Double honours for DAF
Posted: 25-Nov-2021 |

DAF scooped double success when the International Truck of the Year (IToY) awards were presented last week at the Solutrans truck and transport exhibition in France. 

The new DAF XF, XG and XG+ claimed the overall IToY title for 2022 and DAF was also honoured with the `2022 Truck Innovation Award’ for its prototype hydrogen combustion engine.

Series production of the new XF, XG and XG+ for Europe only began in early November and the next-gen DAFs are still several years away from reaching the New Zealand market. 

The annual IToY award is presented to the truck which was introduced in the past year and which has made the most significant contribution to road transport efficiency. 

The award is judged on criteria such as technological innovation, comfort, safety, driveability, fuel economy, environmental ‘footprint' and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

“DAF is the first truck manufacturer to introduce a completely new generation of trucks that has been developed with the new European regulations for truck masses and dimensions in mind,” says Gianenrico Griffini, chairman of the IToY jury.

“The result is a series of highly attractive and very aerodynamic trucks which features class-leading efficiency, safety and driver comfort. The new XF, XG and XG⁺ offer excellent direct visibility provided by a large, curved windscreen, side windows with low beltlines and the kerb-view window. These features – along with the digital vision system that replaces the traditional side view mirrors and the new corner view camera – offer all-around view, protecting vulnerable road users”. 

The IToY jury of 24 commercial vehicle editors and senior journalists, represents the most important international truck and transport media titles. 

“With the introduction of its new generation trucks, DAF has delivered a high-tech, heavy-duty vehicle range that sets a new benchmark in the industry,” says Griffini. 

“In addition, it is future-oriented, as it also represents a complete and very energy efficient platform for new generations of alternative energy carriers and drivelines.” 

Development of hydrogen internal combustion engine technology also impressed the IToY jury and the DAF XF H₂ Innovation Truck was honoured with the ‘Truck Innovation Award 2022’. 

“Hydrogen technology may become a very interesting option for the future, next to battery electric solutions which we already offer today and hybrid trucks which we have under development,” says Ron Borsboom, DAF executive director product development.

“Being honoured with the ‘Truck Innovation Award 2022’ also demonstrates that there is still a promising future for the internal combustion engine (ICE) for which new generations of carbon neutral fuels are on the horizon. It is important to understand that bringing an end to the use of fossil fuels should by no means automatically result in a ban on internal combustion engines, especially in the heavy duty long haul transport segment.”

“H2-ICE means that in many areas use can be made of an existing distribution network of fuel stations,” says Borsboom.

“And let’s put more value in the fact that we in Europe have extensive knowledge and a manufacturing footprint in this technology.” 

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