Originally Posted by ft1337
Even for Europe? I thought they were getting the new cars earlier compared to US.
Think MY lifecycle. If you have a new model, it can be introduced arbitrarily early in the year, and the first examples are built very early indeed (check out the US F31 diesel - the VIN says it's MY2014, even though it was built in November 2012). But for an existing model, they always roll over during the August vacation.