LAS VEGAS — Mack Trucks has introduced Mack mDRIVE rolling start and auto neutral, two new features the OEM said are designed to improve the jobsite performance and safety of trucks equipped with Mack’s mDRIVE and mDRIVE HD automated manual transmissions.
Both features are standard on all Mack mDRIVE and mDRIVE HD transmissions.
Mack made the announcement at World of Concrete 2017 in Las Vegas, although the new features are on all mDRIVE and mDRIVER HD, including those on over-the-road Class 8 trucks.
“Mack’s mDRIVE transmissions serve a wide range of customers,” said Tim Wrinkle, Mack construction product manager. “Now updated with rolling start and auto neutral, mDRIVE transmissions are even better suited to those tasks.”
Wrinkle said Mack mDRIVE rolling start allows drivers to shift the transmission into drive without pressing the truck’s service brakes.
This eliminates the possibility of creating a bump in the paving surface, which is a critical benefit for paving applications, he said.
Engineered to work exclusively with Mack’s MP series engines, mDRIVE and mDRIVE HD automated manual transmissions are a key component of the Mack integrated powertrain, boosting efficiency, productivity and performance, Wrinkle said.
“Thanks to the performance, productivity and fuel efficiency benefits mDRIVE transmissions deliver, customers are increasingly choosing them for their applications,” Wrinkle said. “In fact, mDRIVE transmissions are now the most popular choice in a Mack.”
In 2016, mDRIVE transmissions were spec’d in a record percentage of Mack models, making mDRIVE the most dominant transmission across Mack’s complete lineup of heavy-duty trucks for the first time ever.
Mack mDRIVE and mDRIVE HD penetration reached record levels in Mack Pinnacle Axle Back and Mack Granite models sold in the U.S. and Canada, with 80 percent and 20 percent penetration respectively.
With the new low-ratio creeper gears and these new features added, Mack is on track to double mDRIVE HD penetration in Granite models in 2017, the company said in a news release..
Originally introduced in 2010 for highway applications, the Mack mDRIVE transmission transformed trucking by eliminating traditional shifting, Wrinkle said.
With no clutch pedal or shift lever to work, drivers can remain focused on the road ahead. mDRIVE transmissions monitor multiple driving variables through sophisticated software to deliver smooth shifts and automatically select the best gear for conditions, he added.
Mack made mDRIVE standard in Pinnacle models in 2014.
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