Test Drive

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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

December 29, 2010

Test Drive: Hino 338 Dumper

What's this foreign truck doing in the hands of an agency of one of these United States? Helping West Virginia's Department of Highways maintain roads and bridges, and plowing snow and spreading salt in the winter.

December 13, 2010

Test Drive: Air-Ride Axle on the Road in a T660

In line with an emerging trend to migrate air suspensions up to the front of the truck, Kenworth has introduced the AG130 for T660, T800 and T2000

November 30, 2010

Test Drive: Peterbilt Model 587 with Paccar MX Make Dynamic Duo

You can't argue with the design, engineering, and manufacturing synergies of improving on an existing product

November 2, 2010

Test Drive: Driving GM's 2011 HD Pickups

Sometimes a marketing department's claim of "all-new" approaches the truth. That's the case with General Motors' Heavy Duty pickups and cab-chassis trucks, which were extensively upgraded and refined for the 2011 model year, even if GM doesn't call them all-new

November 2, 2010

Test Drive: Mack's mDrive Programmed for Bulldog Shifting

Knowing that Mack and Volvo are sister companies, it would be easy to dismiss Mack's new mDrive as an I-Shift with a dog's name.

October 12, 2010

Test Drive: The Transit Connect Electric

We were stopped at a red light on 11 Mile Road, a broad, eight-lane boulevard in Oak Park, Mich., northwest of Detroit, and I eyed the cars and trucks alongside us.

August 17, 2010

Test Drive: Kenworth's T440

So there I was, westbound on Bow Hill Road in Skagit County, a few hours north of Seattle, wondering if I'd ever find a place to turn around

July 15, 2010

Test Drive: Kenworth's New T700

The first impression on being presented with a line-up of trucks at the Paccar Tech Center is that Kenworth's new T700 - unlike its T2000 predecessor - is recognizably from the same stable as the highly popular T660

June 21, 2010

First Impressions of New Kenworth T700

Last week's ride 'n drive at the Mount Vernon, Wash., Paccar Tech Center was set up to experience over a day both the new Kenworth T700 and the Paccar MX along with other Kenworth models and optional Cummins engines

June 18, 2010

First Impressions of New Kenworth T700

Last week's ride 'n drive at the Mount Vernon, Wash., Paccar Tech Center was set up to experience over a day both the new Kenworth T700 and the Paccar MX along with other Kenworth models and optional Cummins engines. Several hours with Kenworth's redo of the T2000 show the new T700's way better

June 15, 2010

Driving Navistar's eStar Van

Primitive batteries and limited range caused electric cars and trucks to lose a technology battle with the internal combustion engine in the early 20th century. But electrics have come a long way, buddy

May 21, 2010

Hydraulic Hybrids: Ride-and-Drive Report From Work Truck Show

Well-attended educational sessions and an ever-larger trade display marked the National Truck Equipment Association's annual meeting and Work Truck Show, held in March at the St. Louis Convention Center

May 20, 2010

Test Drive: Ford's New Power Stroke Diesel's a Smoothie

There apparently was never any question whether Ford Motor Co.'s new Power Stroke diesel would be another V-8 because, as an engineer explained when it was announced last year, "V-8s are in Ford's DNA.

April 16, 2010

Test Drive: MX-13 in a Peterbilt 365

Paccar, the corporate parent of Kenworth Truck and Peterbilt Motors, should print up some new stickers that say, "Low Revs 'R' Us," then smack 'em on the dashboards of all trucks equipped with its new MX-13 diese

March 11, 2010

Test Drive: Dodge's Heavy Duty Pickups

One of the things we expect from 3/4- and 1-ton pickup trucks is a stiff ride. Strong springs are needed to haul heavy loads, so when the truck's empty it's got to ride a little rough

February 17, 2010

Test Drive: Freightliner's Coronados

Premium is as premium does, and at least for the driver, Freightliner's Coronado does things very well

February 9, 2010

Test Drive: Ford/Eaton Plug-In Hybrid

Eaton's electric-drive system is the one usually used by truck manufacturers who offer a medium-duty hybrid, including Freightliner, Freightliner Custom Chassis, Kenworth, Peterbilt and Navistar International. One builder that doesn't make hybrids is Ford Motor - but it does suppl


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