Heh. I've come to find that there's no such thing as model years for mowers. I purchased it new last spring. (2012) I asked Ferris directly since the engine hp was one less than what it stated in the books and because it has the sensor grips. (not mentioned in the book) He said it's not like autos - that features/engines can and do change at any time, and there are no "year" designations for mowers. An acquaintance in the mower sales business across the state confirmed this as well when I asked if the guy was jerking my chain. Ferris was able to determine from the serial number (roughly) the date of manufacture. I THINK he said it was made in 2010, or 2011 - I can't recall for sure. I had started questioning whether I had actually gotten a good deal on it, as it seemed it was an "older model", but as it turns out I'm happy it was an older one since the next run of them did not have sensor grips. He did note that this is one of the "least changed" mowers in their lineup.