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May 16, 2012

Test Drive: Kenworth T680

When I first heard that Kenworth's new T680 was unveiled at the Mid-America Trucking Show, I wondered why Kenworth was already upgrading the two-year-old T700

April 27, 2012

Test Drive: BAE HybriDrive -- New and Smooth

BAE Systems is a multi-national company that claims to have built HybriDrive electric powertrains for more than 3,500 transit buses in cities around the world, plus many thousands of straight diesel trucks for the U.S. Army. And it's developing hydrogen fuel cells and electric propulsion systems

April 23, 2012

Test Drive: Allison's TC10 is a Future Tense Tranny

Last fall, Allison Transmission invited a few trade press reporters to Indianapolis to fill us in on a future product: the TC10, an automated mechanical transmission the company will release in late 2012.

March 25, 2012

Kenworth's T680: A Home Run Waiting to Happen

When I first saw the T680 on the show floor at the Mid-America Trucking Show, I thought, that's the same as the T700. That truck is only two years old, and I was wondering why the truck maker was introducing its replacement after such a short lifespan

March 20, 2012

Test Drive: 'Baby 8' Peterbilt 382

Baby 8 trucks (Class 8 chassis with midrange engines) have long been useful conveyances of moderate load

February 13, 2012

Test Drive: Fuso FG 4x4 Goes Almost Anywhere

Unique to North America, this all-wheel-drive cabover is strong, maneuverable and fun to drive. Driving this Canter FG was like seeing an old friend who's aged gracefully

January 17, 2012

Test Drive: Ram Tradesman is Quiet, Comfortable, Fast -- But Built for Work

I recently sold my '87 Dodge W150 pickup, and I don't miss it at all. Oh, I liked it when I bought it a year earlier, because it was a funky Power Ram 4x4, built just a few years afte

December 28, 2011

QuickSpin: NPR Gas 'N' Go vs. Eco Diesel Slow(er)

After several years of absence, Isuzu's gasoline-powered, medium-duty trucks are back for the 2012 model year. I had a chance to test drive the new 2012 NPR Gas truck, as well as the comparable NPR Eco-Max diesel

December 19, 2011

Test Drive: Kenworth T800 Dump Truck with Latest Powertrain

The "viper yellow" paint on this Kenworth T800 grabs your attention, but there was much more to this dump truck I drove last summer

November 4, 2011

Quickspin: Driving the new Cat Truck

We came, we saw, we drove -- but not far. Caterpillar people are very proud of their CT660 vocational truck. They introduced it earlier this yea

November 4, 2011

Test Drive: Volvo's Torque Magic

What a difference a little extra torque makes. I recently had the privilege of being one of the first drivers outside of test fleets to put a new fuel economy and performance concept from Volvo through its paces

October 11, 2011

Test Drive: Mack's Granite MHD

One way to cut weight and cost from a new truck is to choose a relatively small engine. This is the essence of the Mack Granite MHD, announced early this year and recently put into production

October 11, 2011

QuickSpin: A First Look at Hino's New COEs

The dynamics of the U.S. transportation market are changing, opening the door to smaller, more efficient trucks

October 11, 2011

Test Drive: Kenworth's T660 Regional Hauler

The emergence of the regional transportation market is causing many fleets to rethink their equipment demands

September 6, 2011

Test Driving the Nissan NV Light-Duty Commercial Van

As light-duty commercial trucks go, cargo vans are a hot seller because they're so useful. In a good year, about a quarter million are built and snatched up by tradesmen, building contractors, rental fleets and many other types of users

August 15, 2011

Test Drive: MaxxForce 15 for the Big Hills

When Navistar execs turned the key on one of the first MaxxForce 15 engines at the 2009 Mid-America Trucking Show, there were more than a few doubting Thomases in the audience

July 10, 2011

Test Drive: Paccar 12.9-Liter MX -- When 13 Liters Are Enough

Proof of performance is on the road. So Las Vegas Peterbilt set up a demonstration rig promoting Paccar's 12.9-liter MX

July 10, 2011

Test Drive: Freightliner SD114 SFA

Freightliner has long been a sales leader in on-highway tractors, and now it wants to dominate the vocational truck business. Its recently designed Severe Duty products are meant to do that, and a big marketing campaign will support them. Will they be up to the task

July 6, 2011

Test Drive: Western Star 4900FA with Allison 2nd Reverse

Steep hills can be tough on trucks, even if their manual transmissions have sufficiently low gearing and drivers are adept with the clutch

May 2, 2011

Test Drive: TerraStar Ready to Work

Does the world need another Class 4 and 5 vehicle in a market already crawling with trucks

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