Industry Standard Car Classification Code
ACRISS Members utilise an industry standard vehicle matrix to define car models ensuring a like to like comparison of vehicles. This easy-to-use matrix consists of four categories. Each position in the four character vehicle code represents a definable characteristic of the vehicle. The expanded vehicle matrix makes it possible to have 400 vehicle types. Car codes are created by assigning one character from each column and combining them into a four-character car code:
- 1st character denotes the vehicle category – based on size, cost, power and luxury factor
- 2nd character defines the vehicle type – chassis type (van, SUV, wagon, convertible….)
- 3rd character defines the transmission and drive – automatic / manual & 2WD / 4WD / AWD
- 4th character defines the fuel type (petrol / diesel / hybrid…) and whether air conditioned
An independent motor vehicle professional is commissioned by ACRISS to assign the codes for all European manufactures’ models to ensure accuracy and transparency.
e.g. : CCMN = Compact Car – 2/4 Door – Manual Transmission – Non air-conditioned
The compact, 2/4 door results would include models similar to Ford Focus or Opel Astra for example.
This coding system has been adopted to ensure that all ACRISS members display the same coding for the same vehicles, enabling you to make an informed decision when comparing rates. In addition it enables you to select the right vehicle.
Below are our ACRISS Vehicle Selling Guides to help you compare codes and example of models assigned to these codes including our full ACRISS Matrix and other useful codes. Updated October 2019.