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DAF celebrates 10,000th PACCAR body milestone
DAF has produced its 10,000th PACCAR body at its Leyland Trucks manufacturing facility in Lancashire; a milestone in the truck maker’s in-house body programme which designs, manufactures and installs a wide range of box, aerobody and curtainsided bodies on a dedicated production line.
The vast majority of right-hand-drive DAF vehicles for the UK market are built at Leyland Trucks. The Leyland assembly plant produced over 19,500 vehicles in 2019, with more than 12,500 going to UK operators and just over 7,100 exported across the world to 51 countries.
PACCAR Inc is the US-based global commercial vehicle manufacturer and parent company to both DAF Trucks and Leyland Trucks in the UK.
South Yorkshire-based operator, Hallam Express, is the recipient of the 10,000th vehicle – a 12.0 tonne DAF LF 180 curtainsider.
The 10,000th PACCAR body landmark comes soon after DAF Trucks declared its largest-ever share of the UK truck market in 2019, with 30.5% of the market above 6.0 tonnes GVW – up from 27.2% in 2018 and out-performing the company’s previous high of 30.1% in 2016.
The record-breaking share results from 14,814 DAF registrations in 2019 – the highest volume for any manufacturer since 1988 – when DAF Trucks registered over 15,000 trucks and when the total UK market above 6.0 tonnes was almost 68,000 units.
Jon Tinsley, bodybuilding & re-engineering manager at Leyland Trucks, said: “Our PACCAR body programme is a match for any bodybuilder in terms of quality and choice.
“Over 500 customers and 10,000 PACCAR bodied vehicles to date is confirmation that operators see a clear advantage in specifying a complete vehicle through a single DAF dealer acting as a single point of contact – a true one-stop-shop for acquiring a bodied truck – with the assurance of high-quality and a drastically reduced lead-time.”