DAF XD and Merc LongHaul eActros to be shown at IAA

DAF and Mercedes-Benz have already confirmed what will be amongst their new vehicles on display at the upcoming IAA commercial vehicle show in Hannover and released two teaser images of the new trucks.

DAF’s star attraction will be the new DAF XD, their distrubtion truck replacement for the current CF. Using the same platform as the XF, XG and XG+, the XD is said to be “Fully prepared for zero emission drivelines” and will be available alongside the CF when production is planned to start in the Autumn.

DAF says the new model has a larger windscreen and side windows with an ultra-low belt- line to give it best in class levels of visibility. That will be on top of getting DAF Corner View and DAF Digital Camera Systems. The new XD will be equipped with the range of Paccar MX-11 engines and has been redesigned with new cab and rear axle suspension to improve the ride quality.

Mercedes has also confirmed it plans to unveil its battery-electric eActros LongHaul long-distance truck which is said to be “a preview of the design theme of the series-production vehicle”.

First prototypes of the LongHaul are already undergoing tests as the vehicles edges closer to a final production model that is set to be on the road by 2024. The truck is said to have a range of around 500km from a single charge and will be equipped with high-performance ‘megawatt” charging where the batteries can be charged from 20% to 80% in under 30 minutes.

Volvo Truck And Bus Centre South & East expand from MK to Bedford

Volvo Truck and Bus Centre South & East is relocating and expanding its Milton Keynes operations to a new site in Bedford.

The new 28-acre site on the Wilstead Industrial Park is approximately 11 miles from the current dealership and will increase the workshop capacity.

Stuart Potter, operations director, Volvo Truck and Bus Centre South & East, said: “For the last 25 years Dawsongroup has been both our landlord and customer in Milton Keynes, with our team sharing their site. They’ve been fantastic to us, but as our local operations continue to expand, it was the right time to move into our own depot. Geographically it’s a perfect fit for our network; and we’ve been able to tailor the configuration of the workshop to cater for both current and future needs, supporting diesel, LNG and electric fleets.”

The new site is located just off the A6 trunk road, one mile south of the A421 Bedford Southern Bypass and 10 miles from junction 13 of the M1.

The workshop has been fitted out to maintain the whole range of Volvo trucks and buses, along with bodywork and trailer servicing. The workshops will also have brake testing, headlight beam setting and tachograph and speed limiter calibration equipment. It will also stock more than £425,000 worth of Volvo parts. Three Volvo Action Service vans will also be based at the site, which are on standby 24/7 for emergency roadside assistance.