There are three variations of the VIN; prior to '98 M.Y. there is one
for domestic and non-USA export markets, which complies with European
Economic Community (EEC) directives; and one for the USA which complies
with requirements laid down by the National Highway Traffic Safety
Association (NHTSA). From '98 M.Y. - On, a common coding is used. The
following charts explain how to decode these 3 different VIN styles.