The New Generation DAF XG⁺ has been awarded ‘Best UK Diesel Tractor’ at the prestigious Fleet News Awards ’22. At the same occasion, the jury crowned the DAF LF ‘Best Two-axle Lightweight Rigid Truck’ and the DAF CF ‘Best Rigid Truck’. It is the fifth year in succession in which DAF Trucks has picked-up top honours at the Fleet News Awards.
The win for the XG⁺ follows the ‘International Truck of the Year 2022’ award for the New Generation DAF XF, XG and XG⁺ announced last November – and more recently national ‘Truck of the Year’ awards in Portugal and Romania.
The Fleet News Awards judges were full of praise for the New Generation DAF XG⁺. “The XG⁺ sets a new benchmark in the tractor market. DAF’s flagship is stylish, packed with innovation, impressive to drive, offers the largest cab in the industry and is comfortable to live with. Fleets benefit from competitive operating costs and the renowned excellence of DAF’s support to maximise uptime. Driver appeal and fleet appeal make a winning combination.”
Best Rigid Truck
DAF’s popular distribution CF truck series scooped the title ‘Best Rigid Truck’. The jury stated: “The CF is a clear winner in the heavy rigid category. It is by far the best all-round rigid package meeting the needs of fleets across all types of industry sectors. Reliability, payload, driver appeal, dealer support and favourable operating costs are among its many winning attributes.”
Best Lightweight Truck
In addition, DAF’s city distribution truck, the unsurpassed LF series, was crowned ‘Best Two-axle Lightweight Rigid Truck’. “The LF dominates the UK’s 7.5-tonne truck market and it’s easy to see why: excellent reliability, competitive pricing and the best dealer back-up in the business give fleets huge confidence in the truck. It is also ergonomically designed with the driver in mind, with a good sized, well equipped, comfortable cab. It’s the proven choice across all types of fleet activity.”
Only the finest materials have been used in the new DAF. Lightweight, high strength steel is used for the cab structure, and premium soft touch materials and leather are used extensively throughout the interior. Highly energy efficient LED lighting is used throughout the truck, with special attention paid to the state-of-the-art low and high-beam headlights. These include the signature daytime running lights making the New Generation DAF recognizable in all conditions. The New Generation DAF was designed with a focus on Six Sigma quality and the vehicles underwent over 20 million kilometers of functional, durability, reliability and customer testing to ensure the new trucks meet DAF’s exacting quality standards.
Enhanced Safety The new cab design features a large windscreen and large side windows with ultra-low belt lines for unequalled direct vision. As an option, a curb view window is available which – in combination with the foldable co-driver seat – offers an unobstructed view on pedestrians and cyclists next to the truck on the co-driver side.
Also new is the DAF Digital Camera system that can replace the main and wide-angle mirrors. The DAF Corner View system offers maximum view on the area around the cab’s A-pillar on the co-driver side. All vehicle lighting now includes full LED technology for optimal view and visibility. DAF’s philosophy ‘Hands on the Wheel, Eyes on the Road’ results in class-leading ergonomics. All driving related functions are operated from the steering wheel and the steering column stalks. Secondary driving functions are operated from physical switches, logically positioned on the dashboard, within easy reach of the driver.
Luxury and Comfort for the Driver With the New Generation XF, XG and XG+, a new dimension of driver comfort is introduced. Driving position, interior space, sleeping comfort, fit and finish – everything is top class.
Drivers will be impressed by the interior space. With a volume of 12.5 m3, the DAF XG+ has even14% more volume than the industry-benchmark, the current DAF XF Super Space Cab. The new cab creates unprecedented adjustment ranges for the seats and steering column and both driver and co-driver seats can be rotated to a relaxing position.
The beautiful interior features an eye-catching dashboard with a fully digital instrument panel which can be customized to the driver’s personal preferences. An optional second touch screen display is available for operating the DAF Navigation and Infotainment System.
DAF builds on its heritage as the provider of the best bunks in the industry. The new bed length is 2,220 mm in all models, with 800 mm of width over the complete length in the XG and XG+ models. A mechanical or electrically adjustable DAF Relax Bed with a separate topper is available for optimal head, back and leg support while resting.
The state-of-the-art ambient LED lighting is adjustable in brightness and color. A fully integrated Park Airco is available as an option on the XG+ for automatic cooling and heating of the cab, even when the engine is turned off.
Significantly contributing to the outstanding comfort, is the exemplary ride & handling, that is created by the new front-end design of the chassis, the new cab suspension and the new design of the rear axle suspension. All together this makes the New Generation DAF the driver’s ultimate dream.