Test Driving Paccar’s New Automated Transmission

Paccar is the latest OEM to claim its own proprietary integrated powertrain. For Paccar, it began with the MX-11 and MX-13 engines in 2010. Last October, the company announced a proprietary drive axle, the 40,000-lb Paccar Tandem Drive Axle. And on August 22, 2017, Paccar announced the final link in its integrated drivetrain the 12-speed Paccar Automated Transmission. Equipment Editor, Jim Park has already had one out for a test drive. He says it performs like a veteran, never mission an opportunity to skip shift, and the low-speed operation is smoother than silk.

Jim Park was a CDL driver and owner-operator from 1978 until 1998, when he began his second career as a trucking journalist. During that career transition, he hosted an overnight radio show on a Hamilton, Ontario radio station and later went on to anchor the trucking news in SiriusXM's Road Dog Trucking channel. Jim is a regular contributor to Today's Trucking and Trucknews.com, and produces Focus On and On the Spot test drive videos.