DAF Trucks N.V. has concluded an agreement with Truck World Auto Assembly (T.W.A.A) in Port Klang, Malaysia, for the marketing, sales, and service activities of DAF Trucks in Malaysia. The agreement will extend DAF Trucks’ presence in the Far East, building on its success in places such as Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, and Hong Kong. As a result of this market expansion, Malaysia Airlines has directly placed a first order for six DAF CF65 trucks, according to the automaker.
There are more than a 1,000 right-hand drive DAF trucks on the roads in Malaysia, imported by T.W.A.A. from the United Kingdom as used vehicles. The Malaysian importer now also wants to meet the demand for new DAF trucks, according to the automaker.
“DAF has an extremely good reputation in Malaysia,” said Goh Tiong Guan, Managing Director of T.W.A.A. “The level of customer satisfaction is unprecedented. DAF trucks are renowned for their quality of construction, reliability and low fuel consumption. We therefore clearly stand out from the competition when it comes to total cost of ownership.”
DAF will start in Malaysia with three versions of the CF-series: a 2-axle CF65 rigid with a 6.7 litre PACCAR GR-engine and two 3-axle CF85 tractor units with a single or double drive and a 12.9 litre PACCAR MX-engine.
“There is no lack of ambition,” stated Goh Tiong Guan. “We will actively serve the Malaysian truck market from the capital Kuala Lumpur. This market comprises approximately 3,500 units. We predict that we will be able to sell at least around 600 trucks per annum within the foreseeable future.”