Journalists tend to be a cynical lot. We don't take much at face value. So, the first time I heard the term "integrated drivetrain," 15 years ago, or so, I thought it was just pretty slick marketing designed to get fleets to spec proprietary OEM components throughout a new truck.
A lot has happened in the past 15 years. I'll spare you a full list, but two developments stand out: unprecedented government emissions and fuel economy regulations, and an exponential leap in computing power in ever-smaller control modules....More