The limited-edition ‘Working Class Mack’ Superliner may have been a star of the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show, but it will be the all-new Anthem that will take centre stage at next year’s extravaganza
Collaborations don’t get much better than rock legend Jimmy Barnes, Volvo Group Australia‘s Mack Trucks and Rotary Australia. Together, the three combined at the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show to create the inspiring ‘Working Class Mack’, a limited-edition Superliner that was auctioned off to raise funds for drought-affected farmers.
It wasn’t just any old Superliner, though. The ‘Working Class Mack’ was specially painted to represent album artwork from Barnes’ iconic 1985 album, Working Class Man.
The Superliner featured had the MP10 16-litre engine under the bonnet as well as the Mack mDrive 12-speed automated manual box and show attendees were lucky enough to see the truck on display at Volvo Group Australia’s activation in the Brisbane CBD, bringing that rock-and-roll edge to the extravaganza.
By far one of the most important trucks ever to grace the Truck Show, the Mack was auctioned off by Pickles, with $80,000 from the proceeds going to the Rotary Australia drought relief program.
While the Mack Superliner may be the most iconic Mack truck to ride the roads in Australia, it’s the company’s new Anthem model that will set its future course – and be front and centre of its stand at the 2023 Brisbane Truck Show.
The next-generation Bulldog is here and the Anthem is that for Mack. Just take a look at its sleeker, more aerodynamic design in comparison to the big, and muscular, Macks that have come before it.
After years in the US, the Anthem finally arrived in Australia in 2021 – had it not been for COVID, the Anthem would have been on display in full at the previous truck show but will now have its first major Australian outing at the 2023 event.
The Anthem has a keen focus on safety and comes loaded with the Bendix Wingman Fusion safety system as standard.
It is also one of the most fuel-efficient Macks ever, thanks to tweaks to the MP8 engine and the mDrive transmission, which now talk more seamlessly to each other, and its new aerodynamic cabin.
Speaking of cabins, you’ll find plenty of room inside the Anthem. In fact, the new stand-up sleeper has 35 per cent more space than previous cabins with the intention to provide the operator with a more comfortable rest experience.
The Anthem is still ‘Mack’ enough to appeal to rusted-on Bulldog lovers but will also provide the luxuries that come with modernisation. With Mack’s parent company Volvo Group leading the way with the latest technologies, it’s safe to say that Mack is in safe hands for the future.
Location: Stand 49, Hall 3
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