The 500,000th vehicle from Leyland Trucks has been built, signifying a big production milestone.

It hit the mark of half a million with a 16-tonne DAF LF 210.

The Leyland Assembly Plant was constructed in 1979 with full production starting in 1980. 

Today, Leyland Trucks occupies an 86-acre site with 93,000m2 of covered production space. 

Interestingly, the current 1,000-strong workforce includes several fourth and fifth generation employees. 

A wide range of models are built at the Leyland Trucks plant.

For example, LF, CF, XF models regularly come down the production line. 

And, the new generation XF, XG and XG+ models are also built there.

Specifically, that vehicle was built for London-based porcelain importer Minoli.

In addition, that LF is the first of four new trucks for Minoli. 

Two of the vehicles have been specified with a 210hp PX-5 engine and rear air suspension. 

Furthermore, Minoli has been an exclusive and loyal DAF operator for almost 40 years.

With the latest additions, Minoli will be running 14 DAF trucks. 

However, the company cites many reasons choosing the brand.

For example, it’s a big fan of the payload and driver comfort. 

Meanwhile, drivers are also keen on the vehicle handling and unmatched manoeuvrability.

Jonathon Minoli was present as his truck build reached its conclusion. 

“We feel very privileged to have been invited to Leyland Trucks to mark such a momentous milestone in the company’s history,” he said.

In other news, there’s another production milestone in Italy.

Iveco has reached 1.6 million vehicles built at its Suzzara site in Mantua.

In response, plant manager, Giorgio Ricci was delighted.

“We are extremely proud of this important production milestone for our plant, which represents more than 40 years of production.” 

The plant recently won the “Special Award: Excellent Culture of Improvement” from Agamus Consult.