Goin’ dutch

Owner Driver - - Owner/Driver -

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.

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