All models have the standard 17 digit VIN plate on the left side of the dashboard, visible through the windshield. On Golf and Jetta, a second plate is on the top of the cowling behind the engine. On Cabriolet, the VIN also appears on the model identification plate in the luggage compartment.
The VIN number will show information on where the vehicle was manufactured, body style, engine type, passenger restraint system, vehicle model, model year, and the sequential serial number. This information can be helpful when locating parts or specifications.
Notice that the Cabriolet/Cabrio skips a platform generation. The A1 platform was a carryover from the 1984 and earlier Rabbits and Jetta's. In 1993, the A3 platform was introduced, which replaced the 1985-1992 A2 platform, while the Cabriolet remained an A1 platform. In 1995, the newly-designed A3-platformed Cabrio joined the Golf and Jetta.