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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.

September 1, 2007

Test Drive: Mack Pinnacle

The Pinnacle is Mack's latest- generation premium tractor for over-the-road fleets and owner-operators

July 1, 2007

Kenworth's T660 Extended Day Cab

This extended daycab continues an aerodynamic revolution started by KW a quarter-century ago.

July 1, 2007

Freightliner's Cascadia

Freightliner's Cascadia meets customer demands and gives a little more in the bargain.

July 1, 2007

International's New ProStar

It's a driver's truck for its quietness and handling. And it's an owner's truck for its low maintenance and repairability.

March 1, 2007

Test Drive: Kenworth W900L

Kenworth W900L wears the Western look with the new Pendleton interior option

March 1, 2007

Fun in the Mud

Ice storm disrupts Ford's SuperDuty event, but the redesigned '08 pickups came out looking good.

March 1, 2007

Test Drive: Kenworth W900L

Kenworth W900L wears the Western look with the new Pendleton interior option

March 1, 2007

Class 8 Hybrids

Diesel-electric trucks for the Air Force save big on fuel, and they're also easy to drive.

February 1, 2007

Dodge Debuts its Heavier Class 4 & 5 Rams This Month

New models can only add more heat to an already competitive market segment.

February 1, 2007

Ford's Redesigned Super Duty Includes Factory F-450 Pickup

The redesigned models went into production in time to meet tighter federal diesel exhaust emissions limits last month.

February 1, 2007

Midrange: Expediter Extraordinaire

Sterling builds a fine expediter- add a great big bunk and you've got quite the truck under you.

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