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Vietnam-made car at next month’s Paris Motor Show, Malaysian helps

POSTED BY Yamin Vong ON 17 September 2018


Vietnam’s VinFast group is barreling ahead with its made-in-Vietnam car and exhibiting the sedan prototype in next month’s Paris Motor Show.

At least, there’s a Malaysian and a Proton Joint-venture involved in this: Mr Yeap Swee Chuan who founded one of Thailand’s leading automotive component maker, AAPICO Hitech Public Co Ltd confirmed that his Ayuthaya-based company and a Proton JV will be involved in the project.

“AAPICO Hitech is making most of the inner BIW (body in white) parts except skin panels which are done in-house. This means we make the jigs and dies for VinFast and we will send the dies and jigs to our AAPICO-Vinfast joint-venture plant in Vingroup’s Suppliers Park. We assemble the components and send to the VinFast main assembly plant.

“Because of the size of the project, AAPICO is making the dies in Thailand, South Korea, China and Malaysia,” Yeap told www.motorme.my

“In Malaysia, we’re doing some of the dies for the Vinfast car in our Proton joint-venture with Miyazu.

“Being Malaysian, I like to support Proton. The sad thing is, I have given more jobs to Proton over the years then Proton has given me jobs,” said Bangkok-based Yeap, who is also the long serving president of the Thai-Malaysia Chambers of Commerce and Industry.


According to www.just-auto.com:

Vietnamese OEM start-up VinFast has issued more images of its upcoming models which will debut at the Paris Motor Show next month.

It says the sedan and SUV represent the ‘powerful, progressive spirit of a new, energetic and developing Vietnam’.

VinFast worked with European design house Pininfarina on the models.

One specific highlight of the debutant’s design language is prominent at the front of both its new cars. The chrome V emblem at the centre of the grille is flanked on the right by a horizontal chrome splint that combines with the LED daytime running lights to create an F-motif, representing the second syllable of VinFast.

“The strong, distinguishable design, enhanced by elegant lines and refined details, gives our cars several distinctive highlights,” said David Lyon, Director of Design at VinFast. “First and foremost, these emanate around the V logo in the grille which references the country of Vietnam, as well as the Vingroup and VinFast brands. In conjunction with Pininfarina, we have carefully sculptured each body line to express the natural beauty of Vietnam and the warm-hearted and dynamic characteristics of its people through a modern and world-class design language.”

Breaking traditional car development rules, VinFast gave the people of Vietnam the opportunity to determine the styling direction at the very start of the design process. More than 62,000 people voted when presented with 20 design sketches from four world-renowned Italian car design houses. Starting with ItalDesign’s winning concepts, the cars’ designs have since been developed and completed by Pininfarina. VinFast says that the cars are designed for the Vietnamese people based on a selection made by the Vietnamese people and ‘can truly be regarded as national products of Vietnam, embracing the pride and ambition of its citizens’.

With its debut in Paris, VinFast will become Vietnam’s first automotive manufacturer to participate in a major international motor show.

Well, if a communist country can allow laissez-faire to thrive, why not Malaysia? Because Malaysia is 32 million population versus Vietnam’s 100 million. Secondly, Malaysian car ownership ratio is 361/1000 people (2010) versus Vietnam’s 23/1000 population (2013).

Perhaps if Malaysia gives incentives for electric vehicles, starting with commercial vehicle operators, this level playing field will energise the Malaysian private sector to make Malaysia the regional EV hub?