The figure is much higher than the previous records of 244,914 units in 2015 and 160,000 vehicles in 2009.
According to VAMA, in December alone, the sales of automobiles in the domestic market were 33,925 units, up 17 percent from November. Of which 23,565 vehicles were assembled locally and 9,730 were imported.
The sales of locally-assembled vehicles upped 32 percent in 2016, while the sales of imported ones increased by 5 percent.
The Truong Hai Auto Corporation (Thaco) accounted for the largest market share of 41.5 percent with 112,847 vehicles sold in 2016.
Japan’s Toyota sold 57,036 units, making up 21 percent of the market share, while Ford Vietnam’s sales were 29,011, equivalent to 10.7 percent of the market share.
Meanwhile, the sales of motorbikes exceeded 1,676,800 units in the second half of 2016, raising the year’s total number to over 3.12 million, up 9.5 percent from 2015.
The Vietnam Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (VAMM) reported that its members, namely Honda, Piaggio, Suzuki, SYM and Yamaha, produced 55 models during the year.
Honda Vietnam (HVN) accounted for 70 percent of the market share with the sales of over 2.14 million units, up 7 percent from the previous year.
According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the country’s motorbike output exceeded 3.39 million units, up 3.2 percent from 2015.