“More of the same” was the request from Wales’ largest independent operator, Owens Group when it was time to order 40 new trucks. “And this time, we’ll buy them outright.”
The company had recently bought 36 DAF XF480 6×2 tractor units in 2018 as was so impressed by the trucks and the service provided by local dealer, Watts Truck & Van they simply ordered a whole load more.
This could be classed as a success for the dealer, as no DAFs had been bought for over ten years prior to that.
The DAF XF Specification
This latest DAF fleet, featuring DAF’s ‘FTG’ mid-lift axle configuration, will replace competitor models and boosts DAF’s presence in the company’s fleet to over 100 vehicles; in excess of 25% of 400 HGVs. The company also reports that ‘outstanding levels of support’ from local DAF dealer, Watts Truck & Van in Swansea and Newport, has been a key factor in the decision to remain with the DAF marque.
What the Truck Buyer Says…
“The DAF XF has established itself in our fleet as a solid, reliable and very productive truck. It is also very popular with our drivers,” says Commercial Director, Eurof Owen, “The DAF delivers on all key operational parameters, including fuel economy where we regularly see an excellent mpg return. We have also been able to achieve fantastic service levels for our customers due to the excellent uptime and this has contributed positively to the business growth year-on-year. Where DAF really stands-out, however, is outstanding levels of support locally. We’ve formed a true partnership with Watts Truck & Van,” he said, “and I know, with Watts in support, our DAF fleet is fully utilised.
“We’re also taking this latest DAF fleet on outright purchase as we have great confidence in that the asset will command strong residual values. Again, Watts Truck & Van will play a key part in ensuring the fleet stays in tip-top condition while we extract maximum uptime from the trucks.”