Mack Presents the Pinnacle of Driver Comfort and Productivity

Mack Trucks recently unveiled interior enhancements, including a single DIN MACK mDRIVE automated manual transmission shifter keypad, to its MACK® Pinnacle™ series in an effort to increase driver comfort and productivity.

Mack Trucks today unveiled a suite of driver-focused enhancements for its MACK® Pinnacle™ highway models designed to improve comfort and productivity.

The new interior enhancements include:

• An optional center storage console, located between the seats in Pinnacle Day Cab models, provides nearly one cubic foot of convenient space for large-item storage. The console includes interior lighting and a 12-volt power supply; 

• Optional ambient red floor lighting, subtle or indirect, for use at night when driving or when stationary. Either the driver’s footwell area or the entire floor can be illuminated;

• A standard ‘dead pedal’ for the driver’s left foot to maximize comfort while driving and to help the driver maintain an ergonomically correct seating position;

• A standard dash-mounted ergonomically designed single DIN MACK® mDRIVE™ automated manual transmission shifter keypad;

• Improved functionality for MACK® PowerLeash+™ Engine Brake controls, standard on all models, enabling the driver to set and maintain a target downhill braking engagement speed, in or out of cruise control. When equipped with mDRIVE, the new MaxBrake function on the transmission’s keypad uses mDRIVE’s downshift strategy to automatically keep the engine in its optimum RPM range for maximum engine braking efficiency;

• A remote in-dash sleeper auxiliary HVAC switch, allowing the driver to pre-warm or pre-cool the sleeper from the driver’s seat while the truck is in operation. This feature is standard for 70-inch and 60-inch sleepers and optional for the 56-inch and 48-inch sleepers; and

• Self-cancelling turn signals, which are standard on trucks and optional on tractors.

“Driver retention is critical, and one way to positively impact that is to improve driver comfort,” said Jerry Warmkessel, Mack highway marketing manager. “A comfortable driver is also a more productive, safer driver. We listened to what our customers told us they wanted in their cabs, and we’re delivering it with this series of interior enhancements that result in a more comfortable, productive cab environment.”

In 2011, Mack introduced other interior enhancements to the Mack Pinnacle series, including an optional one-piece windshield and an updated Grand Touring trim package with button-tuck vinyl and ultraleather seats at no extra charge over the previous trim offering.

New interior enhancements were recently introduced to the MACK® Pinnacle™ series to increase driver comfort and productivity.

Dedicated to quality, reliability, and total customer satisfaction, Mack Trucks, Inc. has provided its customers with innovative transportation solutions for more than a century.  Today, Mack is one of North America’s largest producers of heavy-duty trucks and MACK® trucks are sold and serviced through an extensive distribution network in more than 45 countries.  Mack trucks and diesel engines sold in North America are assembled in the United States.  Mack manufacturing locations are certified to the internationally recognized ISO 9001 standard for quality and ISO 14001 standard for environmental management systems.  Mack is also a proud sponsor of Share the Road, an American Trucking Associations’ public information campaign aimed at enhancing the safety of our nation’s roadways.

Mack Trucks, Inc. is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses and construction equipment, drive systems for marine and industrial applications, aerospace components and services, and is one of the world’s leading producers of heavy-diesel engines (9-16 liter).  The Group also provides complete solutions for financing and service.  The Volvo Group, which employs more than 90,000 people, has production facilities in 19 countries and sells their products in more than 180 markets.  Volvo Group sales for 2010 amounted to $36.7 billion.  The Volvo Group is a publicly-held company headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden.  Volvo Shares are listed on Nasdaq OMX Nordic Exchange and are traded OTC in the U.S.

Source: http://www.macktrucks.com/default.aspx?pageid=8214