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Vocational Trucks

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What's Hot in Medium-Duty for 2018

By Jack Roberts

Big rigs are grabbing all the technology headlines today. But medium-duty truck and van models continue to see improved safety and productivity. Check out HDT's annual round-up of what's new in medium-duty.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Medium-Duty Trucks, Vocational Trucks, New Vehicles

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Driving Impressions: Volvo's Tough Tech Truck

A bold grill and striking swept-back fenders give the new Volvo VNR tractor a bold, big-truck vibe with real-world aerodynamic and visibility benefits. Photo: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

Volvo blends real-world work demands and cutting edge technology together seamlessly in its new VNR vocational daycab tractors. HDT Senior Editor Jack Roberts files this report from North Carolina with his first driving impressions of the new regional truck.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Test Drive, Vocational Trucks, Regional Haul

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

KW’s New T880S Has Traditional Looks, Surprising Turnability

The styling of Kenworth’s new vocational T880S has sparked interest from non-vocational users.

By Tom Berg

A forward-set steer axle is usually a way to stretch truck’s wheelbase to meet weight-distribution laws in so-called bridge states, but the styling of Kenworth’s new vocational T880S has sparked interest from non-vocational users.

Tags: Kenworth, Test Drive, T880, Vocational Trucks

January 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Choosing Tires for On and Off the Road

Who knows what you’ll find when the pavement comes to an end. At that point it’s too late to realize that you spec’d the wrong tires.

By Jim Park

There are still big differences in tire designs for on-highway and off-road tires, but newer designs make it possible to do a little of both.

Tags: Tires, Tires and Wheels, Off-Road Vehicles, Vocational Trucks

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Western Star’s 6900XD Heavy, Heavy Hauler

Western Star’s new 6900XD, hooked to a SmithCo 70-ton side dump trailer. Photos: John G. Smith

By Jim Park

Western Star’s 6900XD pulls 70 metric tons through a dirt road course and comes through with flying colors.

Tags: Western Star, Severe Duty, Test Drive, Vocational Trucks, Extreme Duty Trucks

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

4 Trends Driving Vocational Truck Design

New technologies are poised to revolutionize vocational trucking in ways that seemed unthinkable just a few years ago.

By Jack Roberts

An explosion of new technology has added an unprecedented range of choices that are changing the way vocational fleets spec and work their trucks.

Tags: Trends, Automated Manual Transmissions, Vocational Trucks

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Making Low-Speed Maneuvers Easier With UltraShift Plus

Using the Urge to Move feature, the UltraShift Plus and Detroit DD16 diesel repeatedly started this 125,000-pound rig on a 15% upgrade, though it stalled on the first try. The demo driver said, “This engine’s been acting up.” Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

For years Eaton has been improving its UltraShift Plus series to make the heavy-duty automated manual transmissions do more things and do them better. Blended Pedal, Urge to Move features make Eaton automated gearboxes more useful.

Tags: Transmissions, Vocational Trucks, UltraShift Plus, Eaton, Test Drive, Automated Manual Transmissions

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Kenworth's Rock-Solid T880

Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

The T880 was introduced a few years ago but in just six short months, orders for the new vocational platform overtook its worthy predecessor, the T800. In the heavy duty market, that's quite remarkable.

Tags: Kenworth, Ultimate Test Drive, T880, Vocational Trucks, Test Drive

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Caterpillar CT680 Tractor

Bold styling on tractors with ‘L’ trim includes stainless steel grille bezels and chrome bumper. ‘LG’ styling is simpler.

By Tom Berg

This long-hooded model with forward-set steer axle is the nicest-driving Cat Truck yet.

Tags: Caterpillar, Test Drive, Vocational Trucks

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Why Kenworth’s T880 Won the ATD Truck of the Year

One thing for sure in the competition: A blue truck would win. Kenworth’s T880 (at far right) scored the highest vs. (from left) the International WorkStar 7600 and Peterbilt 567. Bottom line: The KW “was a nicer truck to drive.” Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Senior Editor Tom Berg explains how he and the other judges picked Kenworth's T880 vocational truck as the ATD's 2015 Commercial Truck of the Year.

Tags: Test Drive, ATD Commercial Truck of the Year, Vocational Trucks, Kenworth T880

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Peterbilt 567 - Driver’s Delight

Built for shows, this Model 567 also goes, powerfully and smoothly. Bumper-to-back of cab length is 121 inches; a 115-inch BBC is also available. Set-back steer axle and single pusher axle suggests it’s built for an axle-weight state.

By Tom Berg

Does a bigger cab merit a larger model number for a truck? It does with Peterbilt’s 567, the builder’s latest vocational truck, which will eventually replace the current 367.

Tags: Paccar, Peterbilt, Test Drive, Vocational Trucks

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