It's confusing enough that 2004 model-year cars actually come out in the fall of 2003. But the latest trend in the auto industry is releasing next year's vehicles even sooner. The New York Times reports that in August, 100 of the 370 cars and trucks that are labeled 2004 models had already reached the market (up from 75 a year ago). In other words, with a third of the year remaining, the 2003 cars were already last year's models, because next year's models had become this year's models.
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