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  • Test Drive: Volvo Dynamic Steering

    September 24, 2019 12:00AM by Jim Park

    DUBLIN, Va. —  Volvo Trucks is adding a new driver-assist steering feature to its 2020 Model Year line up. Volvo Dynamic Steering (VDS) is an electric-over-hydraulic steering-assist system designed to improve maneuverability and lessen driver steering effort by up to 85% at low speed, while maintaining a stiffer feel at highway speeds.

  • Test Drive: Peterbilt’s Model 567 with a cowboy spec’

    July 30, 2019 12:00AM by James Menzies

    MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Peterbilt recently hosted more than 100 customers at the Paccar Technical Center here to show off its new UltraLoft sleeper and other offerings. But it was a Model 567 decked out in a “cowboy” spec’ that stole the show.

  • Hendrickson’s ZMD delivers a shockingly smooth ride — without shocks

    July 29, 2019 12:00AM by Jim Park

    TORONTO, Ont. — When was the last time you heard a driver say something positive about a trailer suspension? Most drivers would barely be aware that their trailers even had suspensions, but a design innovation from Hendrickson has actually prompted

  • Test driving Peterbilt’s Model 579

    May 29, 2019 12:00AM by Jim Park

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Seven years have passed since Jim Park’s first drive in a Peterbilt Model 579. It’s safe to say the truck has only improved with the passing of time.

  • Driving hybrid-electric, fully-electric trucks in Atlanta

    March 18, 2019 1:40PM by James Menzies

    Taking Hyliion hybrid-electric with e-axle, and Pete 220 with Dana turnkey electric system on the road

  • Driving the first Level 2 autonomous new Cascadia

    February 18, 2019 7:07AM by James Menzies

    Level 2 autonomy supports – but doesn’t replace – the driver

  • Chasing 10 mpg

    September 26, 2018 11:40AM by James Menzies

    Extended run with new Mack Anthem yields excellent fuel economy – even in the hands of a novice

  • Rugged Comfort: Test driving a Canadianized Kenworth T880S

    September 13, 2018 12:00AM by John G Smith

    MONTREAL, Que. — While walking the grounds of a small truck show earlier this summer, I spotted this gorgeous red Kenworth along one of the rows of trucks and immediately did a double take. It wasn’t the big 76-inch sleeper

  • Driving an electric Peterbilt 579

    June 27, 2018 6:09PM by James Menzies

    Everything about the driving experience is different

  • Quick Spin: The Mack LR

    June 25, 2018 12:00AM by Jim Park

    TORONTO, Ont. –When I was just four years old, my mother liked to remind me, I once told a kids’ TV show host that when I grew up I hoped to become either an astronaut or a garbageman. Talk about

  • Driving the new Sprinter

    April 17, 2018 10:33AM by James Menzies

    The new Sprinter is safe to operate, fully connected, and highly versatile

  • Zero Emissions, Positive Performance: Kenworth’s ZECT

    February 23, 2018 12:00AM by Jim Park

    Kenworth has removed the black shroud from its latest green initiative, the Zero Emissions Cargo Transport (ZECT). The heavy-duty truck is a hydrogen fuel cell powered battery-electric vehicle, capable at this point of about 160 kilometers of travel fully loaded.

  • Driver-Centric: The International LT

    February 23, 2018 12:00AM by Jim Park

    NEW CARLISLE, IN — Looks can be deceiving. International’s new LT highway tractor may look much like the 11-year-old ProStar it replaces, but the resemblance is barely skin deep. The LT retains the signature International grille — though it’s shaped

  • Working Above its Weight Class: The Cummins X12

    January 9, 2018 12:00AM by Jim Park

    Cummins’ new X12 engine is slated to hit the street sometime early this year, probably shortly after its formal launch in February or March. The engine was introduced in August 2016 and I had a short drive with it then

  • Style and Substance: The Mack Anthem

    January 9, 2018 12:00AM by Jim Park

    Mack has traditionally been pretty conservative with its truck styling, but the new Anthem model puts boots to that notion. Not since Navistar tapped into the retro vein with its Lonestar back in 2008 has a truck maker put forward