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Icarros Trucks Brazil / October 23, 2014

DAF is celebrating the company’s first year of truck production in Brazil.

The Brazilian factory is the company’s first outside of Europe.

In addition to actively expanding its Brazilian sales and after-sales support network, the Brazilian unit of the Dutch truckmaker is performing local testing of both an upcoming variant of the fleet-focused CF heavy truck range and the all-new XF105, both of which will enter production in Brazil in 2015.

"This has been a year of great learning experience for DAF and our entire team. We invested $320 million which resulted in one of DAF’s most modern production facilities which has the ability to assemble 10 thousand trucks a year in two shifts. We have set up dealerships throughout the country, invested in after-sales and started tests of the upcoming new truck model releases. And most rewarding, our customers have approved and recognized all the qualities of our product, "said Marco Davila, President of the DAF Brazil.

DAF’s Brazilian assembly plant is located on a 2.3 million square meter site, the largest area of any Paccar production facility. The current factory is 270 thousand suare meters in size, ready for future expansions and programmed according to the upcoming releases and sales volume growth.

“All production processes are in accordance with the PPS (PACCAR Production System) system. That, combined with a production team trained at the DAF Academy , ensures the high product quality levels that DAF trucks are known for. In a year of activity, we have achieved one of the lowest rates of non-conformities of the group, the result of a highly trained and integrated into the culture of DAF and, consequently, of PACCAR," adds Davila.

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