For DAF Trucks, the Bedrijfsauto RAI 2012 exhibition, which is to be held in Amsterdam from 17 to 21 April, is all about Advanced Transport Efficiency (ATe); a complete range of solutions to further reduce fuel consumption and emissions and improve truck efficiency. Alongside the CF85 and XF105 ATe Edition models, DAF will be showcasing developments that form part of its ATe philosophy, including an aerodynamic body for the LF distribution truck and a new lightweight tandem axle. DAF launched its ATe programme in the summer of 2011 with the introduction of a large number of enhancements to the 12.9-litre PACCAR MX engine. The range of transmissions has also been expanded with the addition of new manual and automatic 12-speed gearboxes.
The LF45 ATe distribution truck received the PACCAR Aero body and will be first time to show at the BedrijfsautoRAI. This aerodynamic body is delivered in the UK ex-works, and DAF is keen to use the opportunity presented by the BedrijfsautoRAI to gauge the level of interest in the Dutch market. The PACCAR Aero body is different because of its upward-sloping roof fairing, which gently slopes down again in the middle at the rear of the vehicle. The edges of the body are also rounded. The LF45 Aero body is supplied together with a specially developed set of spoilers and fenders, which ensure that the cabin is fully integrated with the body itself. These features reduce fuel consumption and CO2 by up to 8% at cruising speeds.
At the BedrijfsautoRAI, DAF will be exhibiting a new generation of seats for the CF and XF105, developed for maximum comfort and ease of use. As these seats can be adjusted along a length of 220 millimetres, by 145 millimetres in height and to a 53-degree angle, the seat has a wide range of settings to ensure that the driver enjoys the best possible seating position and a high level of comfort. For the CF series, the door panels have been redesigned to create even more space between the seats and the doors, which can be used, for example, for tipper or loading system vents. The new door panel has an attractive, contemporary design, incorporating a decorative stripe with a silver DAF logo and a mixed light and dark colour scheme. To further reduce susceptibility to damage, new mud guards have been installed on in the design of the CF and XF105 series. The mud guards comprise three separate parts, and the uppermost part can be easily removed, while the outermost parts remain at a lower height than the chassis.