This question might not belong here but I don't know where else to ask a general car question. I will delete/close if the mods think this question is crap.
Does anyone know when the last batch of the current model year's cars usually come out? I'm just curious about this. I used logic when thinking about this but I could totally be wrong.
Let's use 2010 and 2011 as our example years. My family bought a 2011 Civic in Nov 2010. I think when they went in Oct 2010 to look at cars, there were some 2011 models for people to look at, just not to purchase, or at least we didn't purchase in Oct for some reason. Going by this, I'm estimating the manufacturer must have started building the cars in July 2010 or so, finish by end of Aug or early Sept, and then transport the cars to be in showrooms by Oct.
If they start building the 2011 models in July 2010, I would assume they would have stopped building the 2010 models in June 2010 since it will take some time for them to reset all the "robots" on the assembly line for the next model, assuming the next model is different compared to the previous model.
That would mean the last batch of 2010 cars would be shipped to dealerships in July. Is my logic/guess correct or does someone know the true workflow of the car manufacturers and can enlighten me? Thanks in advance for your help.