DAF’S NEW XF HEAVY HAULAGE TRACTOR IS NOW IN SERVICE, AND ONE OF THE FIRST IN THE UK IS ALREADY WORKING HARD FOR COLLETT & SONS LTD. IAN NORWELL JOINED THE TRUCK ON IT’S SECOND DAY OUT; DELIVERING A 50 METRE BLADE TO A WIND FARM. ROUTINE FOR THEM, AN EYE-OPENER FOR US.
PHOTOGRAPHY: CRAIG PUSEY
LATEST IN A LONG LINE
DAF’s latest XF tractor range has been out for a while now, and in common with most truck makers, some of the more rarified models like this 8x4 tridem tractor take longer to arrive. We attended the driving launch in Antequera, southern Spain, in late 2012, before it came to the UK market the following year. Much of the debate there was of the route to Euro 6 (then under a year away), and as all other makers have done, with the exception of Iveco, DAF have emptied the after treatment cupboard to attain the necessary strictures. SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction), EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation), a DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter), common rail injection, a VTG (variable geometry turbocharger) and OBD (On Board Diagnostics) have all piled in to limbo down to those tough new limits.
But much of the technology used had already been thoroughly aired in the United States, where Paccar’s North American truck brands had been using it. The EPA10 emissions regulations that apply there are not an exact replica of Euro 6, but they are close enough to make the same technology solutions practicable. The cab shell has done some service for DAF and it’s a tribute to their designers that this latest execution scrubs up so well. To be fair, the added technology and revised trim levels make you wonder if a new one would have been of any benefit.