Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Upper Central Midwest
2018's will not likely start showing up until August. Possibly some in late July (rare). Pricing should be up online before or about that same time.
"Build Out" of the current model year usually occurs in mid to late June. For several months before that, "Pilot Runs" of the next model year  will occur in various block sizes of 15, 30, to maybe 40 or 50 trucks. These Pilot Runs are not for sale units generally, but are used to check last minute part fitment and verify any new model changes. They may show up as company or engineering vehicles at times.
There is usually a one or two week shut down in early July before 2018s will start production. The length of shut down depends on what is planned for the next model year as well as updating or doing annual maintenance/repairs in various sections of the assembly plant from welding to the paint shop and the assembly line. Also, final job layouts are finalized for each assembly process along the line.
Then, when new model year production commences, it is usually at a slower pace as production issues arise and tweaks need to be made. The first week is usually very slow with only 30% to 50% of production scheduled and at a slower line rate. It all depends how many changes have been made, how extensive they are and what challenges may show up.
Also, new production vehicles would be lot queens for awhile till shipping quantity can build up as well as previous inventory (2017) is finished shipping out to clear the lot for the 2018's.
I would watch the Laura dealership online for new 2018 Canyons as a clue to when they might start to appear. They are a high volume dealer and also not far from Wentzville.
2017 2WD Colorado LT V6 Luxury & Convenience Pkgs, Black/Ashen Gray Leather, Bullet Bedliner, ARE cap.
Last edited by GraniteBlue05; 04-17-2017 at 10:49 AM.