DAF's founder, Hub van Doorne, started an engineering business, 'Hub van Doorne, Machinefabriek en Reparatie-inrichting'. Together with his brother Wim he laid the foundations of DAF as a leading truck manufacturer in Europe.
The Great Depression saw a shift towards trailer manufacturing and the change in name to 'Van Doornes Aahangwagen Fabriek' (Van Doornes Trailer Factory) which was abbreviated to 'DAF'.
DAF manufactured their first truck in Holland, which was one of three prototypes. The production of commercial vehicles followed with the introduction of three models; the 3 tonne (A30), 5 tonne (A50) and 6 tonne (A60). This growth resulted in the establishment of a larger production facility (9,000m2) on the current Eindhoven site.
In 1950, DAF incorporated a one tonne A10 van to their range and later the A107, a pick up truck developed for export purposes. With the evolution of production from trailers to commercial vehicles, DAF was renamed DAF Automobielfabriek N.V. (DAF Automobile Factory), employing 184 staff and producing two vehicles a day.
The Dutch Army went on to purchase 3,600 military vehicles, and in 1955 the 10,000th DAF truck came off the production line.
Woolworths takes delivery of 18 DAF CF85 prime movers as part of its commitment to operating environmentally-friendly and safe vehicles. These trucks are the first DAFs in Australia to feature PACCAR’s new high-performance, Euro 5 series low-emission engine. The DAFs also incorporate a variety of safety features, including a driver-side airbag and front under-run protection system as well as a side under-run protection system and EBS for trailers.
The world class DAF XF105 is successfully launched to the Australian marketplace for the first time at Melbourne's International Truck, Trailer and Equipment show (ITTES). An independent judging panel comprising of media, sponsors, and association representatives, unanimously declared the XF105 as The Truck of the Show.
In recognition for its exceptional design, the DAF XF105 was selected by an expert panel of judges from Good Design Australia as a winner of the Design Award™ for the Automotive and Transport category.