DAF opens new engine test centre in Europe

By: Greg Worrall


Dutch commercial vehicle manufacturer has commissioned its new engine test centre, after it was officially opened on January 28. The new

Dutch commercial vehicle manufacturer has commissioned its new engine test centre, after it was officially opened on January 28.

The new Test Centre has 20 test cells and forms an extension of the existing test facilities (with 14 test units).

A number of cells are equipped for endurance testing, where engines run for seven days per week, 24 hours per day at ambient temperatures of up to 50o Celsius.

Low temperature tests of up to negative 20o Celsius and a complete range of noise, power and emission measurements can be conducted, as well as simulating altitudes of up to 4,000 metres.

DAF produces 50,000 engines each year, and also helps develop engines for other brands in the PACCAR group, including Kenworth and Peterbilt.

In Australia, the company recently launched a new range of trucks, improving OH&S design, environmental standards and driver comfort.

In addition to new interior and exterior features, all models now feature the latest PACCAR engines, delivering enhanced performance, improved fuel economy as well as meeting new stringent emission requirements.

In 1958, DAF was one of the first truck manufacturers to use a turbo in diesel engines for more power and lower fuel consumption at the same cubic capacity.

At the start of the 1970s, DAF was the first to introduce turbo intercooling, now used throughout the truck industry to achieve high performance, lower fuel consumption and low emissions.

DAF is committed to achieving lower emission standards by leading engine development and research, and the company is now one of the first truck manufacturers to deliver all its models complying with Euro 5 emission standards.

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