The graphs below show 2009 aerodynamic sleeper tractor performance through August:

The Volvo 730/780 is emerging as the standout in this segment. Average level of spec is on par with the other models in its graph, so the 730/780’s premium performance appears to be a natural market condition. On the other end of the spectrum, the Century Class regained some ground in the spring, and is now returning pricing similar to the T660, 386, and Cascadia.

We continue to monitor the ProStar to gauge industry acceptance of this model. Pricing has held steady at the mid-$40K level for multiple months, which indicates this model has absorbed the majority of its depreciation. Engine choice remains the major factor in selling price of the ProStar.

Stay tuned for deeper analysis in the September edition of Guidelines, available next week.