release notes

september 2017

archived release notes


We are pleased to announce the following updates:

The new Auto Care VIP system has LAUNCHED!

(replacing EnhancedStandard.com)

We are excited to announce the launch of Auto Care Association's VIP system (replacing EnhancedStandard.com, ptattributes.pricedex.com, and brandtable.pricedex.com)! To access any and all Auto Care standards, users will now visit www.autocarevip.com. From this site, users will find interactive screens representing the standards data, and download pages providing access to the database downloads. We have included the historical downloads for the past year for your convenience. We will now resume our standard database release schedule from the VIP system.

auto care vip logo

Below is a quick reference of where to find appropriate support for your standards related questions. We have also provided a VIP specific communifire space.

auto care vip communication

Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation as we make this transition. We hope this results in a streamlined and more user-friendly experience. As always, please provide feedback on how we can better serve you to technology@autocare.org.

Thank you! 

Auto Care Technology Team


PCdb ASCII File Format Update

It has been brought to our attention that the PCdb ASCII files from Enhancedstandard.com had a different file structure (missing content, column order differences, different table naming and filed names) than the other file formats (SQL Server, Microsoft Access and MYSQL), and did not match the data structure documented in the ER diagrams. The PCdb ASCII file from autocareVIP.com DOES match all other format types and the ER diagrams.

For those dependent on the legacy ASCII file structure, Auto Care continued to provide the legacy format (in addition to the new format) for three months which ended in July 2017 (May 2017 was the first of the three month period) while you and your service providers migrated to the updated PCdb ASCII file structure. Now that the three month period has concluded, we have ONLY published the PCdb ASCII file with the structure that matches the other file formats and diagrams.

Please visit autocare.org/technology and autocare.communifire.com for updates or email any questions to technology@autocare.org.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we continue to move forward with the new system.

To download the legacy PCdb ASCII format, please visit: https://autocare.communifire.com/spaces/vip-vehicle-information-portal/files/VIP/PCdb

 

PCdb / Qdb Notification Policy

With the implementation of the new Auto Care VIP system, we are reducing when ID’s change and are better able to track the data changes happening in the PCdb and Qdb with each month’s publication.

The enhancements provided by our new Auto Care VIP portal have led to the approval of the following PCdb and Qdb Notification Policy at the Spring Leadership Days Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Updates include the following:

PCdb

  • Allow deletion of part terminologies with 30-day notice
  • Allow re-classification or movement of part terminologies with 30-day notice
  • Allow changes in a part terminology’s “Use” with 30-day notice
  • Allow spelling and typographical corrections to part terminologies with no prior notification

Qdb

  • Allow spelling and typographical corrections to qualifiers with no prior notification

The complete ACES Notification Policy is provided for reference

ACES Notification Policy

 

September ACES Release

The latest versions of the Vehicle Configuration Database (VCdb), the Product Classification database (PCdb), the Product Attribute database (PAdb), and the Qualifier database (Qdb) are available to subscribers from the web interface at autocarevip.com. A valid User Name and Password, as well as a current ACES subscription are required to download the VCDB and QDB files and to petition for changes. A valid PAdb subscription is required to download the PAdb and petition for changes. If you get the message “This User is Inactive”, please make use of the Contact Us link.

The PCdb and Brand Table are available for download at autocarevip.com without a subscription. Users are requested to register to access the free services of the PCdb and Brand Table. Users with active subscriptions will have access to additional aspects of the system.

 

Special Release Announcement:

As a reminder regarding this month’s VCdb files. They are smaller in size when compared to the February publication due to the re-launching of the VCdb Change Log in the new system. The Change Log tables in the various publication files (Complete, Light Duty, Light Duty and Powersports, Medium/Heavy Trucks, and Powersports) only contain the changes that occurred to the data for this month’s publication. The separate Change Log data bases (Complete, Light Duty, Light Duty and Powersports, Medium/Heavy Trucks, and Powersports) contain all changes since the launching of the new system.

The historical Change Log data may still be accessed through the February publication which included all changes processed in the VCdb since the inception of change log.

 

vehicle configuration database (vcdb)

New vehicles – Light Duty US / Canada new vehicles, MY2018

This month, 370 new MY2018 Light Duty vehicles were added in various publication stages

  • Stage-1 vehicles: 2 vehicles covering Nissan
  • Stage-2 vehicles: 0 vehicles
  • Stage-4 vehicles: 368 vehicles covering 21 makes: Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW, Dodge, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jeep, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Maserati, Mini, Nissan, Porsche, Ram, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo

New vehicles – Light Duty US / Canada new vehicles, MY2017

This month, 11 new MY2017 Light Duty vehicles were added in various publication stages

  • Stage-1 vehicles: 0 vehicles
  • Stage-2 vehicles: 0 vehicles
  • Stage-4 vehicles: 11 vehicles covering 6 makes: Audi, Cadillac, Infiniti, Jeep, Toyota, and Volvo

New vehicles – Light Duty US / Canada new vehicles, pre-MY2017

This month, 4 new pre-MY2017 Light Duty vehicles covering model years 2006 and 2012 were added in various publication stages

  • Stage-1 vehicles: 2 vehicles covering 1 make: Subaru
  • Stage-2 vehicles: 0 vehicles
  • Stage-4 vehicles: 2 vehicles covering 1 make: Buick

New vehicles – Light Duty Mexico new vehicles, MY2018

There are 145 new MY2018 Light Duty vehicles for Mexico included in this month’s publication

There were 15 makes represented in this update: Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Mazda, Nissan, Peugeot, Ram, Seat, Subaru, Toyota, and Volkswagen

New vehicles – Light Duty Mexico new vehicles, MY2017

There are 2 new MY2017 Light Duty vehicles for Mexico included in this month’s publication

There was 1 make represented in this update: Ford

New vehicles – Light Duty Mexico new vehicles, pre-MY2017

There are 5 new pre-MY2017 Light Duty vehicles for Mexico covering model years 1990-1992 included in this month’s publication

There were 2 makes represented in this update: Ford and Nissan

New vehicles – Powersports US new vehicles

There is no update to Powersports vehicles for US this month

New vehicles – Powersports Mexico new vehicles

There is no update to Powersports vehicles for Mexico this month

New vehicles – Medium/Heavy Trucks US / Canada new vehicles, MY2018

There are 32 new MY2018 Medium/Heavy Trucks for US / Canada included in this month’s publication

There were 6 makes represented in this update: Mack, Peterbilt, Prevost, Spartan Motors, Volvo, and Western Star

New vehicles – Medium/Heavy Trucks US / Canada new vehicles, MY2017

There are 17 new MY2017 Medium/Heavy Trucks for US / Canada included in this month’s publication

There were 5 makes represented in this update: Mack, Mitsubishi Fuso, Peterbilt, Spartan Motors, and Volvo

New vehicles – Medium/Heavy Trucks US / Canada new vehicles, pre-MY2017

There are 3 new pre-MY2017 Medium/Heavy Trucks for US / Canada covering model year 2016 included in this month’s publication

There were 2 makes represented in this update: Peterbilt and Spartan Motors

New vehicles – Medium/Heavy Trucks Mexico new vehicles

There is no update to Medium/Heavy Trucks for Mexico this month

Change notices – All Regions / All Vehicle Type Groups

For the complete details on new vehicle additions and changes to existing vehicles for the current month in all Regions / Vehicle Type Groups, please utilize the download for the VCdb Change Log from the Auto Care Vehicle Information Portal in one of the published versions in the format of your choosing.

30-Day vcdb change notices – US / Canada

For changes effective in the October 2017 publication that affect Base Engine or Base Vehicle

  • 2017 Cadillac ATS Premium: The Premium submodel is invalid for this vehicle and will be updated to Premium Performance
  • 2017 Cadillac CTS Vsport Premium: The Vsport Premium submodel is invalid for this vehicle and will be updated to Vsport Premium Luxury
  • 2017 Cadillac XTS Vsport Premium: The Vsport Premium submodel is invalid for this vehicle and will be updated to Vsport Premium Luxury
  • 2017 Kia Sorento Limited: The Limited submodel is invalid and will be removed
  • 2017 Fiat 500L Easy: The Easy submodel is invalid and will be removed
  • 2017 Hyundai Veloster Rally Edition: The Rally Edition submodel is invalid and will be removed
  • 2017 Nissan Versa Note S: The S submodel is invalid and will be removed
  • 2012-2013 Volkswagen Golf R: The R submodel is invalid on the Golf model. This vehicle will be updated to the Golf R model and Base submodel
  • 2010-2013 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen (MEX): This model name is inconsistent with later model years and will be updated to Golf SportWagen
  • 2010-2011 Ford Focus Europa (MEX): The Focus Europa is an invalid model and will be updated to Focus
  • 2013 Fiat Uno (MEX): The vehicle type is classed as a Truck and will be updated to Car
  • 1991-1994 Chevrolet Blazer Nevada (MEX): The Blazer model name is invalid and will be updated to S10 Blazer
  • 2007-2009 Fiat Grande Punto (MEX): The Grande Punto model name is invalid and will be updated to Punto
  • 1995-2001 Chevrolet R15 (MEX): The R15 model name is invalid and will be updated to C1500
  • 1997-2016 Ford F-450 (MEX): The F-450 model name is invalid and will be updated to F-450 Super Duty
  • 2010-2016 Ford F-550 (MEX): The F-550 model name is invalid and will be updated to F-550 Super Duty
  • 1998-2002 Victory V92C: The V92C model name is invalid and will be updated to V92C Standard Cruiser
  • 2001-2002 Victory V92C Deluxe: The V92C Deluxe model name is invalid and will be updated to V92C Standard Cruiser Deluxe
  • 2000 Victory V92C Special Edition: The V92C Special Edition model name is invalid and will be updated to V92C Standard Cruiser Special Edition
  • 2000-2001 Victory V92SC: The V92SC model name is invalid and will be updated to V92SC Sport Cruiser
  • 2002 Victory V92TC: The V92TC model name is invalid and will be updated to V92TC Touring Cruiser
  • 2002 Victory V92TC Deluxe: The V92TC Deluxe model name is invalid and will be updated to V92TC Touring Cruiser Deluxe
  • 2010-2012 Yamaha FX10MTS FX Nytro MTX SE 162: The FXMTS FX Nytro MTX SE 162 model name is invalid and will be updated to FX10M FX Nytro SE 162
  • 2015-2016 Yamaha RS90P RS Vector: The RS90P RS Vector model name is invalid and will be updated to RS90 RS Vector
  • 2011-2017 Yamaha RX10PX Apex XTX: The RX10PX Apex XTX model name is invalid and will be updated to RX10XT Apex XTX
  • 2016-2017 Harley Davidson FLSTFBS Fat Boy Lo S: The FLSTFBS Fat Boy Lo S model name is invalid and will be updated to FLSTFBS Fat Boy S
  • 2010-2012 Ram Dakota (MEX): The Ram make is invalid for the Dakota and will be updated to Dodge
  • 1927 Chevrolet Capital: The Capital model name is invalid and will be updated to Capitol
  • 1927-1928 Chevrolet Capital Truck: The Capital Truck model name is invalid and will be updated to Capitol Truck
  • 2000 Porsche Boxster Roadster: The 3.2L Engine is invalid for the submodel and will be removed

60-Day vcdb change notices – US / Canada

For changes effective in the November 2017 publication that affect Base Engine or Base Vehicle

  • No 60-Day Notifications for this Release

90-Day vcdb change notices – US / Canada

For changes effective in the December 2017 publication that affect Base Engine or Base Vehicle

  •  No 90-Day Notifications for this Release

 

product classification database (pcdb)

PCdb Special Announcements:

The format Notifications Sheet has been updated. The sheet now includes the Use information of each record listed. This will help visualize Use changes for the community.

There are 99 new CodeMaster records created in September 2017

PCdb change notices

PCdb Change Notification List

Changes effective in the September 2017 publication

  • Position Lower (Radiator To Auxiliary Radiator) (4840) will be removed due to redundancy. Please use Position Lower – Radiator To Auxiliary Radiator (4781) instead.
  • Position Lower (Auxiliary Radiator) (5089) will be removed due to redundancy. Please use Position Lower – Auxiliary Radiator (3533) instead.
  • Position Upper (Auxiliary Radiator) (5090) will be removed due to redundancy. Please use Position Upper – Auxiliary Radiator (3535) instead.
  • PartTerminology Turbocharger Housing (14964) will be removed. Please use PartTerminologies Turbocharger Turbine Housing (56829), Turbocharger Compressor Housing (16547), or Turbocharger Center Housing (56828) instead.
  • PartTerminology Turbocharger Turbine (14972) will be removed due to redundancy. Please use PartTerminology Turbocharger Turbine Wheel (56740) instead.
  • PartTerminology Radiator Assembly (19812) will be removed due to redundancy. Please use PartTerminology Radiator (2172) instead.

PCdb use assignment change notices

For PCdb “Use” changes effective in the September 2017 publication

There are no Part Use changes in the in the September 2017 publication

30-Day pcdb change notices

For changes effective in the October 2017 publication

  • Position Left Rear (2100) is being removed from PartTerminology Fender Patch Panel (52368). Please use position Rear Left (105) instead.
  • Position Right Rear (2101) is being removed from PartTerminology Fender Patch Panel (52368). Please use position Rear Right (106) instead.
  • Position Left Front (3154) is being removed from PartTerminology Parking / Clearance Light Assembly (15173). Please use position Front Left (103) instead.
  • Position Right Front (4056) is being removed from PartTerminology Parking / Clearance Light Assembly (15173). Please use position Front Right (104) instead.
  • Position Left Front (3154) is being removed from PartTerminology Exhaust Bracket (5804). Please use position Front Left (103) instead.
  • Position Left Front (3154) is being removed from PartTerminology Exhaust Mount (11908). Please use position Front Left (103) instead.
  • Position Left Front (3154) is being removed from PartTerminology Exhaust Manifold (5860). Please use position Front Left (103) instead.
  • Position Right Front (4056) is being removed from PartTerminology Exhaust Manifold (5860). Please use position Front Right (104) instead.
  • Position Left Front (3154) is being removed from PartTerminology Liquid Propane Gas (LPG) Fuel Return Line (56143). Please use position Front Left (103) instead.
  • Position Right Front (4056) is being removed from PartTerminology Liquid Propane Gas (LPG) Fuel Return Line (56143). Please use position Front Right (104) instead.

60-Day pcdb change notices

For changes effective in the November 2017 publication

  • No 60-Day Notifications for this Release

90-Day pcdb change notices

For changes effective in the December 2017 publication

  • No 90-Day Notifications for this Release


qualifier database (qdb)
  • 29 new qualifiers were added for the September 2017 release
    • 29 Fitment Qualifiers


part attribute database (padb)

A summary of the PAdb project and ongoing publication details is available and updated monthly

  • Part Term coverage now totals 12,433 Part Terms. The PAdb library now covers 109,974 attributes
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