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Auto giants choose to steer clear of national motor show

Update: October, 21/2013 - 08:36
A worker at a production line of Xuan Kien Auto JSC in Ha Noi. This year many famous brands in the domestic market will not join the Vietnam MotorShow 2013. — VNA/VNS Photo Huy Hung

HA NOI (VNS)— Many well-known automobile brands in the Vietnamese market will not be present at next week's Vietnam Motor Show 2013, the country's biggest annual exhibition.

Instead, they are promoting their vehicles independently, according to VnEconomy online newspaper.

The show is a place for businesses to introduce new products and seek partners. However, three giant domestic automobile businesses (Thaco Truong Hai, Hyundai Thanh Cong and Vinaxuki) and three international firms (Subaru, Orsche and Rolls-Royce) all chose not to participate.

Thaco Truong Hai and Hyundai carried out their own programmes to introduce new cars.

Early this month, Thaco Truong Hai held a ceremony to introduce the Mazda2 S sedan and Kia K3, which will replace its older Forte sedan.

Hyundai Thanh Cong launched the Accent Hatchback and said the all-new Hyundai i10 would be released in November.

Porsche did not reveal its reason for not attending the Viet Nam Motor Show after participating last year, but it presented versions of luxury model Panamera on October 10.

Rolls-Royce warmed up the market by announcing its plan to release Phantom, Ghost and Wraith, worth billions of dong. The firm also reported that it would introduce a gilded version of Ghost.

Before 2012 only members of the Vietnam Automobile Manufacturers' Association (VAMA) could participate in the show. But as the number of import cars increased, the association opened the show to cars imported from official suppliers.

Consequently, many firms have not invested in building their own factories, instead developing a distribution network of imported cars.

In nearly five years, Viet Nam will have to break its tariff barriers on import cars when the country fully participates in the ASEAN Free Trade Area.

At present, VAMA members including Toyota, Ford, Honda, Mercedes-Benz and GM have an advantage in making products with the localisation rate.

Under localisation policies, these firms receive support from the Government. However, after many years, the firms' localisation rate has not exceeded 10 per cent for sedans, much lower than the target. — VNS

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