Archbold Logistics, celebrating its 100-year anniversary this year, is taking delivery of 16 DAF XF 480FTG tractor units with mid-lift and steer axles as replacements for non-DAF units.
The first XF on the fleet has been liveried with a ‘retro’ Archbold livery while the remaining 15 DAFs are all being liveried in a new updated ‘2020’ livery, with the rest of the fleet to follow as further additions and renewals come on-stream. Archbold Logistics runs its fleet vehicles on a five-year cycle, so conducts a full five-year cost analysis on all the key factors as a central part of its purchasing programme.
Driving its shift towards DAF was the 0.5mpg fuel improvement shown by the initial XF demonstrator. Managing director at Archbold Logistics, Alan Maher, said: “We all know demonstrators come out to us highly-prepared to deliver their very best performance.
“What we saw did impress us however, so after detailed discussions with DAF and the local dealer F&G Commercials in Manchester [recently acquired by Motus Group], we decided to place this order. It’s a significant change for us, but I’m delighted to say the initial fuel economy is being continued across all the new trucks and, as we’d expect, they are even improving on it as they bed in.”
Several of the new DAF fleet vehicles are being acquired through Paccar Finance, and all have two-year R&M packages and a third-year driveline warranty. They are being fitted with forward and rear-facing cameras.