Truck sales growth of late has been in construction, regional haul, and some ‘micro-segments’ like refuse, according to Mack, but now the OEM believes long-haul will return to its "rightful place" in terms of truck sales market share over the next couple of years.
The OEM showcased six Anthem models at the NACV show, including a day cab, 48-in. flat top sleeper and 70-in. “stand-up” sleeper models. Also on display were Granite and Pinnacle models, which have also been updated with new ergonomic interiors for all-day comfort, with the Pinnacle also gaining the new sleeper configurations being introduced with the new Anthem.
Cutaway cabs were on display at Mack's booth to highlight some of the new interior features being offered by the OEM. They include a new driver environment featuring automotive-inspired controls in the instrument panel, digitally displayed analog gauges, and 5.5-in. color Copilot display plus a flat-bottom steering wheel designed for solid grip and easier entry and exit.
Mack also announced that Bendix Wingman Fusion, a camera- and radar-based driver assistance solution, comes standard on all of its new Anthem models: a system that provides collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning.
Two trim packages, "Bold Black" and "Mirror Chrome Bright," incorporated into the grille, bumper, headlamp and fog lamp bezels, and air intakes while a three-piece bumper designed for improved serviceability and lower repair costs in case of damage.
Improved aerodynamics that provide up to a 3% fuel efficiency gain with the 70-in. stand-up sleeper model and 1.5% gain with the day cab model in addition to 2017 powertrain fuel efficiency
A new three-piece hood that can be replaced in sections if damaged, features an automotive-style release latch in the grille, and requires 50% less effort to tilt open. Aerodynamic hood mirrors that reduce drag, deliver an improved field of view/reduced blind spots, and fold away on impact.
All eight Mack models on display also come standard with GuardDog Connect, a telematics package, and the company’s ClearTech One “single-box” exhaust aftertreatment unit that combines the diesel particulate filter (DPF) and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system into one package.
Mack's new 70-in. stand-up model allows driver to stand up next to driver's seat and walk into sleeper, which provides 35% more space, with Improved accommodation for driver's gear with up to 27 cu. ft. of space in the 70-in. sleeper model, with more work surfaces, wardrobes and shelving. All-LED interior lighting, including "ambient," "task" and "background" lights, the OEM said.