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DAF launches LF and CF to huge acclaim


By Steev Hayes
Photography Steev Hayes / DAF

DAF is the latest truck manufacturer to complete a Euro 6 fleet upgrade across its product range. The XF flagship model was the first to be revealed earlier this year, so there’s been a bit of a wait in between. Has it been worth it? We reckon it has. DAF was a bit slow in catching up with the pack as far as we are concerned. Its AS-Tronic (ZF) transmission was not up the standards of the competition – though also a ZF unit, Iveco’s EuroTronic version is far superior. But we reckon Volvo’s superb I-Shift still leads the automated transmission race. Of course, DAF stole the march on the rest with its big and roomy square cabs in the shape of the Space Cab and Super Space Cab – direct descendants of the 95-series design originally shared with Seddon Atkinson Strato and Pegaso Troner. Both spacious, they are well laid out, boast plenty of storage, with logical instrumentation and cabin layouts.

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DAF has carried out a major overhaul of its cab designs across the range. It has adopted what it calls a ‘one philosophy’ approach bringing the ‘family’ looks and content even closer together. Look at the trucks from the outside and they are all very similar, apart from size. But these designs are also aimed at ensuring drivers and operators fully benefit from the massive investment it has made in the research and development of these latest models.

Drivers will have the same levels of comfort and safety whatever DAF they drive. Interiors on CF and LF have been given the same quality fabrics as used on XF, the instrumentation and basic dash layouts are the same, to introduce commonality across the range.

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