DAF Trucks breaks records in challenging 2009: Number 1 in tractors in Europe
Date: 24th Feb 10
DAF achieved record market shares in 2009 despite it being one of the most challenging years in the history of road transport and the truck industry. DAF won a 14.8% market share of the heavy class (15 tonnes and above) of the truck market in the European Union*). DAF secured a solid third place among the European truck builders in terms of volume. In the important tractor segment, DAF is the number 1 in the EU with a market share of 19.8%.
Only eight years ago, DAF was the smallest of the seven European truck builders in the heavy segment in terms of volume. Now, with a market share of 14.8%, DAF has achieved a strong third place in 2009 (2008: 14.2%). In the Netherlands, United Kingdom. Portugal, Poland and Hungary, DAF is market leader. In Germany – the largest truck market in Europe – DAF has further strengthened its position as the largest import brand with a market share of 10.6%.
Last year in the 27 countries of the European Union (plus Norway and Switzerland), around 168,000 trucks were registered in the 15 tonne and above class, a decline of almost 50% compared with the previous year, when around 330,000 trucks were registered. The difficult economic circumstances hit the tractor segment the hardest. In 2009, this segment accounted for only 48% of the total number of registrations; in 2008 it was more than 56%.
In the tractor segment, DAF was the market leader in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Belgium, Portugal, Poland and the Czech Republic. In France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Finland and Hungary, record market shares have been achieved in this segment. Last year in the total European tractor segment (15 tonnes and above) DAF achieved a market share of almost 20%, making DAF the market leader in the European Union.
Growth in non-articulated trucks
“Our success is the result of a modern product range, first-class service and a very professional dealer organisation”, says Ron Bonsen, member of the Board of Management of DAF Trucks N.V. responsible for Marketing & Sales. “With a market share of almost 15% in the heavy segment in Europe, we are well on the way to our mid-term target of 20%. Naturally we will further strengthen our position in the tractor segment. However, growth will also be achieved in the non-articulated truck market sectors where our wide range of two, three and four axled rigids supplies the right vehicle for every transport application.”
Records in the UK too
In the UK market in 2009, DAF’s overall market share above 6 tonnes was 29.8%. In the 15 tonnes and above sector the total share was 27.6% (29.0% of the rigid sector and 26.2% of the tractor sector). In the 6 to 14.99 tonne sector DAF’s market share was 35.4%.
*) The market shares for 2010 apply to the countries of the European Union, plus Norway and Switzerland (EU27+2).
DAF Trucks N.V. – a subsidiary of the American PACCAR Inc, one of the largest producers of heavy trucks in the world – is a leading builder of light, medium and heavy duty trucks with a market share of almost 15% in the 15 tonne and over class in Europe*). DAF produces a complete programme of tractor units and rigids, with the right vehicle for every transport application. DAF also leads in the area of services behind the product: Multi Support Repair and maintenance contracts, financial services of PACCAR Financial and first-class parts supplies. DAF also develops and produces components such as axles and engines for bus and coach producers throughout the world. DAF Trucks N.V. has factories in Eindhoven (The Netherlands) and in Westerlo (Belgium) and more than 1,000 dealers and service points in Europe.
Eindhoven, 24 February 2010
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UK media inquiries:
Tony Pain, Marketing Director 01844 218109
Martin Hayes, Automotive PR 020 7494 8050
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