Santa Fe
i30 CW
H1 Starex

In General:

Hyundai vehicles can be identified from the following numbers:

Vehicle identification number – in the vehicle stamped/punched
– on the type plate
Engine Number – on the engine block
Gearbox Number – on the bell housing


Enquiries about engine numbers and gearbox numbers can only be made through the above-mentioned Mitsubishi Germany. The VIN can be identified using these numbers.

1. Vehicle Identification Number:

1.1 Location of the VIN

Accent, Atos, Coupe, Grandeur, Sonata, Elantra, Santa Fe, Trajet, Matrix

On the engine compartment bulkhead
(partly hidden behind a plastic covering)

i10, i20, i30, ix35, Getz, Tucson

In front of the front passenger’s seat (slide the seat back to the rear and lift up the carpet flap)


Wheel well, at the back, front passenger’s side


On passenger’s side in the entry under a the carpet

Location of the visible VIN

Visible VIN: The visible VIN is found on a stamped plate which can be seen beneath the front windscreen on the driver’s side. This is not a substitute for the VIN stamped onto the metalwork.
On the Accent, Grandeur, Santa Fe, Sonata, Terracan, Tucson
(on the Atos, Coupé, Elantra, Getz, Matrix and Trajet there is no visible VIN).
The symbol used to close off the number

1.2 VIN Lettering

The VIN numbers are stamped on in a straight line. The VIN on all models always has an asterisk at both ends. The form of the asterisk varies on different models, but the asterisks on any given VIN are identical. All characters of the VIN are the same size and the same distance apart.

Some examples of VINs:

Santa Fe

1.3 VIN breakdown

2. Type Plate:

2.1 Location of the type plate

On the middle of the subframe

Hyundai  Accent, Hyundai  Atos
Coupe, Grandeur
The type plate on the Trajet is stuck to the crossmember on the left wing.
i10, i20, i30, ix35, H1 on the B-spar

2.2 Appearance of the type plate

A metal type plate is riveted onto the bodywork at bothends. (The plates consist of blackened or browned aluminium, with the lettering ‘burned on’ by laser).

Newer vehicles may have a type plate sticker. It is not possible to make a general statement about where a type plate sticker may be found on each individual model. This type plate consists of a black adhesive foil. This is destroyed by any attempt to unstick it. Some models are provided with undulated predetermined breaking points.

Example  Hyundai Accent
Example Hyundai ix35

The corners of the foil plates must all be stamped out precisely round. If not: Forgery suspicion!

3. Engine Number:

3.1 Location of the engine number

The engine number is normally stamped onto the cylinder block. The position can vary depending on the type of engine.

The engine number is normally stamped onto the cylinder block. The position can vary depending on the type of engine.

3.2 Appearance of the engine number

The engine number on all engines is generally stamped or punched on a smoothly ground spot on the top of the engine housing. It is often extremely difficult to read the engine number because of its position on the engine and everything else on top of the engine.


3.3 Breakdown of the engine number

The number breaks down as follows:

The engine identification number has 11 characters.

G 4 H C Y 000001
1 2 3 4 5 6


1 = Fuel

C = Liquid gas
D = Diesel
G = Gasoline


2 = Engine type

2 = 4 stroke 2-cylinder
4 = 4 stroke 4-cylinder
6 = 4 stroke 6-cylinder
6 = V Type 4 stroke, 6-cylinder
8 = 4 stroke 8-cylinder


3 = Development Series (Examples, Table not yet complete)

B = Delta engine / Diesel, 4D 56, T1, T2
B = Petrol: Sirius, small V6
B = V6 engine
C = Diesel, Zeta
C = Petrol: new Sirius, large V6
C = V6 Sigma engine
D = Lamda sensor engine
E = Alpha engine
G = Beta engine
H = Ypsilon engine / R- engine Diesel
J = Sirius II DOHC engine
K = Theta engine


4 = Engine capacity (Examples, Table not yet complete)

A = 1599 cc Petrol
A = 1991 cc Petrol
A = 2656 cc Petrol
A = 3378 cc Petrol
A = T1 N/A (80 HP)
B = 1796 cc Petrol
B = 3342 cc Petrol
B = T2 N/A (85 HP)
C = 999 cc Petrol
C = 1975 cc Petrol
C = 2359 cc Petrol
D = 1599 cc Petrol
D = 1998 cc Petrol (Theta II engine)
H = 2467 cc Petrol
F = 4D 56 T/C
F = 85 HP Petrol
S = 2400 cc Petrol
V = 3496 cc Petrol


5 = Year of production

See VIN breakdown (MY)

6 = Production number / Serial number

4. Gearbox number:

4.1 Location and appearance of the gearbox number

The gearbox number is located on the bell housing. There is also a sticker with the gearbox number attached to the gearbox.

Example of a bell housing with a stamped gearbox number and sticker

4.2 Breakdown of the gearbox number

There are four different ways of decoding the gearbox number on Hyundais. Searches should be made via the contact persons given above.


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