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The front-end styling is fresh, but Supe rDuty steel cabs, including this five-man crew type, carry over from previous model. The tight front-wheel cut makes the truck highly maneuverable. Photos: Tom Berg

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Test Drive: Ford's New F-650 Looks, Feels Familiar

If you found Ford’s previous F-650 and F-750 useful, comfortable and easy to drive, you’ll feel the same way about the new generation.

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

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4 Trends Driving Vocational Truck Design

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

Photo: Jim Park

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VIDEO: Idaho Milk Hauler Saves Fuel with Adaptive Gearing

Volvo Trucks has put a new spin on an old powertrain management strategy. By locking out top gear on its I-Shift overdrive transmission, drivers can pull loads efficiently in 11th gear (direct drive) and still get the performance they want.

Workers at The Pumpkin Patch in Oregon load the orange orbs aboard a M923  5-ton truck. All-wheel drive works well in mud. Photos: Bob Eggar

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Ex-Military Trucks Find Duties with Civilian Operators

Bob Eggar, who runs The Pumpkin Patch, a produce farm on an island in the Columbia River, operates three 6x6s to get through mud.

Carrier’s next refrigerant will be carbon dioxide, which is very safe as a cooling compound even if environmental authorities blame CO2 for helping cause Climate Change. Photo: Carrier Transicold

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Reefer Technology's Becoming More Important

Maintenance and monitoring of temps, real-time tracking of trailers and loads, and clean-burning diesels are already here. More new refrigerants are next.

XD's maximum payload is 2,091 pounds and max tow rating is 12,314 pounds, Nissan said. This truck had 850 pounds of bagged gravel and about 600 pounds of people aboard, yet accelerated very well. Photos: Tom Berg

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Titan XD Gas: Another Choice in Nissan's New Category

Like the diesel version shown off last December, the gasoline truck's capabilities lie between traditional half- and three-quarter-tonners. Senior Editor Tom Berg has first driving impressions.

Putting all the engine torque through the tires on a single drive axle stresses the tires and can cause rapid tire wear. Photos: Jim Park

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Choosing Tires for 6x2s

6x2 axle configurations offer undisputable weight and fuel savings, but they take their toll on tires. Does it have to be that way?

We drove all the trucks except the Volvo. The ProStar had the Fuel Efficient version of the new X15, and the Peterbilt had the Performance version. The Kenworth has a current engine for comparison. Photos: Jim Park

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Quick Spin: Sneak Peak of the Cummins 2017 X15

We get behind the wheel of the newest fuel-efficient version of the Cummins ISX and find there’s much to look forward to.

Elvin Knollman began buying Mack mDrives for his tanker fleet in 2011. Fuel economy improved by 0.25-0.5 mpg, and he noticed that his drivers weren’t as tired at the end of a long day. Photo: Trans Mark Logistics

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The Trend to Self Shifting Continues

Fuel economy and ease of driving push customers into buying automatic or automated products.

Steve Slesinski Photo: Dana Holding Corp.

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Q&A: Dana’s Steve Slesinski

We talk about some of the hottest trends in engineering drivetrain components-- including downspeeding and selecting axle ratios-- with Dana’s Steve Slesinski, who heads up product planning for the company's commercial-vehicle operation.

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