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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  • 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.

  • 1962 - 2600 series

    DAF surprises everyone with the introduction of the 2600 series...

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    1962 - 2600 series

    DAF surprises everyone with the introduction of the 2600 series...

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    DAF surprises everyone with the introduction of the 2600 series, also called the ‘Mother of International Road Haulage’ - the new standard in driver comfort, available with a sleeper cab.

  • 1963 - first 6x4-chassis

    Introduction of the first 6x4 tandem chassis...

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    1963 - first 6x4-chassis

    Introduction of the first 6x4 tandem chassis...

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    Introduction of the first 6x4 tandem chassis (AT 1900) and a concrete mixer chassis (AT 1902).

  • 1964 - 50,000th chassis

    Production of the 50,000th truck chassis...

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    1964 - 50,000th chassis

    Production of the 50,000th truck chassis...

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    Production of the 50,000th truck chassis.

  • 1965 - Tipper chassis

    Introduction of AZ 1900 six-wheel drive (6x6) tipper chassis...

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    1965 - Tipper chassis

    Introduction of AZ 1900 six-wheel drive (6x6) tipper chassis...

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    Introduction of AZ 1900 six-wheel drive (6x6) tipper chassis.

  • 1965 - A18 bonneted chassis

    Introductie van het 18-serie chassis met torpedofront...

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    1965 - A18 bonneted chassis

    Introductie van het 18-serie chassis met torpedofront...

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    Introduction of 18 series bonneted chassis.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 1975 - F700 / F900

    The ‘Club of Four’ presents its results. For DAF...

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    1975 - F700 / F900

    The ‘Club of Four’ presents its results. For DAF...

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    The ‘Club of Four’ presents its results. For DAF, it means an expansion of the range with two light truck series: the F 700 and the F 900.

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