The news came hot on the heels of a win by ‘big brother’ – the XF105 – of an Australian design award at a similar function held recently in Sydney.
The DAF CF’s performance in the Motor Transport Awards is unmatched – 11 wins of the coveted ‘Fleet Truck of the Year’ title since 1994.
After comparing all the leading brands, the judging panel comprising a delegation of truck operators concluded, ‘The CF85 offers excellent cost of ownership, fuel economy and driver acceptance. DAF offers the best all round package for the fleet operator, with top customer service and market-leading after sales service.’
Ray Ashworth, managing director of DAF Trucks UK, received the trophy in front of 1500 leading representatives from the transport industry at a presentation dinner in London.
“This is a great accolade for the CF85 and for everybody in our sales and service dealer network,” Ashworth said. “This recognition is so valuable because it is awarded by the users themselves, being demanding fleet operators.
“To go on winning this award during some of the most challenging years the UK transport industry has ever experienced underlines the key principles of our truck range – maximum reliability, highest driver comfort, together with the outstanding in-service support provided by our nationwide network of dedicated dealers.
“Obviously, it also comes down to highest efficiency. The CF has always been regarded as one of the most fuel efficient trucks on the market and with the latest ATe (Advanced Transport Efficiency) technologies, again significant savings can be realised, important in times when fuel prices have risen to record levels.”
The award winning CF85 is available in Australia in various rigid and prime mover configurations. Adapted to cope with the extreme conditions of the Australian environment, the CF85’s Euro 5 compliant 12.9 litre MX engine is fitted with an advanced cooling package rated for ambient temperatures higher than 45º Celsius.