After ordering 500 DAF XF tractor units earlier this year, Girteka Logistics, based in Vilnius, Lithuania, has decided to add 1,500 more of the vehicles to its fleet, which consists of more than 5,600 trucks. “The trucks from DAF have performed even better than expected,” says Edvardas Liachovičius, CEO of Girteka Logistics. “They are extremely reliable, deliver unmatched fuel efficiency, and are highly comfortable for our drivers. With these 1,500 new DAF trucks, we can continue to build on our plan to further expand our business throughout Europe.”
Above & Beyond
The DAF XF trucks destined for Girteka Logistics feature 12.9-litre PACCAR MX-13 engines, which produce 480 horsepower, and TraXon automated transmissions. They also have several driver assistance and safety technologies, including predictive cruise control and predictive shifting, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and an advanced emergency braking system (AEBS). Although fuel efficiency was an important factor in convincing Girteka to buy more XF models, reduced emissions and overall performance also played their parts.
“Our decision to opt for the first batch of 500 DAF XF trucks followed comprehensive market research,” explains Liachovičius. “In daily practice, the vehicles even surpass our high expectations in every aspect. Not only from a business point of view, but also from the perspective of the drivers who love the highly comfortable cab and the great driving characteristics. In addition, the DAF trucks support our efforts to reduce our CO2 footprint. The new XF sets a new standard in fuel efficiency, which is directly related to lowest CO2 emissions.”