Mid West Bulk has snapped up the first DAF XF105.510 Super Space Cab in South Africa, which will be officially launched by Babcock, the sole importer and distributor of DAF Trucks in southern Africa, later this year.
“The DAF XF105.510 Super Space Cab offers the same operating costs and uptime that our customers are accustomed to, but with the added advantage of a more spacious cab and the most powerful engine that DAF Trucks has brought into the country,” explains sales executive for Babcock’s Transport Solutions division, Alec Jackson.
He says aesthetics and performance played major roles in Mid West Bulk’s decision to purchase the truck. “Mid West Bulk, part of the KZN-based West End trucking group, operates one of the cleanest looking fleets in the country,” says Jackson.
The DAF Design Centre in the Netherlands has given the XF105 a new look, while maintaining its functional aspects. According to DAF, the new generation XF105 is lighter (for increased payload) and has updated interior and exterior designs.
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The DAF XF105 is available with either the Space Cab or Super Space Cab. It comes with a 12.9-litre PACCAR MX engine, a 12- or 16-speed manual gearbox or AS-Tronic automated transmission and features a hub-reduction axle.
DAF says the Super Cab’s lower grille increases air channeling and offers a wider field of vision to drivers. The cab is equipped with four electrically adjustable, heated mirrors while an “aerodynamic” sun visor is included. Skylights are optional.
Part of the KZN-based West End Trucking group, Mid West Bulk has over 30 years’ experience in the transport industry. West End Trucking are nationwide break-bulk and freight consolidators. The logistics division has a backup base of 60 sub-contractors.
Babcock became the sole distributors of DAF Trucks in southern Africa in 2010.