Cambridgeshire tanker and haulage specialist Turners (Soham) Ltd. has taken delivery of its 1,000th lightweight ‘FTP’ 6×2 mid-lift tractor from DAF Trucks. Vehicle number 1,000 is a New Generation DAF XF450 FTP, and part of Turners’ latest order for 69 DAF XF tractor units.
The trucks add to the East of England-based company’s growing fleet of over 2,000 vehicles specialising in temperature control, tanker operations, storage, warehousing and container distribution.
Turners, the UK’s largest privately-owned logistics company, maintains its position as the world’s largest operator of DAF’s lightweight FTP 6×2 mid-lift tractor unit with over 500 currently operating in the fleet. The latest intake was delivered by Cambridgeshire- and Suffolk-based family-owned DAF Dealer, Chassis Cab. Turners was also part of the New Generation DAF pre-production field test programme, delivering crucial operational feedback prior to the roll-out of DAF’s new heavy duty truck range – voted International Truck of the Year 2022.
The DAF MultiSupport Repair & Maintenance package has, the company reports, always been a key factor in Turners’ decision to remain with the DAF marque.
Tim King, Group Fleet Engineer at Turners (Soham) Ltd., said, “We are very well acquainted with DAF’s FTP model. It’s the best lightweight six-wheeler on the market; maximising our payload potential. It’s very reliable and our drivers have always been more than pleased with the XF cab. The latest New Generation XF cab has proved a big hit and it’s certainly a step-change over the previous model. While the product is well proven, it is DAF’s MultiSupport Repair & Maintenance package and aftersales dealer support which has been the ultimate key to our successful long-term relationship with the DAF brand,” he said.
Turners’ New Generation DAF XF 450 FTG 6×2 tractor is powered by the 10.8-litre PACCAR MX-11 rated at 450hp, and with 2350 Nm of torque available from 900 rpm. The truck is equipped with the DAF Digital Vision System, passenger-side kerb view window and foldable passenger seat which, together with the larger glass area and lower belt-line of the New Generation DAF, enables the XF to achieve a 3-Star Direct Vision Standard rating for operating in London