Amid stiff competition, DAF Trucks was awarded the prestigious International Truck of the Year 2018 accolade for its new XF and CF series. Named as making the greatest contribution to road transport efficiency, the DAF XF and CF trucks set new standards of driveline effectiveness and overall performance.
Babcock is the sole distributor of DAF Trucks in southern Africa and has successfully grown the brand in the country over the past eight years.
The annual International Truck of the Year award is presented to an individual vehicle or model range introduced into the market in the previous 12 months, with the winner chosen by an independent jury of leading road-transport journalists from 23 European countries. The award is considered the most prestigious honour in the European truck industry and is judged on several criteria including technological innovation, driver comfort, road safety, drivability, fuel economy, environmental ‘footprint’ and total cost of ownership.
Innovations in DAF Trucks’ new XF and CF series such as completely new powertrains with highly efficient transmissions and rear axles, compact after-treatment systems, and sophisticated software and aerodynamic optimisations result in reduced CO2 emissions and a fuel consumption improvement of an outstanding 7%, impelling the jury to declare the new DAF XF and CF trucks as leading the way in transport efficiency.
Mark Gavin