When Paccar introduced its proprietary 40,000-pound on-highway drive axle the company said it was working toward a fully integrated powertrain. It had the MX engine and the drive axle and now it has unveiled the final piece, the Paccar Automated Transmission. Equipment Editor Jim Park checks it out in this Ultimate Test Drive video.
August 22, 2017
In this Ultimate Test Drive road test, Equipment Editor Jim Park takes Freightliner's new Cascadia on the road to see how the truck's Intelligent Powertrain Management system optimizes fuel economy for the situation.
May 30, 2017
In the third video of our series on Freightliner's New Cascadia, Equipment Editor Jim Park takes us into the sleeper area, highlighting some clever innovations that will make off-duty time more comfortable and enjoyable. Part 1, Part 2
December 21, 2016
In the second video of our five-part series on Freightliner's New Cascadia, equipment editor Jim Park checks out the cab area, revealing the new interior as well as the some of the technology that makes the truck safer and more fuel efficient. View Part 1 here.
December 14, 2016
This five-part series examines Freightliner's New Cascadia. It's not a rework or a remake of the popular Cascadia, but a clean-page design that improves much of what made it popular. In Part 1, equipment editor Jim Park takes you on a walk-around tour of the aerodynamic enhancements that do much to improve the truck's fuel efficiency.
December 13, 2016
In this preview of our Ultimate Test Drive on the 2018 Cascadia, equipment editor Jim Park reviews the latest improvements that Freightliner has made to its next-generation truck.
October 6, 2016
The new axle-forward CT680L version of Caterpillar's Cat Truck is a work truck, make no mistake – but Cat's approach is obviously that drivers shouldn't suffer for their craft. In this Ultimate Test Drive video, Equipment Editor Jim Park shares his impressions.
February 2, 2016
We check out Kenworth's T880 and do a walk around examining the design changes inside and out on the company's new vocational workhorse in part 3 of our Ultimate Test Drive Video. Check out Part 1 and Part 2.
December 3, 2015
In Part 2 of this Ultimate Test Drive, Equipment Editor Jim Park puts a loaded Kenworth T880 dump truck through its paces on the rugged terrain at the Eaton track.
November 16, 2015
Kenworth introduced the T880 in March of 2013, and it would not be a stretch to say it took the industry by storm. In this video, Equipment Editor Jim Park takes the T880 for a spin in a relatively tame environment.
November 12, 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 9, 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.
March 5, 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 9, 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
February 3, 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.
January 29, 2015