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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.

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

September 30, 2014

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Kenworth T680 Advantage Part 2 - Overview

You can put all the techology you want on a truck, but someone still has to drive the thing. Kenworth T680 exceeds expectations in all respects. Jim Park's three-part Ultimate Test Drive video series features a look at the T680's driving environment and some of the technology designed to make the driver's life better. View more: Part 1: The Walkaround.

September 22, 2014

Test Drive: Oshkosh S-Series Mixer

Precise concrete placement is a traditional feature for this front-discharge mixer, but relatively new is natural gas power.

September 18, 2014

Quick Spin: Peterbilt Model 220

Peterbilt's new Class 6/7 COE is ideally suited for city P&D as well as landscaping applications.

August 27, 2014

Test Drive: Allison’s TC10 Automatic Transmission

This 10-speed brings continuous power to a crowded field of smooth self-shifters.

July 31, 2014

Test Drive: Cummins-Eaton Powertrain Smooth as Silk

Cummins and Eaton may have finally nailed it with their SmartAdvantage Powertrain combo, reports Equipment Editor Jim Park in July's Test Drive. The SmartAdvantage powertrain offers fuel and weight saving, as well as a very, very good driving experience.

July 16, 2014

2015 Diesel Pickups Show Power, Comfort at Ford Drive Event

Ford feels it has bragging rights and showed why at a ride-and-drive event for trade-press reporters this week in West Virginia. A first-person report from Senior Editor Tom Berg.

June 26, 2014

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

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

June 3, 2014

Volvo VNX Heavy Haul Tractor

Introduced last year, Volvo’s VNX heavy haul tractor combines the frame and high stance of the vocational VHD with the highway comfort of the VNL. The cab is outfitted like a VN, so drivers are well housed for runs longer than what the VHD might be dispatched on. The VNX is rated at up to 200,000 pounds GCW, but the one recently driven by Senior Editor Tom Berg was capped at 125,000 because of its transmission, the I-Shift automated mechanical, with which application engineers are being careful in approving. The full road test article will appear in the June issue of Heavy Duty Trucking and will be posted on TruckingInfo.com shortly after.

May 13, 2014

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Driving the Cascadia 113 With Natural Gas

In this three-parter, you'll get both a walk-around and a test drive of the Freightliner Cascadia 113 powered by a compressed natural gas Cummins-Westport ISX12 G with 400 horsepower.

May 9, 2014

Test Drive: Clarke-APG Dual-Fuel Glider

From the ground and behind the wheel, you’d think this Freightliner Columbia is brand new. This was obvious on a run out on Interstate 70 in eastern Missouri, pulling a hopper-bottom trailer with a heavy load of granulated lime destined for an animal-food plant in Montgomery City, west of St. Louis. It rode, shifted and ran like new, and was just as comfortable.

April 28, 2014

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Cascadia 113 With Natural Gas

Freightliner has packaged a Cummins-Westport ISX12 G nicely into a Cascadia 113, mated it to an Allison 3000 automatic transmission, and supplied enough on-board compressed natural gas to run up to 600 miles on a single slow-fill. Before we took it for a drive, we got some answers to common questions about CNG.

April 11, 2014

Test Drive: Optimized Lightweight VNL

Senior Editor Tom Berg takes Volvo's lightweight Optimized VNL430 for a drive near Volvo's New River Valley plant in Virginia.

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