If you’re feeling your way through the automotive market, you’re probably finding that it has plenty of specialized lingo. Unfamiliar terms can start to add up and become confusing. And even if you think you know what something like a “Model Year” is, maybe you don’t know its meaning well enough to help you in your buying decisions.
Put simply, the model year of a vehicle is a number used to describe roughly when that vehicle was in production. For example, a 2018 Cadillac Escalade has a 2018 model year, demonstrating that this vehicle has come out close to the 2018 calendar year. However, you may have noticed that the 2018 Cadillac Escalade has arrived before the 2018 calendar year. Model years hardly ever coincide with the actual calendar year.
In fact, back in the day when the model year tradition first started, the new model year lineup would be introduced on Oct. 1 every year. This tradition was created to coincide with the introduction of the next year’s fashion, an idea thought up by then-president and chairman of General Motors (GM), Alfred Sloan. Over time, manufacturers began to release the new model year of their vehicles throughout the previous calendar year. In most cases, you can assume that a vehicle debuted in the second half of the year previous to its model year.
If you have any confusion over automotive terminology, we at Richard Karr Cadillac would be happy to answer your questions.