This is some question that has always been in my mind. I ask here because I have mostly seen it in American movies and TV series, not so in those from other parts.
Typically in a movie, a suspect is fleeing a crime scene and there's always some witness, or a cop, who says, for example: "guy is on a Camaro from 79". I understand most people is able to identify a car's maker, but is it the same with the years? Do car plates in the US carry the manufacturing year or what? Or is that some unrealistic gimmick?
Because in Europe, only car enthusiasts would be able to tell a model year.