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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  • 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.

  • 1992 - New 95 series

    Introduction of second generation 95 series...

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    1992 - New 95 series

    Introduction of second generation 95 series...

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    Introduction of second generation 95 series for long distance haulage, equipped with 9 NOx compliant WS ATi engines and supplemented with a 430 hp engine version.

  • 1992 - 75- en 85 series

    Announcement of the 75 and 85 series, second generation high tech vehicles...

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    1992 - 75- en 85 series

    Announcement of the 75 and 85 series, second generation high tech vehicles...

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    Announcement of the 75 and 85 series, second generation high tech vehicles for medium to heavyweight distribution transport and utility transport applications.

  • 1993 - Bankruptcy

    The commercial vehicle market collapses, especially in the United Kingdom...

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    1993 - Bankruptcy

    The commercial vehicle market collapses, especially in the United Kingdom...

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    The commercial vehicle market collapses, especially in the United Kingdom, on which DAF depends to a large extent. DAF is declared bankrupt. Within a few weeks, however, a new company - DAF Trucks N.V. - is established.

  • 1994 - Super Space Cab

    A new version of the DAF 95 is introduced with...

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    1994 - Super Space Cab

    A new version of the DAF 95 is introduced with...

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    A new version of the DAF 95 is introduced with an even bigger cab: the Super Space Cab. With even more space and an even higher level of driver comfort.

  • 1996 - Part of PACCAR

    PACCAR acquires DAF, thereby assuring DAF’s future...

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    1996 - Part of PACCAR

    PACCAR acquires DAF, thereby assuring DAF’s future...

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    PACCAR acquires DAF, thereby assuring DAF’s future. PACCAR is one of the largest truck manufacturers in the world and producer of leading brands like Kenworth and Peterbilt.

  • 1997 - DAF 95XF

    The introduction of the DAF 95XF series for professional long distance haulage...

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    1997 - DAF 95XF

    The introduction of the DAF 95XF series for professional long distance haulage...

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    The introduction of the DAF 95XF series for professional long distance haulage, equipped with DAF developed 2.25 m long spacious cabs, in Comfort Cab, Space Cab or Super Space Cab versions and with DAF developed 12.6 litre, 6 cylinder in-line XF diesel engine with 24-valve combustion system, rating 280-355 kW (381-483 hp).

  • 1997 - XF-engine

    First DAF engine with four valves per cylinder...

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    1997 - XF-engine

    First DAF engine with four valves per cylinder...

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    XF: first DAF engine with four valves per cylinder. 12.6 litres with outputs up to 355 kW (480 hp).

  • 1998 - CF series

    DAF Trucks introduces the redesigned vehicles...

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    1998 - CF series

    DAF Trucks introduces the redesigned vehicles...

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    DAF Trucks introduces the redesigned medium to heavyweight distribution and utility vehicles: the 65CF, 75CF and 85CF series. The 75CF series featuring the new 24-valve 9.2 litre PF series engines and the 85CF series equipped with the 12.6 litre XF engine from the 95XF series.

  • 1999 - 500.000th truck

    DAF Trucks delivers the 500,000th truck.

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    1999 - 500.000th truck

    DAF Trucks delivers the 500,000th truck.

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    DAF Trucks delivers the 500,000th truck.

  • 2000 - New CF series

    In September 2000, the brand-new CF series is presented...

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    2000 - New CF series

    In September 2000, the brand-new CF series is presented...

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    In September 2000, the brand-new CF series is presented in the vehicle weight class of 18 tonnes GVM up to a GCM of 40 tonnes or more. The CF excels in driving characteristics, comfort, and not in the last place, efficiency.

  • 2000 - PE-engine

    PE-engine has electronically controlled injection...

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    2000 - PE-engine

    PE-engine has electronically controlled injection...

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    The PE-engine has electronically controlled injection. 9.2 litres with outputs up to 265 kW (360 hp).

  • 2001 - LF series

    A newcomer to the market is the DAF LF series, developed specifically for distribution transport...

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    2001 - LF series

    A newcomer to the market is the DAF LF series, developed specifically for distribution transport...

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    A newcomer to the market is the DAF LF series, developed specifically for distribution transport. The LF series (GVM from 6 to 18 tonnes) offers a choice of a wide range of wheelbases, carrying capacities and engine versions, as well as a day cab and a sleeper cab.

  • 2002 - Truck of the Year

    The new LF is voted ‘International Truck of the Year 2002’.

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    2002 - Truck of the Year

    The new LF is voted ‘International Truck of the Year 2002’.

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    The new LF is voted ‘International Truck of the Year 2002’.

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