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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  • 1982 - 2100 / 2300 / ...

    Introduction of 2100 and 2300 series vehicles as wel as the 2500 DHS series...

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    1982 - 2100 / 2300 / ...

    Introduction of 2100 and 2300 series vehicles as wel as the 2500 DHS series...

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    Introduction of 2100 and 2300 series vehicles, as wel as the 2500 DHS series with second generation 8.25 litre diesel engines.

  • 1984 - Opening cab paint shop

    in Westerlo (Belgium)

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    1984 - Opening cab paint shop

    in Westerlo (Belgium)

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    1984 - Opening cab paint shop in Westerlo (Belgium)

  • 1984 - 250,000th truck

    In 1984 the 250,000th truck is produced...

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    1984 - 250,000th truck

    In 1984 the 250,000th truck is produced...

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    In 1984, the 250,000th truck is produced by DAF.

  • 1985 - Again Dakar

    The DAF 'Bull' driven by Jan de Rooy, wins again...

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    1985 - Again Dakar

    The DAF 'Bull' driven by Jan de Rooy, wins again...

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    The DAF 'Bull' driven by Jan de Rooy, wins again the Rally Paris-Daker in the class for vehicles above 10 tonnes GVM.

  • 1985 - Space Cab

    Introduction of the Space Cab: a cab with...

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    1985 - Space Cab

    Introduction of the Space Cab: a cab with...

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    Introduction of the Space Cab: a cab with a high roof for even more driver comfort.

  • 1985 - ATi

    DAF introduces the second generation of diesel engines with...

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    1985 - ATi

    DAF introduces the second generation of diesel engines with...

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    DAF introduces the second generation of diesel engines with turbocharging and charge air cooling under the name of ATi (Advanced Turbo intercooling) for even better engine performance, even lower fuel consumption and cleaner exhaust gases.

  • 1985 - 600 / 800 / 1000

    Introduction of new lightweight distribution truck line...

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    1985 - 600 / 800 / 1000

    Introduction of new lightweight distribution truck line...

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    Introduction of new lightweight distribution truck line; the DAF 600, 800 and 1000 series, succesors of the 500, 700 and 900 series.

  • 1987 - Again Dakar

    The DAF 'Turbotwin II' with 1000+ hp wins the Rally Paris-Dakar...

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    1987 - Again Dakar

    The DAF 'Turbotwin II' with 1000+ hp wins the Rally Paris-Dakar...

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    The DAF 'Turbotwin II' with 1000+ hp wins the Rally Paris-Dakar for vehicles above 10 tonnes GVM.

  • 1987 - 95 series

    DAF introduces its new premium model: the 95 series....

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    1987 - 95 series

    DAF introduces its new premium model: the 95 series....

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    DAF introduces its new premium model: the 95 series. Needless to say, it is also available with the spacious and by now very popular Space Cab.

  • 1987 - WS / ATi

    This engine was introduced alongside DAF 95...

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    1987 - WS / ATi

    This engine was introduced alongside DAF 95...

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    WS/ATi, introduced alongside DAF 95. It's a 11,6 litres engine with outputs up to 282 kW (383 hp). Ultimately even up to 315 kW (400 hp).

  • 1988 - Truck of the Year

    An international jury of automotive journalists votes....

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    1988 - Truck of the Year

    An international jury of automotive journalists votes....

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    An international jury of automotive journalists votes the DAF 95 ‘International Truck of the Year 1988’.

  • 1990 - 2700 ATi

    Introduction of 2700 ATi series to replace....

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    1990 - 2700 ATi

    Introduction of 2700 ATi series to replace....

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    Introduction of 2700 ATi series to replace the 2500 series. Facelift for the 2300 series vehicles.

  • 1990 - 2900 / 3200

    Introduction of 2900 and 3200 series, successors of the....

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    1990 - 2900 / 3200

    Introduction of 2900 and 3200 series, successors of the....

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    Introduction of 2900 and 3200 series, successors of the 2800 and 3300 series.

  • 1990 - Euromaster

    Introduction of 'Euromaster' model in the 95 series.

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    1990 - Euromaster

    Introduction of 'Euromaster' model in the 95 series.

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    Introduction of 'Euromaster' model in the 95 series.

  • 1971 - Move axle assembly

    to Westerlo (Belgium)

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    1971 - Move axle assembly

    to Westerlo (Belgium)

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    1971 - Move of the axle assembly factory from Eindhoven (Netherlands) to Westerlo (Belgium)

  • 1971 - Retirement

    In 1971 also Wim van Doorne retires....

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    1971 - Retirement

    In 1971 also Wim van Doorne retires....

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    In 1971 also Wim van Doorne retires.

  • 1972 - 1200 DA/1400 DD

    Introduction of a new generation of lightweight 4x2 trucks...

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    1972 - 1200 DA/1400 DD

    Introduction of a new generation of lightweight 4x2 trucks...

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    Introduction of a new generation of lightweight 4x2 trucks with tilt cabs; the 1200 DA and 1400 DD models.

  • 1973 - DKS 1160

    The DKS 1160 is the first truck engine with...

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    1973 - DKS 1160

    The DKS 1160 is the first truck engine with...

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    DKS 1160: World premiere: the first truck engine with turbo intercooling. 11.6 litres. 228 kW/310 hp.

  • 1973 - 1160 diesel engine

    International 'Paystar' equipped with DAF DKA 1160 diesel engine...

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    1973 - 1160 diesel engine

    International 'Paystar' equipped with DAF DKA 1160 diesel engine...

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    International 'Paystar' equipped with DAF DKA 1160 diesel engine, later on replaced by the DAF N 2500 series (DAF-International development).

  • 1973 - 2800 series

    The introduction of a more than 20 centimetres wider version of the...

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    1973 - 2800 series

    The introduction of a more than 20 centimetres wider version of the...

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    The introduction of a more than 20 centimetres wider version of the tilt cab gives DAF a new flagship: the 2800. Its sleeper cab with two full-size bunks and the new powerful charge air cooled 11.6-litre DAF engines make it the successor to the celebrated 2600.

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