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The new Mack An­them has been launched for the North Amer­i­can mar­ket, how­ever Mack Trucks Aus­tralia says it’s com­mit­ted to bring­ing the An­them to Aus­tralia and New Zealand for a range of ap­pli­ca­tions.

“It’s a re­ally ex­cit­ing time for Mack Trucks,” vice pres­i­dent of Mack Trucks Aus­tralia Dean Best­wick says. “Mack has been go­ing from strength to strength, both lo­cally and glob­ally, and the Mack An­them is an in­sight into the future di­rec­tion for Mack Trucks; and what a great­look­ing future that is!

“What’s par­tic­u­larly ex­cit­ing is the in­clu­sion of a fully in­te­grated stand-up sleeper on the Mack An­them and its huge po­ten­tial in the Aus­tralian and New Zealand mar­kets.

“While the North Amer­i­can Mack An­them is pri­mar­ily a se­ri­ous on-high­way truck, we feel there would cer­tainly be a de­mand down un­der for a rigid ver­sion in vo­ca­tional ap­pli­ca­tions.

“Like all global re­leases, we will not launch a prod­uct lo­cally un­til we’ve ex­ten­sively val­i­dated it in the unique and chal­leng­ing con­di­tions of the Aus­tralian and New Zealand mar­kets.”

The de­vel­op­ment of the new Mack in­volved con­sul­ta­tion with truck driv­ers to en­sure the fi­nal prod­uct is a truck built for the end user.

“Mack went to un­prece­dented lengths to get driver in­put dur­ing the de­vel­op­ment of the Mack An­them, and the re­sult is un­like any­thing on the road to­day,” Best­wick says. “The engi­neers and de­sign­ers at Mack have done an amaz­ing job re­tain­ing the iconic bold and chis­elled looks whilst im­prov­ing aero­dy­namic prop­er­ties re­sult­ing in in­creased fuel econ­omy.”

Pow­er­train op­tions will con­sist of the 2017 MP se­ries of en­gines mated to the mDRIVE au­to­mated man­ual trans­mis­sions, with Mack axles.

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