Note the first digit of the code. This digit represents the vehicle’s country of origin. Typically, 1 or 4 is for U.S., 2 is for Canada, 3 is for Mexico, J is for Japan, S is for England, K is for Korea, W is for Germany and Z is for Italy.
Note the second digit of the code. This represents the manufacturer of the vehicle. For example, if the manufacturer is Ford, the character will be F. Similarly, A for Audi, B for BMW, 4 for Buick, 6 for Cadillac, 1 for Chevrolet, C for Chrysler, 7 for GM Canada, G for General Motors, H for Honda, L for Lincoln, D for Mercedes Benz, N for Nissan, V for Volvo, T for Toyota and so on.