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Car show readies to ignite auto sales

In Uncategorized on August 19, 2008 at 5:09 pm

HA NOI — As many as 12 leading auto makers in Viet Nam will display their flagship vehicles at the Viet Nam Motor Show 2008, the country’s largest car show, which will open in Ha Noi on Thursday, organisers said last week.

The five day event, with the theme Realising Your Dreams, is expected to attract 120,000 visitors, according to the Viet Nam Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (VAMA) and AFTA Co, organisers of the event.

“The theme of the event means that nowadays, it is easier for the Vietnamese to buy their own cars,” said VAMA’s chairman Udo Franz Loersch.

“Meanwhile, with the dynamic growth of the Vietnamese market, we want to entice foreign parts makers to invest more into Viet Nam’s supporting industries,” he added.

Loersch said he hoped the Government would generate more stable and long-term policies for VAMA to expand its production.

The event, which will display the vehicles over 12,000sq.m, will not only create more business opportunities for auto makers and spare parts suppliers, but also celebrates the latest and most advanced auto products in Viet Nam.

According to VAMA, visitors will enjoy hundreds of car models, many of which are concept cars such as the Ford B, Toyota FTHS, Isuzu multi-utility MU7 and GM Daewoo L4X.

Leading auto makers will also display their flagship cars such as Mercedes Benz with its renowned two-door sports car SLK350, and Suzuki with its Swift 1600 race car.

A seminar entitled Preparation for Car Motorisation in Viet Nam will also take place with the participation of representatives from Government organisations and relevant associations and enterprises.

According to VAMA, which represents the country’s 17 leading auto makers including the 12 firms participating in the show, 17 car makers in Viet Nam last month sold a total of 8,458 units, a 31 per cent rise over the same period last year. —

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