Every part in a 17-digit Hyundai VIN decoding has an assigned value. The World Manufacturer Identifier is represented by the first three digits, which respectively show the geographic zone of production, the manufacturer, and vehicle type, such as passenger car or truck.
The drive type or model line is indicated in the fourth digit, such as T for Veloster or A for Xcent. In the fifth and sixth digits, the trim level and body type are shown, such as A for a 5-door hatchback, G for a 2-door coupe, or E for a 2-door sedan.
The seventh digit is associated with the restraint system, such as 1 for an active 3-point restraint system, 4 for dual airbags with manual belts, or 6 for advanced airbags. In the eighth digit, the engine type is represented, such as G for a 1495 cc SOHC 4 cylinder Accent, or V for a 2493 cc DOHC 4 cylinder Sonata.
The ninth digit, known in the industry as the “check” digit, can either be a number from 0 – 9 or the letter X. The actual value of this digit is kept secret, known only to the manufacturer and law enforcement for the purposes of verifying the authenticity of a VIN.
The model year is in the tenth digit position, with A starting at 2010 and progressing consecutively, reaching K for 2019. The eleventh digit is associated with the manufacturing plant code, which is specifically which factory the car was made. A would stand for the plant in Asan, Korea, while H is for the American plant in Montgomery, Alabama.
Lastly, the final six numbers are the serial number given uniquely to only that specific vehicle. This number shows the order in which the car was manufactured on the assembly line in that particular factory for that model year.