Archive for April, 2010
We have said that manufacturers are not required to state the country of origin for vehicles sold in Australia.
One of our bloggers, however, posted a comment saying that you just have to look at the compliance place to see where it comes from.
Whilst some carmakers do put the name of the country that made the car on the plate, it is not compulsory.
Still our blogger is, in fact, technically correct!
You see, the first two letters of the VIN number do denote the manufacturing location.
But if the vin starts with ‘SA’ would you know that it is made in the UK?
Or 3A Mexico?
Probably not, until now, that is.
We have listed below the first two digits for vin numbers and their origin code for some of the major manufacturing countries.
OK, that’s a start, but we don’t think it’s enough. we feel that the actual name of the country of origin should also be clearly written on the vin plate, and it can’t be that difficult as the code is the key.
VA through VE – Austria
6A through 6W – Australia
YA through YE – Belgium
9A through 9E – Brazil
2A through 2O – Canada
LA through LO – China
YF through YK – Finland
VF through VR – France
SN through ST – Germany
WA through WO – Germany
TR through TV – Hungary
ZA through ZR – Italy
JA through JO – Japan
PL through PR – Malaysia
3A through 3W – Mexico
XL through XR – Netherlands
SU through SZ – Poland
U5 through U7 – Slovak Republic
AA through AH – South Africa
KL through KR – South Korea
VS through VW – Spain
YS through YW – Sweden
ML through MR – Thailand
NL through NR – Turkey
SA through SM – United Kingdom
1A through 1O – United States
4A through 4O – United States
5A through 5O – United States
If it’s a Volvo it’s Swedish, and Vee Dubs are German, right? Well, not necessarily. We’ve done a quick fun quiz to show you that where a car is made is not so obvious.
To take part in the quiz click here
But on a more serious note, manufacturers do not have to reveal to their Australian customers where they make their cars.
If you buy oranges you want to know if they are locally produced or imported.
Strangely, if you want to buy leather shoes, electrical goods, porcelain, brushware or even powder puffs the importers have to reveal their country of origin. But no so with motor cars, because under the imported goods act which dates back to 1940 there are no requirements for the country of origin for a vehicle being supplied to the Australian market to be so identified.
So you go to buy a Holden and you believe you are supporting local industry; but Holdens sold here could well be made in Thailand, Poland, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Japan or Korea (and probably others that we haven’t been told about). But they don’t have to tell you.
We think this is wrong. We believe you have a right to know which country makes your car and it should be shown on the compliance plate and other places.
Do you agree? If so we’d like to hear from you so place your comment on the blog comment below.
Could it be that in the near future we might see some other rivals vying for Australia’s V8 Supercar honours? I, for one, kind of hope so!
It has been recently reported that the German carmaker, Mercedes Benz, may introduce a weapon to tackle Australia’s great racing circuits as soon as 2012.
The Ford and Holden battle is a great thing. And maybe it should be left alone for the sake of tradition. But some others would say that the V8 Supercar series could do with a boost of new interest and new designs to take on the best from Holden and Ford. Australia V8 Supercars is becoming a global phenomenon that attracts hundreds of thousands of very loyal fans – viewing the races from around the globe. Perhaps it would be very fitting, and timely, to see representations of other car marques added into the ingredients because the race is a multicultural affair! It most certainly has been in the past too. Who remembers Jaguar’s feat of taking out Bathurst back in the eighties? I, for one, have always enjoyed viewing top motor racing that has included a wide range of motor racing vehicles in its competition.
The rumble of a racing engine is something pretty special. There are some beaut sounding engines out there, but the roaring of a racing V8 has to take top spot. Shattering the silence and exciting the crowd, the thunder of a Ford or Holden V8 racing engine captures attention like few other racing cars can. But can you imagine a Mercedes Benz V8, BMW V8 or even a Toyota (Lexus) V8 added into the racing hub-bub! I’m not saying that they would be superior, but they would sure be a thrilling addition.
One thing is for sure: any new V8 Supercar marque would need to be quick. Not only are the new Ford and Holden Supercars very quick, they handle and brake superbly. An Australian V8 Supercar must behold a front engine design that feeds the rear wheels and resembles their production cars. So, Mercedes Benz would need to comprise a racing vehicle that could deliver the goods to perform as well as Ford’s “Boss 302” SVO or Holden’s 5.0 L Chevrolet Small Block race engines, which typically pump out well in excess of 450 kW. It would be great to see how any newly invited V8 engine could compete, as the Supercar engines are also electronically restricted to 7500 rpm. Generally the V8 Supercar engine has a capacity of 5 litres, with 2 valves per cylinder; and the compression ratio is regulated to 10:1.
Having to weigh in at over 1355 kg and boast bodywork that resembles a production car, I wonder what performance package Mercedes Benz would put together? Wow, what a stirring thought!