DAF was originally established in 1928 as Commanditaire Vennootschap Hub van Doorne’s Machinefabriek, and in 1932 was renamed Van Doorne’s Aanhangwagen Fabriek (Dutch for ‘Van Doorne’s Trailer Factory’), which was subsequently shortened to DAF. After WWII, to accommodate new opportunities in the post-war period, the company was renamed Van Doorne’s Automobiel Fabriek. Apart from trucks and trailers, DAF also built – and builds – military vehicles.
The company is now a division of Paccar Inc, which is one of the largest manufacturers of medium and heavy duty commercial vehicles in the world. The DAF headquarters and main plant are in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, while cabs and axle assemblies are produced in Belgium.
The DAF XF is a range of semi trucks produced by the Dutch manufacturer DAF Trucks NV. The XF 105 won the International Truck of the Year 2007 award. The truck features a 12.9 litre (PACCAR MX 11 or 13) engine and ZF AS Tronic gearbox in both manual and automatic formats.