Milestones in DAF's history

DAF's history goes back to 1928, when the brothers Hub and Wim van Doorne laid the foundations for what has now become DAF Trucks. What started as a small engineering business and blacksmith workshop, developed into the fastest-growing truck manufacturing business in Europe.   

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  • 1965 - 2400 DP series

    Introduction of 2400 DP series together with...

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    1965 - 2400 DP series

    Introduction of 2400 DP series together with...

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    Introduction of 2400 DP series together with the new 2000 and 2300 series cab.

  • 1965 - Retirement

    Founder Hub van Doorne reaches pensionable age and retires...

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    1965 - Retirement

    Founder Hub van Doorne reaches pensionable age and retires...

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    Founder Hub van Doorne reaches pensionable age and retires as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

  • 1966 - Cab factory

    Opening Westerlo (Belgium)

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    1966 - Cab factory

    Opening Westerlo (Belgium)

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    1966 - Opening Cab Factory in Westerlo Belgium

  • 1968 - DKA 1160

    The DKA 1160 is a 11.6 litres engine and 184 kW/212 hp...

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    1968 - DKA 1160

    The DKA 1160 is a 11.6 litres engine and 184 kW/212 hp...

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    The DKA 1160 is a 11.6 litres engine and 184 kW/212 hp Tuned intake pipes for extra power without turbo.

  • 1970 - F1600/F2000

    A brand-new generation of trucks is born...

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    1970 - F1600/F2000

    A brand-new generation of trucks is born...

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    A brand-new generation of trucks is born. The F1600 - F2000 series is characterized by tilt cabs, to enable easy and fast servicing of the engines.

  • 1951 - Large militairy orders

    Large militairy orders for 4x4 and 6x4 trucks result in the development...

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    1951 - Large militairy orders

    Large militairy orders for 4x4 and 6x4 trucks result in the development...

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    Large militairy orders for 4x4 and 6x4 trucks result in the development of various new vehicles: YA318, a 6x4 army truck.

  • 1952 - YA126

    YA126, a 4x4 multi-purpose army truck....

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    1952 - YA126

    YA126, a 4x4 multi-purpose army truck....

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    In 1952 the YA126, a 4x4 multi-purpose army truck is taken into production

  • 1953 - YA328

    a 6x6 army truck is accomodated with a unique transmission...

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    1953 - YA328

    a 6x6 army truck is accomodated with a unique transmission...

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    YA328, a 6x6 army truck is accommodated with a unique H-driven transmission. Each wheel has its own propeller shaft, located at the sides of the vehicle, parallel to the main chassis members.

  • 1955 - 1100/1300/1500

    Launch of the 1100/1300 and 1500 series...

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    1955 - 1100/1300/1500

    Launch of the 1100/1300 and 1500 series...

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    Launch of the 1100/1300 and 1500 series. The grille now has six chromium strips.

  • 1955 - 10,000th chassis

    On 3 May, in the presence of all 2,500 employees...

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    1955 - 10,000th chassis

    On 3 May, in the presence of all 2,500 employees...

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    On 3 May, in the presence of all 2,500 employees, the 10,000th truck chassis is delivered.

  • 1957 - DAF engine factory

    Opening of the DAF engine factory...

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    1957 - DAF engine factory

    Opening of the DAF engine factory...

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    Opening of the DAF engine factory, for the license production of Leyland engines, followed later by DAF developed engines. The initial capacity is four engines per hour.

  • 1957 - 2000-series

    DAF presents a new series of heavy truck chassis...

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    1957 - 2000-series

    DAF presents a new series of heavy truck chassis...

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    DAF presents a new series of heavy truck chassis, the 2000 series, with a 11,1 litre DAF built Leyland engine. It has a rear axle capacity of 10 tonnes - unique at the time.

  • 1957 - Bonneted chassis

    To meet the demand from specific market segments...

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    1957 - Bonneted chassis

    To meet the demand from specific market segments...

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    To meet the demand from specific market segments, a bonneted chassis is launched (12 and 15 series).

  • 1958 - 1e passenger car

    The Van Doorne brothers realise one of their dreams...

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    1958 - 1e passenger car

    The Van Doorne brothers realise one of their dreams...

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    The Van Doorne brothers realise one of their dreams: the production of a passenger car. The total number of ‘little DAFs’ with the famous Variomatic transmission adds up to some 800,000.

  • 1958 - Axle factory

    DAF starts the production of its own rear axles.

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    1958 - Axle factory

    DAF starts the production of its own rear axles.

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    DAF starts the production of its own rear axles.

  • 1959 - DS575

    The DS575 was the first DAF turbo engine....

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    1959 - DS575

    The DS575 was the first DAF turbo engine....

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    DS575: First DAF turbo engine. 5.75 litres. 122 kW/165 hp.

  • 1959 - New engines

    The 1100, 1300 and 1500 models are given a facelift...

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    1959 - New engines

    The 1100, 1300 and 1500 models are given a facelift...

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    The 1100, 1300 and 1500 models are given a facelift, but they also benefit from new engines. The cab is completely redesigned, not only on the outside but inside as well.

  • 1959 - New chassis

    New 1600 series chassis supersedes the 1500....

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    1959 - New chassis

    New 1600 series chassis supersedes the 1500....

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    New 1600 series chassis supersedes the 1500.

  • 1959 - 1800 serie

    Introduction of the 1800 serie with ...

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    1959 - 1800 serie

    Introduction of the 1800 serie with ...

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    Introduction of the 1800 serie with DS575 turbocharged diesel engine.

  • 1961 - AS 2000

    Introduction of the AS 2000 DO...

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    1961 - AS 2000

    Introduction of the AS 2000 DO...

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    Introduction of the AS 2000 DO, a new trailing axle model for heavy haulage.

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