1 = World Manufacturer Identifier Code (WMI)
2 = Filler ZZZ (no meaning)
On vehicles destined for the American and Canadian markets instead of the filler (ZZZ), the 4th to 6th characters of the VIN are other letters/numbers. The meaning of these letters and numbers is explained in the search program “VINAssist”.
Vehicles destined for the Indian market:
Instead of the “Z” fillers at the 5th and 6th characters of the VIN, there is a code for the month and year of production.
4th character: Filler Z
5th character: Month of manufacture
6th character: Year of manufacture
|Month of manufacture code||Year of manufacture code|
3 = Type designation
Audi models from 1995 with VIN series see Breakdown by point 13.
4 = Filler (Z) or check digit
Starting from MY 2002 (from roughly June 2001), Audi introduced the so-called ‘US check number’ at the 9th character. . The MY can be recognised by the number ‘2’ at the 10th character of the VIN.
The exact beginning of the check numbers on individual models:
The computation of the check numbers is conducted in the same way as the computation of check numbers on US vehicles and on BMWs. It is easy to do using the ‘VIN-Assist’ program of the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). The check number can either consist of the numbers ‘0 – 9’ or the letter ‘X’.
In vehicles destined for the American and Canadian markets, the 9th character of the VIN always was a check number.
5 = Model Year
The VIN codes of VAG models delivered to France are pre-dated by one year.
E.g. The VIN of a car manufactured in 1990 – normally indicated by an “L” – has an “M”, which is the code for 1991.
6 = Assembly Plant
|X||=||Poznan / Poland||U||=||Uitenhage / South Africa|
|Z||=||Zuffenhausen Arge Audi/ Porsche||3||=||Changchun/China|
|D||=||Bratislava / Slovakia||9||=||Sarajevo/Bosnia Herzegovina|
|B||=||Brüssel / Belgium||Z||=||Ukraine from 2004|
The A3, A4 and 80 models are generally made in Ingolstadt, and the A 2, A6, A8 and 100 models in Neckarsulm. The manufacturing plant for the Audi TT is in Györ, Hungary. The Q7 is produced in Bratislava. If there are production bottlenecks or other production problems in Neckarsulm, the A6 models will also be produced in Ingolstadt. They then receive the letter A.
7 = Serial number