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October 1, 2008

Class 1-2 Roundup

Redesigns, New Features Add Value

September 1, 2008

Detroit Diesel Launches DD13

Truck maker Daimer has unveiled the DD13 from Detroit Diesel

September 1, 2008

Sterling Introduces NightShift Sleeper

Sterling has added the 60-inch NightShift model to its range of Class 3 through 8 work trucks.

July 1, 2008

Midrange: Kenworth T170

Kenworth T170's just right if 19,500 pounds is enough

July 1, 2008

Class 8 Roundup

It's All About Fuel.

March 1, 2008

Test Drive: Kenworth Clean Power

Kenworth's Clean Power System is designed to provide managed comfort when the driver needs it.

March 1, 2008

Midrange Test Drive: Ram 5500

Dodge's heaviest commercial truck combines a beefy chassis with a cab from the 1500 series pickup.

February 1, 2008

Sterling 360 Scoots Through Circles

The nomenclature suggests a circle, and this truck will turn them with alacrity. Also Ford redesigns its ever-popular F-150 for 2009.

February 1, 2008

International TranStar

The star of this show was the MaxxForce 13-liter, 1,700 pounds-foot engine destined for a high mileage fleet.

February 1, 2008

Kenworth Hybrid: This Blue Truck Is Really Green

If you can't pass the higher costs on in surcharges, it's time to reduce fuel usage. And hybrid-drive trucks are capable of some serious savings.

February 1, 2008

Ford Redesigns Its popular F-150 For ' 09

Ford's F-150, America's perennial best-selling vehicle and part of a truck line that has claimed sales leadership for 31 years, may well keep that distinction, thanks to an extensive redesign for the 2009 model year.

February 1, 2008

Sterling 360 Scoots Through Circles

There's a funny story about the Sterling 360's name. In a short bull session following a press conference last year, a couple of Sterling executives related that they considered calling the truck "AC 360," as in a circular 360 degrees, because the truck is "better all around," which became its marketing slogan.

February 1, 2008

International TranStar

The test truck was the International TranStar in the new nomenclature - 8600 in the past. But the other new badges, high on the side of the hood, told the story: MaxxForce. This tractor was one of the International validation units for the new big-bore engines, destined for a high-mileage fleet to get fast results before the engine becomes commercially available around mid-year.

January 1, 2008

Detroit Diesel's DD15 Debuts

We're witnessing a huge change in the way trucks and engines come together. We saw it first with Volvo's D-platform engines (shared with Mack and Renault). We'll soon see International take a similar approach, sharing an engine platform between International trucks in North America and MAN chassis in Europe.

January 1, 2008

Volvo VHD 430 Sleeper

The point of Volvo Trucks' latest model, the VHD 430, is its sleeper compartment. While previous VHDs have daycabs and work as dumpers, concrete mixer chassis and equipment haulers, the 42-inch-cab addition, with its 36-inch-wide by 79-inch-long bunk, provides a comfortable place for a driver to rest and to legally overnight no matter where he and his rig are.

January 1, 2008

Peterbilt's 387 Hybrid

The C15 was very responsive, showed great throttle modulation and made gearshifting a joy. And at the event, the 387 it powered also gave pause. I hadn't driven one in several years and the new dash appealed enormously.

November 1, 2007

Mack's New Large Car

The Pinnacle Axle Forward lacks a really long hood, but this madeover CH has traditional looks and terrific driveability, thanks partly to a new, bigger engine.

November 1, 2007

Peterbilt's 386 Hybrid

Ignore the "viper green" paint and the "hybrid" labels, and this Model 386 looks like a lot of road tractors out there.

November 1, 2007

Isuzu N-Series

New truck gets larger, more spacious cab with increased side-to-side and front-to-back room.

October 1, 2007

Test Drive: Volvo VT830

This heavy truck is a complex and integrated vehicle that has so many more features the deeper you delve into it.

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