The upper portion of the Vehicle Certification (VC) label contains the manufacturer name, the month and year of manufacture, the certification statement and the VIN. It also includes Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings (GVWR) . The VC label is located on the left-hand front door jamb.
VEHICLE CERTIFICATION LABEL REFERENCE
Powertrain Calibration Information
NOTE : Powertrain calibration information is limited to a maximum of five characters per line on the Vehicle Certification Label. Because of this, calibration identification consisting of more than five characters will wrap to the second line on the VC label.
Powertrain calibration information is printed in the lower right corner of the Vehicle Certification Label. Only the base calibration information is printed. Revision levels will not appear, however, they can be found in On Line Automotive Service Information System (OASIS) . For the current model year, Ford Motor Company is using three different Protocols which describe powertrain base calibration. These Protocols are designed to provide worldwide standardization for vehicle calibration. If the electronic calibration strategy has been used since 1998 and carried into the current model year, Protocol 1 will be used. Refer to Protocol below. If the electronic calibration strategy has been used since 1999 and carried into the current model year, Protocol 2 will be used. Refer to Protocol 2 below. For electronic calibration strategies introduced in the 2000 or 2001 model year, Protocol 3 will be used. Refer to Protocol 3 below.
The following offers a more detailed explanation of the strategy used in Protocol 3.
0 - 2000
1 - 2001
AJ - Escort
1 - Automatic transmission
2 - Manual transmission
The Emissions/CAFE/C02 Compliance Department is responsible for assigning these calibration numbers. Unique calibration identifications are assigned to cover similar vehicles to differentiate between tires, drive configurations, final drive ratios and other calibration-significant factors.
These two characters are chosen by the analyst to provide identifiable information unique to each calibration. For example, using the number 2 to denote a two-valve engine versus using the number 4 to denote a four-valve engine offers an easily identifiable difference.
1 - HDGE/Dyno
2 - Fast AMA,U.S.
3 - ADP, U.S.
4 - Not assigned
5 - Not assigned
6 - Evaporative emissions
7 - MACAA
8 - On-board Diagnostics (OBD)
9 - Not assigned
Where multiple regions are listed in a single calibration, only the lead region will be listed.
5 - U.S.fifty states
A - U.S. federal, including altitude, may include Canada and/or Mexico
B - U.S. California standard, includes U.S. green states
C - Canada
D - China
E - European Community (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom)
F - Extended European Community (E plus Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland and Yugoslavia)