the gold bulldog on the bonnet

The Gold Bulldog on the Bonnet

This truck on test is set up exactly as a Mack enthusiast would want it, with the gold bulldog on the bonnet (in this instance, replaced with a black dog to go with the paint job) and this denotes the full Mack proprietary driveline.  Read more

looking for the high power option

Looking for the High Power Option

The Mack Superliner has become a popular model in the conventional heavy prime mover market, finding favour with operators looking for the high power option of the 685hp MP10, driving through the M-Drive AMT. The model combines the stability advantages of a traditional conventional with a state-of-the-art transmission capable of handling the heavy stuff. Read more

the iconic Mack Superliner

The Iconic Mack Superliner

There are two parts of the Anthem system which have been introduced with the latest iteration of the iconic Mack Superliner. One is the 36inch sleeper and the other is the electronic architecture in the truck and resulting change evident on the dash board and truck interior. Read more

more sophisticated electronic architecture in the Anthem

More Sophisticated Electronic Architecture in the Anthem

This road test of the latest Superliner from Mack looks at the more sophisticated electronic architecture in the Anthem, which comes as part of the package. There is not just the new Mack Anthem model itself, but it is also modernising the rest of the Mack offering in Australia. Read more

‘Mack in Black’ on a road test

‘Mack in Black’ on a Road Test

The latest Mack range includes the enhanced Superliner, and PowerTorque takes the ‘Mack in Black’ on a road test in the Western Queensland outback. The new latest design is utilising the more advanced Anthem electronic architecture and is also offered with a sleeper cab developed from the Anthem cabin design system. Read more

Mack in black

Mack in Black

Spotted last week by PowerTorque on its way to the Mount Isa Rodeo was this Mack in black, which is part of a sponsorship deal between the truck maker and Driza-bone. This week PowerTorque got the opportunity to test drive the stunning truck in stunning Western Queensland to see how the truck performs in its natural environment. Read more

major steps forwards for Volvo Group Australia

Major Steps Forwards for Volvo Group Australia

This year has seen the introduction of the new Euro 6 range from Volvo and the release of the Mack Anthem for the first time, both of which are major steps forwards for Volvo Group Australia.

The first appearance of the Mack Anthem model in Australia has been some time coming, but it is here now and on the road. The Anthem model itself will be replacing the Granite model, but also represents an upgrade for the larger Trident and Superliner models, integrating the Anthem systems and design into a much-upgraded pair of models.

major steps forwards for Volvo Group Australia

“We will continue to invest in the Mack offering to ensure we remain competitive with our product, safety technology and emission standards,” says Martin Merrick, VGA President and CEO. “To make this happen, I presented a compelling business case to our colleagues in North America, and Mack Trucks International has committed to invest $100 million in the Mack range over the next three years, and that’s on top of what we have today.

“In addition to developing our hard product offering we will continue to develop our Mack Total Solutions offering, such as Mack Financial Services, service agreements and connected services to improve total cost of ownership for our customers. Our goal is to improve maximum uptime for our customers through advanced solutions.

“Volvo Group has over one million connected assets globally. Mack’s uptime and productivity solutions combine intelligent software, driver assisted truck technologies and more to help our customers keep their trucks and businesses moving forward. In Australia, this technology is backed up by a network second to none with over 130 service points and over 1,000 highly trained technicians.”

Mack has partnered with the Bendix in its latest offering of the Mack Anthem and the Anthem-based evolutionary update of the other Mack models fitting the Bendix Wingman safety system as standard. The safety suite includes the ECE R29 certified cabin and integrated FUPS, Road Stability Advantage, Blindspotter, as well as the aforementioned and fully integrated Wingman Fusion system. 

All of the cabin interiors have been fully updated in the Anthem style including the flat-bottomed steering wheel, which does not have a driver’s airbag as an add-on to the other state-of-the-art safety systems. Predictive cruise control is also included in the new offering. 

“Safety is our number one priority,” says Martin, when asked about not fitting airbags. “We are on a journey to ensure we have zero accidents. We are focusing now on preventing collisions. Of course, I would say that airbag will come, but we are on that journey. We have the $100 million development funds, all I can say is, watch this space.”

major steps forwards for Volvo Group Australia

Euro 6 Volvo Introduced

This year has seen the introduction of the new Euro 6 range from Volvo. The biggest change has been the introduction of a new cabin for the FM truck range, updating the design to match the FH cabin, introduced some years ago. This means the windows are larger and the A pillars are thinner, aiding visibility.

The FH range has been upgraded using the current cab design, including the XXL sleeper, as well. There is a new digital dashboard and upgraded electronics all round. The new models have enhanced safety features and adaptive cruise control, developing beyond the systems on the previous models. 

“Volvo Group globally will continue to invest in more climate friendly solutions,” says Gary Bone, Vice President Volvo Truck Sales. “We will, of course, benefit from that investment here in Australia. In Europe this year, Volvo Trucks will open the order books to a complete heavy range with electric drivelines and volume production will start in 2022. While diesel will continue to play a continuing role in the Australian truck market and we will be turning every stone to improve fuel efficiency, we are also exploring and investing in alternative fuels and electro-mobility.

“Our primary task is to ease the transition to electrified vehicle by offering holistic solutions that include route planning, correctly specified vehicles, making sure we have an effective charging infrastructure, plus financing and services to go along with this amazing new product.”

major steps forwards for Volvo Group Australia

major steps forwards for Volvo Group Australia

driving Volvo Group into the future

Driving Volvo Group Into the Future

Juggling three divergent truck brands and getting them through the pandemic was the task last year and this year has not been easy for an organisation driving Volvo Group into the future. Tim Giles speaks to the leadership team about the challenges and forward plans. Read more

new Mack boss announced

New Mack Boss Announced

The reshuffle at the top of the Volvo organisation in Australia sees a new Mack boss announced this week. The new Vice President, Mack Trucks Australia is to be Tom Chapman who has been with Volvo Group Australia since 2015.

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