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Test Drives


  • Driving the Mack Granite with mDrive HD

    May 1, 2015 1:21PM by James Menzies

    Gears were hardened. Synchronizers were reinforced. The result is an AMT designed specifically for construction and heavy-haul applications.

  • Driving the International PayStar with UltraShift Plus MXP

    April 24, 2015 11:49AM by James Menzies

    How heavy is too heavy for automated manual transmissions? According to Eaton, there’s no such thing.

  • Putting the 4×4 Sprinter to the test

    April 10, 2015 11:31AM by Jim Bray

    Mercedes-Benz shows off its remarkably capable Sprinter 4×4

  • The International ProStar with SmartAdvantage powertrain

    January 4, 2015 11:05AM by James Menzies

    ‘We went from 6.5 miles to the gallon to 9.5 miles to the gallon, just by handing (drivers) the keys to a new truck. At 1,000 miles a day, that’s a lot of money.’

  • The Mack Pinnacle with MP8 505C+ engine

    November 24, 2014 1:01PM by James Menzies

    The MP8 505C+ with mDrive is a high-performance powertrain that will likely challenge everything you thought you knew about the limitations of 13-litre engines and AMTs in Canada’s most rigorous applications.

  • The 2016 model year Volvo VNL featuring Adaptive Gearing

    November 9, 2014 9:17PM by James Menzies

    Subtle powertrain and aerodynamic enhancements are expected to deliver a fuel economy improvement of up to 3.5% when the 2016s hit the market early next year

  • The International ProStar with Allison TC10 transmission

    October 26, 2014 5:34PM by James Menzies

    It performs beautifully, but it’s heavier and more expensive than an AMT. Will the fuel savings deliver a payback? Erb Group plans to find out.

  • 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

  • The all-new Ford F-150 with aluminum body

    October 2, 2014 12:17PM by James Menzies

    Addition of 2.7L EcoBoost engine gives customers a new, fuel-efficient powertrain option

  • The International ProStar, with 16-speed Cummins-Eaton powertrain

    September 29, 2014 6:54PM by James Menzies

    No, it’s not the SmartAdvantage. But it’s a good example of a collaboration between Cummins and Eaton that is winning fans among Canadian fleets.

  • The all-new Western Star 5700XE

    September 15, 2014 10:14AM by James Menzies

    When it comes to design and drivability, the Western Star 5700 hit not just home runs, but grand slams. If its fuel-efficiency comes in on target and it’s priced right, this truck may finally allow the brand to break through into the on-highway tractor segment in a big way.

  • The Peterbilt Model 579 EPIQ

    August 22, 2014 10:37AM by James Menzies

    Peterbilt’s Model 579 got a lot more fuel-efficient with the introduction of the EPIQ package, a set of specifications that can improve fuel mileage by as much as 10%. We travelled to Texas to drive the 579 EPIQ.

  • The Volvo VNX heavy-hauler

    August 14, 2014 8:19PM by James Menzies

    A smooth-cruisin’ heavy-hauler

  • Your Guide to the New Class 8 Iron

    August 1, 2014 12:00AM by Jim Park

    A couple of nice trucks came out of Mid-America this year, and the spring had a lovely assortment of new engine and product launches.


    August 1, 2014 12:00AM by Jim Park

    Freightliner’s Coronado has found a niche with younger owner-ops — and those who think that way.