DAF Trucks has strengthened its position on the European truck market last year, reaching a record market share of 16 percent in the heavy segment (16 tons+).
This makes DAF the second largest heavy truck brand in the EU, behind Mercedes-Benz. Moreover, DAF is leading the market in the heavy tractor segment with a market share of 19.1 percent.
DAF is a market leader in The Netherlands, Belgium, Great Britain, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary, and the largest import brand in Germany. The total market for heavy commercial vehicles in the European Union in 2012 was about 222,000 units, a decrease of approximately 9 percent compared to a year earlier when 242,500 trucks were registered in this segment.
DAF expects that the market for heavy trucks in Europe will this year reach 210,000 to 250,000 vehicles. In the light segment – in which DAF is active with the LF – the European truck market decreased to 55,300 units in 2012, and is forecasted to increase slightly in 2013 as many customers are expected to purchase Euro 5 vehicles ahead of the introduction of the Euro 6 emission requirement in 2014.
DAF’s market share in the 6 to 16 tons class increased from 9.0 percent in 2011 to 11.5 percent in 2012, also a new record. Outside the EU, DAF delivered more than 6,100 CF and XF vehicles last year (2011: 5,600).