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The Dutch heavy hauler waits in the wings with Euro VI cleaner en­gines

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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.

James Stan­ford

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