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Heavy Duty Trucking / June 2, 2015

Mack Trucks introduced the Mack LR low-entry cabover refuse model (at WasteExpo 2015) designed for enhanced maneuverability, increased driver comfort and better visibility.

The Mack LR model is available in three-axle 6x4 configurations and can be powered by diesel or natural gas. An 11-liter Mack MP7 diesel engine is standard, delivering 325-245 horsepower and 1,200 to 1,280 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is routed through an Allison RDS five-speed or six-speed automatic transmission. A Cummins Westport ISL G natural gas engine is optional.

“The Mack LR model is the latest example of our commitment to application excellence,” said Stephen Roy, president of Mack Trucks North America. “By incorporating customer feedback into the LR design, we’ve built a safer, more comfortable work environment for drivers, boosting productivity and driver retention.”

The LR’s cab features a driver centric environment including tilt and telescopic steering columns, power windows and power door locks, memory mirrors, in-dash air conditioning, standard in-cab LED lighting and an instrument cluster with color LCD display. The interior also features column-mounted main gauge pods for right-hand and left-hand driving positions for better gauge visibility and ergonomics.

The cab has centrally mounted radio and HVAC controls, accessible form both driving positions. For better outer visibility, the rear-cab windows wrap around the rear cab corners and for easier driver ingress and egress, the LR features large cab doors.

The LR also offers center storage for lunch coolers, drinks, food and entertainment devices and an additional rear-wall unit offers two more levels of storage.

Designed with body builders in mind, the Mack LR offers additional access points and mounting locations for wiring, controls and joysticks. Mack’s body builder support group is available to simplify the process and ensure better communication with body builders, dealers and customers.

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Truck News / June 2, 2015

At WasteExpo 2015, Mack Trucks introduced the new Mack LR low-entry cabover refuse model.

The new model was designed to meet the challenges of refuse customers who require enhanced maneuverability, increased driver comfort and improved visibility.

Mack says the truck was built with input from customers, and is available in three-axle 6×4 configurations and can be powered by diesel or natural gas.

“The Mack LR model is the latest example of our commitment to application excellence,” said Stephen Roy, president of Mack Trucks North America. “At Mack, we work hard to understand our customers’ needs and build durable, dependable trucks that get the job done. By incorporating customer feedback into the LR design, we’ve built a safer, more comfortable work environment for drivers, boosting productivity and driver retention.”

The LR model was also build with body builders in mind, offering many access points and mounting locations for wiring, controls and joysticks.

Inside the cab, there are tilt and telescopic steering columns, power windows and power door locks, memory mirrors, in-dash air-conditioning, standard in-cab LED lighting and an instrument cluster with color LCD display. The rear cab windows now wrap around the rear cab corners, improving driver visibility. It also offers centre storage for lunch coolers, two-liter bottles, beverage cups, cell phones and MP3 players.

The 11-liter Mack MP7 diesel engine comes standard in the LR model, delivering 325 to 345 horsepower and 1,200 to 1,280 lb.-ft. of torque. The Cummins Westport ISL G natural gas engine is optional. It is also equipped with an Allison RDS five-speed or six-speed automatic transmission.

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Mack previews new LR refuse truck

Fleet Equipment / April 29, 2014

Mack previewed the new Mack LR series of low-entry cabover refuse trucks designed with the driver, customer and demands of the rigorous job in mind. Initially available in three-axle 6×4 configurations and powered either by diesel or natural gas, the Mack LR series will be available in 2015.

Mack captured customer input during the design and engineering phases of the new LR series and utilized the feedback to highlight the characteristics core to a refuse truck – outstanding driver comfort, efficient operation and exceptional visibility and safety.

“The new cab will be configured to improve driver comfort and productivity, while also maintaining the excellent maneuverability identified with Mack refuse models,” said Stephen Roy, president, Mack Trucks North American Sales and Marketing.

Designed with body builders in mind, the LR offers additional access points and mounting locations for wiring, controls, and joysticks.

The LR series cab’s enhanced driver environment will include tilt and telescopic steering, power windows and door locks, memory mirrors, in-dash air-conditioning, standard in-cab LED lighting and an instrument cluster with color LCD display. Steering column-mounted main gauge pods for both the right-hand and left-hand driving positions will enhance driver visibility and improve ergonomics. Centrally mounted radio and HVAC controls, accessible from both driving positions, will further contribute to a comfortable, driver-focused cab environment.

Initially available in three-axle 6×4 configurations and powered either by diesel or natural gas, the Mack LR series will be available in 2015.

The LR series cab also will feature center storage for lunch coolers, two-liter bottles, beverage cups, mobile phones and MP3 players. A rear-wall unit offers two additional levels of storage. The large cab doors will make driver ingress and egress easier.

The Mack LR model will be spec’d with a Mack MP7 11-liter diesel engine with 325 to 345 horsepower and torque ratings from 1,200 to 1,280 lb.-ft. The Cummins Westport ISL G natural gas engine will also be option. All LR models are will be equipped with an Allison RDS five-speed or six-speed automatic transmission.

The LR series will be available with left-hand drive, right-hand drive, dual-drive and left-hand drive/right-hand stand-up drive configurations.

“Refuse vehicle customers and their drivers want a comfortable, safe work environment, great visibility and controls where they need them,” said Curtis Dorwart, Mack refuse product marketing manager. “All of these elements were taken into consideration and incorporated into the design of the new Mack LR series.”

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The LE was introduced by the former Allentown-based Mack Trucks in 1994. Thus the LE was just 6 years sold when Sweden's Volvo acquired Mack in 2000. It's shocking that Volvo allowed this product to age 21 years before finally giving it an upgrade.

LR product page: http://www.macktrucks.com/trucks/lr-series/

LR brochure (Volvo-like, ie. without specs): http://www.macktrucks.com/~/media/files/brochures/mack%20lr%20brochure.ashx?as=1

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They upgraded the design in 2008 but shelved it just before they closed the test center. I saw the mock up there on a visit right beside the Titan mock up with a Freightliner air cleaner oon one side and today's air cleaner on the other. I was told the plan was to shelve the upgrade of the LE due to the down turn in the economy at the time. It was really neat to get to tour the test center months before they closed it. I'm surprised it took this long to see the light of day.

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I was wondering when this thing would finally come out. They did a test run on the assembly line when I was there last summer and they said production was supposed to start around February. Something must have gotten delayed.

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