fleet utilization and idle time are clearly presented in an on-line dashboard, which can be tailored to customer requirements.
The user-friendly dashboard can be configured to provide comprehensive fuel reports with current and historical data that compares the fleet’s vehicles and drivers. The Live Fleet View feature provides all the information needed about the location of the fleet in order to enable optimal planning including distances, routes and driving time for the vehicle and driver. Operators receive self-defined alerts when deviations occur in areas like speed, route, location and fuel consumption so they can immediately improve fleet performance.
DAF Connect optimizes vehicle availability, reduces operational cost and enhances logistical efficiency. DAF Connect also allows the transport operator to effectively plan repair & maintenance and take advantage of tailor-made advice by DAF using DAF Connect. “With DAF Connect we are entering a new era of supporting our customers to achieve the highest profitability per kilometer”, commented Richard Zink, DAF Trucks’ Director Marketing & Sales.
DAF Connect will be available in the fourth quarter of 2016 and leads the industry in quality, operating speed, user-friendliness and its ability to compare performance of individual vehicles. Richard Zink added, “We are teaming up with leading independent fleet management information suppliers to have an open platform available. This is important for fleets who own DAF and other truck brands, as well as DAF fleets that already invested in fleet management systems.”
Optimized PACCAR PX-5 and PX-7 engines for DAF LF and CF
As part of the DAF Transport Efficiency philosophy, DAF is introducing innovations to the successful DAF LF and CF distribution trucks with PACCAR PX engines. Higher torque at lower revs contributes to enhanced driver comfort and better fuel efficiency. These engine enhancements in combination with the new, faster drivelines reduce engine revolutions up to 300 rpm at a cruising speed of 85 km/h and provides up to 4% better fuel efficiency.
New software and optimized heat and air management for the efficient and reliable 4.5 litre PACCAR PX-5 and 6.7 litre PACCAR PX-7 engines have increased torque by up to 12%. Maximum torque of the 4 cylinder PACCAR PX-5 engine in the DAF LF series now goes up to 850 Nm at 1,200 – 1,500 rpm, and for the PACCAR PX-7 engine in the DAF LF and CF, torque reaches 1,200 Nm at 1,100 – 1,700 rpm.
DAF’s continued focus on Transport Efficiency
To underline DAF’s aim to further strengthen its industry leading position in fuel efficiency and low CO2 emissions, one of DAF’s Innovation trucks has a prominent position at the DAF IAA stand.
“We continue to develop additional fuel savings and CO2 emissions reduction opportunities to maintain our cost advantage and environmental leadership”, says Ron Borsboom, Director Product Development. “The Innovation truck illustrates next generation technologies, such as hybridization and electrification. Additional features under development include waste heat recovery and predictive, connected and collaborative driving which was successfully demonstrated during the European Truck Platooning Challenge earlier this year.”
Over the last decade, average fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of a long distance truck have been reduced by 14%, commented Ron Borsboom. “Additional steps will be made, with the new masses and dimensions legislation approved by the European Parliament. Enhanced aerodynamics will result in reduced CO2 emissions. There is also an opportunity to improve the driver’s field of vision. Additional packaging space can be created for future fuel efficiency enhancing technologies as demonstrated in the Innovation truck. Once the legislation is finalised, the industry will have the opportunity to invest in solutions which make further CO2reductions and enhanced safety possible. We look forward to the final rules.”
20 years a PACCAR Company
Twenty years ago, DAF Trucks became part of PACCAR, one of the largest truck manufacturers in the world. A global success story was born. The impressive investments during the last two decades include new trucks and engines and a state-of-the-art engine test center in Eindhoven. These and other investments strengthen DAF’s leading position in the development of clean, reliable and highly efficient vehicles. New PACCAR Distribution Centers in Hungary, The Netherlands and Russia guarantee customers immediate supply for after-market parts. In Westerlo, Belgium, a completely new cab paint shop is being built, which will be the most advanced and environmentally friendly of its kind when opened in 2017.
In Europe, DAF is the fastest growing and one of the most successful truck manufacturers. Market share in the heavy segment has been increased from 9% in 1996 to 16% in the first half of this year, with market leadership in the heavy tractor segment. DAF’s success is also expanding outside Europe. In South America, Russia, Africa and Asia, the quality and efficiency of DAF trucks is highly appreciated. DAF is the market leader in Israel and the number 1 European brand in Taiwan. DAF opened sales subsidiaries in Russia and Turkey to grow in those markets. In Brazil a new DAF manufacturing plant was built.
“More and more operators recognize the quality, efficiency and durability of DAF trucks”, commented Preston Feight, DAF Trucks president. “In 1996, DAF produced 25,000 trucks, a number that doubled to more than 50,000 last year. With a great range of trucks and services and a dense network of professional, independent dealers, DAF is well positioned to expand its business worldwide.”
The following vehicles are on display at the DAF stand in Hall 17 (stand number B20):
LF 150 4x2 rigid with Day Cab – Silent version
LF 210 4x2 rigid with Day Cab
LF 290 4x2 rigid with Extended Cab
CF 320 6x2 rigid with Day Cab and VDL hook lift system
CF 440 4x2 tractor with Space Cab – Silent version
CF 440 6x4 rigid with Day Cab and Meiller tipper body
XF 440 4x2 tractor with Space Cab – Silent version
XF 440 6x2 rigid with Space Cab and BDF demountable body
XF 460 4x2 tractor with Super Space Cab – 91 cm low deck version
XF 510 4x2 tractor with Super Space Cab
XF 510 4x2 tractor with Super Space Cab – IAA Special Edition
XF Innovation truck