Test Drive

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November 18, 2015

Kenworth's Rock-Solid T880

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.

November 16, 2015

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Kenworth T880 Part 2

In Part 2 of this Ultimate Test Drive, Equipment Editor Jim Park puts a loaded Kenworth T880 dump truck through its paces on the rugged terrain at the Eaton track. 

November 12, 2015

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Kenworth T880 Part 1

Kenworth introduced the T880 in March of 2013, and it would not be a stretch to say it took the industry by storm. In this video, Equipment Editor Jim Park takes the T880 for a spin in a relatively tame environment. 

October 23, 2015

TransPower's Totally Electric Class 8 Tractor [Video]

True zero-emissions freight transportation is closer to reality than you might think. A California-based technology company called TransPower USA has five Class 8 tractors in service now working out of the Port of Long Beach. Jim Park takes one for a drive in this Focus On... video.

October 22, 2015

Focus On... TransPower's Electric Class 8 Tractor [Video]

True zero-emissions freight transportation is closer to reality than you might think. We recently had a opportunity to test drive one, a TransPower electric Class 8 truck, and found it to be a very functional alternative to a diesel tractor.

October 8, 2015

Test Driving the Paccar MX-11 Engine

We got a sneak preview of the MX-11 in a Kenworth T880 dump truck while at the Eaton Proving Grounds in Marshall Michigan - the one with the dirt track with grades of 20% and worse.

October 7, 2015

Focus On... Paccar's New MX-11 Engine [Video]

There's a new engine in Paccar's MX lineup. New to North America, but with several years of experience under the big DAF cabs in Europe, the 11-liter MX-11 is the engine Kenworth and Peterbilt vocational and P&D customers have been waiting for.

August 27, 2015

Test Drive: Ford Transit Van

A dual-turbo V-6 makes Ford’s new Euro-style cargo van fast, while the large unibody provides a lot of cargo space.

August 21, 2015

QuickSpin: Mack's mDrive HD

What’s better than an mDrive automated manual transmission if you’re running Mack dump or mixer trucks? An mDrive HD, for (extra) heavy duty, the company says. Senior Editor Tom Berg's driving impressions.

July 28, 2015

Test Drive: Caterpillar CT680 Tractor

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

July 23, 2015

Quick Spin: Kenworth's Icon 900

Kenworth’s bold and unapologetic limited-edition “large car” doesn’t disappoint.

June 24, 2015

QuickSpin: Freightliner 122SD 8x8 Extreme Heavy-Haul

Freightliner can build its 122SD heavy-haul vocational chassis into any number of extreme configurations, but this oil-field hauler is one to be reckoned with. This truck lives for roads that would break your average highway hauler in half.

June 22, 2015

Test Drive: Volvo's VHD Tractor for On- or Off-Road

Volvo Heavy Duty model has its own styling and extra-strong specs, but retains most of the comfort of better-known VN road tractors.

June 3, 2015

Focus On... Kenworth ICON 900 [Video]

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the W900 model, Kenworth has done up a special edition called the Icon 900. Equipment Editor Jim Park got a ride in the Icon 900 at an editor ride-and-drive event help in Chillicothe, Ohio, the home of one of Kenworth's manufacturing facilities.

May 28, 2015

Quick Spin: TRW's Smart Power Steering

TRW’s new ReAX electric/hydraulic power steering senses vehicle speed and proportionately assists the steering effort, which is great in tight spots.

May 28, 2015

The Challenge of Standardizing Aerodynamic Testing

Aero device manufacturers now have a choice of test methods to prove the effectiveness of their devices. Are consumers any better off?

May 12, 2015

Fleet Technology Expo Brings Back Largest Green Ride & Drive

This year’s Fleet Technology Expo is bringing back Green Fleet Conference’s Green Ride and Drive Event, offering attendees the chance to get behind the wheel of green vehicles from major manufacturers.

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.  



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