DAF: On the up and up
Things are looking very promising for DAF as the latter part of the year, thus far, has delivered steady growth. “Our previous record month, set in September 2011, was beaten in July this year – and then again in August,” says DAF sales director Mark Gavin.
“Our September numbers won’t reach those of August, but will surpass our numbers recorded in July,” he adds. “So things are going pretty steadily here, even though there are reports of it ‘being tough out there’.”
This month, Babcock, the sole importer and distributor of DAF trucks for the southern African market, will also complete the delivery of 133 new DAF XF105.460 FTT, 6×4 truck tractors to Ngululu Bulk Carriers (NBC). This is its largest single order to date.
The order, valued in excess of R180 million, was placed in March 2014 and the trucks were delivered to NBC’s Steelpoort and Phalaborwa operations in batches. This allowed sufficient time to fully enrol the entire fleet over a six-month period.
Gavin adds: “Since Babcock was appointed sole importer and distributor of DAF trucks in the southern African market four years ago, sales have seen impressive growth. The DAF brand will soon begin to reflect its market leading performance in Europe.”