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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  • 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.

  • 1975 - Supercontinental

    Introduction of DAF 2800 version 'Supercontinental'....

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    1975 - Supercontinental

    Introduction of DAF 2800 version 'Supercontinental'....

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    Introduction of DAF 2800 version 'Supercontinental'.

  • 1976 - 2300 DHU series

    Introduction of 2300 DHU series starting with a tractor chassis...

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    1976 - 2300 DHU series

    Introduction of 2300 DHU series starting with a tractor chassis...

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    Introduction of 2300 DHU series (starting with a tractor chassis) with an intercooled 8.25 litre diesel engine.

  • 1977 - 500 DE / 1100 DD

    The ‘Club of Four’ designed 500 DE and 1100 DD serie.

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    1977 - 500 DE / 1100 DD

    The ‘Club of Four’ designed 500 DE and 1100 DD serie.

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    The ‘Club of Four’ designed 500 DE and 1100 DD serie.

  • 1977 - New chassis

    Introduction of 4x2 and 6x4 chassis for the 2300 DHR series.

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    1977 - New chassis

    Introduction of 4x2 and 6x4 chassis for the 2300 DHR series.

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    Introduction of 4x2 and 6x4 chassis for the 2300 DHR series.

  • 1978 - 50th anniversary

    50th anniversary of the foundation of DAF Trucks.

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    1978 - 50th anniversary

    50th anniversary of the foundation of DAF Trucks.

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    50th anniversary of the foundation of DAF Trucks.

  • 1978 - Introduction 8x4 models

    Introduction of 8x4 models in the 2800 series...

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    1978 - Introduction 8x4 models

    Introduction of 8x4 models in the 2800 series...

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    Introduction of 8x4 models in the 2800 series; FAD tipper and FMD concrete mixer.

  • 1978 - Deceased

    On the 3rd of May, one month after the celebration of DAF’s 50th anniversary...

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    1978 - Deceased

    On the 3rd of May, one month after the celebration of DAF’s 50th anniversary...

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    On the 3rd of May, one month after the celebration of DAF’s 50th anniversary, Wim van Doorne passes away.

  • 1979 - Deceased

    One year after his brother, on the 23rd of May, Dr. Hub van Doorne...

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    1979 - Deceased

    One year after his brother, on the 23rd of May, Dr. Hub van Doorne...

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    One year after his brother, on the 23rd of May, Dr. Hub van Doorne, the founder of the company, passes away.

  • 1979 - Focus on...

    DAF ceases the production of trailers and...

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    1979 - Focus on...

    DAF ceases the production of trailers and...

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    DAF ceases the production of trailers and concentrates on the development and production of heavy and medium-heavy trucks.

  • 1980 - FAG 2300

    Introduction of FAG 2300 models; a 6x2 chassis with...

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    1980 - FAG 2300

    Introduction of FAG 2300 models; a 6x2 chassis with...

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    Introduction of FAG 2300 models; a 6x2 chassis with leading rear axle, specially developed for refuse collection and milk collection transport.

  • 1980 - N2800 series

    Introduction of the N2800 series, a 6x4 bonneted chassis for...

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    1980 - N2800 series

    Introduction of the N2800 series, a 6x4 bonneted chassis for...

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    Introduction of the N 2800 series, a 6x4 bonneted chassis for tipper application.

  • 1982 - Winning Dakar

    The DAF factory team of...

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    1982 - Winning Dakar

    The DAF factory team of...

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    The DAF factory team of Jan de Rooy/Gerard Straetmans wins the heaviest category of the Paris-Dakar rally with the DAF N2800.

  • 1982 - 3300 DKX series

    Introduction of the 3300 DKX series (330 hp) for

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    1982 - 3300 DKX series

    Introduction of the 3300 DKX series (330 hp) for

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    Introduction of the 3300 DKX series (330 hp) for long distance transport and heavy duty special transport.

  • 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.

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