Subject: Vehicle years pre-1920
14/06/2023 @ 23:06:23: John Sulu: Vehicle years pre-1920
Did certain vehicles come out in the fall of the previous calendar year back in 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, and 1919 as well?
14/06/2023 @ 23:44:01: Lateef: Vehicle years pre-1920
If you're asking if cars used model years back then, I believe the answer is no. Model years were only introduced for US cars during the 1920s and widely implemented from the 1930s on. From Wikipedia:

Model year followed with calendar year until the mid 1930s until then president Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order to release vehicle model years in the fall of the preceding year in order to standardize employment in the automotive industry.[6] The practice of beginning production of next year's model before the end of the year has become a long-standing tradition in America.[6]
15/06/2023 @ 00:07:24: John Sulu: Vehicle years pre-1920
Do model years that can be before the actual calendar year have more to do with trading in a perfectly good car to buy a new one than transit agencies such as transit buses and metrorail?
15/06/2023 @ 16:43:23: Lateef: Vehicle years pre-1920
Yes, the concept of model years in the automotive industry is primarily related to the release and marketing of new car models by manufacturers. The model year of a car is typically designated to indicate the year in which the manufacturer introduces significant updates, design changes, or new features to their vehicles.

The model year is not directly tied to the actual calendar year and can sometimes be released several months before or after the start of the corresponding calendar year. This allows manufacturers to align their production and marketing schedules and create anticipation for new models. It also provides a standardized way for consumers and dealerships to identify and differentiate between different versions of a particular car model.

The decision to trade in a perfectly good car to buy a new one is generally driven by individual consumer preferences, personal financial situations, and the desire to upgrade to a newer model with improved features, technology, or styling. While the model year can influence this decision, it is not specifically related to transit agencies or their vehicle fleets like transit buses and metrorail.

Transit agencies typically operate on longer replacement cycles for their vehicles, often based on factors such as usage, maintenance costs, and regulatory requirements. They consider the overall condition and performance of their existing fleet before making decisions about acquiring new vehicles. These agencies prioritize factors like reliability, efficiency, passenger capacity, and compliance with safety and emission standards rather than the concept of model years seen in the consumer automotive market.