PACCAR Inc announced today that its Board of Directors has elected Preston Feight as chief executive officer (CEO) effective July 1, 2019. Mr. Feight was also elected as a member of the Board of Directors, effective on the same date. Preston Feight is currently executive vice president of PACCAR and succeeds Ron Armstrong who has served as the company's chief executive officer since April 2014. Ron Armstrong will retire from the company and the Board on June 30, 2019. Mark Pigott remains as executive chairman and will continue to provide strategic counsel to the company.
New chassis variants, new axles
In order to further enhance suitability for the specific requirements of operators in the construction sector, DAF Trucks is expanding its range to include a number of new vehicle configurations, including an 8x4 ‘tridem’ rigid with double-drive tandem and steered trailing rear axle. DAF is also introducing a 10-tonne front axle, and a completely new 7.5-tonne non-steered trailing axle. The new developments underline DAF's ambition to expand its presence in vocational segment — particularly in the construction sector.
Electric and hybrid trucks for Simon Loos and Peter Appel Transport
DAF Trucks helps Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn to supply its shops electrically. It has handed over the first electric trucks to Albert Heijn carriers Simon Loos and Peter Appel Transport. It is the start of a long-term field test involving three fully electric trucks and two plug-in hybrid trucks — with the latter marking a first in Europe.
At its International Dealer Meeting in Malaga, Spain, DAF awarded De Burgh/LenGo from the Netherlands ‘2019 DAF International Dealer of the Year’ for its leading performance in terms of trucks, parts and financial services sales, as well as excellent customer satisfaction. Dealer F&G Commercials from the UK was named ‘PACCAR Parts Europe International Dealer of the Year’, whereas the Polish TB Truck & Trailer Serwis Sp. z o.o. dealership was awarded ‘PACCAR Financial Europe International Dealer of the Year’
DAF Trucks broke all records in 2018. Thanks to a historically high market share of 16.6%, DAF has grown to be Europe's second largest brand in the heavy truck (16+ tonnes) segment. DAF is the European market leader in the important tractor-unit segment, with a market share of no less than 19.8%.
Contract extended by five years
VDL Groep and DAF Trucks have agreed a new five-year contract that will see the two Eindhoven-based technology companies work even more closely together. The agreement includes provisions for the reciprocal supply of parts and components for the production of trucks and buses, the joint production of trucks with electric power trains and for VDL to renew production facilities at DAF.
PACCAR is participating in the CES 2019 show in Las Vegas, Nevada during the week of January 7. CES is one of the world’s largest showcases for the latest in technological innovation.
Further major fleet order for DAF Trucks
Renowned international transport company, Hegelmann Transporte Group, is expanding its fleet with 540 DAFs XF 480 Super Space Cab. The tractor units will be supplied to the south German company on a programmed delivery throughout 2019 and 2020. It is the third large order in quick succession for DAF Trucks following orders for 400 trucks from waste-to-product company Renewi, and a 1,500 unit order from fleet operator Girteka Logistics.
Large-scale field testing begins
DAF Trucks has today delivered its first fully electric truck to Dutch supermarket chain, Jumbo. The CF Electric has been developed in a joint venture between DAF and VDL, and will be used by Jumbo to supply its supermarkets in the south of the Netherlands. Jumbo CEO Frits van Eerd was handed the keys to the DAF CF Electric by DAF Trucks President Harry Wolters alongside Willem van der Leegte, President and CEO of VDL Groep.