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CV Show 2013: Daf launch Euro-6 LF and CF models

  • 09 April 2013
  • By David Wilcox

The global launch of Daf’s Euro-6 LF and CF models and the new Euro-6 Paccar MX-11 engine took place at the CV Show in Birmingham today (9 April).

New frontal styling gives both CF and LF a strong family resemblance to the big XF tractor unit, face-lifted for Euro-6 last year. 

Daf has dropped the current 45, 55, 65, 75 and 85 suffixes for the LF and CF ranges; all are now simply either LF or CF, denominated only by their engine power ratings. Smaller CF models, such as two- and three-axle rigids, are also available with the 6.7-litre PX-7 engine.

Both CF and LF ranges have new chassis, designed to accommodate their new Euro-6 engines, much bigger radiators and new component layouts that create room for exhaust after-treatment systems. The CF range shares its chassis with the XF, with its main rails flaring outwards at the front to accommodate a wider radiator and new front axle, with a wider track to suit the 2.55m width limit.

Daf is looking for a price increase of around 12% for the heaviest CF models – about £8,500 on a typical 6×2 tractor – rising to 17% on lighter LF models. “That’s how much we need to recover the development costs and to pay for installing new equipment to assemble them,” says Ray Ashworth, Daf Trucks’ UK managing director.

If the market baulks at this increase, Ashworth says Daf is prepared to sacrifice a little market share – currently 27% – in return for a better margin. The bitter pill of this steep price increase is sweetened by Daf’s inclusion of a three-year driveline warranty on all Euro-6 models; CF and XF models also have a two-year repair and maintenance contract as standard. Production of the new LF and CF starts in November.

  • Read our in-depth round up of Daf’s Euro-6 range, plus exclusive pictures of the new LF and CF in Commercial Motor on Thursday 11 April. Use the FindMyMag app available on most smartphones to locate where your nearest point of sale is to to purchase Commercial Motor.

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Article source: http://www.commercialmotor.com:80/latest-news/cv-show-2013-daf-launch-euro-6-lf-and-cf-models