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We’re delighted to share this extensive article from DAF Driver Magazine, a specialist publication that covers a variety of driver focused features and stories, for DAF Truck enthusiasts.
In the six-page feature, titled ‘Porcelain Perfection’, talking to the magazine’s editorial team, Minoli’s MD, Jonathon Minoli, discusses the principles on which our business is founded, our longstanding relationship with DAF, our state-of-the-art delivery fleet and capabilities, and our forward-thinking ethos.
The initial trigger for this piece was the production a milestone vehicle, purpose-built for Minoli by DAF, which was the 500,000th truck to be produced by the renowned Lancashire-based manufacturer.
Originally handed over at a ceremony on the Leyland DAF production line, back in November 2021, this flagship addition to the Minoli fleet is a state-of-the-art 16-tonne GVW DAF LF, which has been specified with a 210bhp PACCAR PX-5 engine, ZF AS-Tronic six-speed gearbox, rear air suspension, adjustable roof spoiler and cab collars. Since leaving the factory, the DAF LF 210 went to specialist truck body builders, Wessex Vehicle Services, who construct and fit the rear cargo boxes, specifically designed to meet Minoli’s exacting requirements. On this particular vehicle, for example, in addition to the already high levels of Minoli specification, additional lighting has been added to fully illuminate the cargo bay and tailgate platform, to enhance both safety and usability for Minoli’s delivery team.
Thereafter, the process of final commissioning was conducted by supplying DAF dealership HTC, prior to the vehicle then heading to Oxfordshire-based sign writer, Dan Haines Signs, to be adorned with its new livery.
The new branding includes high resolution images of the Minoli Wanderlust Agata Blue porcelain tiles and a commemorative logo on the cab doors marking the provenance of this as the 500,000th vehicle from Leyland DAF’s Lancashire assembly plant.
In a relationship that spans several decades, Minoli has chosen HTC Group and DAF to meet its requirements for reliable, robust vehicles that have been purpose-built to the company’s exacting and often changing needs.
Increased demand for Minoli’s products, a drive for greater efficiency and a concerted effort to reduce emissions has required an ongoing cycle of investment in expanding the Minoli fleet and upgrading their trucks. One of four chassis in pipeline, with these latest additions, Minoli will be running 13 DAF trucks and a further eight supporting vehicles, giving a daily delivery capacity of well over 100,000KGs.
Thanks to all the teams at HTC, DAF Trucks, Wessex Vehicle Services and Dan Haines Signs for their support in helping Minoli reliably deliver in style to all our customers and resellers across the South, Southeast, London and Home Counties.
Thanks also to Euan Antona and the team at publishers Torque Agency Group for preparing and featuring this substantial article which appears in Issue 30 of DAF Driver Magazine.
You can the full article and the rest of the magazine, here.
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