March 9, 2015
The MP8 engine provides the brawn while the engine and transmission controllers manage the power with an eye to fuel efficiency. Check out the video to see how Mack's two power profiles to give fleets the best of both worlds: performance or economy. Check out Part 1 here.
March 5, 2015
Mack's 13-liter MP8 engine may be small in stature, but it's big on performance. It delivers 505 horsepower and 1,860 lb-ft of torque, which is more than enough to pull 138,000 lbs through the mountains on B.C.'s Vancouver Island.
February 9, 2015
In the final installment of this Ultimate Test Drive video Equipment Editor Jim Park takes the new Western Star 5700XE to the Nevada desert to put the truck through its paces on tough roads and steep grades. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
February 3, 2015
In this installment of the Ultimate Test Drive, we look at some of the high tech features of the Western Star 5700XE including new engine, body and safety enhancements.
Part 1 Part 2
January 29, 2015
Equipment Editor Jim Park does a walk around of the Western Star 5700XE checking out some of the innovative features inside and out in the latest Ultimate Test Drive video. Check out Part 1 here.
October 31, 2014
In the last installment of the Ultimate Test Drive video series, Equipment Editor Jim Park does a walk around of the SuperTruck with Bruce Bezner, a project engineer at Peterbilt. The two talk about the numerous aerodynamic improvements that make the SuperTruck so efficient.
View Part 1 Here. View Part 2 Here, View Part 3 Here.
October 23, 2014
We go underneath the hood and between the rails to find out what makes the Peterbilt/Cummins SuperTruck so efficient – 86% more efficient, to be precise. Equipment Editor Jim Park explains in this Ultimate Test Drive video.
View Part 1 here.
October 3, 2014
The T680 Advantage is the most aerodynamic truck Kenworth has ever produced. But a lot of the fuel savings comes from the powertrain. Jim Park shakes down the Paccar MX multi-torque engine and Eaton's Advantage transmissions, responsible for more than half of the truck's fuel economy gains. View more: Part 1: The Walkaround. Part 2: Overview
September 30, 2014
You can put all the techology you want on a truck, but someone still has to drive the thing. Kenworth T680 exceeds expectations in all respects. Jim Park's three-part Ultimate Test Drive video series features a look at the T680's driving environment and some of the technology designed to make the driver's life better. View more: Part 1: The Walkaround.
September 22, 2014
The aerodynamic T680 from Kenworth started turning heads the day it was launched in 2012. Now it's available in the T680 Advantage package, which should improve fuel economy by up to 5%. In Part 1 of this three-part Ultimate Test Drive series, Equipment Editor Jim Park offers a walk-around exploring the aerodynamic features in detail.
May 13, 2014
In this three-parter, you'll get both a walk-around and a test drive of the Freightliner Cascadia 113 powered by a compressed natural gas Cummins-Westport ISX12 G with 400 horsepower.
April 28, 2014
Freightliner has packaged a Cummins-Westport ISX12 G nicely into a Cascadia 113, mated it to an Allison 3000 automatic transmission, and supplied enough on-board compressed natural gas to run up to 600 miles on a single slow-fill. Before we took it for a drive, we got some answers to common questions about CNG.
February 26, 2014
Get a close-up look at how Mack's "revolutionary new tandem drive axle suspension," the Twin Y, as Equipment Editor Jim Park takes a Twin Y-equipped Mack Pinnacle through its paces at the now-retired Mack Allentown Proving Grounds in this Ultimate test Drive video.
February 13, 2014
In this three-part video test drive of a 2013 Mack Pinnacle, Equipment Editor Jim Park rides with Dave McKenna, Mack's director of powertrain sales. He explores the mDrive automated manual transmission and the Mack SuperEconodyne fuel-saving powertrain package.
January 29, 2014
Join Equipment Editor Jim Park behind the wheel of a brand-new Kenworth T680 as he puts the truck's Cummins ISX and Eaton UltraShift Plus through their paces on the mountains and valleys of Interstate 82 in Washington state.
January 15, 2014
It's man vs. machine when Equipment Editor Jim Park pits his shifting abilities against that of Volvo's I-Shift transmission in part one of this two-part Ulitimate Test Drive video. Then watch as Park experiences Volvo's XE13 fuel-saving drivetrain on the rolling highways between Greensboro and Raleigh, N.C.
January 8, 2014
When people say something is "built like a Mack truck," they aren't just whistling Dixie. Equipment Editor Jim Park says the latest proof that Mack is still on top of its suspension game is the new mRide vocational suspension. In this Ultimate Test Drive Video, he evaluates the new suspension on a Granite dump truck.
January 2, 2014
In this special two-part "twin sticks" edition of our Ultimate Test Drive videos, Equipment Editor Jim Park visits Mack's test track in Allentown, Pa., to experience first-hand 50 years of advancements in transmission technology.
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