DAF Trucks has introduced a new range of multi-axle variants of its new CF and XF ranges.
In line with the more conventional cabs, the new rigid trucks benefit from a fuel economy improvement of up to seven per cent, thanks to lightweight technology that has reduced the gross weight of the trucks’ chassis by 100kg, along with an electronically-assisted steering system that is 50kg lighter than in the outgoing model.
The weight savings mean that the new trucks have a higher payload than their predecessors, in addition to the improved economy.
One of the most important innovations within the New CF and New XF range is the new steered trailing axle for both tractors and rigids, which aids manoeuvrability.
The new trailing axle incorporates a newly developed Electric Hydraulic Steering (EHS) system which is 30kg lighter. Steering precision is improved because the EHS continuously calculates the optimal steering angle for the rear axle wheels on the basis of speed and wheelbase.
At speeds of over 40 km/h, the axle is locked in the straight ahead position and guarantees maximum vehicle stability. The new steered trailing axle can be fitted on 6×2 rigids and tractors as well as 8×2 rigids.
The EHS is complemented on 6×2 CF and XF trucks by a new air suspension that can be quickly lowered 90 mm and lifted 185 mm for fast and reliable loading and unloading of swap bodies.
DAF has also adapted the chassis to make it more body builder friendly. The new Body Attachment Modules (BAM) play an important role in the speedy fitting of a box body, a heavy crane, tipper or hook lift system.
The new models should be available now.