In Reply to: Don't seen report on AP, but found this posted by DavidB on January 09, 2000 at 00:02:53:
: : Found this story from the end of November:
: GREER, South Carolina (AP) _ A federal agency that polices vehicle identification numbers is investigating the way BMW assigns Germany's code to cars made at its plant here.
: The Z3 sports cars and X5 sport-utility vehicles _ models made only at the Upstate South Carolina plant _ have the designator ``W'' at the start of their VINs instead of the U.S. ``4'' assigned to the factory.
: The U.S. National Insurance Crime Bureau records the VIN of all vehicles made for U.S. sale. The information is used by police and insurance investigators.
: The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating the switch, local media reported Tuesday.