Especially in the weekends, many truck drivers park their machinery in an industrial park, nearby their residence. I spotted a cluster of three vehicles, waiting for a new working week. Arranging them in descending order, given size and weight, the first one is a 2014 DAF CF 370 FAN.
The 6×2 flatbed truck has a single wheeled, steering and liftable tag axle. The DAF’s companion is a Wirtgen W 50 Ri cold milling machine, used to remove concrete and asphalt pavement. The 370 DIN-hp truck is rated at a legal maximum GVM of 27,000 kg (59,525 lbs).
Next is a 2009 Iveco Eurocargo 140E22 aerial work platform truck (hoogwerker, in Dutch). It’s powered by a 5.9 liter turbodiesel with a maximum power output of 218 DIN-hp.
Parked just around the corner, this 2018 Iveco Daily 70C18 flatbed truck with a crew cab. The heaviest of the RWD, body-on-frame Daily-series; according to its registration, the vehicle’s legal maximum gross weight is 7,000 kg (15,432 lbs).
The bed height in this segment of RWD light trucks, when unladen, is somewhere around 100 cm (39.4”). Some other dimensions, as registered: overall length 740 cm (291.3”), wheelbase 435 cm (171.3”).
It’s quite obvious what the Daily’s job is. There’s a 180 DIN-hp, 3.0 liter inline-four turbodiesel under its hood. The FPT 3.0 engine is also offered in the Fiat Ducato~Ram ProMaster.
On the road again, somewhat later. A dash cam still (…), featuring a 2014 Carnehl end dump semi-trailer with the usual tridem axle/super singles chassis set-up. Clearly, the semi-trailer’s frame can be made substantially wider when using wheels with super singles instead of dual wheels with standard sized tires. The tractor unit was a Mercedes-Benz Actros.
Working on the country’s infrastructure is an ongoing, never ending process. It’s common that this work is done during night hours and weekends, so it was no surprise to catch this rig on a Sunday. You can see the gray back side of the yellow warning and detour signs on both sides of the road (have a look at the cargo of the Iveco Daily again).
Further down the road I found this brand new Toyota Yaris (2020 XP210 generation on Toyota’s TNGA-B platform), a fresh arrival on our car market. Soon, these will be everywhere, I’m absolutely certain of that.
The B-segment/subcompact five-door hatchback has a wheelbase of 256 cm (100.8”). Its main competitors are the Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo, Opel Corsa, Peugeot 208 and Renault Clio.
This is the Yaris to have, powered by the 1.5 hybrid drivetrain, that is. The combined maximum power output is 116 DIN-hp. The also new 1.5 liter engine is a three-cylinder. So far for this short tour on a sunny Sunday.