I've been looking for a free database of vehicle manufacturer's specifications, data, and images for a long time with no luck, does anyone have any ideas?

  • please expand. what kind of vehicles? trucks, cars, boats? and what kind of data? manufactor specs, reported fuel economy, crash test results?
    – philshem
    Commented Mar 5, 2014 at 10:59
  • Anything categorized as a "vehicle". More specifically, I'm looking for manufacturer specs.
    – user2109
    Commented Mar 5, 2014 at 17:38

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For the United States, FuelEconomy.Gov provides a seemingly comprehensive database of vehicles. You can use the API to pull down select vehicles or all vehicles in the database. In is primarily to communicate fuel economy, but a number of other vehicle features are also reported (transmission, engine type, etc.).

Full disclosure: I'm the developer of an R package aimed at extracting data from the API.


Here is a database of vehicles in the UK.

How Many Left?

Search for statistics about every make and model of vehicle registered in Great Britain. Data comes directly from the Department for Transport, and is regularly updated.


Edmunds API has pretty decent info.


  • This is an old answer, but I found it today - just noting that Edmunds no longer offers this API to the public, only to car dealers and other strategic partners.
    – yakatz
    Commented May 11, 2022 at 14:30

If you are looking for a quick and easy database of UK New Vehicles then The following may be of use:


It does not include images or technical data but may be a useful starting point.

Full Disclosure: I work for the company that produces this product.


Here is a database of all the car models (~230k) sold in France since 2001, including power, consumption and greenhouse gaz emissions. There are no picture though. You can download the dataset or get the data via an API. The source is the ADEME, The French Environment and Energy Management Agency who run the tests.



You'll do well to find a free database. However, I found https://www.carmakesandmodels.co.uk offers a free API. I needed a solution for a car insurance website and found this API adequate and updated monthly.

  • One-time free quota is a paltry 20 requests, with no free replenishment after they are gone. I don't adhere to strict definitions of open data, but this is defintely not open data.
    – philshem
    Commented Jan 27, 2017 at 15:00

I was once using Edmunds for an app. Haven't they closed their API?? (that's what i've heard).

I did use cdbapi, too. We needed only few fields for integration,but the info was accurate.

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    Could you add a link to Edmunds, so that others can follow up on your comment easier? Also, please add one more sentence on what data/fields the cdbapi contains; finally, a notice would be in order that the latter - accordng to cdbapi's terms and conditions - are definitely not open data.
    – ojdo
    Commented Sep 7, 2018 at 20:00

Check out Autodata-net (updated on a daily basis).

If you want more detailed technical data, check out Car DataBase API. It is a paid database, but it offers images with the cars.


There's a pretty good/large vehicle make and model database free(not include images) and API(paid) : Vehicle make model database download free.

  • conflicted as to downvote this or not, seeing as it is paid data.
    – albert
    Commented Jun 24, 2017 at 1:18
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    There is free download of brands and car models (base version is free)
    – carspecs
    Commented Jun 24, 2017 at 18:20

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