Thaco H1 profit falls as auto market remains listless

By Anh Tu   September 29, 2023 | 05:32 pm PT
Thaco H1 profit falls as auto market remains listless
KIA cars seen in a plant of Thaco in Chu Lai Open Economic Zone, the central province of Quang Nam. Photo courtesy of Thaco
Automaker Thaco Group reported first half profits of VND1.076 trillion (US$45.6 million), or less than a quarter of last year’s figure, amid an auto market slump.

Its profit margin of 2.1% was a fifth of the rate in the first half last year, the company said in a financial report it sent to the Hanoi Stock Exchange.

The car market has been sluggish since the last quarter of 2022.

Thaco Group recently slashed the prices of many models it manufactures and distributes by hundreds of millions of dong (VND100 million = $4,114) to stimulate demand.

Thaco Group still has a sales target of over 120,000 vehicles for this year, including 96,000 passenger cars, 23,500 trucks and 1,500 buses and mini buses.

According to statistics from the Vietnam Automobile Manufacturers Association, Thaco sold some 58,000 cars in the first eight months of this year, down 40% year-on-year and only 48.3% of its target.

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