A VIN is a unique code assigned to every vehicle manufactured. It serves as a way to identify and track individual units throughout their lifespan.
Here is a brief history of VIN number usage for Acura:
Early Usage (Pre-1981):
Acura did not use the pre-1981 VIN numbers since it was only launched by Honda five years later in 1986. That said, the structure and length of the VIN used by Acura’s mother company, Honda, varied during this period, making it difficult to track and interpret information consistently.
Standardized Format (1981-present):
In 1981, a standardized 17-digit format was introduced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the United States. This format has been used by Acura since its public debut. The VIN is divided into several sections, each providing specific information about the vehicle.
Expanded VIN Information:
- World Manufacturer Identifier (WMI): The first three characters of the VIN represent the WMI, which identifies the manufacturer and the country of origin. For Acura vehicles, the WMI typically begins with “J,” indicating Japan as the country of origin.
- Vehicle Descriptor Section (VDS): The next six characters provide information about the vehicle’s attributes, such as body style, engine type, and model.
- Vehicle Identifier Section (VIS): The remaining nine characters in the VIN make up the VIS. These characters are unique to each car and serve as serial numbers.
Over the years, the information encoded in the VIN has expanded to include more details about the vehicle. For example, modern Acura VINs may include information such as the vehicle’s production plant, optional equipment, and manufacturing date.