Mack has used the annual VGA media conference to announce a new, bigger sleeper cab In response to customer feedback introducing a giant 60 inch sleeper.

“We know that sleeper size is a big issue for long haul drivers,” said Dean Bestwick, vice president of Mack Trucks Australia, “and we’re responding to their requirement for a bigger sleeper. This will provide higher levels of driver comfort and it’s available for order now.”

The Mack safety pack available 2017

“The safety of drivers and road users is also a high priority for Mack customers and we’ve responded to their requests for more safety features with a new complete package that will be available in 2017,” said Bestwick,

The Mack safety pack includes, Lane departure warning, coming/following distance alerts, lane change assist alerts, stationary vehicle braking, over speed alert and action and adaptive cruise control.

In 2016 Mack is focusing on consolidating and expanding its position in the line haul and local distribution sectors according to Bestwick

“The Granite is proving to be a huge success as an all rounder for local and intrastate distribution and the SuperLiner is owning the conventional truck line haul segment,” said Dean.

He cited Mack operators, such as S&G Transport, which is apparently reaping the benefits of the combination of the fuel efficient MP series engines and the mDRIVE automated manual transmission.

S&G managing director, Glen Rollinson, said, “The Macks give us the fuel economy we are after. We’re getting up to 1.9 km/litre on B-doubles and 2 -2.5km/litre on single trailers. There’s no question the Macks have made a big difference.”

“The Mack Total Offer is at the heart of these models’ success, giving transport operators the complete package to support their business,” said Bestwick.

“These include Mack Telematics, Optimised Service Plans which allow operators to know all servicing costs upfront, Action Service for uptime support and Driver Development for improve safety and fuel efficiency through better driving skills.

“It also includes the fact that we have the largest dealer network in Australia and New Zealand by providing support wherever it’s needed

Bestwick also announced Mack is putting its weight behind the Livestock and Rural Transport Association of

Queensland, sponsoring the annual Bull Carter’s Ball at the Qantas Founder’s Museum in Longreach and is continuing its associations with Nissan Motorsport’s V8 Supercars team and Disney through the ‘Cars Truck’ activities.

Mack finished 2015 with 9.3 per cent market share and claims its customers enjoyed big improvements in fuel economy through the combination of its MP8/10 engines and mDRIVE automated manual transmission.