Safety is priority number one for Mack Trucks

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You’d probably associate a focus on safety with stablemates Volvo, and perhaps not so much Mack Trucks.

But that is no longer the case according to a man who’s been involved in the running of the famous ‘Bulldog Brand’ in Australia for over 15 years – Dean Bestwick.

Dean is the Vice President of Sales at Mack Trucks Australia and he’s given us an update on the progress of the brand at the official opening of the new Volvo Group Australia (VGA) headquarters in Brisbane.

He says Mack Trucks customers today have one priority in mind – safety.

Celebrating 100 years in Australia in 2019, Dean says there’s been a big shift in the mindset of his customers in recent years.

Dean told us that key customers including Boral and Hanson were now asking for features like stability control and automatic braking.

Mack is well placed to meet these requirements with Bendix Wingman Fusion now available across all five different truck models in the range.

The system includes Forward Collision Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control With Braking, Stability Control, a blind-spot warning system and driver alerts, including lane departure.

Dean says Mack Trucks more often than not ply their trade in built up areas on agitator and tipper duties and he says that’s where these technologies are proving themselves.

“For these operators it so important for them to have their trucks operating safely in city areas.

“We have the safest conventional truck on the market.”

While he said the Lower Centre of Gravity (LCG) agitator was also kicking goals.

Designed and engineered for Boral, the offering has helped Mack lift its agitator sales by 30% in the past year.

And Dean said he was also pleased with a recent lift in build quality evident in the locally product product.

“We are the American truck brand you can count on,” Dean said.

mack anthem australiaAlso on display at the new VGA headquarters was the Australia-bound Mack Anthem, a model selling up a storm in the U.S. (as seen above).

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Joel is the founder and CEO of Heavy Vehicles. With more than 20 years experience in the media, including more than 10 years heading up the car publication - Behind the Wheel, Joel is passionate about bringing a fresh perspective to the Australian road transport industry. Prior to his media career Joel worked for a number of years as a bus, truck and delivery driver.

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