Temperature-controlled food transport specialist Freshlinc has placed an order for a passel of DAF New Generation XF 480 6x2 tractors as part of a fleet replacement set to begin at the end of 2021. The haulier, which is headquartered in Spalding, Lincolnshire, points to the new XF’s fuel efficiency, safety features, and “highly desirable” cab as leading factors in its selection of the truck.
“Our order of 40 vehicles demonstrates our faith in the DAF brand, with our existing DAF fleet having delivered good performance and reliability over many years,” says Freshlinc Fleet Engineer Andy Marchant. Freshlinc currently operates 80 DAF trucks within its 400-vehicle fleet.
“Naturally, we’re keen to see the productivity benefits of the New Generation DAF XF, and any new truck has to show an improvement over its predecessor,” Marchant says. “But it certainly has the makings of an exceptional fleet motor.”
Designed According To Top Priorities
DAF totally redesigned its New Generation truck range in the spirit of the EU’s masses and dimensions regulations regarding fuel economy, driver comfort, and safety. Improved aerodynamics and many mechanical and technological enhancements provide up to 10% fuel savings.
The new XF also has a spacious cab with a larger, curved windscreen and other visibility enhancements. In order to comply with London’s Direct Vision Standard, 30 of Freshlinc’s new trucks will come with the DAF Digital Vision system, which replaces the trucks’ main and wide-angle mirrors with electrically retractable, heated cameras. The video cameras automatically pan to the rear of the trailer while cornering. A kerb-view mirror and a cinema seat help to net this group of Freshlinc’s new XF trucks a three-star cab visibility rating, which complies with future DVS requirements scheduled to take effect in 2024.
The DAF New Generation XF
The new XF comes equipped with full LED lighting including headlights, daytime running lights, and integrated cornering lights. XF tractors are available with PACCAR 10.8-litre MX-11 and 12.9-L MX-13 engine options with power levels of up to 530 horsepower (390 kilowatts). Coupled with a 12- or 16-speed TraXon automated gearbox, the motors now allow cruising at just 1,000 rpm for a comfortably quiet ride.
Freshlinc’s 40 New Generation XF lorries will come equipped with DAF’s FTG mid-lift axle configuration and will be built by Leyland Trucks in Lancashire. Local DAF dealer Ford & Slater will support the new trucks with DAF MultiSupport Repair & Maintenance contracts. DAF Trucks’ PACCAR Financial division funded the transaction.
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