Join Date: May 2002
Location: New Jersey
Ferrari Life Posts: 2,152
All major auto manufacturers stick to consistent lifecycles in order to be able to plan to cover their R&D, variable costs, fixed costs for molds, etc. etc.
Europeans tend to use 5-7 year lifecycles - MB, BMW, Audi, etc.
348 = 6 years (1989-1995)
355 = 6 years (1994-1999)
360 = 6 years (1999-2005)
430 = 5 years (2004-2009)
458 = 5 years (2009-2014?) - it would be 2015 if they revert to a 6 year lifecycle
Remember that the above are rough production years. They most likely did not start on Jan 1 of the beginning year and end Dec 31 of the ending year, hence 1989-1995 being 6 years instead of 7 years. ie, they tend to start in the spring of one year and end in the spring of the next year.
Also keep in mind that the 458 sucessor will be a derivative of the 458. 308/328, 348/355, 360/430, 458/4xx. So, it will most likely be a small increase in engine displacement and what other manufacturers would consider only a facelift in regards to looks.
Ferrari runs very long lifecycles compared to normal manufacturers.