DAF has begun production of the latest generation of XF, XG and XG+ trucks in Eindhoven.
The official ‘Job One’ truck – a red XG+ with a 12.9 litre PACCAR MX-13 engine – was presented by the mayor of Eindhoven, John Jorritsma and Harry Wolters, president of DAF to André Verbeek, MD of speciliast poultry and egg haulier Verbeek Agra Vision.
The trucks are the first from a manufacturer that have been developed in line with the new European regulations for truck masses and dimensions while also ready for new battery-electric and hydrogen drivelines that are under development.
“DAF is not just the first company to do this but also the only one,” DAF president Harry Wolters said. “This means that our new trucks for long haulage – the new XF, XG and XG+ – have set a new benchmark for efficiency, safety and driver comfort. These were the main reasons why the European Commission was prepared to give the truck industry literally more room to develop new, optimal cabins. By extending the front by 16 centimetres and paying maximum attention to aerodynamics, we have been able to achieve savings of 10% on fuel consumption and a similar reduction in CO2 emissions.”
The first new truck off the line, a DAF XG+, will be driving for a subsidiary company of Verbeek Agra Vision, Hennentransport Hooijer.
“In addition to unrivalled reliability and the low costs per kilometre, the superb level of driver comfort is also an important reason for our decision to choose DAF,” said André Verbeek.
He added: “And with the new top model XG+, DAF has once again set a new standard. A very important factor in these times of driver shortages.”