Country of origin is not the debate point. The point of interest is the letter or number in position 11 of the vin which indicates the manufacturing plant where the vehicle was assembled (as quoted from the edmunds.com url). Each automaker has its own set of plant codes. With the 21 Crosstreks, the options are "H" and "8". Anyone know what each of the letter represents is the $64k question. Just interested for educational purpose.The first letter or number of a VIN tells you what country it was built in. J=Japan. A number 1, 4, or 5, indicates the US. Canada is 3, Mexico 2.
"In this group, the first digit or letter identifies the country of origin. For example, cars made in the U.S. start with 1, 4 or 5. Canada is 2, and Mexico is 3. Japan is J, South Korea is K, England is S, Germany is W, and Sweden or Finland is Y. "
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So you don't need to know more than the first letter or number of the VIN to know the country of origin.