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July 27, 2020 1:00 PM, EDT

Mack Launches Initial Production of New Medium-Duty Models

Mack Trucks facility in Salem, Va.Workers recently began making the Mack MD Series of medium-duty trucks at the plant in Salem, Va. (Mack Trucks)

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Mack Trucks reported initial production of its MD Series of medium-duty trucks has begun at its Roanoke Valley Operations facility in Salem, Va. Full production of the Mack MD Series is scheduled to begin Sept. 1.

Mack will offer a Class 7 with a gross vehicle weight rating of 33,000 pounds and a Class 6 with a GVWR of 25,995.

The original equipment manufacturer is targeting dry van/refrigerated, stake/flatbed, dump and tank truck vocations. Available in 4 × 2 configurations, the MD6 and MD7 models feature a sharp wheel cut for enhanced maneuverability for tough urban settings. The MD Series cab design features a short bumper-to-back-of-cab measurement of 103 inches. The company matched the look and styling of the Mack Anthem, Mack’s Class 8 highway model, as a basis for the grille and hood design found on the MD Series.

Mack announced in January it had invested $13 million to establish Roanoke Valley Operations to produce the Mack MD7 and the Mack MD6. The Greensboro, N.C.-based company, a unit of Volvo Group, noted both models are exempt from the 12% federal excise tax, which is collected on the first sale of a new truck 33,000 pounds and over. — Transport Topics

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