LOUISVILLE, Ky. — At the 2011 Mid-America Trucking Show Thursday, Kevin Flaherty, Mack senior vice president, U.S. and Canada, said that despite ongoing weakness in the construction sector, the company is well-positioned for success.
“I’m proud to say that despite there being almost no Class 8 construction truck market last year, we managed to maintain our overall North American market share, actually grow our U.S. share, and preserve or expand our leadership positions in the segments of the market that are core to Mack,” Flaherty said. “The diversity of our business and our wide range of products, both highway and vocational, allows us to better weather storms in a particular segment, like the one we’re experiencing now in construction.”
Flaherty said that Mack expects a Class 8 North American market this year in the range of 220,000 trucks, driven primarily by replacement demand and the average age of the existing U.S. fleet, which at eight years is the oldest since deregulation.
While demand for vocational vehicles remains low, the company is encouraged by a number of factors, Flaherty said, noting the continued investment in Mack’s product range.
Mack announced some key enhancements to the Mack Pinnacle model highway truck series here at MATS. Customer response to MACK ClearTech SCR trucks has been “overwhelmingly positive,” particularly when it comes to fuel economy and performance. And the company sold out every slot we had for its new MACK mDRIVE automated manual transmission soon after its introduction at MATS last year, and demand for that product continues to be very strong, Flaherty added.
He also credited Mack dealers who have continued to provide the kind of customer service and support “that’s at the heart of Mack.”
“In short, despite a rather large bump in the road right now in the construction segment, it’s clear that Mack’s future is bright,” he said.
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