Looks like Tachoblog’s started something…

A couple of months back when we posted an item about some new stuff from Volvo, Tachoblog commented that this was the first time we’d seen a lady at the wheel in a manufacturer’s press shot – see Tachoblog Says Look! – There’s a Woman Driving That Volvo FH16!.

Well, we’re glad to report that the movers and shakers in the industry have obvviously read Tachoblog and seen that we were onto something. Arriving at Tachoblog Towers today was news from DAF about the revisions they’ve made to the LF Series accompanied by exterior and interior photographs. And look, at the wheel is…

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…a lady!

Now the question has to be asked – and ask Tachoblog will – is this woman the same person that Volvo employed or are there, gasp, two lady drivers involved?

Anyway, good news as that is, onto the revised DAF LF Series…

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Production of the revised LF series starts in July 2009 and DAF say that with the optimisation and expansion of the engine range, the renewed interior design and the availability of new options, the DAF LF will continue to lead the field in the distribution segment.  According to the company, ‘The innovations contribute to even greater vehicle efficiency and enhanced driver comfort‘. So what changes have they made then?

DAF told Tachoblog that “The LF, with its modern and spacious cab, low unladen weight, tight turning circle for excellent manoeuvrability, easy cab entry and exit and passenger car handling, the DAF LF series is the ideal truck for distribution transport. In order to offer a customised vehicle for every application, the LF continues to be available in various weight classes and in a wide range of wheel bases and engine outputs. The LF is available as a rigid vehicle or as a tractor, and you can choose from a day or sleeper cab. The LF45 is available at GVWs of 7.5 to 12 tonnes, while the LF55’s 13 to 21-tonne GVWs can accommodate gross train weights up to 32 tonnes.”

To offer even greater efficiency, the common rail injection system pressure of the 4.5-litre, four-cylinder PACCAR FR engine and the 6.7-litre, six-cylinder PACCAR GR engine has been increased from 1600 to 1800 bar. The engine control system has also been optimised. This, together with the use of redesigned pistons, leads to even better combustion, which in turn results in a continued improvement in fuel efficiency.

The 4.5-litre, four-cylinder PACCAR FR engine meeting Euro 5 exhaust emissions is available with outputs of 103 kW/140 hp, 118 kW/160 hp and 136 kW/185 hp. There is also a new top version with 154 kW/210 hp (maximum torque 760 Nm at 1200 to 1800 rpm).

The 6.7-litre, six-cylinder PACCAR GR engine, also at Euro 5, is available with the following outputs: 165 kW/224 hp, 184 kW/250 hp and 210 kW/285 hp. There is also a new version of this engine with 225 kW/300 hp (1100 Nm at 1200 to 1800 rpm), available in the 18-tonne LF55.

The PACCAR FR and GR engines make use of an advanced high-pressure fuel injection system for the highest possible efficiency and the lowest possible emission of particulate matter. Neither engine range requires a soot filter in order to comply with the strict requirement of 0.03 grams per kW/hour (ETC) for Euro 5. Furthermore, all four-cylinder PACCAR FR engines are available in a model which meets the standards of the even lower EEV emission values without a soot filter.

The interior is even more attractive due to the use of new materials and colours. By opting for colours such as ’pastel yellow’ (wall and roof upholstery, and the mattress and curtains in versions with the sleeper cab), ’roast black’ and ’dark brown’ (dashboard, door panels), the much-praised interiors of the LF series get an even more distinctive touch and the interior space is emphasised even more. The new seats have luxurious embossed upholstery, which improves the seating comfort.

Furthermore, the number of languages in which vehicle and journey information is given on the main display on the dashboard has been increased by 21, bringing the total to 35. That means extra comfort for the driver and even greater efficiency for transport operators employing drivers of several nationalities.

All LF models are also fitted as standard with a system that warns the driver when the pressure in one of the tyres is too low. This prevents unnecessary fuel consumption and decreases the chance of a blowout.

Trucks such as the LF series are utilised for a diverse range of transport tasks, from city and regional distribution to long-distance transport, as well as for special applications, such as road-sweepers, skip loaders and tankers.

Especially for use as refuse collection vehicles or mixers, the models with six cylinders are available with a new engine PTO with a torque of 400 Nm.

In addition, for use in refrigerated and frozen transport, preparation for a refrigeration block generator is available on all six-cylinder LF models. As this is mounted directly on the engine, the service life of the Poly V-belt is substantially improved. Specifically for fuel tankers, a box-shaped exhaust silencer is available as an option. This is mounted on the chassis in such a way that space is created for the installation of the distributor pump and fittings. As this silencer leads to a higher ground clearance, it is also of particularly interest for construction industry transport.

To further improve the efficiency of the LF series, the load-sensing brake regulator will now be regulated electronically in order to achieve better brake distribution and to reduce maintenance. Also the new unitised wheel bearings of the LF45 virtually maintenance-free.

So now you know!