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Old 10-09-2013, 04:27 PM
 
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Ill start with the 2014 Impala that came out in the early spring of 2013, Why not just call it the 2013 Impala?

And now the 2015 Cadillac Escalade that will come out in 2014. So why do auto makers announce these cars so early with the wrong year. I have a 2009 G6 GXP I got in 2010 and almost bought a 2010 at the time only to find out it was a 2009.5 model, how do automakers come up with this stuff with the model years?
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Old 10-09-2013, 04:28 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX USA
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New cars always come out before the year is out. This isn't something new. They cant say "All new" for 20xx, if that years model is still in production
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Old 10-09-2013, 04:44 PM
 
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Why not call 3.99/and 9/tenth gas a 4 dollar gas? It's cheap sales trick.
For starters, those are not 2014 or 2015 CARS. Those are respectful year MODELS. It's same sales BS like the gas I mentioned. Makes a sheeple believe they are buying latest and newest.
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Old 10-09-2013, 04:57 PM
 
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To begin with, credit General Motors with the marketing concept of a vehicle Model Year. Unlike Ford Motor Company, which produced the same Model T's and Model A's year after year, GM borrowed from the clothing industry the idea of yearly fashion changes to spur purchases.

There are two reasons that I know of why the the U.S. auto companies release model years four months earlier than the calendar year.

The first reason is that U.S. vehicle production years start in July. Traditionally, the months of July and August are when the U.S. auto companies re-tool their assembly lines. As a result, the new models for the production year are first available in September. It's not an exact rule, the prime example being the first generation Ford Mustangs where the first vehicles built are sometimes referred to by enthusiasts as a 1964 model.

The second reason for the shifted model year is that people in the Northeast and Midwest would rather look at new model cars in September while the weather is still nice rather than January when they'd have to deal with snow and slush.

My guess is that the second reason probably creates the first reason.
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Old 10-09-2013, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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I've always wondered this. My 2005 Grand Caravan was built in March 2004. If I recall correctly, they had the new stow-and-go feature, and they wanted it out there as early as possible. They could not wait until September. I wonder if it's a similar reason with those other cars?
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Old 10-09-2013, 05:47 PM
 
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Ill start with the 2014 Impala that came out in the early spring of 2013, Why not just call it the 2013 Impala?

And now the 2015 Cadillac Escalade that will come out in 2014. So why do auto makers announce these cars so early with the wrong year. I have a 2009 G6 GXP I got in 2010 and almost bought a 2010 at the time only to find out it was a 2009.5 model, how do automakers come up with this stuff with the model years?
federal law allows cars that are a particular model year to be sold as much as one year early. that is why the 2015 model year cars are allowed to be sold on jan 1 2014. as t why the automakers start model year sales earlier than the old usual start time of sept, is because some cars are quite popular and the automakers want to take advantage of that popularity. when ford has rolled out a new car in april, it usually sells quite well the mustang and fairmont as an example.
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Old 10-09-2013, 08:34 PM
 
Location: NY
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It helps sell cars. Do you want the leftover 2013, and depreciation that goes with it, or the shiny all new 2014, months ahead of the calendar change?
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Old 10-09-2013, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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To begin with, credit General Motors with the marketing concept of a vehicle Model Year. Unlike Ford Motor Company, which produced the same Model T's and Model A's year after year, GM borrowed from the clothing industry the idea of yearly fashion changes to spur purchases.

There are two reasons that I know of why the the U.S. auto companies release model years four months earlier than the calendar year.

The first reason is that U.S. vehicle production years start in July. Traditionally, the months of July and August are when the U.S. auto companies re-tool their assembly lines. As a result, the new models for the production year are first available in September. It's not an exact rule, the prime example being the first generation Ford Mustangs where the first vehicles built are sometimes referred to by enthusiasts as a 1964 model.

The second reason for the shifted model year is that people in the Northeast and Midwest would rather look at new model cars in September while the weather is still nice rather than January when they'd have to deal with snow and slush.

My guess is that the second reason probably creates the first reason.
This^^...Some years the difference year to year is as simple as a different headlight pattern, sometimes its a total redesign. I would guess it first happened for the same reason that some retailers start Christmas decoration about now.
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Old 10-10-2013, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Here
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Ill start with the 2014 Impala that came out in the early spring of 2013, Why not just call it the 2013 Impala?

And now the 2015 Cadillac Escalade that will come out in 2014. So why do auto makers announce these cars so early with the wrong year. I have a 2009 G6 GXP I got in 2010 and almost bought a 2010 at the time only to find out it was a 2009.5 model, how do automakers come up with this stuff with the model years?
2014s come out mid to late 2013
2015s come out mid to late 2014

Why does the September magazine come out in July?
Why does Christmas shopping start in October?

Why? Who cares...
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Old 10-10-2013, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Pikesville, MD
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Makes a sheeple believe they are buying latest and newest.
So are you saying the redesigned 2014 models are NOT the latest and newest vs the previous 2013 and 2012 models? That they are somehow older then the previous models? Just checking...

Funny how thinking the latest and newest models are somehow the latest and newest makes one a "sheeple."
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