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Ultimate Test Drive Video: Paccar Automated Transmission

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.

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Ultimate Test Drive: New Cascadia's Intelligent Powertrain [Video]

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. 

Ultimate Test Drive: New Cascadia Sleeper Lounge [Video]

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 

Ultimate Test Drive: Freightliner's New Cascadia Pt. 2 [Video]

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.

Ultimate Test Drive: Freightliner's New Cascadia Pt. 1 [Video]

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. 

Test Drive Preview: Freightliner's 2018 Cascadia [Video]

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.  

Volvo's Unique 6x2 Tractor Platform

Sometimes called a "pusher" or "dead axle," Adaptive Loading allows the axle to be lifted completely off the ground when it's not needed, providing additional fuel savings over the straight 6x2 setup.

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Caterpillar CT680L

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.

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Kenworth T880 Part 3

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.

Kenworth's Rock-Solid T880

The T880 was introduced a few years ago but in just six short months, orders for the new vocational platform overtook its worthy predecessor, the T800. In the heavy duty market, that's quite remarkable.