HA NOI — Seventeen members of the Viet Nam Automobile Manufacturing Association (VAMA) last month sold a total of nearly 6,120 vehicles, down 25 per cent over the same period last year, but up a significant 43 per cent since January, the association reported.
|A worker of Ford Viet Nam works on an assembly line. Nearly 10,400 automobiles were sold in the first two months of this year, down 44 per cent year-on-year. — VNA/VNS Photo Viet Thanh
Compared with January, sales of trucks and commercial vehicles doubled to over 3,000 units, while sales of MPV/SUV vehicles grew 28 per cent.
VAMA members launched no new products last month but their sales promotion programmes offered from the end of January helped increase February sales, especially in the sedan and MPV/SUV segments, the association said.
Truong Hai last month beat Japanese Toyota to take the first position on the market in terms of sales. The company's sales increased 114 per cent to 1,872 vehicles, only about 30 units more than Toyota's figure.
The "big two" were followed by Vinaxuki with 592 vehicles sold, and GM Viet Nam, with 534 units.
Suzuki surprised the market with sales growing about 20 times to reach 360 vehicles in February, overtaking Ford (with 216 units) to rank fifth.
According to VAMA, several firms had significant sales growth last month including Mercedes-Benz Viet Nam at 85 per cent, Isuzu at 42 per cent, and Vinamotor at 22 per cent.
On the contrary, Honda Viet Nam could sell only 14 Civic vehicles and no imported CR-V and Accord models.
In terms of best sellers, Toyota still led the market with two-thirds of the highest selling sedans for the month with about 820 Corolla Altis, Vios and Camry units sold.
Truong Hai followed closely, representing two-fifths of this group, with 394 Kia Morning/Picanto and Kia fore/Cerato units sold.
For the MPV/SUV segment, Toyota also took the lead as it accounted for two-fifths of the highest selling group, with 795 Innova and Fortuner vehicles sold, followed by Truong Hai with 138 Kia Carens units, Ford with 138 Everest units, and Nissan with 35 Livina units.
Many industry insiders said the domestic automobile market will remain quiet despite these satisfactory results. However the strong rally in February could be considered an optimistic sign for the market in the coming months.
Nguyen Van Thang, director of a Ford agent in Viet Nam, told Thoi bao Kinh te Viet Nam (Vietnam Economic Times) that though demand for cars was high, banks maintained tightened lending practices for car purchases and the taxes and fees increased. Therefore, customers had to think twice before buying the products.
"With the current situation, there will be few opportunities for manufacturers to increase sales like they did in 2011. It's likely that sales of VAMA members will significantly recover from the end of the second quarter," he told the newspaper.
In the first two months of the year, VAMA members sold nearly 10,400 vehicles, a year-on-year decrease of 44 per cent. Toyota topped in two-month sales with 3,400 units, followed by Truong Hai with 2,700 units, and GM and Vinaxuki with a combined number of around 1,100 units. — VNS