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the VIN module (is a drupal module that) decodes [V]ehicle [I]dentification [N]umbers
When decoded, the VIN tells the country and year of manufacture; make, model and serial number;
assembly plant; and in some cases it even identifies equipment specifications.
The vehicle identification number is divided into four parts:
1. World Manufacturer's Identification (WMI - three characters)
2. Vehicle Description Section (VDS - five characters)
3. The VIN Accuracy Check Digit
4. Vehicle Identification Section (VIS - eight characters)
2FMZU62E02ZB78590 breaks down to: [ 2FM | ZU62E | 0 | 2ZB78590 ]
1. WMI(3) == '2FM'
1a. == '2' (Canada)
1b. == 'F' (Mfg.?)
1c. == 'M' (Make or Division?)
2. VDS(5) == 'ZU62E'
2a. == 'ZU' (?)
2b. == '62E' (vehicle line)
3. CHK(?) == '0'
4. VIS(8) == '2ZB78590'
4a. == '2' (Model Year)
4b. == 'Z' (Assembly Plant)
4c. == 'B78590' (Veh. Serial #)
References
* https://www.fleet.ford.com/maintenance/vin_tools/vinexample.htm
* http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Vehicle_Identification_Numbers_(VIN_codes)/Ford/VIN_Codes