DAF Trucks dominate market share for 2017 despite drop

Figures released by the SMMT have confirmed that DAF Trucks topped the UK CV market with 29.5% market share.

The SMMT release confirmed 13,301 registrations and saw DAF Trucks end 2017 with a 29.5% share of the market – almost twice that of its nearest competitor.

DAF Trucks’ performance is set against a slight drop of 2.6% in overall market registrations in 2017 – from 46,231 in 2016 to 45,045.

The DAF Dealer network, spread over 136 locations returned an overall 96.7% MoT first-time-pass-rate, after submitting 33,543 vehicles for MoT in 2017.

DAF Trucks’ managing director Robin Easton (pictured) said: “Another year, and another record-breaking performance from DAF Trucks and our DAF Dealer network.

“Our dominant position in the UK market is the result of two key factors – a fantastic product range, which was completely updated last year, and which is already delivering productivity benefits for customers, and industry-leading services and support from our Dealer network.

“Outstanding product quality was rubber-stamped by the 2018 International Truck of the Year award for the New CF and New XF.

“With a strong order book for our updated product range, which is delivering significant fuel savings for our customers, I expect us to consolidate, if not further strengthen, our position in 2018.

“The up-to 7% fuel economy improvement of the New CF and New XF can mean over £3000 per truck, per year off operators’ fuel bills.”

DAF launches Transport Efficiency Driver Challenge to find UK's best truck driver

DAF Trucks has launched its Transport Efficiency Driver Challenge 2018 to find the UK’s best commercial vehicle driver.

Both DAF and non-DAF drivers are able to take part in the competition and, following a selection process, 20 of the best drivers will be set a series of challenges at a two-day finale at the Millbrook Proving Ground on May 19 and 20. 

The winner will be named the DAF Transport Efficiency Driver Champion 2018.

Drivers will be tested on:

• Driving style, performance and efficiency across different sizes of truck and driving conditions.
• Road knowledge, legislation and the Highway Code.
• Vehicle knowledge, defect reporting and pre-use checks.

Drivers may be nominated or enter themselves, though all are required to undertake an on-line questionnaire before the final shortlist is drawn-up.

Online entry will be available at www.daf.co.uk/thechallenge[1] from Monday, February 12.

The challenge is open to any driver with a clean C+E Licence, a Driver Card and a Driver CPC.


  1. ^ www.daf.co.uk/thechallenge (www.daf.co.uk)