Jack Roberts

Freightliner pushes the technology envelope

| September 20, 2013

Not long ago, hard-boiled Union Men in overalls literally forged American trucks from molten metal. And those trucks, like the men who built them, were tough, uncompromising and rough around the edges. The interiors were ...

Evolution evolves: Freightliner adds gas power to Cascadia’s aero package

| September 19, 2013

Napa Valley, Calif., has become an annual locale for Freightliner to present news and updates on various industry issues. And what’s the point of holding court if you don’t let folks take your trucks out ...

Are glider kits the answer to natural gas impasse?

| September 09, 2013

A lot of fleets are attracted to the idea of natural gas-powered heavy duty trucks. And a lot of fleets turn and walk the other way when they see the sticker prices on brand-new natural ...

Will drivers come around on automatic transmissions?

| July 23, 2013

Manufacturers say enhanced data sharing between engines and transmissions is boosting the efficiency of automatic transmissions over manual. Will they ever gain acceptance among drivers?

Auto vs. manual transmission: Data-driven tech better than complete control?

| July 22, 2013

Previous performance issues with automatic transmissions have been smoothed out by the amount of data engines and transmissions are sharing. Will they finally be able to make a strong inroads in trucking?

Meritor races on Sunday to sell on Monday

| July 21, 2013

I spent last week in the U.K. and Germany with Meritor’s Commercial Vehicle Brake Division, learning about how this American company currently competes and plans to continuing competing on the global stage. What I saw ...

Are cheaper trucks on the horizon?

| July 03, 2013

I was flipping through the latest issue of Car & Driver on the plane Monday on my way up to Chicago to test-drive and International 9900i tractor when I ran across an excellent article entitled ...

A truck by any other name

| June 29, 2013

Etymology of the word 'truck' and various other words for the explosion of new things these past 150 years.

Jack Roberts

Jack Roberts is executive editor for CCJ and equipment editor for its sister magazine Overdrive. Roberts joined Randall-Reilly in 1995 as associate editor of Equipment World magazine and began covering both heavy-duty and light trucks in 1996. In 2006 he was the founding editor of Total Landscape Care before joining CCJ's staff in 2008.

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