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DAF wins International Truck of the Year

DAF’s new XF/CF truck range has been chosen as the International Truck of the Year for 2018 at the Solutrans event in France this week.

A jury of 23 commercial vehicle editors and senior journalists, representing 23 major trucking magazines from throughout Europe selected the winning truck, and the award was handed over to Preston Feight, President of DAF Trucks.

With a winning score of 104 votes in a neck-to-neck competition, the new Dutch heavy-duty truck range fought off the strong challenge posed by Iveco’s Stralis NP long-haul 460hp natural-gas engine model, which was second, and Scania’s XT construction range, which finished in third place.

Summing up the jury vote, International Truck of the Year Chairman, Gianenrico Griffini, commented: “With the introduction of XF/CF series DAF has delivered a heavy-duty truck range that sets a new standard in terms of driveline energy-efficiency and overall performance.”

In accordance with the International Truck of the Year rules, the annual award is presented to the individual vehicle or model range introduced into the market in the previous 12 months which has made the greatest contribution to road transport efficiency, based on several important criteria including technological innovation, driver comfort, road safety, drivability, fuel economy, environmental ‘footprint’, and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

The new XF/CF innovative drivelines, based on optimised MX-11 and MX-13 in-line six engines, well integrated with the latest ZF Traxon 12-speed automated gearbox and new DAF rear-axles, deliver improved drivability, greater fuel efficiency and seamless gear-changing characteristics.

The Truck of the Year jury members reportedly appreciated the new XF/CF’s energy efficiency features, which include improved combustion, a reduction in internal engine friction losses, engine down-speeding, intelligent auxiliaries, driveline component integration, different gear-shifting strategies, enhanced predictive features running on a new electronic architecture as well as weight reductions in selected components such as the compact after treatment system.

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