Make means a name that a manufacturer applies to a group of vehicles or engines.
Manufacturer means a person—
Manufacturing or assembling motor vehicles or motor vehicle equipment; or
Importing motor vehicles or motor vehicle equipment for resale.
Model means a name that a manufacturer applies to a family of vehicles of the same
type, make, line, series and body type.
(j) Model Year means the year used to designate a discrete vehicle model, irrespective of
the calendar year in which the vehicle was actually produced, provided that the production
period does not exceed 24 months.
Plant of manufacture means the plant where the manufacturer affixes the VIN.
Series means a name that a manufacturer applies to a subdivision of a “line” denoting
price, size or weight identification and that is used by the manufacturer for marketing purposes.
(m) Trailer kit means a trailer that is fabricated and delivered in complete but
unassembled form and that is designed to be assembled without special machinery or tools.
(n) Type means a class of vehicle distinguished by common traits, including design and
purpose. Passenger cars, multipurpose passenger vehicles, trucks, buses, trailers, incomplete
vehicles and motorcycles are separate types.
(o) VIN means a series of Arabic numbers and Roman letters that is assigned to a motor
vehicle for identification purposes.
§ 565.23 General requirements.
(a) Each vehicle manufactured in one stage shall have a VIN that is assigned by the
manufacturer. Each vehicle manufactured in more than one stage shall have a VIN assigned by