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DAF Trucks: The Dutch Spirit Inside of the American Enterprise

The operation of DAF Trucks N.V. under the supervision of PACCAR Inc. is a great example of successful cooperation between two reputable companies, which chose mutual benefits instead of competition. Though, the takeover, which took place in 1996, was rather of necessity for DAF, as then-company declared bankrupt in 1993, it stimulated a new way to success.

The Dutch are known worldwide as people who dare to think and live without limitations. The same was true about two brothers Hub and Wim van Doorne who started a small engineering business under the roof of a brewery in the 1930s. In the course of time, a modest automotive workshop turned out to become a fast-growing truck manufacturer in Europe.

DAF’s collaborative potential began to develop in 1987, when the company merged with the Leyland Trucks, the UK’s leading trucking business. The same year DAF introduced the 95 truck series, which gained for the company the first ‘International Truck of the Year’ award and became the brand’s flagship for many years to come.

Behind every quality product, there is a quality organization. As of today, DAF vehicles are manufactured at four production facilities. Each factory has its specific specialization. Apart from the long-established European divisions in Eindhoven, Westerlo and Leyland, DAF Trucks benefits from an assembly plant in Brazil, launched in 2013 by PACCAR. By the way, it is difficult to overestimate the role this American multifaceted trucking enterprise has played in the formation of DAF Trucks as a globally recognized brand.

Another high-powered incentive for DAF Trucks’ development is reflected in the original lineups of DAF components. Engines, axles and cabs, developed and manufactured by DAF, are extensively supplied to other businesses involved in the automotive production. The brand’s technology is known for reliability and productivity. Particularly, it is applied to the PACCAR engines. Designed within two model ranges – the PX and the MX, PACCAR’s power units suit medium- and heavy-duty operations respectively. To achieve the required level of environmental and functional efficiency, the manufacturer integrates such technical solutions as common rail fuel injection, an air compressor, a synthetic moulded sump with a large content, exhaust gas recirculation combined with exhaust gas after-treatment, and others.

According to the numerous accolades and awards, DAF trucks are also distinguished by first-class cab comfort. Back to 1985, the brand’s designers introduced the Space Cab with the roof positioned on a comparatively higher level. Such an offer was positively met and encouraged further perfection of a driver’s workplace.