Auto sales up 97 percent in March

Domestic auto sales hit nearly 8,390 units in March, down 4 percent over the same period last year, but up a significant 97 percent since February, said the Vietnam Automobile Manufacture’s Association (VAMA).

Compared with February, sales of commercial vehicles rose by 75 percent to more than 2,800 units, while trucks grew 111 percent to 5,600 units.

Of the total, domestically assembled autos accounted for nearly 7,000, increasing 103 percent against February, while vehicle made up 1,400, up 74 percent.

VAMA chairman Laurent Charpentier said its members’ sales are 400-500 units higher than forecast, showing a positive sign for the country’s automobile industry.

In March, Toyota continued to be the market leader with sales of more than 2,400 units, followed by Truong Hai with 2,200 and Ford, 498.

Vina Mazda saw the highest growth of 318 percent over the same period last year, ahead of Honda at 287 percent and Vinastar 95 percent.

Toyota contributed several best selling models with its sedans and SUV/MPV series.

Micheal Behrens, general director of Mercedes Benz Vietnam, said the increase is due to the reduction of registration fees for under-10 seats cars and used vehicles.

He told Vietnam Economic Times that the fee reduction will help the market improve as it will cost customers less to buy a car.

Despite the increase, he said VAMA expected auto sales of around 100,000 units in 2013, 8 percent higher than 2012.

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