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March 16, 2022

We’ve got you covered. Here’s how we provide our VCdb coverage.

by Jonathan Larsen, Vice President, Standards & Digital Products

The Auto Care Standards team has been asked by the subscriber community how we’re able to get the data into the Vehicle Configuration database (VCdb) at a faster pace year after year. The subscriber community has asked for more vehicles, more vehicle configurations and more countries. Despite the increasing demands for more data, this is being accomplished with “over 40,000 change requests processed in the February 2022 publication for the VCdb,” said Milt Grimes, lead ACES analyst, Auto Care Association. In this blog post, we will focus on the change requests for new coverage to answer this question.

The VCdb is updated at the end of each month. The graph below illustrates the breakdown of the last three years (2020-2022) of light-duty (automotive: cars, trucks, CUVs and SUVs) content for new coverage in the United States.

Vehicle Research Stages

Vehicle research stages allow for research to be added as data research is collected. For products that do not need to know the full configuration of a vehicle, this allows for faster mapping to applications. Stages are defined as follows:

  • Stage 1: Vehicle (Base Vehicle, Submodel, and Region) is published 
  • Stage 2: Full Engine Configuration is published 
  • Stage 3: Any additional vehicle attributes / VehicleTo’s are published 
  • Stage 4: Remaining VCdb vehicle attributes / VehicleTo Relationships are published 

VCdb coverage chart

The graph shows the completion of the VCdb for the past three years 2020 -2022 of VCdb research (along with the initial coverage for 2023). The 2020MY Complete, 2021MY Complete, and 2022MY Complete lines are the total vehicles at that time published in the VCdb for the Model Year (MY). While the 2020MY Stage 4, 2021MY Stage 4 and 2022MY Stage lines show that are in Stage 4. The gap between the two lines includes the stage 1, 2 and 3 vehicles. The closer the two lines are indicates the completeness of the vehicles for each of those years.

VCdb Light Duty Vehicle Research Stats

  • 2023 Model Year 
    • 363 vehicles – February 2022 publication
    • 342 are Stage 4
    • Total vehicles are 7% ahead of goal for 2023
    • Stage 4 vehicles are 6% ahead of goal for 2023

  • 2022 Model Year
    • 100% complete – January 2022 publication
    • 100% Stage 4 – February 2022 publication ahead of April 2022 goal

  • 2021 Model Year
    • 100% complete – May 2021 publication (all are Stage 4)
    • 1 month ahead of 2020 Model Year research

Speed to Market

When introducing a new product for a vehicle, it comes down to speed to market. With the new vehicle coverage being added faster than ever before, you as a subscriber to the VCdb can take advantage of this new coverage to map to the latest models as they come off the showroom for your products. You will be ready when someone asks, “Do we have coverage?” Your answer is “Yes!”

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2021 ACPN Pipeline

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Jonathan Larsen, Vice President, Standards & Digital Products

I help reduce cost out of the overall supply chain by improving the quality of standards data we provide to the industry and develop new processes that help get data to our members faster. More About Me


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