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Old 11-10-2003, 06:42 PM   #1
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Why is it that the first letter (country code) for some vehicles doesn't match the first letter of the country they are made in?

For example:

W means Germany
S means England
Z means Italy
Y means Sweden


But yet these VIN's are very obvious:

J means Japan
K means Korea


Are there any experts in here that can explain?
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Old 11-10-2003, 07:00 PM   #2
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becasue SAE is a bunch of tools. No real reason except for they did it that way because they can.

believe me this is one of the less annoying parts of decoding VIN numbers.

the middle of the VIN (4-8) is horrible

I am writing software that decodes VIN's right now

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Old 11-10-2003, 08:13 PM   #3
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Old 11-10-2003, 08:17 PM   #4
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To answer the original query, the first character is Region.. Not country..
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Old 11-11-2003, 02:10 AM   #5
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To answer the original query, the first character is Region.. Not country..
That's not the point. And actually it is called the country code.

The point is that the latter 2 mentioned make sense with their lettering, but the others don't, a
nd the question is why.
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Old 11-11-2003, 02:20 AM   #6
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Japan is also 4

Mexico is 3

Canada is 2
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Old 11-12-2003, 02:57 AM   #7
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Description Position Raw Data Decoded Data
Region: 1 4 North America
Country: 1-2 4F U.S.A.
Manufacturer: 2-3 F4 Mazda
Model Specific: 4-8 YR16U Unknown
Check Digit: 9 7 Valid
Year: 10 3 2003
Assembly Plant: 11 T T
Serial Number: 12-17 M09244 M09244


4 clearly stands for USA, how do you fathom it stands for Japan?

P.S. VIN came off of a Mazda "Truck" which is really a U.S. made Ford Ranger.
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