Valhalla, that’s what it says above the entry door of this Scandinavia Liner. The 2022 DAF XG+ 480 FT must give the driver some majestic (air) ride then. For the time being, an XG+ does have the biggest factory tilt cab on the market, that’s for sure.
The semi hails from Texel, the largest of the Dutch Wadden islands, up north. Not too far away from the Scandinavian countries, further up north.
The DAF tows a 2022 Krone tridem axle semi-trailer with an insulated body and a slider liftgate.
The Scania 3-series is becoming a popular classic in the world of trucking, preferably powered by the 14.2 liter V8, so with model designation 143 (14 liter, 3-series). Here’s a 1992 143M-450 4×2 tractor with the optional Streamline aero-package.
2019 Volvo FH16-750 6×2*4 truck with a Palfinger Epsilon crane. When at work, it’s usually towing a full trailer with three axles.
2018 Scania S650 V8 6×2 tractor, running on the Fuel of Satan, driven by Louis Cyphre. Would you like an egg?
An Iveco S-Way 4×2 tractor from Germany.
2010 DAF CF 85 6×2*4 container carrier for transporting all kinds of waste material, like construction debris.
On a related note, last September DAF introduced the new XD-series, the CF’s successor.
Scania 164L-480 4×2 tractor with a 15.6 liter V8, brought to the show by the German Lenz company. The 164 was offered from 2001 to 2004, which means this one is around 20 years old by now. Still looking mighty fine!
A scale 1/1 diorama, featuring a Volkswagen T1 bus, resting comfortably on a more recent Scania R-series truck in Lenz livery.
2021 Volvo FH16-750 6×2 tractor. Bruce The Boss Springsteen performs on stage after Bon Jovi.
A rather bland-looking Mercedes-Benz demo tractor, considering this is the high-end Actros L with their largest cab, the GigaSpace.
See, this is how to present a ‘loaded’ top model. A MAN TGX Commander GX tractor, obviously with a 510 hp engine.
An outstanding 2020 DAF XF 480 FT Super Space Cab tractor (essentially Valhalla’s predecessor) with a 2019 Van Hool semi-trailer, carrying an intermodal tank container. Van Hool from Belgium is also well-known for their buses and coaches, the family business was founded in 1947.
The compact combo is rated at a GCVW of 46,500 kg (102,515 lbs), being short doesn’t say anything about gross weight or payload capacity over here.
On the other hand, with its 400 cm (157.5”) wheelbase, Geelhoed’s DAF is a long as a European 4×2 tractor gets.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the DAF can swallow around 1,500 liters (395 US gallons) of diesel fuel, the total capacity of two tanks, that is with a fuel tank on either side of the chassis.
2020 Volvo FH 8×4*4 truck with a hooklift hoist. Such an axle configuration has a smaller turning circle than an equally long, traditional 8×4 chassis with both steering axles at the front.
And that must be Van Liempd’s corporate stepladder.
So far for my 2022 truck show articles. Most likely, the 2023 reports will follow next year.
A lot of the trucks seem to be pretty low to the ground or are their air ride systems dumped for the show?
I see the new trucks are using cameras in place of mirrors.
Love seeing trucks from across the pond.
Yes, air ride all around (so front axle included) has become commonplace, certainly on the top model on-highway trucks/tractors. All the way down, certainly at a show.
Love these posts! I was briefly on the design team for the Peterbilt 362 cabover over 40 years ago. Seeing these new DAF’s from a company that I knew then for its Variomatic cars and is now a PACCAR stablemate of Peterbilt, is more than a bit of cognitive dissonance. In a good way. Though the cabs look large, they are smaller than the once common 110” (2794 mm) double sleeper cab American COE’s. Are double sleepers offered in Europe?
DAF is on a roll, 60,000 units built last year, production outside Europe included. I don’t know if that makes them the biggest PACCAR brand (units produced).
Plenty of double sleepers, but not how they are offered in the US. There’s a lower and upper bunk. After all, there’s ample space, height-wise (see first picture).
For something longer, call a specialist/coachbuilder. Example below.
18 month wait for delivery now over here, nobody can get new trucks in any quantity from anywhere, but the old gear is still going and in regular use, those new DAFs now come with a proper engine brake 3 stage too so I hear needed too with 58tonne GVM permissible with enough axles.