Vinfast, Vietnam’s first full-fledged carmaker launched its first “Made In Vietnam” automobile on March 7th and will start trial runs of the new automobile at its Hai Phong City factory.
The Lux SA 2.0 SUV has a 228 horsepower engine and an 8-gear automatic transmission, and commercial versions of both the Lux SA Sedan and the Lux SA SUV will be delivered in the second and third quarter this year to customers who have pre-ordered.
VinFast presents its first made-in-Vietnam car in its Hai Phong factory on March 7, 2019. Photo courtesy of Vingroup
VinFast is a unit of Vietnam’s largest private conglomerate Vingroup, and claims to be the first auto manufacturer in Vietnam with a closed, synchronous and complete cycle of production.
The first cars will be tested in several countries including Australia, Austria and South Korea so that they can be certified to European safety and technical standards. They will also be tested in Vietnam for endurance in the country’s various climates and road conditions.
VinFast showed off prototypes of its first two car models at the Paris Motor Show in France last October, just a year after the company’s incorporation. A limited edition of its Lux SA 2.0, called the Lux V8 with a 455 horsepower V8 engine, is being displayed at the recent Geneva Motor Show 2019.