Salem, Virginia 2020- Mack is officially back in the medium-duty truck market. They introduced their new MD series of class 6 and 7 trucks during a ceremony at their Roanoke Valley Operations plant. The last time Mack offered a medium-duty truck was nearly 20 years ago, back in 2002.
These medium-duty models share a similar design from OEM’s class 8 model. The new MD series consists of two 4x2 trucks: The Class 6 MD6 with a GVWR of 25,995 lbs, and Class 7 MD7 with a GVWR of 33,000 lbs.
The MD6 can be operated without a CDL (except if hazardous materials are being hauled). Additionally, neither model is subject to Federal Excise.
The new MD series features:
- Cummins B6.7L engine
- 220-330 hp
- 560-660 lb-ft of torque
- 6 speed automatic transmissions
- 103-inch BBC dimension
- 8 wheelbase lengths offered
- Ergonomic wrap around dashboard
- Driver air ride seat
- & more!
Mack has invested 13 million dollars to maintain its 280,000 square foot Roanoke Valley Operations plant in order to meet its production goals for the MD series. This was the perfect location for the project for several reasons. First, Salem is only two hours away from Mack’s headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina. It’s also close to other Mack manufacturers in the Mid-Atlantic region and Interstate 81.
Mack is looking to launch their new product with one big factor in mind: keeping up with advanced technology. This will help meet customers demands and improve their products while adapting to the times.
“Now we feel that our family portrait is complete with class 6 and 7 trucks” said Jonathan Randall, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Mack feels this is the perfect time to reintroduce their medium-duty models since both engineers and dealerships have been asking for them. There is also a large demand for medium-duty trucks right now. The medium-duty market is steady right now, running from 90,00 to 100,00 units per year (US & Canada). This market is showing signs of growth, and with Mack’s deep roots in medium-duty models they should have no problem finding success while meeting their customers’ demands.
Medium duty trucks are typically used for a variety of lighter job duties such as small pickups and deliveries, small dumps and overall lighter hauls. Trucks are placed into classifications based on their gross vehicle weight rating. Medium-duty trucks are in the class 6-7 range. Medium-duty trucks are usually garbage, pickup or beverage trucks just to name a few.