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2018: A Year in Trucking Test Drives [Photos]

2018: A Year in Trucking Test Drives [Photos]

A typical year for HDT Equipment Editor Jim Park includes traveling around the country, test driving all of the latest trucks and technologies and 2018 was no different.

December 21, 2018

Test Drive: Kenworth T680 Advantage

Test Drive: Kenworth T680 Advantage

Kenworth claims the T680 Advantage is the most aerodynamic truck it has ever produced, boasting a 5% improvement over the standard T680. Here are a few photos we shot during a test drive of the Kenworth T680 Advantage. Photos by Jim Park.

February 2, 2015

2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van

2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van

Mercedes-Benz has added several new features to its 2015 Sprinter including standard Crosswind Assist and available 4x4. Click here to read more about the vehicle, and stay tuned for more info and photos in the January/February issue of Work Truck magazine. Photos by Adam Pringle and Mercedes-Benz.

November 11, 2014

Volvo VNX Heavy Haul Tractor

Volvo VNX Heavy Haul Tractor

Introduced last year, Volvo’s VNX heavy haul tractor combines the frame and high stance of the vocational VHD with the highway comfort of the VNL. The cab is outfitted like a VN, so drivers are well housed for runs longer than what the VHD might be dispatched on. The VNX is rated at up to 200,000 pounds GCW, but the one recently driven by Senior Editor Tom Berg was capped at 125,000 because of its transmission, the I-Shift automated mechanical, with which application engineers are being careful in approving. The full road test article will appear in the June issue of Heavy Duty Trucking and will be posted on TruckingInfo.com shortly after.

June 3, 2014

Test Drive: Optimized Lightweight VNL

Test Drive: Optimized Lightweight VNL

HDT Senior Editor Tom Berg takes Volvo's lightweight Optimized VNL430 for a drive near Volvo's New River Valley plant in Virginia.

April 11, 2014

Test Drive: Detroit’s Smooth Self-Shifter

Test Drive: Detroit’s Smooth Self-Shifter

HDT's Editor Tom Berg recently took a Freightliner Cascadia Evolution equipped with a Detroit DD13 diesel and smooth DT12 automated mechanical transmission out for a spin. Check out the photos, and click here for a link to read about the test drive.

March 3, 2014

Test Drive: Peterbilt 567- Driver’s Delight

Test Drive: Peterbilt 567- Driver’s Delight

Senior Editor Tom Berg recently took the Peterbilt 567 out for a Test Drive. A bigger cab and chassis improvements place this new vocational truck above the current Model 367. Here are photos from his evaluation. Read the full article here.

January 3, 2014

Test Drive: Single-Rear-Axle Granite MHD
Test Drive: Freightliner NG Cascadia 113

Test Drive: Freightliner NG Cascadia 113

The natural gas version of the Freightliner Cascadia 113 is every bit as capable as its diesel sisters. Check out Equipment Editor Jim Park's photos.

October 1, 2013

Test Drive: KW T800, ISX12 G Paired
Test Drive: Terex FDB6000

Test Drive: Terex FDB6000

HDT Editor Tom Berg recently took a Test Drive of the Terex FDB6000. Check out the slide show of this front-discharge mixer.

September 6, 2013

Test Drive: Meritor's 6x2 SmarTandem

Test Drive: Meritor's 6x2 SmarTandem

In the March issue of Heavy Duty Trucking, Equipment Editor Jim Park took readers for a ride with Meritor's 6x2 SmarTandem single-drive-axle tandem configuration in Michigan's upper pennisula in February. As he puts it: What better place to traction-test the system? CLICK HERE to read the full story about Jim Park's test drive of the system.

June 10, 2013

Test Drive: Kenworth's New T880

Test Drive: Kenworth's New T880

In the May 2013 issue of Heavy Duty Trucking, Editors Tom Berg and Jim Park described their experiences taking Kenworth's T880 out for a test drive. They snapped these pictures.

May 15, 2013

Test Drive: Navistar Prostar+ with Cummins ISX

Test Drive: Navistar Prostar+ with Cummins ISX

In the April issue of Heavy Duty Trucking, Equipment Editor Jim Park related his experience taking Navistar's Prostar+ with a Cummins ISX under the hood our for a Test Drive.

May 6, 2013

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