As we mentioned in the June edition of Guidelines, the greatly increased number of 2012 model-year trucks sold over the past few months allows us to look more closely at how selected models are performing relative to their competitors. The graph below traces retail selling price of selected 2012 aerodynamic models since January, adjusted for price.

The Kenworth T660 has substantially outperformed other models so far in 2014 – a result that is unique to the 2012 model year. There is no mileage or spec difference that would account for this result, so we consider this a natural market condition. 

The Freightliner Cascadia also performs strongly, outperforming the next-closest competitor by an average of 4.3% since January. It should be noted that the Cascadia is the top performer for the 2011 model year.

The Peterbilt 386 showed strength in April and May, the only truck other than the International ProStar to increase rather than decrease in price in those two months. In May, the 386 and Cascadia were close enough to be considered essentially equal. 

The Volvo 630/670 and 730/780 performed unusually closely to each other from March through May. 730/780’s sold during this period had mileage higher than the average, which likely explains some of that performance despite our mileage adjustment. As for the 630/670, that truck returns the highest sales figures of all sleeper tractors in our database, and as such it closely tracks the average.

The International ProStar continues to underperform. Almost all 2012 ProStars were MaxxForce-powered, and all reported sold so far in 2014 were so-equipped.

Stay tuned for a look at 4-year-old competitive performance in the July edition of Guidelines, available early next week.