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Mack Introduces Enhancements to Vocational Truck Lineup

Fri July 22, 2011 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Mack Trucks Inc. has introduced a series of enhancements to its MackGranite conventional straight trucks and the heavy-haul Titan by Mack model.

The Granite medium-heavy duty (MHD) is designed to meet the needs of customers, like some municipalities, who don’t put their trucks through all the rigors Granite models can handle — customers for whom a lighter spec gets the job done.

“In the current economic environment, companies are taking an even harder look at how much truck they truly need,” said Curtis Dorwart, Mack vocational products marketing manager. “Our new Granite medium-heavy duty delivers just the right amount of Mack’s legendary strength, durability and reliability, along with valuable weight and cost savings.”

The Granite MHD is available in both axle-forward and axle-back configurations, is powered by a Cummins ISL9 EPA 2010-certified engine and is offered with an Eaton manual or Allison automatic transmission.

Both Mack’s Granite axle- forward and Granite axle- back models can now be ordered with a 36-in. flat-top sleeper equipped with a 30 by 80-in. mattress, curtain, bunk restraint, under bunk storage and cup holder — as well as rear and side window options.

“We’ve seen a considerable increase in the number of vocational customers expanding their operations beyond regional sites,” Dorwart said. “The new Mack Granite sleeper is ideal for customers in any market working to meet the federal hours-of-service requirements.”

Further enhancements to the Mack Granite series include a new headliner console, optional one-piece windshield, and updated Champion Level trim package with button-tuck vinyl and ultraleather seats that delivers the comfort and styling drivers desire at no extra charge over its predecessor. The new Champion Level trim package and one-piece windshield also are available in the Titan by Mack model. A cab-mounted exhaust option available in all Granite models and a clear back-of-cab assist Mack body builder partners.

Customers also now have a new Allison automatic transmission option — the 3000 series — for the Granite model.

“In recent years, the trucking industry has been hit hard by the worst recession since the Great Depression, but Mack never stopped investing and innovating — it’s what our customers expect,” said Kevin Flaherty, Mack senior vice president, United States and Canada.

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