September 16, 2012
When I first throttled up the new Cummins Westport ISX12 G, I wanted to make a comparison between this natural-gas-fueled engine and its diesel-fired counterpart. But they are different engines, with very different approaches to getting fuel into the cylinders
July 23, 2012
For many years, Western Star Trucks played last fiddle in truck sales symphonies, with U.S. Class 8 market share numbers of 1% and less. The company's share climbed a bit when it was bought by Freightliner in 2000
May 16, 2012
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
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
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
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
Baby 8 trucks (Class 8 chassis with midrange engines) have long been useful conveyances of moderate load
February 13, 2012
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The dynamics of the U.S. transportation market are changing, opening the door to smaller, more efficient trucks
The emergence of the regional transportation market is causing many fleets to rethink their equipment demands
September 6, 2011
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
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
Proof of performance is on the road. So Las Vegas Peterbilt set up a demonstration rig promoting Paccar's 12.9-liter MX
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
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