Jump to content

Mack Unveils 4x2 Granite


Recommended Posts

Transport Topics / March 6, 2013

(INDIANAPOLIS) Mack Trucks introduced a 4x2 version of its Granite MHD (medium heavy duty) vocational truck here March 6 during the NTEA Work Truck Show.

The truck is being offered exclusively with the Cummins ISL9 engine and a choice of an Allison 3000 automatic or Fuller manual transmission, said Curtis Dorwart, vocational product marketing manager, during an exclusive interview with Light & Medium Truck.

Dorwart said the truck is tailored to small contractors, municipalities and utilities, among others, that need a Class 7 application. However, it can also be spec’d for Class 8 duty, he said.

A short bumper-to-tire distance offers optimal front-end swing clearance and wheel cut, Mack said. The galvanized steel cab is mounted on airbags and shocks, while frame rails are offered in thicknesses ranging from 7 mm to 11.1 mm, Mack said

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The Granite-based MHD (medium heavy duty) is a pathetic attempt by Volvo North America to compete with the Freightliner Business Class M2 106/112 and the International WorkStar.

If you want to compete in the municipal segment with a low-priced heavy truck, you need a purpose-designed product like the mid-range Freightliner Business Class M2 106/112 and the International WorkStar (I'm not a big fan of either product but the cities buy them).

By taking the Granite and installing a low-priced Cummins ISL, a competitive product has not been realized. And of course, assuming Volvo had wanted to play off the former Mack Trucks' legendary reputation in the vocational sector*, putting any powerplant other than a Mack-branded product in this truck is nothing less than shooting yourself in the foot.

* WIth Volvo VHD vocational truck sales already embarrassingly low, who would buy a medium VHD with a Cummins ISL?

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Mack has never really succeeded in the smaller class market.Like 2stack said,the R-400 was just an attempt to get people into a MACK,without the famous ,time tested,MACK powertrain.They did the same in recent years with the RD-series,using the Renault motor,the E-5. I somewhat understand the reason for "cheapening" the engine/powertrain MACK,just leave that to the other guys, and dominate the areas you once held so dear! .............................Al Rhino,.........................Good Day!

  • Like 1


Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
  • Create New...