UK's first DAF XF 6x2 heavy recovery units take the strain for CMG

05-11-2015, DAF Trucks UK

Commercial vehicle recovery and heavy plant transport specialist, CMG in Newport Pagnell, has taken delivery of its latest heavy recovery equipment from DAF Trucks and Boniface. Three new Euro-6 DAF XF 460 FAS Super Space Cabs, the first of their kind in the UK, are plated at 90-tonnes GTW and supplied with Boniface Interstater Mark 6X under-lift recovery bodywork. The vehicles are delivered with five-year DAF MultiSupport R&M contracts managed through local DAF dealership, Brian Currie in Milton Keynes.

DAF Trucks and Boniface pooled their engineering expertise to supply an exacting specification to match their customer’s needs; namely a heavy recovery vehicle with a 25-tonne rear bogie comprising two equal 12.5-tonne capacity axles (a hub-reduction drive axle and a rear lifting tag axle), and a fully-fitted, under-lift body equipped with high-pressure air-bags and all ancillary equipment.

The new units, two replacements and one addition, join 20 existing Euro-5 DAFs in a total CMG fleet of 78 vehicles, DAF Telematics is also installed across the company’s DAF fleet.

“We’ve always run DAFs,” said Operations Director at CMG, Mark Cowan, “our past experience has instilled a high degree of trust in both the product and the aftersales support. DAF’s premium duty heavy chassis gives us the ‘big three’; durability, reliability and economy. And it’s the economy from the latest Euro-6 PACCAR MX-13 engine that’s been outstanding,” he said, “8.5mpg, including an hour on tick-over with the PTO kicked-in, is phenomenal.”

The company, which contains plant and car transporter operations in its operations portfolio, has also ordered a new Euro-6 DAF XF 510 FT Low-Deck tractor unit and an accompanying Kässbohrer covered car-transporter trailer.

CMG’s business is head-quartered at Newport Pagnell although the company has locations in Milton Keynes, Northampton and Wellingborough, and has just announced the acquisition of a new site in Newbury.

“We’re very pleased indeed with the aftersales support from Brian Currie,” added Cowan, “it’s a partnership we’ve nurtured together over many years, and it means we understand each other’s expectations. Happily, it’s very much our own expectations which are regularly met, and that offers us great peace-of-mind.”

CMG provides Nationwide Commercial Vehicle Assistance throughout the UK and Europe. With a   network of over 300 sub-contractors based in and around the UK, the company boasts breakdown recovery contracts with high profile hauliers such as Fowler Welch, Wreford’s Transport,Great Bear Distribution and Norbert Dentressangle but to name a few , servicing their needs in the UK and on the near Continent. Recovery services are also provided for Police forces in Thames Valley, Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire.


Euro-6 DAF XF 460 FAS Super Space Cab,
9.0-tonne front axle / 25.0-tonne rear bogie (two 12.5 tonne capacity axles)
PACCAR MX-13 engine at 460bhp
16-speed manual gearbox Intarder

Boniface Engineering
Interstater Mark 6X (H Lowline)
Fully customised and kitted locker system

DAF Distributors Ireland Ltd