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The Dutch heavy hauler waits in the wings with Euro VI cleaner engines
ANEWDAF heavy hauler has been revealed in Europe but it won’t hit Australian roads for some time.
The Dutch brand, which is part of the same PACCAR group as Kenworth, showed off its new XF at the Hanover Commercial Vehicle Show.
It is a significantly advanced truck, with a new chassis, fresh exterior design, upgraded engine and a facelifted interior.
However, it won’t come here for a while because the new XF will only be produced with a super clean Euro VI engine.
Here’s what DAF Australian spokesman Andrew Mills told Working Wheels: ‘‘ The Euro VI XF certainly looks like a winner. However, there are no immediate plans to introduce this model to the Australian market as the date for our next emission level has not yet been mandated.’’
The Australian government hasn’t decided on an introduction date for the next emission standard (which would be similar to Euro VI) and it is unlikely the regulation would be introduced for three to four years. Truck makers don’t tend to bring in engines that meet a higher emission standard before regulations require it as they can add complexity and cost.
However, Mercedes-Benz is almost certain to bring in the new-generation Actros to Australia within the next two years, running a Euro VI engine, and is already testing it locally.
DAF seems less keen to bring in a Euro VI version of the XF and will continue with the Euro V XF 105. This flagship heavy hauler was introduced in Europe in 2006 and introduced to the Australian market only earlier this year. DAF has no plans to offer the new XF truck with older Euro V engines either.
DAF highlighted the new model with a range of bright orange models at the Hanover show. President Harrie Schippers says the company invested a lot in the new truck.
‘‘ This is the most comprehensive engineering design and development program in DAF’s 84-year history,’’ he says.