Mack enhances vocational lineup

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Mack Trucks Inc. introduced a series of enhancements to its Granite conventional straight trucks and the heavy-haul Titan by Mack model. The announcements were made at the 2011 ConExpo-Con/Agg show in Las Vegas.

Mack debuted a medium-heavy-duty version of its Granite model, the Granite Medium-Heavy Duty (MHD), designed to meet the needs of customers such as municipalities and other operations for whom a lighter spec is preferred.

“In the current economic environment, companies are taking an even harder look at how much truck they truly need,” says 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 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 2010-certified engine and is offered with an Eaton manual or Allison automatic transmission.

Mack also announced that both its Granite Axle Forward and Granite Axle Back models now can be ordered with a 36-inch flat-top sleeper equipped with a 30-by-80-inch 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 says. “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. 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.