Jack Roberts

The Volkswagen puzzle

Why the manufacturer needs a North American truck program -- if only in medium duty -- if they truly want to be the biggest automotive seller worldwide.

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Could Navistar lawsuit provide long-sought clarity?

The news breaking over the weekend that lawsuits filed against Navistar alleging the company and some of its management team misled investors and broke state and federal investment laws is a glaring reminder that as hard as the Lisle, IL, company is working to put its EGR ghosts to rest, fallout from that failed technology push is still raining down upon its head. And that may continue for a while. It must be tough for the ...

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Behind the scenes with Lisa Kelly

A couple weeks ago, as the Mid-America Trucking Show was winding down in Louisville, my friends at Volvo Trucks grabbed me in the media room and asked if I’d be interested in doing an exclusive interview with Ice Road Trucker star Lisa Kelly as she test-drove a Volvo VN tractor. Volvo was helping Lisa spread the word on WorldTrucker – a website and app designed as sort of social media/travel resource for truck drivers -- and this ...

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My MATS Mash-up

Another Mid-America Trucking Show is in the books and things are quiet for the moment while the trucking industry catches its collective breath. There’ll be more big news coming soon – I’ll be in Germany this time next month to get an up-close look at the new Detroit automatic transmission. But in the meantime, let’s sift through the confetti and see what we learned in Louisville last week. Our industry has a hangover I’m talking about the ...

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Work Truck Show wrap-up

Rounding up commercial van market, hybrid truck, solar panel, natural gas powertrain and other news from the NTEA show in Indianapolis, which ended March 8.

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Shop pitfalls

A email crossed my screen the other day. It seems someone did a study and concluded that shop rags pose health risk hazard. Gee. Ya think? Yes. Shop rags are nasty. But they’re not the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen in shop -- although it was more of an event, instead of a thing. When I was in high school and college, I worked for Sam McGee and his wife Johnnie, at their Snappy Gulf service station ...

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KW T660 test drive: Enduring classic

The T660 evolves with the right mix of styling and new technology to cement its place in Kenworth’s lineup.

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Reefer Madness: How will pot legalization affect trucking?

Let’s talk about pot for minute, shall we?

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The story behind a song

It was never a hit like “Tom Sawyer” or “Limelight,” but one of the standout tracks on Rush’s seminal 1981 album Moving Pictures is a song that should be near and dear to any motoring fan’s heart. “Red Barchetta” tells the story of a future when Orwellian safety-obsessed governments have passed “motor laws” banning most forms of recreational driving. The song’s narrator/hero, however, has an uncle who owns a sports car – presumably a two-seat Ferrari “Barchetta” ...

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Cool design dominates at 2013 Detroit Auto Show

There may be coyotes wandering the suburbs, but Detroit is still the Motor City – and as such, its annual Auto Show is the kick-off event of the year for car and truck manufacturers eager to build a buzz and show the world what they’ve been cooking up in their R&D centers around the globe. If you’re a car and truck fan, the Detroit Auto Show is a must-see for two basic reasons; the vehicles that ...

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