The Dutch truck producer DAF (Van Doorne’s Automobiel Fabriek N.V.) is a brand of the American Paccar Group.
DAF made trailers and in 1949 also began to build its own trucks, which were fitted with engines made by British manufacturer Leyland. DAF subsequently made and further developed the Leyland engines under license, until it finally developed its own complete power plants.
DAF offered front-wheel steering cabs from the outset; these initially had a rounded design, which was squared off in the 1960s. Nothing has changed in this area to this day. This early offering of front-wheel steering cabs was one of DAF’s truck production strengths. DAF offered short-nose trucks from 1950 to 1972.
In the 1970s, DAF belonged to the so-called “Club of Four”.
In 1996, the remaining DAF truck division was acquired by the Paccar Group in the USA. However, the DAF brand is still represented on the market.