Popular Post kscarbel Posted March 19, 2013 Popular Post Share Posted March 19, 2013 Few Americans realize the massive global presence that Mack Trucks once had. Mack established a name for itself from Western Europe to Iran with the indestructible Mack NR series military 6x4s that were left abroad and converted to civilian use (and were operated for decades).As Mack Trucks ramped up international sales in the 1960s and 1970s, Mack products like the legendary F-model (axle forward) and FM-model (axle back) made a name for themselves all across Europe from the UK, Scandinavia, Germany and Greece to the Middle East, Iran and North Africa.If you consider the European trucks of the time including the Volvo F88/89, Scania 1 series, Mercedes-Benz L and NG series, MAN F8 and Fiat 600 series, it is clear that Mack engineering and reliability (what we once called American truck know-how) were superior to all the European heavy trucks offerings. No other truck could match the durability and fuel efficiency of the Mack truck.Speaking of the Middle East, can you imagine the sight of these Mack F-models coming over the desert horizon where literally, there were no roads? It was indeed under these grueling conditions where owning a Mack truck paid off for the savvy operator.For the Mack brand, the epitome icon of America’s truck industry, to now be nothing more than a brand owned by Sweden’s Volvo, this is a massive and insulting step backwards for the America that we, our fathers and their fathers worked so hard to build.My passion for what the former Mack Trucks represented, and our great country, is not about living in the past. Rather, it concerns the present and the future. The alarming trend of increasing foreign industrial ownership in America should concern us all. Volvo owns Mack (and terminated White and GMC).Daimler owns Freightliner, Western Star, Detroit Diesel and Thomas Built Buses (and terminated Ford/Sterling).Fiat owns ChryslerDo Americans want to cast off our industrial might to the history books and allow foreign companies to dominate our industries? Certainly, their core loyalties lie abroad in their home countries. Inherently so, only Americans have America’s best interest at heart.. 1 9 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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