MACK TRUCK news * USA: New powertrain -- ** Australia - MACKS' RECALL
* Pennsylvania / USA - Mack launches 2017 powertrain lineup
--- Mack Trucks rolled out its 2017 lineup here, featuring four in-house engines designed to meet federal greenhouse-gas emissions standards for trucks that tighten on Jan. 1. At a Sept. 1 ride-and-drive event for reporters and editors, Mack executives let participants drive trucks powered by the new engines over the closed courses at the original equipment manufacturer’s customer center and historical museum. The powertrain update is driven by the second half of Phase 1 on GHG emissions from trucks and requires a 3% improvement from diesel engines, in terms of fuel efficiency getting higher and carbon dioxide output getting lower. Mack engineers, though, are looking beyond just the engines and stressing the benefits of an integrated powertrain — engine, transmission and drive axles — all designed and manufactured in-house as a single complex system...
(Photo by Gary Kicinski: A statue of a Mack bulldog guards the Mack Customer Center and is flanked by a Pinnacle highway tractor) -- Allentown, PA, USA - Transport Topics, by Jonathan S. Reiskin - Sep 2 2016
* Queensland / Australia - Nearly 7,000 Macks recalled over brake issue
--- A precautionary recall by Volvo Group Australia (VGA) has been issued for 6,909 Mack trucks due to a split pin vulnerability that can result in brake pedal malfunction... According to VGA, there has only been one instance of a brake pedal malfunction, and the driver safely stopped the vehicle without any injuries or damage to property... VGA says Mack Trucks Australia's internal safety and quality processes identified a potential issue involving the split pin used to retain the brake pedal clevis pin, and should the split pin be compromised, there is a small chance the clevis pin may come loose and the brake pedal may fall to the floor... The manufacturer says it is fully committed to safety and continual product enhancements, prompting the precautionary recall...
(Photo by David Meredith - VGA has recalled nearly 7,000 trucks as a precautionary measure, following a brake component vulnerability) -- Brisbane, QLD, Australia - Big Rigs, by Cobey Bartels - 6th Sep 2016