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No it's not. Volvo has pushed Mack to lose its edge in everything from styling to low operation costs.  But you know that already....

How is the new Pete doing?

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1 hour ago, storkmack said:

The Anthem is not the whole problem......

Was estimating a seawall job in Chesapeake last spring and stopped at Tidewater Mack. Looked at an Anthem and asked the salesman if I ordered one, whats the lead time for delivery. Straight faced told me 6 to 10 months or longer, Volvo has supply issues and really could give a crap if they sell or not. Heard the same thing from Excel in Roanoake and Gabrielli in N.Y. 

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13 hours ago, 41chevy said:

Was estimating a seawall job in Chesapeake last spring and stopped at Tidewater Mack. Looked at an Anthem and asked the salesman if I ordered one, whats the lead time for delivery. Straight faced told me 6 to 10 months or longer, Volvo has supply issues and really could give a crap if they sell or not. Heard the same thing from Excel in Roanoake and Gabrielli in N.Y. 

This topic depresses me.....

The Volvo order delay is just as long.the only way to get a line spot quicker from Volvo is to order a VNL with a Cummins.

Engine production from Hagerstown has apparently effected both truck lines. 

I learned something about the "float" as I believe they call it when they have built trucks on the plant property but are missing parts because of supply issues as the truck travels down the production line. Apparently, this "float" hasn't been as high as it is now in years.... from what I was told. 

At our dealer, I see the new Volvo VN out selling the Anthem at a ratio of over 50 to 1.  I was really hoping to see Mack have a cab/bunk layout that would be comparable to the VN with the Anthems introduction. Huge disappointment. It's obvious they got very little input from competitive brand truck owners when it comes to the bunk space alone.

Most Anthems I've seen going out from both our dealers and others are return customers of the Pinnacles. Unless you are a hard core Mack guy, walking into a dealer and having both VN and AN models available, I could see why more customers opt for the larger interior and higher resale of the VN. They did a really good job on the Volvo VN update.

For the record, I'd still buy an Anthem over the VN.    Just dont ask me to justify why....its hard to explain to others that when you feel let down by your "corporate family" somehow they still deserve your trust and loyalty. 

It's a fact...Mack guys are just wired differently.

 

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In my business, the only two suppliers of our material in the US have moved their delivers from 4-6 wks to 20+ wks.   Hard to get a job done in a reasonable amount of time if you can't get materials.  It boils down to steel production.  They can't get tubing, they can't make their product, we can't do our job=customer is screwed.  We end up doing a bit of "hack and weld" to get the customer back up and running until we can get new material. 

Used to be four suppliers, but one of them bought the other two. 

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I'm not crazy about the anthem but I gotta admit they r selling here. Our local dealer has at least 50 out already. 

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20 hours ago, Lmackattack said:

No it's not. Volvo has pushed Mack to lose its edge in everything from styling to low operation costs.  But you know that already....

How is the new Pete doing?

its at the paint shop for its stripes.   

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saw s&h, also ALWAYS mack trucks, between the s&h, s&s, and united leasing fleets, with a green KW. Not good

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9 hours ago, Freightrain said:

In my business, the only two suppliers of our material in the US have moved their delivers from 4-6 wks to 20+ wks.   Hard to get a job done in a reasonable amount of time if you can't get materials.  It boils down to steel production.  They can't get tubing, they can't make their product, we can't do our job=customer is screwed.  We end up doing a bit of "hack and weld" to get the customer back up and running until we can get new material. 

Used to be four suppliers, but one of them bought the other two. 

 

Larry it goes beyond steel production goes to wiring/ electronic supplies, trim and glass suppliers, general lethargy in the top management and last Multi Brand dealers whose slaes people push the unit with the quickest and highest sales commission. I was actually thinking at the time of making my Marmon a show toy and replacing it with a new Anthem...stupid me for being brand loyal.

 

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9 hours ago, Maxidyne said:

As a Cummins shareholder, I wonder why Volvo isn't offering the Cummins X12 as an option if they can't build enough Volvo engines? Or is Volvo worried that their engines can't compete with the X12?

From what I've found Volvo engine production is fine, it's them supplying them to Mack that is the issue. Every Mack sold apparently upsets the Euro management.  Like they don't seem to grasp that Macks sales also boost their bottom line.

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And they are higher prices now than kenworth or freightliner. I saw yrc and old dominion running new t680’s now. 

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On 7/20/2018 at 10:54 PM, 41chevy said:

From what I've found Volvo engine production is fine, it's them supplying them to Mack that is the issue. Every Mack sold apparently upsets the Euro management.  Like they don't seem to grasp that Macks sales also boost their bottom line.

If you can get a vendor engine powered Volvo truck 6 months faster then an in-house built engine, I would say there is a supply issue.  That's straight from our sales dept. It also shows that customers are much happier ordering the MP/D series engine which also good for business.

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On 7/20/2018 at 12:32 PM, bbigrig said:

This topic depresses me.....

The Volvo order delay is just as long.the only way to get a line spot quicker from Volvo is to order a VNL with a Cummins.

Engine production from Hagerstown has apparently effected both truck lines. 

I learned something about the "float" as I believe they call it when they have built trucks on the plant property but are missing parts because of supply issues as the truck travels down the production line. Apparently, this "float" hasn't been as high as it is now in years.... from what I was told. 

At our dealer, I see the new Volvo VN out selling the Anthem at a ratio of over 50 to 1.  I was really hoping to see Mack have a cab/bunk layout that would be comparable to the VN with the Anthems introduction. Huge disappointment. It's obvious they got very little input from competitive brand truck owners when it comes to the bunk space alone.

Most Anthems I've seen going out from both our dealers and others are return customers of the Pinnacles. Unless you are a hard core Mack guy, walking into a dealer and having both VN and AN models available, I could see why more customers opt for the larger interior and higher resale of the VN. They did a really good job on the Volvo VN update.

For the record, I'd still buy an Anthem over the VN.    Just dont ask me to justify why....its hard to explain to others that when you feel let down by your "corporate family" somehow they still deserve your trust and loyalty. 

It's a fact...Mack guys are just wired differently.

 

I saw a anthem today it's the second one I've seen both looked really good ,the one I saw today was a chief express long haul truck it was red with the 70 inch bunk . I could tell from a long ways off it was a anthem . 

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On 7/22/2018 at 7:01 PM, fjh said:

Yup we will see how it goes thankfully I will retire soon And I  get myself out this frustrating spiral !  in my opinion both our countries Governments  have done a Great  dis service to its peoples long ago!  By NOT limiting Foreign Ownership  of in house companies and ,land acquisition etc   to less than 30 - 40 Percent ,  Controlling interest of  anything inside any country should be that of its people ! Things Are happening now How ever !!!  But   Too little to late! Horse is out of the barn! 

Just an opinion  

FJH, I'm glad I'm not the only one ready to retire out of this madness that is Mack now. Dealing with corporate is getting worse every day. Only thing good is the pay in which I can't complain. 5 more years and I'm out for sure , if I can take it that long. 

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