release notes

July 2018

archived release notes


Publication: July 27, 2018

We are pleased to announce the following updates:

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ACES / PIES Documentation Updates

BEST PRACTICES GUIDELINE - Delivering Regulatory Content in PIES

ACES Notification Policy

ACES Notification Policy


July Data Changes


Vehicle Configuration database (VCdb)

New Vehicles – All Regions / All Vehicle Type Groups

July 2018 - VCdb Vehicle Counts

New vehicles – Light Duty US / Canada new vehicles, MY2019

This month, 164 new MY2019 Light Duty vehicles for US / Canada were added in various publication stages

  • Stage-1 vehicles: 7 vehicles covering 5 makes: Bentley, BMW, Genesis, Hyundai and Volvo
  • Stage-2 vehicles: 3 vehicles covering 1 make: Honda
  • Stage-4 vehicles: 154 vehicles covering 14 makes: Acura, Alfa Romeo, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Lincoln, Ram and Subaru

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

This month, 25 new MY2018 Light Duty vehicles for US / Canada were added in various publication stages

  • Stage-1 vehicles: 0 vehicles
  • Stage-2 vehicles: 0 vehicles
  • Stage-4 vehicles: 25 vehicles covering 9 makes: Buick, Cadillac, Dodge, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Jeep, Karma and Ram

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

This month, 5 new MY2017 Light Duty vehicles for US / Canada were added in publication stage 4

  • Stage-1 vehicles: 1 vehicle covering 1 make: BMW
  • Stage-2 vehicles: 0 vehicles
  • Stage-4 vehicles: 4 vehicles covering 3 makes: BMW, Karma and Kia

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

This month, 9 new pre-MY2017 Light Duty vehicles for US / Canada were added in various publication stages

  • Stage-1 vehicles: 4 vehicles covering 1 make: Pontiac
  • Stage-2 vehicles: 0 vehicles
  • Stage-4 vehicles: 5 vehicles covering 3 makes: Audi, Infiniti and Ram

New vehicles – Light Duty Mexico new vehicles, MY2019

There are 5 new MY2019 Light Duty vehicles for Mexico included in this month’s publication

There were 2 makes represented in this update: Chevrolet and Peugeot

New vehicles – Light Duty Mexico new vehicles, MY2018

There are 7 new MY2018 Light Duty vehicles for Mexico included in this month’s publication

There were 3 makes represented in this update: Foton, Hyundai and Seat

New vehicles – Light Duty Mexico new vehicles, MY2017

There is no update to MY2017 Light Duty vehicles for Mexico this month

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

There are 23 new pre-MY2017 Light Duty vehicles for Mexico included in this month’s publication

There were 4 makes represented in this update: Acura, BMW, Chrysler and Opel

New vehicles – Powersports US new vehicles, MY2019

There are 189 new MY2019 Powersports vehicles for US this month

There were 5 makes represented in this update: Can-Am, Honda, Husqvarna, Kawasaki and Yamaha

New vehicles – Powersports US new vehicles, MY2018

There are 16 new MY2018 Powersports vehicles for US this month

There were 4 makes represented in this update: Argo, Can-Am, Honda and Textron

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, MY2019

There are 24 new MY2019 Medium/Heavy Trucks for US / Canada included in this month’s publication

There were 8 makes represented in this update: Freightliner, International, Isuzu, Mack, Peterbilt, Spartan Motors, Thomas and Volvo

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

There are 10 new MY2018 Medium/Heavy Trucks for US / Canada included in this month’s publication

There were 6 makes represented in this update: Chevrolet, Ford, GMC, Hendrickson, Proterra and Temsa Bus

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

There are 7 new MY2017 Medium/Heavy Trucks for US / Canada included in this month’s publication

There were 4 makes represented in this update: GMC, Hendrickson, Proterra and Temsa Bus

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

There are 24 new pre-MY2017 Medium/Heavy Trucks for US / Canada included in this month’s publication

There were 4 makes represented in this update: GMC, Proterra, Temsa Bus and Western Star

New vehicles – Medium/Heavy Trucks Mexico new vehicles, MY2018

There are 67 new MY2018 Medium/Heavy Trucks for Mexico included in this month’s publication

There were 6 makes represented in this update: Dina, Foton, Hino, Hyundai, Kenworth and Mercedes-Benz

New vehicles – Medium/Heavy Trucks Mexico new vehicles, MY2017

There is no update to MY2017 Medium/Heavy Trucks for Mexico this month

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

There is no update to pre-MY2017 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.

VCdb Clean Up initiatives – All Regions / All Vehicle Type Groups

Hatchback Doors

In our efforts to provide the most accurate information possible in the VCdb, a clean up effort on the Hatchback Body Type Doors assignments. Our VCdb Data Rules & Policies document states that Body Number of Doors is defined as the number of passenger entry doors. A hatchback is not considered a passenger entry door. Based on this definition, all 5 door hatchbacks listed in the VCdb have been updated to 4 door hatchbacks and all 3 door hatchbacks that do not have a 3rd side entrance door have been updated to 2 door hatchbacks

Ford MfrBodyCodes

In addition to the clean up effort conducted on the hatchback doors, a second clean up initiative was completed on the Ford MfrBodyCodes. During our research based on a couple change requests received regarding the Ford MfrBodyCodes, we realized we had only been capturing an abbreviated version of the Ford MfrBodyCodes. The Ford MfrBodyCodes are differentiated by several vehicle attributes our current codes did not reflect. The codes, depending on the model are different based on the following factors: Model, Submodel, Drive Type, Body Type, Single Rear Wheels or Dual Rear Wheels, and Wheelbase. We have completed the clean up for all Light Duty US and Canada Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles produced from 2010 to present

30-Day vcdb change notices – US / Canada

For changes effective in the August 2018 publication that affect Base Engine or Base Vehicle

  • 2018 Dodge Journey SE (CAN): The SE submodel is invalid and will be removed
  • 2018 Lincoln Navigator L Premiere: The L Premiere submodel is invalid and will be removed
  • 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC63: The GLC63 model name is invalid and will be updated to GLC63 AMG
  • 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC63 S: The GLC63 S model name is invalid and will be updated to GLC63 AMG S
  • 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Launch Edition: The Launch Edition submodel is invalid and will be removed
  • 2014-2016 Ram ProMaster 1500 (MEX): The ProMaster model with the 1500 submodel will be updated to ProMaster 1500 model and Base submodel to align with the USA and CAN regions
  • 2014-2016 Ram ProMaster 2500 (MEX): The ProMaster model with the 2500 submodel will be updated to ProMaster 2500 model and Base submodel to align with the USA and CAN regions
  • 2014-2016 Ram ProMaster 3500 (MEX): The ProMaster model with the 3500 submodel will be updated to ProMaster 3500 model and Base submodel to align with the USA and CAN regions
  • 2012-2013 Honda Civic (MEX): The 1.5L engine with 1.94 / 49.4 Stroke is invalid and will be updated to the 1.5L engine with 3.52 / 89.4 Stroke
  • 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8: The 3.8 submodel is invalid and will be removed
  • 2009-2010 Ford Lobo (MEX): The 4.6L engine with 0.35 / 9.0 Stroke is invalid and will be updated to the 4.6L engine with 3.54 / 90.0 Stroke
  • 1994 Ford Mustang Convertible (MEX): The Convertible submodel is invalid and will be removed. The convertible body type has been added to the GT submodel
  • 1974 Ford Mustang II: The 2.0L 4 cylinder engine is invalid and will be removed
  • 1969-1972 Chevrolet Kingswood: The 250 CID 6 cylinder engine is invalid and will be removed

30-Day vcdb Engine Base Cleanup change notices – US / Canada / Mexico

For changes effective in the August 2018 publication that affect Engine Base

VCdb Change Notification List

30-Day vcdb Transmission Control Type change notices – US / Canada / Mexico

For changes effective in the August 2018 publication that affect Transmission Control Type

  • Standard Transmission Control Type: The Standard Transmission Control Type will be updated to Manual in an effort to make the nomenclature more relevant. This will be a text edit only and will not affect the Transmission Control Type ID or any Transmission Base or Transmission ID’s

60-Day vcdb change notices – US / Canada

For changes effective in the September 2018 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 October 2018 publication that affect Base Engine or Base Vehicle

  • No 90-Day Notifications for this Release


Product Classification database (PCdb)

There are 55 new CodeMaster records created for the July 2018 release

PCdb change notices

PCdb Change Notification List

Changes effective in the July 2018 publication

  • PartTerminology Automatic Transmission Temperature Sensor (18033) is being removed. Please use Automatic Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor (2196)
  • PartTerminology Automatic Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor (2196) is moving from Category Belts and Cooling (4) to Transmission (20).
  • Position Front Intake (3087) is being removed. Please use Intake (Front) (3199).
  • Position Intake Left (3194) is being removed. Please use Intake (Left) (3645).
  • Position Left Intake (4611) is being removed. Please use Intake (Left) (3645).
  • Position Right Intake (4612) is being removed. Please use Intake (Right) (3644).
  • Position Exhaust Right (3197) is being removed. Please use Exhaust (Right) (3642).
  • Position Right Exhaust (4614) is being removed. Please use Exhaust (Right) (3642).

30-Day pcdb change notices

For changes effective in the August 2018 publication

  • PartTerminology Brake Master Cylinder Reservoir Cap (10872) is being removed. Please use Brake Master Cylinder Cap (1728). Brake Master Cylinder Cap (1728) is being renamed to “Brake Master Cylinder Reservoir Cap.”
  • PartTerminology Exhaust Elbow Pipe (47174) is being removed. Please use Exhaust Elbow (47170).
  • PartTerminology Diesel Shut-Off Valve Gasket (50604) is being moved from Category Brake (3) to Air and Fuel Delivery (12).
  • PartTerminology Wheel Rim Brush (16940) is being moved from Category Tools and Equipment (18) to Accessories and Fluids (1). It is also being moved from Subcategory Hand Tools (170) to Cleaning Products (259) where other cleaning product tools are located.

60-Day pcdb change notices

For changes effective in the September 2018 publication

  • No 60-Day Notifications for this Release

90-Day pcdb change notices

For changes effective in the October 2018 publication

  • No 90-Day Notifications for this Release


Qualifier database (Qdb)

Qdb change notices

Changes effective in the July 2018 publication

  • There were 2 additions to the Qdb for July
    • 2 Informational Qualifiers
  • There were 5 deletions to the Qdb for July
    • Standard Bed (<p1 type="size"/> Wheelbase) has been deleted for being a compound qualifier
    • Except ZR2 Wide Stance Or Highrider Package has been deleted for being a compound qualifier
    • with <p1 type="num"/> Joint Driveshaft (Except CV Joint) & <p2 type="size"/> Rear Yoke has been deleted for being a compound qualifier
    • Hi Temp Short Design has been deleted for being a compound qualifier
    • Hi Temp Standard Design has been deleted for being a compound qualifier

30-Day qdb change notices

For changes effective in the August 2018 publication

  • No 30-Day Notifications for this Release

Qdb change notices (ON HOLD)

The following list of previously announced deletions have been placed on hold till the Qdb change log has been implemented

  • Without Helper Leaf on Top of Spring will be deleted, please use without Helper Leaf On Top Of Spring
  • with Electric Pump (Informational) will be deleted, please use with Electric Pump (Fitment)
  • Vertical Mount (Informational) will be deleted, please use Vertical Mount (Fitment)
  • Pump Inlet (Informational) will be deleted, please use Pump Inlet (Fitment)
  • OE Shoulder Bolt Not Required (Installation) will be deleted, please use OE Shoulder Bolt Not Required (Informational)
  • Lower Hose Inlet (Informational) will be deleted, please use Lower Hose Inlet (Fitment)
  • without Cab (Fitment) will be deleted, please use without Cab (Fitment)
  • High Horsepower (Informational) will be deleted, please use High Horsepower (Informational)
  • Except Right Hand Drive (Fitment) will be deleted, please use Except Right Hand Drive (Fitment)
  • Ball Shaft End (Fitment) will be deleted, please use Ball Shaft End (Informational)
  • with <p1 type="idlist"/> Series (Fitment) will be deleted, please use <p1 type="idlist"/> Series (Fitment)
  • From <p1 type="weight"/> to <p2 type="weight"/> GVW will be deleted, please use <p1 type="weight"/> to <p2 type="weight"/> GVW
  • with <p1 type="size"/> Driveshaft Diameter will be deleted, please use with <p1 type="size"/> Diameter Driveshaft
  • with <p1 type="size"/> Gear Ratio will be deleted, please use with <p1 type="num"/> Gear Ratio
  • with Dual Rear Wheels (DRW) will be deleted, please use Dual Rear Wheels
  • With Dual Rear Wheels will be deleted, please use Dual Rear Wheels
  • <p1 type="size"/>-<p2 type="size"/> Course Thread will be deleted, please use <p1 type="size"/>-<p2 type="num"/> Coarse Thread
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