Returning market sentiment seen in huge Euro fleet orders

Fleet orders comprising thousands of units for DAF and Scania overseas

Returning market sentiment seen in huge Euro fleet orders
DAF’s fleet line-up resembles a cascading Windows error message


Emerging from the recent global carnage is a sign of positive European market activity with huge individual fleet orders reported by DAF and Scania.

Statements from the truckmakers and respective clients allude to the massive challenges of the past year but an acknowledgement of an increasing demand for transport services.

First cab off the rank is DAF with an order of 1,300 XF 480 Super Space Cabs from Spanish transport company Primafrio Group.

Established in the 1960s, Primafrio specialises in chilled and frozen food and high-value goods transport, with further presence in France, Germany and Portugal.

The first batch of 400 trucks has been put into operation on Primafrio’s routes throughout Europe and the fleet order will continue through until 2023.

"This new order is part of our fleet renewal plan which will allow us to have vehicles featuring the latest available advanced technologies." Primafrio CEO José Esteban Conesa.

"Through the 1,300 DAF’s XF 480 Super Space Cab trucks we can further improve the profitability and efficiency on our routes.

"In addition, the CO2 footprint of the Primafrio Group fleet will be reduced with the highly efficient XF tractors."

DAF Trucks director marketing and sales Richard Zink adds: "The fact that leading transport operators like Primafrio Group are opting for the DAF XF based on their own long-term experience, is a huge recognition of the trucks’ reliability, efficiency and driver comfort.

"In addition, this order underlines the positive sentiment of the market: the demand for transport is on its way back.

"We are very happy that we can support the transport industry with high quality trucks."

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Topping that is Scania Great Britain with a major order for at least 2,250 trucks from Consortium Purchasing, an operation led by William Stobart, executive chairman of huge UK multimodal operator Eddie Stobart Logistics and other subsidiaries. 

It represents Scania’s largest ever European order, and will also be supplied over the coming two years.

"We are absolutely delighted to have placed this order with Scania, especially in such challenging and uncertain times," Stobart says.

"Scania's latest generation of vehicles – which we have now operated for three years – are continuing the long tradition of excellent service, reliability and good fuel performance we have come to expect from the brand."


The order comprises a mix of models, including prime movers and rigids and, for the first time, multi-wheel rigids.

Half the order is destined for the Eddie Stobart fleet, with the remainder being split between A. W. Jenkinson Forest Products and W. S. Transportation.

"We are immensely proud to be reporting such positive news at this time," Scania UK sales director Vincente Connolly says.

"We now look forward to fulfilling the order and working with the teams within the consortium to deliver the best possible service and total cost of operation for each and every vehicle in this agreement."

This is the sixth time Eddie Stobart and its associated companies have placed a major order with Scania, the first two being for 1,000 vehicles in 2010 and 2012, 1,500 units in 2014 and more than 2,000 trucks in 2016, followed by 2,100 trucks in 2018.


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