According to Babcock, the exclusive distributor of DAF Trucks in southern Africa, DAF Trucks are gaining popularity across the region. DAF Trucks’ total transport solution is designed to maximise earnings per kilometre and is backed by Babcock’s dealer network to help customers choose the right vehicle, finance it, maintain it in perfect condition, and keep it running at all times, the company says.

“DAF is Europe’s most popular transport solutions supplier. In South Africa, the DAF XF 105.460 is proving itself time and again as one of the best fuel-efficient trucks and is well placed to soon become a leading name in the country,” says Alec Jackson, sales executive for Babcock’s Transport Solutions division. 

DAF Trucks growing in SAHe adds that Truck Test 2015 and 2017 proved the DAF XF 105.460 to be the best truck in South Africa, regardless of application or transport requirements. The DAF XF 105.460’s excellent fuel consumption was one of the factors that saw it take top honours in the Tridem flatdeck category at Truck Test 2017, while in 2015 the DAF XF 105.460 outperformed other brands in the interlink category.

“The XF 105.460’s results speak for themselves. The South African DAF customer base is expanding and existing customers are returning for significant additions to their DAF fleets.”

Jackson cites two KwaZulu-Natal based customers as examples. Wozani Berg Gasoline, a distributor of fuel and gas in southern Africa with a fleet of over 82 tankers, initially purchased 15 DAF trucks from Babcock in 2017. The company recently placed an order for an additional 15 DAF XF105.460s to be added to their fleet in the first quarter of 2018. Fairfield Longhaul, which specialises in transporting perishable, temperature-sensitive products such as diary, meat and fish across South Africa, will soon be increasing its DAF Trucks fleet from eight to 14.

“Although Wozani Berg Gasoline and Fairfield Longhaul are relatively new customers to Babcock, both companies were quick to realise the quality and cost saving benefits associated with the DAF Trucks brand. With fuel becoming an increasingly costly commodity, most transporters allocate approximately 45% of their monthly budget to fuel costs, so any saving in this regard equates to a significant reduction in overall monthly expenses,” Jackson says.

“After receiving their first DAF trucks from Babcock, Wozani Berg Gasoline reported substantial savings in fuel cost, and Babcock has also adapted the trucks to the company’s specific fuel off-loading requirements, making this process much faster than before. The DAF XF105.460s purchased by Fairfield Longhaul are also delivered to specific customer requirements and in this case the specifications included aerodynamic modifications to further improve fuel efficiency.”

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