The DAF CF Series has earned a great reputation among drivers and operators alike. For the stylish yet sturdy exterior, the spacious and comfortable cab with easy access, the class-leading ride and handling, the superior efficiency and well-proven reliability and durability. How do you improve such a superior product? That was the challenge for DAF’s design team. As always, they have succeeded in making the best even better: the CF Series.


Designed for a wide range of applications, the DAF CF Series is available in two, three and four axle configurations, single or double drive. With its range of highly efficient PACCAR engines, stylish and comfortable cabs, strong but lightweight chassis which is body builder-friendly as well as a host of technical and aesthetic improvements, the versatile CF Series is designed to perform. An efficient all-rounder, providing operators with a secure foundation for low operating costs and high revenues.


In line with DAF’s proven design philosophy – ‘driven by quality’ – operators and drivers alike will benefit from further enhanced safety, comfort and driveability. The mirrors (optionally available in body colour) offer a much larger field of vision, the cat’s-eye combi-lights and the distinctive aluminium strip on the lower grille that signifies Euro 5 compliance, give the CF that little extra touch that makes a modern design even more so. The interior of the CF features new colours and trim, a clearer instrument panel and dashboard, and a steering wheel with optional integrated controls and airbag.


The CF Series features a wide choice of efficient drivelines for high performance with fuel economy in every application. The DAF designed and produced PACCAR MX and PR engines in the CF85 and CF75, meeting either of the stringent Euro 5 emission standards. In addition to Eaton Roadranger manual transmissions, automated gearboxes are now available throughout the CF range for even greater comfort and safety.


Vehicles in the CF-segment are used intensively, often in heavy duty applications. The wide range of applications places considerable demands on the chassis. The robust, flat-topped chassis design is the basis of a wide range of axle configurations, wheelbases and specifications. The result: a multifunctional chassis that provides a solid foundation for every application.


The robust CF-chassis is made of high quality steel, resulting in an exceptionally strong but lightweight chassis for high payloads. It is completely flat, making it the perfect base for any superstructure. To make the body builder’s job as easy as possible, the main frame members are pre-drilled to ensure easy mounting of the body. A Body Builder’s Module (BBM) can also be provided to facilitate communication between the electric systems of vehicle and body. There is a range of Power Take Off (PTO) options available, including front end, gearbox and engine PTOs for a wide range of applications.


The CF chassis is available in a wide variety of wheelbases, chassis and axle configurations. The chassis shape, layout and positioning of components is designed to minimize vehicle weight and maximize available space. Many components, such as air tanks and other brake components, are mounted on the inside of the chassis frame, leaving ample space for the fitment of crane legs, twist locks, hydraulic tanks, tool boxes and other additional equipment.


The CF85 series offers many different axle configurations, ranging from 6×4 tractors and rigids to 8×4 rigids, tractor combinations.


The DAF-designed and produced PACCAR MX engine combines excellent performance with economical fuel consumption. The use of high quality materials such as Compact Graphite Iron for cylinder block and cylinder head and extensive function integration result in excellent reliability and durability. The inlet manifold, for example, is integrated in the cylinder head, while the oil filter, oil thermostat and oil cooler are combined in a single lubrication oil module. The unique SMART injection system, together with the SCR catalytic converter technology, means that the PACCAR MX and PR engines meet the stringent Euro 5 emission standards even without a soot filter.


The CF85 is equipped with the 12.9 litre PACCAR MX engine from the prestigious DAF XF105, available in 360, 410, 460 and 510 hp versions with high torques ranging from 1,775 up to 2,500 Nm. The MX engine can be specified to comply with Euro 5 emission standards thanks to the SMART injection system and SCR technology. An integrated MX engine brake can be specified, providing excellent engine brake performance from 200 kW at 1,500 rpm to 325 kW at 2,100 rpm.


All DAF CF vehicles feature Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) for achieving the stringent Euro 5 emission requirements. SCR technology is simple, reliable and efficient. DAF SCR Technology, the clean route to a bright future. As SCR is an aftertreatment system, it allows the most efficient combustion in the engine. And DAF goes even further. DAF SCR Technology comes with a whole range of PACCAR engines with smart injection technology that makes a particulate filter redundant. Optimized combustion leads to class-leading fuel efficiency, performance, durability and reliability. The ideal foundation for low cost of operation.


It’s simple and effective. Basically the exhaust gas after-treatment system consists of a catalytic converter, a dosing unit and an AdBlue tank with sufficient capacity to match the range offered by the fuel tank. The exhaust gases are lead through the Selective Catalytic Converter, where AdBlue is added. A chemical process takes place, resulting in NOx emissions being broken down into harmless water vapour and nitrogen. AdBlue consumption is only 4 to 6% of the diesel consumption.



An economical engine is only the starting point for an efficient driveline. Gearbox and rear axle are equally important when it comes to efficiency and keeping cost per kilometre as low as possible. That is why DAF has been focusing for many years on integrated driveline technology. The drivelines in the CF Series are further proof of this philosophy.


The CF Series offers an extensive selection of gearboxes and rear axle reductions. Both ASTronic and 18-speed Eaton Roadranger manual transmissions are available for the CF85.


For demanding NZ conditions Kenworth AG400 matched to Meritor 46-160 provide a safe and stable platform for the CF85 series. The AG400, employs a unique, compact parallelogram geometry that maintains constant axle alignment, driveline angle and tyre contact as the road surface changes – even during extreme cross-articulation. This improves traction. Adds to roll resistance, stability and ride. Greatly reduces stress on the universal joints, linkages and drivetrain components. And creates a much more comfortable cab environment.

The CF85 Series has a range of DAF single reduction rear axles. These axles have earned an excellent reputation for long service life, excellent reliability, and above all, low internal resistance. This means less energy losses in the driveline resulting in better fuel consumption. The wide range of rear axle rations facilitates selecting exactly the right driveline for each individual application.

Incorporating the latest in air-ride technology and the highest quality materials, these remarkably durable suspension systems weigh less than comparable alternatives, contain substantially fewer parts for increased reliability and they are virtually maintenance-free, with no periodic adjustments or lubrication required.


Comfort, safety and operational efficiency are at the heart of the CF design. Once inside the cab, the sense of roominess is evident, accentuated by the large windscreen and side windows. The intelligent use of space and high-quality materials in warm yet practical colours, creates an ergonomic environment that is both productive and pleasant.


From the fully adjustable air-sprung driver’s seat with integral headrest and optional adjustable lumbar support and seat-belt tensioners, the driver has excellent access to all controls. The seats mould to the body to provide fatigue-reducing support. Extensive seat adjustment, combined with the two way adjustable steering wheel ensures the optimum driving position for drivers of all sizes.


Drivers will appreciate the generous and practical storage facilities of the CF cab. The Day Cab has a large lockable tray and cup holder on the engine tunnel and practical storage space above the windscreen. The Sleeper Cab also has storage space under the lower bunk. The underbunk storage locker on the left-hand side is insulated from odours and is accessible from the outside only. For long-distance operation, the roomy Space Cab provides standing height on the engine tunnel, extensive storage space, including large illuminated lockers above the windscreen and room for home comforts like a TV, refrigerator and microwave.

Special attention is given to the aesthetic design of the interior and durability of the materials. There are lighter trim colours for less frequently used areas, and darker, easier to clean shades for frequently touched areas. The camel grey coloured interior gives a comfortable feeling and offers a pleasant working and living atmosphere. Materials and finishes equal those of top-class passenger cars, as do the well-thought-out comfort elements. The vents in the door panels, for instance, create a warm air ‘curtain’ along the side windows for optimum driver comfort.