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| December 15, 2005

The second member of the new engine family, the MP8, will be available in 2007. The MP8 is a 13-liter engine with horsepower ratings from 415 to 485 matched to torque levels from 1540 pounds-feet to 1700 pounds-feet.

The Pinnacle highway tractor is offered in a 116-inch bumper-to-back-of-cab daycab configuration, as well as 48- and 56-inch flat-top, 60- and 70-inch mid-rise, and 70-inch high-rise sleepers built on Mack’s Advantage highway chassis. The new Granite and Granite Axle Back models feature a 116-BBC dimension and are built on the Mack Cornerstone vocational chassis. Both product lines were built behind the MP engine, the company says.

New cab designs include:

  • A 4-inch increase in daycab depth

  • A wrap-around “cockpit style” dash, with a new primary gauge cluster and space for up to 25 switches
  • A one-piece windshield for enhanced visibility
  • A broadly adjustable steering column and new driver foot pedal controls that allow the driver to keep his heel in contact with the floor when switching between fuel and brake pedals.

In addition to bringing the new models and engines to market, Mack also plans to continue offering its 2004-certified ASET engines in current Vision highway and Granite vocational models in 2006.

“This approach gives customers interested in experiencing our new engine technology as soon as possible the opportunity to do so, and those who prefer to continue with our current offering for another year a similar opportunity,” said Tom Kelly, Mack’s vice president of marketing. “It also allows us to gradually ramp up our product offering and production capabilities to ensure preparedness for 2007.”
-Avery Vise and John Baxter

Former Energy Secretary: High Diesel Prices to Continue
Don’t expect any major relief in diesel prices in the near future, a former U.S. energy secretary said in October.

Former U.S. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham told the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference and Exhibition in Boston that energy supply is a long-term problem facing this country.

Abraham noted that the U.S. Department of Energy’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released Oct. 12, forecasts an average price of $2.58 a gallon for diesel fuel in 2006.

“On the supply side, we have a lot of self-imposed problems,” Abraham said. These issues include stringent environmental laws and a lack of refineries and nuclear-power plants to meet soaring demands, Abraham said. The last nuclear plant built in the United States was more than 20 years ago, he noted.

Energy demands around the world are increasing at an unprecedented rate, thanks in part to the surging industrial economies of China and India, Abraham said. Worldwide energy consumption is expected to increase 60 percent by 2030, and DOE forecasts worldwide oil consumption to grow from 80 million barrels per day in 2003 to 120 million barrels per day by 2025.

“When you ask any of these experts about solutions, none of them have clear-cut answers,” Abraham said.

Abraham served one term as a U.S. senator from Michigan, during which he called for the elimination of the federal Department of Energy. He ran unsuccessfully for re-election in 2000, after which President-elect Bush named him energy secretary. He resigned that post at the beginning of Bush’s second term. He now is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and co-chair of the Committee for Justice, which supports conservative nominees to the federal bench.

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