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June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Driving Navistar's eStar Van

The eStar's turning circle is only 36 feet. Electric propulsion is so quiet that Navistar is thinking of broadcasting music from an external speaker to avoid sneaking up on pedestrians. (Photo by Navistar)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Primitive batteries and limited range caused electric cars and trucks to lose a technology battle with the internal combustion engine in the early 20th century. But electrics have come a long way, buddy

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May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Hydraulic Hybrids: Ride-and-Drive Report From Work Truck Show

Built for New York City's sanitation department, American La France Condor has a Cummins ISM and Rexroth hydraulic hybrid system. It was smooth and quiet. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Well-attended educational sessions and an ever-larger trade display marked the National Truck Equipment Association's annual meeting and Work Truck Show, held in March at the St. Louis Convention Center

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May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Ford's New Power Stroke Diesel's a Smoothie

King Ranch seats have thick, soft leather like that on a quality baseball mitt, but they're part of a high-end trim package. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

There apparently was never any question whether Ford Motor Co.'s new Power Stroke diesel would be another V-8 because, as an engineer explained when it was announced last year, "V-8s are in Ford's DNA.

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April 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: MX-13 in a Peterbilt 365

Most Peterbilt 365s are built as dump trucks or mixers, but this one is set up as a city delivery tractor, with 4.11 axle gears and no aero fairings. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Paccar, the corporate parent of Kenworth Truck and Peterbilt Motors, should print up some new stickers that say, "Low Revs 'R' Us," then smack 'em on the dashboards of all trucks equipped with its new MX-13 diese

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March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Dodge's Heavy Duty Pickups

Along with sharp styling and fresh interiors, Dodge has bestowed a smooth ride to its revised Ram Heavy Duty pickups. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

One of the things we expect from 3/4- and 1-ton pickup trucks is a stiff ride. Strong springs are needed to haul heavy loads, so when the truck's empty it's got to ride a little rough

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February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Freightliner's Coronados

Reshaping of some exterior trim and a 2010-legal engine are among features of the latest Coronado tractor (left), which debuted as a 2001 model but has re-emerged as Freightliner's premium road tractor. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Premium is as premium does, and at least for the driver, Freightliner's Coronado does things very well

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February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Ford/Eaton Plug-In Hybrid

Ford does not offer hybrids from the factory, but Eaton engineers installed an electric-drive system on this F-550 chassis to show that retrofits are entirely doable on this popular class of truck. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Eaton's electric-drive system is the one usually used by truck manufacturers who offer a medium-duty hybrid, including Freightliner, Freightliner Custom Chassis, Kenworth, Peterbilt and Navistar International. One builder that doesn't make hybrids is Ford Motor - but it does suppl

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December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Cummins Previews 2010 ISX

On the road with the ISX15 showed there's little for a driver to feel different from what went before. But there are new responsibilities with the need to keep the diesel exhaust fluid topped up. Photo by STF

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

If it hadn't been for the development of copper zeolite as a catalyst to use in reducing nitrogen oxides (NOx), Cummins might have been right alongside Navistar in using increased levels of exhaust gas circulatio

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December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Kenworth's T470 Serious Baby 8

This Kenworth T470, set up with a dump bed and plow mount, aims at municipal and construction customers. Photo by Tom Berg

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Municipal trucks have to work all year round, and they work especially hard when heavy snow falls. "Plow trucks" keep motorized civilization moving, and for this task and others that demand strong specifications, Kenworth has the T470

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November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Eaton's New UltraShift Plus Has Brains and Brawn

Shifts on uphill grades under heavy load are lightning-fast, thanks to the inertia brake and outstanding shifting logic.

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Eaton's UltraShift has been updated and upgraded with a new, two-plate, electronically activated clutch and revised logic for the electronic controller that makes it a much sweeter transmission that will learn - or coach - according to driver deman

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October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Detroit Diesel's DD13 and DD15 - Driving With SCR

This 2011 Cascadia with EPA 2010 DD15 engine, above, is a customer demo unit already in revenue service. We drove it first. We liked it a lot.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Call it pre-need planning. When Detroit Diesel rolled out its DD15 engine in October 2007, the company said it was a clean-sheet design, birthed EPA-'07-compliant and 100 percent ready for EPA-201

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September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Kenworth's T800 LNG Day Cab

Kenworth T800 LNG day cab offers capable clean power.

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Opportunities to evaluate natural heavy-truck gas alternative power have been few to this point

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August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Volvo's I-Shift - A Smooth Operator

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Testimonials are fine, but repeat business is the best endorsement for a product. Wayne Klink, founder and president of a fleet with his name, likes his 90 Volvo trucks and the latest component in three of them, the I-Shif

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August 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Mack Titan - Mack's Biggest Strongest Model

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

One look at this truck tells what it is - a big hauler of large and dense loads - and what it's not - a posh over-the-road freighter

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June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Driving The '09 Ram 1500s

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Almost since pickup trucks began outselling automobiles in the 1980s, the domestic Big Three auto makers - who still dominate light-truck sales with their full-size models - have been leapfrogging over each other with redesigned and refined products

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June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Sterling LNG Tractor

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

T. Boone Pickens, the billionaire investor and big-time oilman, is hawking his "Pickens Plan" in TV commercials, personal appearances and a web site (www.pickensplan.com)

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June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive -- International Lonestar: Style and Substance

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

A much-anticipated first drive of International's new LoneStar confirms it's more than just a pretty face

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June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Peterbilt Ups Aero Stakes

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Big changes to Peterbilt's aero 386 make it more wind-cheating and enhance overall fuel economy

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May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: KW's T370 Hybrid Tractor

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Until recently, hybrid-drive commercial trucks have been, almost by definition, straight trucks. These are often the ones used in urban stop-and-go operations, where hybrids offer the greatest fuel savings achieve

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May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

FLD-SD: Aging But Rugged

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Severe Duty version of Freightliner's FLD proves a joy to drive, but get one while you can, because production stops in late 2009.

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November 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Class 6 & 7 Roundup

By Tom Berg

Midrange in transition

Tags: Hino, Isuzu, Kenworth, Nissan, Class 6, Class 7, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Ford, General Motors, Fuso, Test Drive

October 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Class 1-2 Roundup

By Tom Berg

Redesigns, New Features Add Value

Tags: Toyota, Pickup Trucks, Nissan, Ford, General Motors, Redesign, Test Drive

September 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Detroit Diesel Launches DD13

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Truck maker Daimer has unveiled the DD13 from Detroit Diesel

Tags: Detroit Diesel, Engine, Test Drive

September 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Sterling Introduces NightShift Sleeper

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Sterling has added the 60-inch NightShift model to its range of Class 3 through 8 work trucks.

Tags: Sterling, sleepers, Sleepercab, Test Drive

July 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Midrange: Kenworth T170

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Kenworth T170's just right if 19,500 pounds is enough

Tags: Kenworth, Trucks, Test Drive

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

March 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Kenworth Clean Power

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Kenworth's Clean Power System is designed to provide managed comfort when the driver needs it.

Tags: Green, Kenworth, Electric APU, Driver Comfort, Test Drive

March 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Midrange Test Drive: Ram 5500

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Dodge's heaviest commercial truck combines a beefy chassis with a cab from the 1500 series pickup.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, Medium-Duty Trucks, Ram Truck, Test Drive

February 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Sterling 360 Scoots Through Circles

By Tom Berg

The nomenclature suggests a circle, and this truck will turn them with alacrity. Also Ford redesigns its ever-popular F-150 for 2009.

Tags: Ford F-150, Sterling, Ford, Test Drive

February 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

International TranStar

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

The star of this show was the MaxxForce 13-liter, 1,700 pounds-foot engine destined for a high mileage fleet.

Tags: Test Drive, International TranStar

February 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Kenworth Hybrid: This Blue Truck Is Really Green

By Tom Berg

If you can't pass the higher costs on in surcharges, it's time to reduce fuel usage. And hybrid-drive trucks are capable of some serious savings.

Tags: Green, Kenworth, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Test Drive

February 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Ford Redesigns Its popular F-150 For ' 09

By Tom Berg

Ford's F-150, America's perennial best-selling vehicle and part of a truck line that has claimed sales leadership for 31 years, may well keep that distinction, thanks to an extensive redesign for the 2009 model year.

Tags: Ford F-150, Test Drive

February 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Sterling 360 Scoots Through Circles

By Tom Berg

There's a funny story about the Sterling 360's name. In a short bull session following a press conference last year, a couple of Sterling executives related that they considered calling the truck "AC 360," as in a circular 360 degrees, because the truck is "better all around," which became its marketing slogan.

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February 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

International TranStar

By Sean Lyden

The test truck was the International TranStar in the new nomenclature - 8600 in the past. But the other new badges, high on the side of the hood, told the story: MaxxForce. This tractor was one of the International validation units for the new big-bore engines, destined for a high-mileage fleet to get fast results before the engine becomes commercially available around mid-year.

Tags: MaxxForce, Test Drive, International TranStar

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Detroit Diesel's DD15 Debuts

By Jim Park

We're witnessing a huge change in the way trucks and engines come together. We saw it first with Volvo's D-platform engines (shared with Mack and Renault). We'll soon see International take a similar approach, sharing an engine platform between International trucks in North America and MAN chassis in Europe.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Diesel Engines, Detroit Diesel, Freightliner, Daimler, Test Drive

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Volvo VHD 430 Sleeper

By Tom Berg

The point of Volvo Trucks' latest model, the VHD 430, is its sleeper compartment. While previous VHDs have daycabs and work as dumpers, concrete mixer chassis and equipment haulers, the 42-inch-cab addition, with its 36-inch-wide by 79-inch-long bunk, provides a comfortable place for a driver to rest and to legally overnight no matter where he and his rig are.

Tags: Volvo, Test Drive, sleepers

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Peterbilt's 387 Hybrid

By Sean Lyden

The C15 was very responsive, showed great throttle modulation and made gearshifting a joy. And at the event, the 387 it powered also gave pause. I hadn't driven one in several years and the new dash appealed enormously.

Tags: Peterbilt, Test Drive

November 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Mack's New Large Car

By Tom Berg

The Pinnacle Axle Forward lacks a really long hood, but this madeover CH has traditional looks and terrific driveability, thanks partly to a new, bigger engine.

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November 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Peterbilt's 386 Hybrid

By Tom Berg

Ignore the "viper green" paint and the "hybrid" labels, and this Model 386 looks like a lot of road tractors out there.

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November 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Isuzu N-Series

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

New truck gets larger, more spacious cab with increased side-to-side and front-to-back room.

Tags: Test Drive, Isuzu N-Series

October 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Volvo VT830

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

This heavy truck is a complex and integrated vehicle that has so many more features the deeper you delve into it.

Tags: Volvo, Test Drive

September 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Mack Pinnacle

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

The Pinnacle is Mack's latest- generation premium tractor for over-the-road fleets and owner-operators

Tags: Mack, Pinnacle, Test Drive

July 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Kenworth's T660 Extended Day Cab

By Tom Berg

This extended daycab continues an aerodynamic revolution started by KW a quarter-century ago.

Tags: Kenworth, Extended Day Cab, Test Drive

July 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Freightliner's Cascadia

By Jim Park

Freightliner's Cascadia meets customer demands and gives a little more in the bargain.

Tags: Freightliner, Customer Satisfaction, Freightliner Cascadia, Test Drive

July 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

International's New ProStar

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

It's a driver's truck for its quietness and handling. And it's an owner's truck for its low maintenance and repairability.

Tags: ProStar, Test Drive

March 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Kenworth W900L

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Kenworth W900L wears the Western look with the new Pendleton interior option

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March 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Fun in the Mud

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Ice storm disrupts Ford's SuperDuty event, but the redesigned '08 pickups came out looking good.

Tags: Ford, Ford F-Series Super Duty, Test Drive

March 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Kenworth W900L

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Kenworth W900L wears the Western look with the new Pendleton interior option

Tags: Kenworth, Test Drive

March 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Class 8 Hybrids

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Diesel-electric trucks for the Air Force save big on fuel, and they're also easy to drive.

Tags: Volvo, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Test Drive

February 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Dodge Debuts its Heavier Class 4 & 5 Rams This Month

By HDT staff

New models can only add more heat to an already competitive market segment.

Tags: Dodge, Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Ram Truck, Test Drive

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