DAF booms in Birm­ing­ham

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Un­veil­ing one of the Euro­pean truck in­dus­try’s best-kept se­crets, DAF shocked com­peti­tors and vis­i­tors alike at the re­cent Birm­ing­ham Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle Show in the UK with its show­case of a new gen­er­a­tion of CF and XF mod­els.

Build­ing on the strong mar­ket ac­cep­tance of its cur­rent Euro 6 mod­els through­out Europe and the UK, DAF says this new gen­er­a­tion of mod­els will go into Euro­pean pro­duc­tion later this year equipped with en­gine in­no­va­tions, new driv­e­lines and aero­dy­namic op­ti­mi­sa­tions that will de­liver up to 7 per cent lower fuel con­sump­tion than ex­ist­ing mod­els.

With its cur­rent MX-11 and MX-13 Euro 6 en­gines, DAF is al­ready re­garded as one of the most fuel- ef­fi­cient brands in the com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle in­dus­try.

How­ever, DAF prin­ci­pals in­sist the new ‘ DAF Con­nect’ fleet man­age­ment sys­tem will drive even greater ef­fi­ciency gains.

Mean­time, the new- gen­er­a­tion CF and XF mod­els also fea­ture lower tare weight and up­dated in­te­rior and ex­te­rior de­signs for en­hanced driver com­fort and ap­peal.

“Build­ing on the ex­cel­lent rep­u­ta­tion for fuel ef­fi­ciency, re­li­a­bil­ity and driver com­fort the cur­rent Euro 6 prod­uct range has earned in Europe, DAF has de­vel­oped a new gen­er­a­tion of CF and XF trucks of­fer­ing the best pos­si­ble so­lu­tions for both the cus­tomer and the driver,” DAF Trucks pres­i­dent Pre­ston Feight said at the de­but of the lat­est mod­els.

With Euro 6 en­gines re­quir­ing both SCR and EGR emis­sions sys­tems, DAF says the air man­age­ment of its Paccar MX en­gines has been fur­ther im­proved by ap­ply­ing a more ef­fi­cient tur­bocharger, a new EGR sys­tem, and a new valve ac­tu­a­tion de­sign. Ad­di­tion­ally, ther­mal ef­fi­ciency is said to be en­hanced by devel­op­ment of a new com­bus­tion sys­tem com­pris­ing new pis­tons, in­jec­tors and in­jec­tion strate­gies in­clud­ing higher com­pres­sion ra­tios.

While torque peaks of both MX-11 and MX-13 en­gines have been in­creased, the big news is that the MX-13 has been boosted to a top rat­ing of 390kW ( 530hp) and 2600Nm of torque.

Fuel ef­fi­ciency has been fur­ther en­hanced with the ap­pli­ca­tion of low-vis­cos­ity oils, lower oil lev­els in the rear axles and low fric­tion wheel end bear­ings.

In the driv­e­line, ZF’s ad­vanced TraXon au­to­mated trans­mis­sion will be stan­dard in the lat­est CF and XF mod­els.

Among a suite of ad­vances in both soft­ware and hard­ware, re­tar­da­tion power of the Paccar en­gine brake has also been im­proved. Max­i­mum brak­ing power of the MX-13 is now no less than 360kW and, in the im­por­tant 1200 to 1500rpm range, DAF says en­gine brak­ing power has in­creased up to 30 per cent.

La­belled a ma­jor in­no­va­tion in fleet man­age­ment, the DAF Con­nect sys­tem of­fers the truck owner real-time in­for­ma­tion on the per­for­mance of their ve­hi­cles and driv­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to DAF, in­for­ma­tion on ve­hi­cle lo­ca­tion, fuel con­sump­tion, mileage, fleet util­i­sa­tion and idle time are clearly pre­sented in an on­line dash­board that can be tai­lored to cus­tomer re­quire­ments.

DAF fur­ther ex­plains 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.

Mean­while, driver com­fort hasn’t been ig­nored with DAF, de­scrib­ing its lat­est mod­els as a ‘ Driver’s Dream’ due to new in­te­rior trims, a new cli­mate con­trol sys­tem, up­graded in­stru­ment panel and dash­board lay­out, and, at the top of the tree, a lux­u­ri­ous ‘Ex­clu­sive Line’ op­tion avail­able in both CF and XF mod­els.

As Euro 6 mod­els, the new trucks won’t be ap­pear­ing in Aus­tralia any­time soon but, of course, when it comes to emis­sions reg­u­la­tions, there’s al­ways to­mor­row.

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