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January 29, 2014

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Up Close and Personal with Kenworth's T680

Join Equipment Editor Jim Park behind the wheel of a brand-new Kenworth T680 as he puts the truck's Cummins ISX and Eaton UltraShift Plus through their paces on the mountains and valleys of Interstate 82 in Washington state.

January 15, 2014

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Volvo VN780 – Man vs. Machine in the I-Shift Challenge

It's man vs. machine when Equipment Editor Jim Park pits his shifting abilities against that of Volvo's I-Shift transmission in part one of this two-part Ulitimate Test Drive video. Then watch as Park experiences Volvo's XE13 fuel-saving drivetrain on the rolling highways between Greensboro and Raleigh, N.C.

January 8, 2014

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Mack mRide Suspension

When people say something is "built like a Mack truck," they aren't just whistling Dixie. Equipment Editor Jim Park says the latest proof that Mack is still on top of its suspension game is the new mRide vocational suspension. In this Ultimate Test Drive Video, he evaluates the new suspension on a Granite dump truck.

January 3, 2014

Test Drive: Peterbilt 567 - Driver’s Delight

Does a bigger cab merit a larger model number for a truck? It does with Peterbilt’s 567, the builder’s latest vocational truck, which will eventually replace the current 367.

January 3, 2014

Test Drive: Peterbilt 567- Driver’s Delight

Senior Editor Tom Berg recently took the Peterbilt 567 out for a Test Drive. A bigger cab and chassis improvements place this new vocational truck above the current Model 367. Here are photos from his evaluation. Read the full article here.

January 2, 2014

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Twin Stick to mDrive

In this special two-part "twin sticks" edition of our Ultimate Test Drive videos, Equipment Editor Jim Park visits Mack's test track in Allentown, Pa., to experience first-hand 50 years of advancements in transmission technology.

October 10, 2013

Test Drive: Single-Rear-Axle Granite MHD

Is this single-rear-axle truck the type of medium-heavy-duty model that Mack should have brought out first? I asked that question two years ago when I saw the initial offering, the tandem-axle Granite MHD. I figured other than the tandem, it was just right for municipal fleets and others who don’t need high carrying capacity.

October 10, 2013

Test Drive: Single-Rear-Axle Granite MHD

Photo Gallery: Senior Editor Tom Berg took the Mack Single-Rear-Axle Granite MHD for a test drive.

October 1, 2013

Test Drive: KW T800, ISX12 G Paired

My drive of the Cummins Wesport ISX12 G was at a mid-July “natural gas summit” hosted by Kenworth at its plant in Chillicothe, Ohio. A half-dozen gas-powered KWs built for different applications were offered to dealers, customers and press reporters for inspection and evaluation. A few fellows with CDLs, like me, took them for drives, and I had – how shall I say? – a learning experience while in a T800 short-haul daycab tractor pulling a 53-foot van trailer.

October 1, 2013

Test Drive: Natural Gas Freightliner Cascadia 113

Freightliner’s Cascadia 113 and the ISX12 G from Cummins Westport aren’t exactly strangers. About 100 of the trucks have been in customer hands for some months now. Equipment Editor Jim Park takes one for a spin.

October 1, 2013

Test Drive: Freightliner NG Cascadia 113

The natural gas version of the Freightliner Cascadia 113 is every bit as capable as its diesel sisters. Check out Equipment Editor Jim Park's photos.

October 1, 2013

Test Drive: KW T800, ISX12 G Paired

Taking the Cummins Westport ISX12 G for a ride in the Kenworth T800.

September 6, 2013

Test Drive: Redesigned Terex

Time is money, and that’s the essence of a front-discharge mixer. It drives right up to where concrete’s needed and, after the driver adds chute extensions, starts offloading. Terex/Advance Mixer in Fort Wayne, Ind., makes rear-discharge drums for mounting on conventional truck chassis, but its heart is in the front-discharge version that it builds all-new and as glider kits.

September 6, 2013

Test Drive: Terex FDB6000

HDT Editor Tom Berg recently took a Test Drive of the Terex FDB6000. Check out the slide show of this front-discharge mixer.

July 1, 2013

Ram 1500 Focuses on Fuel Economy

How does 18 mpg in city driving and 25 on the highway sound for a full-size pickup? That’s what Chrysler’s Ram brand is claiming for some of its 1500 series trucks with a gutsy V-6 gasoline engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

June 10, 2013

Test Drive: Meritor's 6x2 SmarTandem

In the March issue of Heavy Duty Trucking, Equipment Editor Jim Park took readers for a ride with Meritor's 6x2 SmarTandem single-drive-axle tandem configuration in Michigan's upper pennisula in February. As he puts it: What better place to traction-test the system?

CLICK HERE to read the full story about Jim Park's test drive of the system.

May 17, 2013

Test Drive: Kenworth's T880 Day-cab Tractor

Equipment Editor Jim Park still recalls his first meeting with a T800. It was in the fall of'86, the year the truck was introduced and a little more than a year after the T600 had made its game-changing debut.

May 17, 2013

Kenworth T880 Dump Truck

Only a couple of days after announcing its new T880 at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., in March, Kenworth had a couple of trucks for us press people to drive. Equipment Editor Jim Park and I were pleased to be among the scribes who got their hands on the just-minted vocational and regional-haul vehicles.

May 15, 2013

Test Drive: Kenworth's New T880

In the May 2013 issue of Heavy Duty Trucking, Editors Tom Berg and Jim Park described their experiences taking Kenworth's T880 out for a test drive. They snapped these pictures.

May 14, 2013

Driving impressions: Electronic Assist Systems Help New Sprinter’s Handling

The day after its introduction in Dusseldorf, in northern Germany, we reporters had a chance to drive Mercedes-Benz’s new Sprinter van for a few hours on various surfaces, from a test track to a dirt road and on a nearby Autobahn.

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