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March 18, 2015

Test Drive: Western Star 4900SB

The tough, burly tractor and its 600-hp diesel work hard to pull a heavy “train” trailer in frozen conditions.

March 17, 2015

The Slippery Slope of Aerodynamic Testing

Is SmartWay verification enough to calculate the return on investing in add-on aerodynamic devices?

March 9, 2015

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Brain and Brawn

The MP8 engine provides the brawn while the engine and transmission controllers manage the power with an eye to fuel efficiency. Check out the video to see how Mack's two power profiles to give fleets the best of both worlds: performance or economy. Check out Part 1 here.  

March 5, 2015

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Small Block, Big Load

Mack's 13-liter MP8 engine may be small in stature, but it's big on performance. It delivers 505 horsepower and 1,860 lb-ft of torque, which is more than enough to pull 138,000 lbs through the mountains on B.C.'s Vancouver Island. 

February 23, 2015

Test Drive: Kenworth T680 Advantage

A new powertrain, enhanced aerodynamics and light-weighting make the T680 Advantage the most fuel-efficient Kenworth ever.

February 9, 2015

Ultimate Test Drive Video: 5700XE Desert Road Test

In the final installment of this Ultimate Test Drive video Equipment Editor Jim Park takes the new Western Star 5700XE to the Nevada desert to put the truck through its paces on tough roads and steep grades.  Part 1, Part 2Part 3

February 3, 2015

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Western Star 5700XE Tech

In this installment of the Ultimate Test Drive, we look at some of the high tech features of the Western Star 5700XE including new engine, body and safety enhancements. 

Part 1  Part 2

February 2, 2015

Test Drive: Kenworth T680 Advantage

Kenworth claims the T680 Advantage is the most aerodynamic truck it has ever produced, boasting a 5% improvement over the standard T680. Here are a few photos we shot during a test drive of the Kenworth T680 Advantage. Photos by Jim Park. 

January 27, 2015

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

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.

January 12, 2015

Test Drive: Sprinter 4x4s Traverse Rough Terrain

Most customers won't need a full-size van with this kind of off road capability, but for those who do, the Sprinter proves it can handle rough terrain.

December 22, 2014

Up Close With Ram's New ProMaster City Van

Ford showed off the new ProMaster City compact van last week. It’s a neat truck that drives like a comfortable and roomy auto-based minivan, but it's based on a Fiat commercial van.

December 19, 2014

Test Drive: Caterpillar’s New CT681

Business-like in appearance and set up for bridge-formula states, the latest Cat Truck will suit dump, mixer and snowplow applications.

November 14, 2014

Test Drive: Western Star 5700XE

Western Star’s 5700XE might just be everything to everyone. It’s a big classic-styled truck with second-to-one aerodynamics.

November 11, 2014

2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van

Mercedes-Benz has added several new features to its 2015 Sprinter including standard Crosswind Assist and available 4x4. Click here to read more about the vehicle, and stay tuned for more info and photos in the January/February issue of Work Truck magazine. Photos by Adam Pringle and Mercedes-Benz.

October 27, 2014

Test Drive: Kenworth T880 Heavy-Haul

Heavy haul is one of many tasks that the increasingly popular vocational model has been engineered for.

October 23, 2014

QuickSpin: LED Headlights vs. Halogen

A comparison between a set of standard halogen headlamps and LED headlamps reveals, well, there is no comparison.

October 23, 2014

Ultimate Test Drive Video: SuperTruck's Finer Points

We go underneath the hood and between the rails to find out what makes the Peterbilt/Cummins SuperTruck so efficient – 86% more efficient, to be precise. Equipment Editor Jim Park explains in this Ultimate Test Drive video. 

View Part 1 here. 

October 10, 2014

‘Lightweighting’ the F-150 Brings More Performance, Economy, Payload

Aluminum body and bed, redesigned steel frame, and a small but lively V-6 are the new truck’s highpoints.

October 3, 2014

"Aluminum" F-150: Lightweight and Lots of Fun (Video)

This is a driver's view of the 2015 aluminum F-150 with the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 blasting away from the start line, then rapidly snaking through the slalom course. The inset shows the driver -- HDT Senior Editor, Tom Berg -- at the wheel, havin' fun.

October 3, 2014

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Kenworth T680 Part 3 - Powertrain

The T680 Advantage is the most aerodynamic truck Kenworth has ever produced. But a lot of the fuel savings comes from the powertrain. Jim Park shakes down the Paccar MX multi-torque engine and Eaton's Advantage transmissions, responsible for more than half of the truck's fuel economy gains. View more: Part 1: The Walkaround. Part 2: Overview

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