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    Driving the International HX620

    April 26, 2016 10:02AM by James Menzies

    New HX Series could represent a severe-service revival for International

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    THE 11-LITRES ARE COMING; HOW LOW CAN YOU GO?

    November 10, 2015 1:21PM by James Menzies

    I recently travelled to Denton, Texas to drive the new Paccar MX-11 engine in a Peterbilt 579 EPIQ tractor. The MX-11 can give you up to 430 hp and 1,550 lb.-ft. of torque while saving you about 400 lbs vs

  • Feature Equipment

    DRIVING THE MERCEDES METRIS

    October 15, 2015 12:54PM by James Menzies

    Mercedes-Benz has a new cargo van, which it says has been right-sized for urban environments. The Metris, based on the European Vito, fills a gap in the marketplace. It’s a full-sized commercial van that’s garageable and maneuverable for urban environments,

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    VOLVO’S LATEST 6×2 RAISES THE AXLE – AND THE BAR – FOR FUEL SAVINGS

    September 1, 2015 10:36AM by James Menzies

    I spent some time earlier this month with Volvo in Utah and Idaho, where I had the chance to drive the company’s new 6×2 setup with Adaptive Loading. The configuration features a liftable pusher axle that is raised when empty

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    KENWORTH’S T880 GETS NEW SLEEPER CAB

    September 1, 2015 10:34AM by James Menzies

    Last week I visited Seattle and had the opportunity to drive the Kenworth T880 from Kirkland, Wash to the Paccar Technical Center in Mount Vernon, Wash. This is a nice drive with some decent grades. The T880 I drove was

  • Feature Equipment

    MACK’S mDRIVE HD NOW READY FOR HEAVY-HAUL PRIME TIME

    May 26, 2015 10:06AM by James Menzies

    Mack has enjoyed great success with its mDrive automated manual transmission, standardizing it in the Pinnacle on-highway truck and enjoying about a 50% take rate on that product. Customers who have been asking for this product to be put into

  • Feature Equipment

    CRUISING THE DESERT IN THE CAT CT680

    May 26, 2015 9:45AM by James Menzies

    Cat has rounded out its line of vocational trucks with the addition of the new CT680. It boasts the longest hood of the three available – the CT680, CT681 and CT680 – and might make a great truck for hauling

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    DRIVING A PAYSTAR WITH ULTRASHIFT PLUS MXP

    April 28, 2015 9:46AM by James Menzies

    The International PayStar is back in business. This workhorse was effectively sidelined for a spell when Navistar was without a 15L engine, however with Cummins back in the fold, the PayStar is enjoying a fresh lease on life. C&G Haulage

  • Feature Equipment

    MACK MP8 505C+: ALL TORQUE, ALL THE TIME

    November 24, 2014 8:32PM by James Menzies

    Last week I drove a Mack Pinnacle with the company’s newest engine rating, the MP8 505C+, which delivers 1,860 lb.-ft. of torque in every gear. You could call it the little engine that could. This 13-litre performs like a 15-litre

  • News Equipment

    Driving the Peterbilt Model 567 vocational truck

    October 17, 2014 9:42AM by James Menzies

    If you’re looking for a vocational truck that looks great, provides excellent visibility and a smooth, quiet ride, the Peterbilt Model 567 won’t disappoint

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    DRIVING THE NEW FORD F-150

    October 14, 2014 8:25AM by James Menzies

    Ford made a huge splash when it announced its best-selling F-150 pickup would feature an aluminum cab, beginning in 2015. Have they gone mad? people wondered. It’s a truck. Built to pull things and haul things. They had visions of

  • Feature Equipment

    DRIVING AN INTEGRATED POWERTRAIN FROM CUMMINS AND EATON

    September 30, 2014 6:25AM by James Menzies

    Cummins and Eaton have made a big slash with their SmartAdvantage integrated powertrain, featuring the ISX and the Fuller Advantage Series automated manual transmission. However, it hasn’t made much more than a ripple here in Canada because to date, it’s

  • Feature Equipment

    HOW THE 5700 PERFORMED ON THE ROAD

    September 16, 2014 9:10AM by James Menzies

    Stable. Solid. Sexy. Three words that describe how the Western Star 5700 looks and feels on the highway. I had the opportunity to take it on a two-hour drive in the Nevada desert and I loved every minute of it.

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    …AND THE MODEL 567 VOCATIONAL TRUCK

    September 2, 2014 12:05PM by James Menzies

    Since I was in town, Peterbilt was gracious enough to also provide a 567 dump truck for me to drive. I took this truck out on some rough, under-construction highways as well as some back roads outside Denton. It wasn’t

  • Feature Equipment

    DRIVING THE PETERBILT MODEL 579 EPIQ

    September 2, 2014 11:31AM by James Menzies

    Peterbilt’s new Model 579 has been a hit right out of the gate and it promises to be even more popular with the introduction of its EPIQ package, which the truck maker says will improve fuel economy another 10%. The