Vietnam auto sales dip by half in January

By Thanh Nhan   February 13, 2023 | 11:59 pm PT
Vietnam auto sales dip by half in January
Cars are on display at a dealer in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo by VnExpress/Pham Trung
Vietnam’s auto sales in January plunged 57% from a month earlier as the Lunar New Year holiday brought down demand.

The Vietnam Automobile Manufacturers Association (VAMA) saw 17,314 units sold, down 51% from December.

Hyundai Thanh Cong, which assembles and distributes cars for the South Korean brand Hyundai, sold 64% less from the previous month, while VinFast saw sales dip 92%.

The combined sales of VAMA and the two brands mentioned dropped 57% from December to 21,168 units.

Industry insiders say that as customers tend to buy new cars in the month before Tet, the biggest annual holiday which fell on Jan. 20-26 this year, it is understandable why sales surged in December and dropped in January.

Declines were seen even among the best-selling models.

Toyota Vios sales dropped 90% from December, while that of SUV Mazda CX-5 fell 42%.

Since early February dealers have been offering discounts of up to VND100 million ($4,200) to boost sales.

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