DAF Trucks has announced a new engine generation, developed for the new Euro 6 emissions legislation, which comes into force in the European Union on 1 January 2014.

DAF says the 12.9 litre Euro 6 PACCAR MX-13 engine uses state of the art common rail technology, a turbo with variable geometry and advanced controls for maximum efficiency. In order to comply with the strict Euro 6 emissions requirements, it features exhaust gas recirculation, together with SCR technology and an active soot filter.

“The PACCAR MX-13 engine is ultra clean,” says Ron Borsboom, member of the DAF Trucks N.V. Board of Management and responsible for Product Development. “In addition, we’ve gone to great lengths to obtain industry leading fuel efficiency, reliability and sustainability.”

Compared with the current Euro 5 standard, Euro 6 requires that nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions must be reduced by a further 77%, while soot particle emissions must be cut by 66%. In concrete terms, this means that nitrogen oxide emissions have to be reduced from 2.0 to 0.46 grams/kWh, and soot particle emissions from 0.03 to as little as 0.01 grams/kWh. These are however not the only requirements: Euro 6 engines must meet these stringent requirements for a minimum of seven years or 700,000 km, in all operating conditions. In future, authorities will carry out random checks to ensure that vehicles in service are compliant with these standards, and new on-board diagnostics systems will warn the driver in the event that this is not the case.