GM or any other manufacture can build an i.e. 2003 SSR up to the last day of that year. Once you hit the new year you can not build last years model.Ricochet said:I was lookking in the hard cover SSR book. It had a picture of the first "Saleable" 2003 SSR with a date like July 29th 2003. That late in the production year on any other model would have made it a 2004. So when did the 2004 model year start its build?
Sorry but that isn't what really happened. GM had intended on building the 03s earlier than July of that summer. GM had so many orders for 03s that they continued to build them into December of 2003. It is also my understanding that because GM had so many 03s orders GM had to make some of them 2004 models. As Ed just stated his and one of my friends 04 were built in late December of 2003.Ricochet said:Oh thats interesting But really and truly GM just called the early 04 build 03s. So SSr really stands to be a 3 model year car.
Yes that I understand But, Most other GM models had put the 2003 model year to bed in late June of 2003. Usually GM starts production of the next model year after they come back from the 2 week 4th of July break in mid July. If Chevrolet just started the 2003 model year on July 29th of 2003, this date puts the so called 2003 model year smack dab into all the other divisions 2004 model start up.Marc NY said:Sorry but that isn't what really happened. GM had so many orders for 03s that they continued to build them into December of 2003. It is also my understanding because they had so many 03s orders GM had to make some of them 2004 models. As Ed stated his and one of my friends 04 was built in December of 2003.
Bob Walczyk said:Not all vehicles start up the same. For example, the 2007 MY Tahoe begins shipping this month. MY timing is based on many FMVSS regulations, and is typically tied to safety and emission rollouts/requirements.
For SSR, the first Signature Series vehicle was built in late 2002, as a 2003 MY. Regulations do not allow manufacturer's to cross two January 1st's with the same model designator, and therefore we had to make a choice early in the program when the Signature Series idea was agreed to:
1. Keep the Signature Series as the only 2003 MY SSR's and start regular production as the 2004 MY in October of 2003 (That would have made the 2004 MY extremely long)
2. Make all of the SSR's built in 2002/2003 Calendar Years a 2003 Model. This would provide a larger 2003 MY run, and would allow more individuals the ability to have one of the first MY units.
We chose #2, and allocated out product to our dealers accordingly. We felt this provided the best customer value by keeping the model runs the smallest possible. Total production of the 2003 MY run was 3,416.
Each MY has specific part numbers assigned to them due to timing and potentially federal safety and emission regulations as well. Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards also play a roll in determining when a vehicle changes model years, as the weighted Model year average determines a manufacturers' performance.
Lastly, LCC has always comeback after the traditional two week shut down building the same model year as it had built prior to the shut down. This was always the plan, as SSR has many shared components as the TrailBlazer and we wanted to lag the model year conversion of that product line at all times.
Other vehicles do this as well. So the statement that model change always occurs after the two week shut down is not always accurate, and in today's environment of trying to balance overall corporate resources, less and less typical across the industry as well.
I have to clarify my above comment. I was mistaken when I said that my friend's early 04 was made in December. Bob W. clairified that for me and said that there were only two 2004 MY SSRs built in December of 2003. One was a Ultra-Violet and the other one was Ricochet Silver. My friends is a very early Redline Red 04 SSR.Marc NY said:... As Ed just stated his and one of my friends 04 were built in late December of 2003.
Mike these are the "official" numbers for 03 - 05 MY productions.Mike in AZ said:... Do you think there is anyone around that would be willing to research this through to the last detail? I know my numbers are probably incorrect, but it is the best I have. Mike
Don't think so! I own my 2003 SSR w/ pride!!! I knew there would be a hard time telling 2003's from '04's - see my Vanity Plate...Ricochet said:Oh thats interesting But really and truly GM just called the early 04 build 03s. So SSr really stands to be a 3 model year car.
Yes, that was what I had heard too. I remember beening told it was a "five year business case" that had been presented to the GM brass for the SSRs. I also had heard that they were hoping to have at least a 5 - 7 year run. :yesnodWOW_FCTR said:Hmmm.....of course I'm relying on my faulty memory, but wasn't is supposed to be a 5 year run? (Not that that matters now)