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Latest DAF range offers new benchmarks in safety. driver comfort

PACCAR Australia has revealed the new generation of the DAF CF and XF models, all of which feature a wide range of the latest safety features fitted as standard equipment.

These include Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Vehicle Stability Control and an Advanced Emergency Braking System.

A driver’s airbag, an integrated kerb-side blind spot camera and a revised exterior mirror position add to the safety package.

An updated interior and some subtle exterior design changes provide additional driver comfort as well as enhanced aerodynamics.

The New XF and CF also feature a completely new automatic and easy to operate HVAC system.

Power comes from the latest PACCAR MX-11 and MX-13 engines which have been re-engineered to maximise fuel efficiency through the use of a more efficient turbocharger, a new EGR system and a new valve actuation design.

Internal changes designed to improve thermal efficiency include a new combustion system which incorporates new pistons, injectors and injection strategies, while higher compression ratios are employed.

New highly efficient variable speed cooling, steering and oil pumps are also used to achieve lower fuel consumption by decreasing parasitic load off the engine.

A new engine brake is also built into the engines’ design. Maximum braking power of the PACCAR MX-11 engine brake is 340 kW and maximum braking power of the MX-13 is 360 kW and in the important 1,200 to 1,500 rpm range, braking power has increased up to thirty percent.

The integration of a 30 per cent larger cooling system reduces the amount of time for the engine to use power to drive the fan.

DAF is the latest European OEM to install the ZF TraXon automated manual transmission which is available in 12 and 16 speeds.

Rear axle ratios are essentially lower to take advantage of the available torque ranges created by the down-speeding of the engines.

For example, torque from the PACCAR MX-13 engine has been increased significantly and is available from 900 rpm.

The top-of-the range PACCAR MX-13 engine produces 390 kW/530 hp and 2,600 Nm of torque at 1,000 rpm.

The new DAF CF and LF models now have an on-board driver coaching system to help maximise the trucks’ efficiency.

“An important part of fuel economy comes down to how the driver operates the vehicle,” said Brad May, PACCAR Australia’s Director of Sales and marketing.

“The best possible driving delivers the best efficiency. The Driver Performance Assistance (DPA) feature offers constant feedback to the driver of his/her driving style and is effectively positioned so the driver can easily see the driving effects on fuel consumption”.

Subsequent to their release in Europe the New XF and the New CF were named International Truck of the Year in 2018 and more than 100,000 DAF CFs and XFs have been sold in European markets.

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