Shipping container and rail freight specialist, Newell & Wright Transport (NWT), has started to buy DAF trucks again and has just seen six new DAF XG 450 three-axle tractor units delivered. These are the first DAFs in the Newell & Wright fleet since 2019.

The new DAF XG tractors – featuring DAF’s ‘FTG’ 6×2 axle configuration – join the 105-vehicle operation following very encouraging fuel trials, with economy figures continuing to improve week-on-week since vehicles hit the road in March. The current fuel average across the new XG units stands at over 10.5 mpg, representing an almost 20% improvement in economy over previous DAF models, and, over 100,00km / year, equating to a saving of over 5,200-litres of fuel per vehicle.

Drivers have been especially accepting of the New Generation DAF XG cab, citing excellent visibility boosted by the cab’s low belt-line, low dashboard and passenger door window.

With a move into rail freight in 2016, NWT has drastically reduced its carbon footprint by cutting road miles by around 35%. The company operates out of two rail heads at Sheffield and Rotherham, handling 37 trains every week to Southampton, London Gateway and Felixstowe. The move has been a great success for the company with customers keen to take advantage of NWT’s green credentials.

Group Operations Director, Stephen Newell, describes how fuel economy is critical to the success of the fleet operation, “We had some efficiency issues with previous DAFs,” he said, “but the New Generation product is delivering considerably better fuel results and continuing to improve.

“Our trucks are double-shifted. They run locally during the day and then onto distance work overnight. Other than weekends, the engines are running pretty much 24-hours a day. Like all fleets,” he added, “fuel is the biggest overhead, so we’re very sensitive to any fluctuations in economy.

NWT purchased the new DAF fleet outright. The company performs its own vehicle repair and maintenance, and vehicle recovery, from its Tinsley, Sheffield, facility. Having served the region for over 50-years, NWT was created by Stephen Newell’s father and uncle.

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The current fuel average across the new XG units stands at over 10.5 mpg, representing an almost 20% improvement in economy over previous DAF models