HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Mack and Volvo are bringing the assembly of their respective automated transmissions to the US.
The Volvo I-Shift and Mack mDrive are both currently assembled in Sweden.
About $7 million will be invested into the group’s Hagerstown powertrain plant to bring production of the transmissions to the US, the companies announced. Domestic assembly is slated to begin in the third quarter of 2012.
Volvo’s I-Shift was introduced to the North American market in 2007 and as of last year, was being spec’d in 26% of Volvo trucks sold in North America. The I-Shift can only be matched with a Volvo engine.
The Mack mDrive was introduced in the first quarter of 2010 and 500 units were quickly sold out, the company says. The mDrive works exclusively with Mack MP-series engines and is available on Mack Pinnacle highway tractors.
Mack says the mDrive is delivering 1.5% fuel economy improvements as well as better drivability and improved safety an driver satisfaction.
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