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 means it’s made in Mexico?
Probably not, until now, that is.
So, to help you out, we have listed below the first two digits for vin numbers and their origin code for some of the major manufacturing countries.
|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
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.
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