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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  • 2014 - LF Aerobody

    DAF is introducing the LF Aerobody, a 12-tonne distribution truck...

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    2014 - LF Aerobody

    DAF is introducing the LF Aerobody, a 12-tonne distribution truck...

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    DAF is introducing the LF Aerobody, a 12-tonne distribution truck delivered ex-works with an aerodynamic PACCAR body. Combined with a specially developed set of spoilers and fenders, a significant saving on both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions can be realised in distribution transport applications.

  • 2014 1,000,000th cab

    DAF Vlaanderen in Westerlo manufactured it’s 1,000,000th cab...

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    2014 1,000,000th cab

    DAF Vlaanderen in Westerlo manufactured it’s 1,000,000th cab...

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    DAF Vlaanderen manufactures 1,000,000th cab. DAF opened its production facilities in Belgium (Westerlo) in 1966. It started with the manufacturing of cabs, followed by the production of axles in 1971. Today some 180 cabs a day leave the production line, destined for the popular DAF CF- and XF-series of medium- and heavy duty transport.

  • 2015 - New cab paint facility

    Start construction of a new...

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    2015 - New cab paint facility

    Start construction of a new...

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    Start construction of a new € 100 million cab paint facility in Westerlo, Belgium

  • 2015 - Silent models

    Introduction Silent models...

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    2015 - Silent models

    Introduction Silent models...

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    Introduction of extra quiet LF, CF and XF Silent models

  • 2016 - DAF EcoTwin concept participates in the European Truck Platooning Challenge

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    2016 - DAF EcoTwin concept participates in the European Truck Platooning Challenge

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    A consortium of DAF Trucks, TNO, NXP and Ricardo is uniting under the name EcoTwin to participate in the European Truck Platooning Challenge that was organised by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment on Wednesday 6 April 2016. The objective of the Challenge is to obtain permission from governments to perform large-scale, pan-European testing of truck combinations that are linked wirelessly (‘platoons’). This enables truck combinations to drive very close to each other, which presents benefits in terms of fuel consumption and therefore CO2 emissions, safety and the flow of traffic.

  • 2016 - Westerlo 50 years

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    2016 - Westerlo 50 years

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    Celebrating 50 years of DAF production in Belgium (Westerlo). DAF Trucks in Oevel (Westerlo, Belgium) opened its cab factory in 1966. Nowadays DAF Trucks Vlaanderen N.V. is a leading and ultra-modern production facility that has seen continuous investments of which around € 600 million in the last 15 years. More than 2,200 employees currently produce 200 cabs and 450 axles a day for the popular DAF CF and XF trucks.

  • 1928 - Foundation

    Hub van Doorne starts his own business.

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    1928 - Foundation

    Hub van Doorne starts his own business.

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    Hub van Doorne starts his own business, with financial assistance from Mr Huenges, director and owner of Coolen’s Brewery and Ice Factory: the Hub van Doorne Engineering Works and Repair Shop is a fact.

  • 1932 - Trailers

    The decision is taken to concentrate on the production of trailers and semi-trailers.

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    1932 - Trailers

    The decision is taken to concentrate on the production of trailers and semi-trailers.

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    The decision is taken to concentrate on the production of trailers and semi-trailers. The name of the company is changed to ‘Van Doorne’s Aanhangwagenfabriek N.V.’, or D.A.F. for short.

  • 1933 - Lightweight

    Serveral revolutionary constructions are developed for...

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    1933 - Lightweight

    Serveral revolutionary constructions are developed for...

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    For the production of trailers several revolutionary constructions are developed, such as a lightweight chassis, an automatic semi-trailer coupling system and a brake system.

  • 1935 - TRADO

    Together with Captain of artillery Van der Trappen of the Dutch army...

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    1935 - TRADO

    Together with Captain of artillery Van der Trappen of the Dutch army...

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    Together with Captain of artillery Van der Trappen of the Dutch army, Hub van Doorne develops the TRADO construction, to convert a single driven rear axle into a double driven tandem axles. Many 4x2 army vehicles are retrofitted with the TRADO axle.

  • 1948 - Name change

    The name ‘Van Doorne’s Aanhangwagen Fabriek’ is changed into...

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    1948 - Name change

    The name ‘Van Doorne’s Aanhangwagen Fabriek’ is changed into...

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    The name ‘Van Doorne’s Aanhangwagen Fabriek’ is changed into ‘Van Doorne’s Automobiel Fabriek’.

  • 1949 - Slider engine

    DAF produces a coach chassis with a slider engine....

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    1949 - Slider engine

    DAF produces a coach chassis with a slider engine....

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    DAF produces a coach chassis with a slider engine.

  • 1949 - Truck chassis

    DAF presents its first two truck chassis to the press...

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    1949 - Truck chassis

    DAF presents its first two truck chassis to the press...

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    DAF presents its first two truck chassis to the press: the A-30 (3 tonnes) and the A-50 (5 tonnes). The vehicles are characterized by a grille with seven chromium strips and form the basis for the forward control trucks (cab over engine).

  • 1950 - New truck factory

    The new DAF truck factory is opened...

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    1950 - New truck factory

    The new DAF truck factory is opened...

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    The new DAF truck factory is opened. Stretching along Geldropseweg in Eindhoven, the new plant enables production to be increased to 10-12 trucks per week.

  • 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.

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