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April 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: International's Driver-Centric LT

The 2018 LT from International is close to 10% more fuel efficient than a 2015 ProStar, 500 pounds lighter, and much more driver-centric. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

International’s new LT highway tractor may look much like the 11-year-old ProStar it replaces, but the resemblance is barely skin deep.

Tags: Class 8, International Trucks, Test Drive, Sleepers

April 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Should Fleets Own or Lease Trucks?

Trucking fleets are looking more closely at all their options, from outright ownership to finance leasing to full-service leasing, even opting to own some trucks while leasing others. Photo: Daimler Truck Financial

By David Cullen

More fleets are looking more closely at all their options, from outright ownership to finance leasing to full-service leasing, even opting to own some trucks while leasing others.

Tags: Leasing, Vehicle Purchasing, Class 8, Truck Sales, Heavy-Duty Trucks

February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Case for On-Board Electrification in Class 8 Trucks

This schematic drawing illustrates some of the potential for off-boarding drive components to lessen parasitic loads on engines. Source: Eaton

By Jim Park

On-board electrification can take some of the load off the main diesel engine, allowing for greater operational flexibility and efficiency.

Tags: Class 8, Electrical Systems, Electric Trucks

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Future of Electrical Systems on Heavy Duty Trucks

Alternators like this one will probably disappear from the front of engines, replaced by a starter generator built into the transmission. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Within a decade’s time we will probably have very different electrical systems on trucks than those in use today. The trucking industry is on the cusp of major changes to electrical systems for heavy duty trucks. Do we go to 24-volt or 48-volt systems — and what will it take to get there?

Tags: Class 8, Electrical Systems, Alternators, Wiring

November 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Bold New Look for an Old Dog

There will be no mistaking an Anthem when you see one coming down the road. Mack has dumped the conservative Pinnacle set-back axle model in favor of this show-stopper. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

There will be no mistaking an Anthem when you see one coming down the road. Mack has dumped the conservative Pinnacle set-back axle model in favor of this show-stopper, writes Jim Park in this Test Drive.

Tags: Class 8, Mack Trucks, Test Drive

November 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

HDT's 2018 Class 8 Truck Preview

Paccar’s new, fully integrated powertrain featuring the all-new Paccar Automated Transmission offers customers 399 lbs. of total vehicle weight savings and 7% total fuel economy savings on the Model 579 Epiq model.

By Jack Roberts

A host of new models and features show that 2018 will be a game-changer in terms of Class 8 truck productivity and technology.

Tags: Kenworth, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Class 8, Western Star, Mack Trucks, International Trucks, New Vehicles, Volvo Trucks North America

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: There's Much to Like About Volvo's New VNL

Volvo’s flagship VNL 860 sports a 77-inch high-roof sleeper and a 455-hp, 1850/1550 lb-ft D13 turbo-compound engine with the XE Economy downsped driveline. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

There’s much to like about Volvo’s new VNL lineup. Drivers will like the solid handling and comfortable environment, while fleet owners will be happy with the fuel efficiency.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Class 8, Test Drive, Volvo VNL

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

HDT's Guide to the New Volvo VNL

Photo: Jack Roberts

By HDT Staff

The VNL is Volvo Trucks North America's first all new Class 8 highway tractor in 20 years, building on the company's established styling cues combined with dynamic, modern features.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Class 8, New Vehicles, Volvo VNL

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Volvo’s Not-So-Vanilla VNL

The Volvo VNL 740 tractor tested by Jack Roberts featured a 70-inch high-rise sleeper, a 424-hp D13 Volvo engine with compounded turbocharger and predictive cruise control. Photos: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

Volvo took everything it has learned about tractor aerodynamics, powertrains and driver comfort and safety over the past 20 years and distilled those lessons into the new Volvo VNL. Find out what Jack Roberts thinks of it after a test drive.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Class 8, Fuel Efficiency, Test Drive, New Vehicles, Volvo VNL

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Demise of the Dumb Dump Truck

Dump trucks have always been tough. But today, they’re getting increasingly smarter as well. Photo: Mack

By Jack Roberts

Today’s dump trucks are smart, connected and integrated — but still tough enough to handle heavy loads in tough working conditions.

Tags: Kenworth, Freightliner, Class 8, Western Star, Mack Trucks, International Trucks, Dump Trucks

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Volvo’s New VNL Tractor Blends Technology, Functionality, Capability

Trucking reporters took the new Volvo VNL for a spin on the test track at Volvo's New River Valley facility. Photo: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

Jack Roberts shares his first impressions of Volvo's new VNL highway tractor. In a world increasingly focused on new technology, Volvo designers made sure to keep their focus on the “human element.”

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Volvo VNL, Class 8

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Class 8 Update: Downturn, But Far From Bad Times

Production cutbacks should reduce heavy truck inventories, but are fleets waiting for new, more fuel-efficient models to appear?

By Tom Berg

Production cutbacks should reduce heavy truck inventories, but are fleets waiting for new, more fuel-efficient models to appear? From our October issue.

Tags: Kenworth, Volvo Trucks, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Class 8, Western Star, Mack Trucks, International Trucks, New Vehicles

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Learn About Freightliner's Next-Generation Cascadia

By Jim Park

We've gathered all our coverage of the new Freightliner next-generation Cascadia in one spot, and will add more as we continue our coverage.

Tags: Freightliner, Class 8, Freightliner Cascadia

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

The Class 8 Update: Sales and New Products

By Tom Berg

After an up and down year of sales and a new one on the horizon, all of the major truck manufacturers are showcasing their visions for the future.

Tags: Economy, Class 8, Truck Orders, OEMs

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

New Report Explores Lightweighting

via Trucking Efficiency

By Andrew Halonen, NACFE Study Manager

The North American Council on Freight Efficiency and the Carbon War Room released their most recent “Confidence Report,” on lightweighting strategies for heavy-duty trucks, released August 25 at the Fleet Technology Expo in Long Beach, Calif.

Tags: Class 8, Fuel Efficiency, Lightweight Materials, NACFE, Truck Weight, Lightweighting

June 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Taking the Volvo VNX Heavy-Haul Tractor Out for a Spin

By Tom Berg

Combine the frame from the vocational VHD with the comfort of the VN highway tractor and you have something strong for long hauls.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Test Drive, Mid-America Trucking Show, Heavy Haul, Class 8

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Class 8 Update: Economics Forge Change

Western Star:The flagship from Western Star, a Daimler Trucks brand, is the 4900 with 132-inch cab and hood and long sleeper that’s built for the highway but looks good in town. It and the shorter 4800 are also equipped for vocational work with forward and setback steer axles or twin-steer configurations. Just announced is a 4800SB 8x8 whose setback, driving steer axle is paired with Meritor tri-drive rear axles.

By Tom Berg

Is trucking in for a transformation? Many believe that long-haul trucking will become less important as regional operations grow and intermodal takes over more long-haul freight, and that will change the type of heavy-duty tractor bought by many trucking companies.

Tags: Volvo, Kenworth, Cummins, International, Detroit Diesel, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Class 8, Western Star, Caterpillar, Mack Trucks

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

And the Envelope Please

Heavy-duty Truck of the Year candidates await judging.

By Jim Park

How do you compare a luxurious Ford F-650 with an Isuzu Reach cargo van? Two completely different trucks with different purposes in life. Such was the challenge of five trucking media judges at the 2012 American Truck Dealers Association's Commercial Truck of the Year competition.

Tags: ATD, Dealers, Commercial Truck of the Year, Medium-Duty Trucks, Class 8

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Class 8 Update: The latest models and trends

By Tom Berg

"Uncertainty" is the word people at most truck builders used to describe this year's business mood. Sales started strong, then slacked off in the summer as many buyers seemed to be waiting to see what would happen in the general economy and the presidential election

Tags: Class 8

July 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Class 8 Roundup

By Tom Berg

It's All About Fuel.

Tags: Fuel Prices, Class 8, Equipment, EPA, Test Drive

August 2006, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

New Class 8 Engines Hit The Road

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Government regulations are one of the major influences in truck design, and for 2007 the regs are almost everything.

Tags: Class 8

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