Welcome to Ridiculous Rebadges, a series of articles in which I go through and examine the details and circumstances surrounding some of the more infamous and some of the more esoteric vehicular rebadges throughout automotive history.
This week’s RR has another truck related article, not unlike last time’s Japanese-American relationship between Ford, Mazda, and International. As with that joint venture, this one concerns a cab which has emigrated overseas, in this case, from the Netherlands/France. This is the Kenworth K270/370 and Peterbilt 210/220. For two generations now, the DAF LF cabin has been used atop an American chassis for these two U.S. cabover delivery trucks. Much like the Mazda/Ford/International, they are assembled in Mexico. However, what is interesting is that the DAF LF is an evolution of the Leyland Roadrunner, a truck which is only notable for a very odd front window. Anyways, this means that the cabin is painted and trimmed in Great Britain at the old Leyland plant, and built in France (or at least was at some point) by Renault, who uses a similar cab in the Midlum. Finally, as if not confusing enough, Volvo also makes this cab theirs by using it in the FL. However, none of these is quite as relevant because they do not share the striking similarity that the American twins have to their Dutch cousin. Because of PACCAR’s purchase of Leyland and DAF in the late ‘90's, they have been able to use DAF technologies to improve their engines and meet more stringent emissions regulations, as well as occasionally steal cabs when they need a new medium delivery truck. So, if you, like me, are an avid player of Euro Truck Simulator 2 and have seen these Kenworths and Peterbilts around town and thought they looked familiar, you’re not wrong. This is international commerce at its finest.
First Generation DAF LF Euro 5
First Generation Kenworth K270/370 - Peterbilt 210
DAF LF Euro 6
Second Generation Kenworth 270/370 - Peterbilt 220