In June, average retail selling prices for 3-5 year-old Freightliner Cascadias ticked up just enough to allow that model to eke out a $135 lead over the Volvo VNL 730/780. A few other models saw larger than typical movement, due mainly to the low volume of sales this month. Lower volume generally results in higher volatility.

Overall, our benchmark group of 3-5 year-old sleeper tractors brought $373 (or 0.5%) less than last month, and $2,686 (or 3.7%) less than June 2014. 4 year-old trucks are primarily responsible for the year-over-year decrease, as 2012 model year trucks this year are bringing $3,964 (or 4.9%) less than 2011 model year trucks last year. International ProStars are responsible for the majority of this average loss, thanks to the switch to all-MaxxForce power in 2012. At the same time, other models also depreciated during this period. See graph below for detail.

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Movement by individual models over one month does not indicate a trend. We expect the Cascadia to head back down slightly over upcoming higher-volume months.