History

Hub van Doorne, born on 1 January 1900 in the Dutch village of America, was the eldest son of a blacksmith. In the mid nineteen twenties, Hub van Doorne was foreman in the engineering works of Sjef Mandigers in Eindhoven, where he came into contact with Mr Huenges, the owner-director of the Coolen brewery and ice factory. Mr Huenges had a Stearns-Knight automobile with a sleeve valve engine. Whenever this special engine failed to operate, Hub van Doorne proved to be the only one who could get it going again. Mr Huenges was so impressed by the technical capacities of Hub van Doorne that he offered help in setting up a business for Hub.

On 1 April 1928 Mr Huenges made NLG 10,000 available for the ‘Hub van Doorne, Machinefabriek en Reparatie-inrichting’. It was an engineering workshop, which mostly worked for the canal boats calling at Eindhoven and, of course, for Philips. After a few years the engineering workshop produced its first lightweight trailer. The "van Doorne Aanhanger Fabriek" (in short DAF) was born. 

Together with his brother Wim, Hub laid the foundations of DAF as a leading truck manufacturer.

  • 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

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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.

  • 1936 DAF container trailer

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    1936 DAF container trailer

  • 1949 DAF Chassis

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  • 1951 DAF A30 A50 A60

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    1951 DAF A30 A50 A60

  • 1960 DAF 2600

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  • 1964 DAF 16 series 'Torpedo'

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    1964 DAF 16 series 'Torpedo'

  • 1969 DAF 218 with first tilting cab

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    1969 DAF 218 with first tilting cab

  • 1998 - Truck of the Year

    An international jury of automotive journalists votes....

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    1998 - Truck of the Year

    An international jury of automotive journalists votes....

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    An international jury of automotive journalists votes the DAF 95 ‘International Truck of the Year 1998’.

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