Mack has announced that it has selected Allison’s 2000 Series as the standard transmission for its new medium duty MD trucks in the USA. Mack says it has targeted the new MD at  dry van/reefer, stake/flatbed, dump and tanker applications.

“Mack’s decision to equip their new MD truck with the Allison 2500 helps Mack meet customer demand for a durable, dependable medium-duty truck,” said Allison Transmission’s vice president of OEM sales  for North AmericaRohan Barua,

“These trucks are versatile and we appreciate Mack’s confidence in Allison as the 2500 delivers in both fuel efficiency and superior performance for a variety of applications.”

The 2500 Highway Series will be the standard transmission, and a 2500 Rugged Duty Series will be available for applications requiring a power take-off (PTO).

Mack gave the new MD its first public outing at the recent NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis showing the Class 6 MD6 model, with a GVM of 11.7 tonnes and the MD7, a Class 7 model, with a 15 tonne GVM. Mack says the new trucks go into production at its Roanoke Valley manufacturing facility in, Virginia in July this year. While there is no indication that the Mack MD will come down under, Mack Australia spokesperson, Matt Wood, told T&B News that the Volvo Group does not comment on future product plans,  they will “watch with interest and admire the new medium duty Mack from afar”.

“Mack and Allison have a decades-long partnership of combining two industry-leading brands,” said Barua. “We are proud of our history with this customer and our market-leading presence in the medium-duty market.”

“Now that we have a full lineup of Class 6 to Class 8 vehicles, customers desiring Mack’s distinctive durability and reliability have an option for lighter GVM configurations, with the MD Series further expanding the solutions available to our customers,” said Jonathan Randall, Mack Trucks’ senior vice president of North America sales and marketing.