DAF XF Euro 6 photoThe first DAF Euro 6 emissions compliant XF Super Space Cab to be ordered by a British operator has gone into service with Glossop based David G Davies & Sons Ltd.

Chris Davies, transport manager and a director of the family firm, placed the order last year as soon as the model became available. “I felt that as we would have to accept Euro 6 at some point we should get one well in advance of the 2013 year end deadline and see how it performs,” he explains.

“So far I’m very impressed,” he says. “It’s incredibly quiet and the 12-speed AS Tronic gearbox is very smooth. Ryan Pennington, the driver who has been allocated the truck, is delighted with the drive and overall performance of the truck, which results in part from the slightly wider chassis and revised suspension. He also likes the cab layout and in particular the dashboard, which he thinks is superb. It’s too soon to quote fuel figures, but early indications are that it is proving economical.”

DAF’s 12.9 litre MX-13 engine rated at 510 bhp (375 kW) powers the two-axle tractor and delivers a comfortable 12.75 bhp per tonne of power to weight at 40 tonnes gvw. A ZF intarder has also been specified to assist braking on long descents and reduce wear on the service brakes. The truck is running with a Montracon tri-axle curtain-sided trailer and will cover around 120,000 kilometres a year around the UK.

The new XF features DAF’s Super Space cab painted in a stunning airbrushed livery based on the famous 1903 book ‘Call of the Wild’ by Jack London, which was made into a film in 2009. Adam Haydon from Devon was the artist behind the impressive images of Buck, the family dog stolen in California and forced to work as a sled dog in the Yukon, but which eventually became the leader of the pack.

Adding to the head-turning appearance of the new DAF are stylish ‘skylights’ fared into the roofline and complemented by a stainless steel lightbar fitted with six spotlamps flanked by two pairs of air horns. Daytime running lights – a standard feature on the new XF – foglamps set into the bumper, an under-bumper Kelsa light bar and the personal registration plate 9 DGD also help make the truck really stand out from the crowd. The new XF also features LED lights with DAF being the first European manufacturer to offer these as standard.

The company bought their new XF from DAF dealer F&G Commercials of Barnsley based largely on the high level of service they receive from them.

“The support we get from F&G both in Barnsley and through their workshop in Oldham is second to none,” says Chris Davies. “When you run a small fleet it’s important to get good back-up and that’s exactly what we get from them with out of hours servicing and really fast response when problems arise.

“Our policy is to keep our trucks for three years and with our DAFs we know we get good residual values when we move them on,” he adds. “In the case of this new XF we’ve also taken out DAF’s third year warranty cover, which I think is very good value for money.”