The Vehicle Configuration database (VCdb) is a fully normalized, relational database, that is used in conjunction with the Aftermarket Catalog Exchange Standard (ACES). The VCdb contains light, medium, and heavy duty vehicles, powersports, off-highway, and equipment configurations and attributes for vehicles, powersports, off-highway, and equipment sold in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Columbia, and Chile. The VCdb allows companies to communicate codified content in one standardized way for products that require vehicle, off-highway, and/or equipment fitment data to catalog and sell. For example, if a company's product(s) requires a Year, Make, Model lookup in order to find it in a catalog or web lookup, users would utilize the ACES data standard, which utilizes the VCdb, to communicate that fitment information for their product(s) to their trading partners. Additionally, the structure of the database allows for companies to communicate vehicle, off-highway and equipment data for their products with as much or as little detail as necessary to properly catalog and sell a product.
By using the VCdb and the ACES data standard, it allows for companies to be more efficient in communicating vehicle, off-highway and equipment fitment data for their product’s by utilizing a standardized communication method that is machine-readable (XML) by all trading partners.
Please see the VCdb coverage chart below to see what you can communicate for your products through the ACES data standard to your trading partners.
New in VCdb! Off-Highway and Equipment Data
The Vehicle Configuration database (VCdb) documentation found below is the latest version of the database documentation. This version, and all versions, are designed and maintained by the industry, for the industry, through industry workgroups and the guidance of the Technology Standards Committee (TSC).
Documentation Includes: Data Rules and Policies ER Diagram
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The Vehicle Configuration database (VCdb) and all other ACES and PIES data standards supporting relational databases, can be managed and downloaded through the Auto Care Vehicle Information Portal (VIP).
The VIP platform allows users to view the contents of the VCdb, submit changes to existing records, request new records, as well as download the published database.
Publication Cycle: Monthly
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The VCdb requires an active paid subscription to view and download.
Note: Access to the VIP site does not require a paid active subscription. However, access to certain products within the site will require an active paid subscription. To access the VIP site, users are required to create an account. To create an account, please visit Autocarevip.com and follow the instructions on the landing page.
There are multiple ways to get involved in the development and management of the Aftermarket Catalog Exchange Standard (ACES) and Product Information Exchange Standard (PIES) data standards, as well as their supporting relational databases. Click to learn more.
+ Auto Care Vehicle Information Portal (VIP)
This platform allows users to both manage and download the Aftermarket Catalog Exchange Standard (ACES) and Product Information Exchange Standard (PIES) supporting relational databases. This includes submitting change requests to the current databases to modify existing records, remove and/or add new records.
Access to the VIP site does require users to create an account. To create an account, please visit autocarevip.com and follow the instructions on the landing page.
Access to the VIP site does not require a paid subscription. However, access to certain products within the VIP site will require an active paid subscription.
+ Education and Networking
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ACPN serves as the leader in content management and related activities; promotes industry technology standards; and provides a forum for discussing and promoting best practices within the automotive industry all of which will culminate in their annual Knowledge Exchange conference.
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