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Take rates of Mack AMT soaring


Mack’s automated manual transmission (AMT) mDRIVE continues recently exceeded 70 percent penetration in Mack Pinnacle axle back models and is also now the dominant transmission choice in Pinnacle axle forward models for the first time.

The milestones come just one year after Mack announced the mDRIVE as standard equipment on all Pinnacle models.

“The incredible growth for mDRIVE is a testament not only to the tremendous performance benefits it brings, but validation for Mack’s commitment to powertrain integration,” says Stephen Roy, president of Mack Trucks North America.

The mDRIVE continuously monitors several driving variables and automatically selects the best gear for conditions to maximize driver productivity, vehicle performance and fuel efficiency through its sophisticated software.

Drivers control the transmission through a dash-mounted shift pad that includes a display to indicate the current gear. Mack’s Co-Pilot driver display, located in the center of the gauge cluster, is also integrated with the transmission and displays its status, including the number of upshifts or downshifts available, the current gear and the current operating mode.

In February 2015, Mack introduced the mDRIVE HD, a heavy-duty version of the mDRIVE for heavy haul and vocational applications. Featuring reinforced internal components and revised software, mDRIVE HD is built to handle tough loads and rough terrain. The mDRIVE HD is standard on MackGranite and Titan by Mack models.

Stu Russoli, Mack highway and powertrain products marketing manager, says full production of the mDRIVE HD began in May, and the company is already seeing “tremendous” customer response.

Source: Cannon, Jason. “Take rates of Mack AMT soaring.”  Successful Dealer, 27 Oct. 2015. Web. 29 Oct. 2015

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