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QuickSpin: Driving ProStars with Different Engines
Careful Trailer Spec'ing Yields Higher Payloads
Test Drive: Ford Transit Van

Test Drive: Ford Transit Van

A dual-turbo V-6 makes Ford’s new Euro-style cargo van fast, while the large unibody provides a lot of cargo space.

August 27, 2015

Starship Rig Shooting for Top MPG

Starship Rig Shooting for Top MPG

By the early ’80s some fleets were using roof-mounted air fairings on their road tractors to reduce drag. That got the attention of owner-operator Bob Sliwa, who figured a lot more could be done.

August 21, 2015

QuickSpin: Mack's mDrive HD

QuickSpin: Mack's mDrive HD

What’s better than an mDrive automated manual transmission if you’re running Mack dump or mixer trucks? An mDrive HD, for (extra) heavy duty, the company says. Senior Editor Tom Berg's driving impressions.

August 21, 2015

Trailer  Update: A Vehicle for Every Haul
Test Drive: Caterpillar CT680 Tractor
Spec'ing Trailer Doors and Floors

Spec'ing Trailer Doors and Floors

Freight goes through and on these components, and are among the details to carefully consider when spec’ing dry-van truck bodies and trailers.

July 27, 2015

How Bendix’s Wingman Fusion Can Stop a Truck [Video]

How Bendix’s Wingman Fusion Can Stop a Truck [Video]

As the government contemplates making collision avoidance systems mandatory, HDT's Tom Berg takes you behind the wheel of one of the systems currently available for heavy trucks, the Bendix Wingman Fusion.

July 12, 2015

Looking for Durable Trailer Skirts

Looking for Durable Trailer Skirts

Skirts have become common on van and refrigerated trailers, with more than half of all such trailers leaving factories with skirts installed. But how durable are they? Testing and experience show that material flexibility is a requirement for resisting damage.

June 25, 2015

Test Drive: Volvo's VHD Tractor for On- or Off-Road
High-mpg Model Round-Up

High-mpg Model Round-Up

The best fuel economy starts with a truck model specifically designed to squeeze the most possible miles from a gallon of diesel fuel and all major builders offer these for their on-highway customers.

June 22, 2015

QuickSpin: Peterbilt 567 SFFA

QuickSpin: Peterbilt 567 SFFA

The Peterbilt 567 SFFA's set-forward front axle adds payload in bridge-formula states, but doesn’t seem to come with the usual penalty in maneuverability.

June 19, 2015

Wrightspeed's Tantalizing Turbine-Electric Drivetrain
Are You Ready for the New Food Safety Rules?