Hino’s new Class 8 offering, the XL8, has been in the pipeline for nearly a decade. It launched in 2018 and went into production in early 2019. It’s not fancy, but it’s solid and well built and was designed with the driver in mind. Equipment editor Jim Park takes us on a walk-around of the XL8 and it’s new engine, the A09 at Hino’s new manufacturing plant in Mineral Wells West Virginia.
Daimler Trucks’ new Adaptive Cruise to Zero feature relieves the stress of stop-and-go driving by managing acceleration and braking automatically. It will even bring the truck to a full stop and then relaunch, all with no driver input. Equipment Editor Jim Park put it to the test in morning rush-hour traffic in Portland, Ore. He says it works like a charm.
Lane Keep Assist, the first Level 2 automation technology from Daimler Trucks, isn’t quite a self-steering technology. It’s designed to help drivers battle crosswinds and uneven pavement geometry. It will keep the truck straight in a lane, but drivers still have to keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road. Equipment editor Jim Park filed this report from Oregon’s Interstate 5.
How does Hyliion’s hybrid electric drive system perform? Equipment editor, Jim Park, took the 6X4HE for a spin around the city of Austin and reports on how the system generates its own electricity and then delivers it to the drive wheels. In the right application, Hyliion says it can deliver up to 15% fuel savings.
Mack’s latest refuse chassis, the LR model, is purpose-built for residential, one-operator refuse collection. It’s set up for left-hand or right-hand drive and single skilled operator could clear an entire street in a matter of minutes. Equipment editor Jim Park […]
The Link ROI [Road Optimized Intelligence] Cabmate semi-active cab suspension has an infinitely variable damping rate, allowing it to adjust to conditions hundreds of times every second. In this video, Equipment Editor Jim Park talks to Link’s senior engineer about […]
BROOKLYN, NY – Chanje is here. The Chinese-based vehicle manufacturer (pronounced “change”) has officially unveiled its electric medium-duty panel van in Brooklyn, New York, with Ryder taking delivery of 125 units for its rental and leasing fleet. The initial rollout […]
JAMESTOWN, NY – 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 […]
Kenworth’s Zero Emissions Cargo Transport (ZECT) is scheduled to go into real-world service in March 2018. It’s a hydrogen-fuel-cell powered battery-electric Class 8 and works and feels just like a diesel, only quieter. Equipment Editor Jim Park drove when the […]
When Cummins entered its #28 Special racecar in the 1952 Indianapolis 500 Race, the company wasn’t looking to get into the racing business. It was trying to prove a point about diesel engines, and boy, did they succeed.
With ratings up to 475 horsepower and 1,700 lb-ft of torque, the X12 will be running with the big boys. The X12 is also nearly 1,000 lb lighter than the X15, so weight sensitive fleets will be looking very closely at this engine.