Mack unveils new highway, construction trucks

Using its World Sales Conference in Las Vegas as a venue, Mack Trucks, Inc. unveiled a complete new range of vehicles designed to meet the demands of both highway and construction customers.

Key elements of the new Mack product offering for 2006 include a new flagship for its highway lineup - a premium tractor called Pinnacle - as well as new models of the company's highly successful Granite and Granite Axle Back construction vehicles.

Each of the new models offers customers state-of-the-art advancements in engine technology, the driver environment, and electronics.

"This is truly the start of a new era for Mack," said Paul Vikner, Mack president and CEO. "The new products that we're debuting today directly respond to our customers' requirements, and represent the combining of our heritage of reliability and durability with the latest in breakthrough technology."

The new Pinnacle highway truck is being offered in a 116'' bumper-to-back-of-cab day cab configuration, as well as 48" and 56" flat-top, 60" and 70" mid-rise, and 70" high-rise sleepers - all built on Mack's Advantage highway chassis. Both the new Granite and Granite Axle Back models feature a 116" BBC dimension, and are built on the Mack Cornerstone vocational chassis. Both of the new product lines have been designed around the new MackPower engine also introduced at the Las Vegas conference.

Key to the advantages of the new models are entirely new driver environments, created after comprehensive research of customer preferences and ergonomics - including definition of the optimum driving position for operators of Mack vehicles.

Featured in the initial offerings of both the Pinnacle and new Granite models is Mack's new MP7 engine - the first in a new family of Mack engines designed with the power, torque, and durability that customers have come to expect from the trucking industry's long-time leader in integrated powertrains.

"The MP engine family is the future of Mack powertrain technology," said Steve Homcha, Mack executive vice president of Class 8 programs. "The combination of reliability and technological advancements in these engines deliver the power, performance and profitability our customers demand."

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