PREDICTABLY, the centrepiece of DAF’s display was the CF85 model now available with a 510hp (380kW) MX-13 engine.
We’ve spent some time in this truck and, in our estimation, it’s definitely the truck DAF needs to help raise awareness and lift the brand out of the doldrums.
The star attraction was a six-wheeler sleeper version sitting alongside DAF’s XF flagship. In the background was a CF eight-wheeler also available with the 510 rating.
Somewhat tucked away, however, was the newest member of DAF’s expanding stable, a 6x2 version of the LF280 rigid. Competing in a market where Japanese brands are fiercely dominant, the 3-axle LF won’t find it easy to crack big numbers but, with reported benefits in tare weight and driver comfort, it at least provides another much-needed string to the DAF bow.