Notably, the sales of domestically-assembled automobiles were estimated at 106,678, up 10%, whilst imported ones slumped 49% year-on-year, reaching only 19,039.
VAMA said as many as 21,913 units of vehicles were sold in June alone, down 5% month-on-month.
Among the total, the sales of special-purpose vehicles saw the strongest fall at 24% down to 447 units, while that of commercial and passenger vehicles decreased by 8 and 1% to 6,281 and 15,185 units, respectively.
Almost all VAMA members reported a decline in sales over the last six months with Toyota’s Lexus brand witnessing the biggest drop at 83%; followed by Ford at 33%; Nissan at 26%; Toyota and Mercedes-Benz at 13%; and GM Vietnam at 9%.
Experts attributed the situation to Decree No.116/2017/ND-CP issued by the Government on conditions for production, assembling, import, trading, and the maintenance service supply activities of domestic firms.
Across the whole market, the only imports were Honda’s four models (including its CR-V, Civic, Jazz, and Accord brands), and GM Vietnam’s two models of Chevrolet Trailblazer and Colorado for distribution in the first half of 2018.
Aside from Honda Vietnam and GM Vietnam, since the beginning of this year, no car company has distributed imported vehicles to the market due to the requirements of the decree, which took effect at the beginning of the year.
Recently, Toyota Vietnam has announced the sale price of three imported vehicle models including Fortuner, Hilux, and Hiace. These models will be officially distributed to the market in August.
Other automakers such as Ford, Nissan, and Mitsubishi also said that they are trying to complete relevant procedures required in the decree. They hope to import and distribute new models to the market at the end of the third quarter or the beginning of the last quarter of this year.
As such, vehicles supplied in the market from the beginning of the year until now and from now until the end of the year are still mostly manufactured and assembled in Vietnam with leading businesses and brands such as Hyundai Thanh Cong, GM Vietnam, Truong Hai Automobile JSC (Thaco) with the top brands of Mazda, Kia, and Peugeo.