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      11-14-2018, 10:25 AM   #73
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Originally Posted by ted99 View Post
The model year convention agreed to by the manufacturers is that the model year is determined by January. If a model is available in January, that is the model year. ie: A car available in Jan 2019 is a model year 2019. A car available Feb thru Dec 2019 is a model year 2020.
Not necessarily true. There are instances of vehicles that have become available after January and did not adopt the latter available model year. One example I can think of off the top of my head is the MY2008 M3 which went on sale after January 2008. There have been many other instances from BMW and other manufacturers as well, in some cases even when the car comes onto market near mid-year.

I agree that automakers usually choose to take advantage of the later, "newer" model year, but it is not always the case.