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DAF Trucks Press Release  /  September 15, 2018

On 1 April 1928, Dutch technician Hub van Doorne started a small construction workshop in the city of Eindhoven, the Netherlands. From these humble beginnings, DAF has evolved into a leading global truck manufacturer focused on innovation, quality, and transport efficiency.

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23 hours ago, kscarbel2 said:

Some DAF trucks are produced in the UK at Paccar-owned Leyland. They are all branded DAF.

https://www.bigmacktrucks.com/topic/53742-leyland-celebrates-20-years-with-paccar/?tab=comments#comment-401901

 

Sad that they didn't keep the Leyland brand name for some of the trucks especially since they still build them there. Leyland brand name is still revered in many countries. Not sure if the Indian Ashok Leyland has any affiliation. 

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17 minutes ago, Jamaican Bulldog said:

Sad that they didn't keep the Leyland brand name for some of the trucks especially since they still build them there. Leyland brand name is still revered in many countries. Not sure if the Indian Ashok Leyland has any affiliation. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashok_Leyland

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1 hour ago, Jamaican Bulldog said:

Are the PACCAR engines that are now in Kenworths and Peterbilts originally DAF designs or U.S designed?

The PACCAR MX range of engines are of Dutch heritage..

I'm fairly certain getting access to their own Engine platform was the main reason PACCAR bought DAF...

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9 hours ago, Hayseed said:

The PACCAR MX range of engines are of Dutch heritage..

I'm fairly certain getting access to their own Engine platform was the main reason PACCAR bought DAF...

Not the main reason. The engine was a bonus. After decades of trying to sell Kenworth, and to a far more limited extent Peterbilt (South Africa) in global markets, Paccar decided the DAF opportunity......being able to buy a famous brand that was nearly bankrupt for a modest amount of money, was a solid strategy towards becoming a global player. They couldn't accomplish that with the Foden and Leyland brands, but the DAF brand had the potential to reach the goal.....and it did.

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10 hours ago, kscarbel2 said:

Not the main reason. The engine was a bonus. After decades of trying to sell Kenworth, and to a far more limited extent Peterbilt (South Africa) in global markets, Paccar decided the DAF opportunity......being able to buy a famous brand that was nearly bankrupt for a modest amount of money, was a solid strategy towards becoming a global player. They couldn't accomplish that with the Foden and Leyland brands, but the DAF brand had the potential to reach the goal.....and it did.

Very interesting. I wish Mack had maintained a strategy into more markets, especially since used ones are so sought after for export all over the world.

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