Vietnamese VinFast To Present Pininfarina-Designed Models At Paris Show

A brand-new Vietnamese car company called VinFast aims to launch in the market with an SUV and a sedan – both developed by Pininfarina’s design and engineering teams.

Both models will start sales in Vietnam in September 2019 but before that, VinFast will bring them to the 2018 Paris Auto Show in October for their world debut.

“We have the resources, scalability and commitment to become a significant new player in the global automotive industry. We are immensely proud to be the first volume automotive manufacturer in Vietnam, and the first to participate in a major international motor show”, said VinFast’s CEO, James DeLuca.

Besides their ambitions to offer the two as-yet-unnamed vehicles in Vietnam, the start-up’s plans include worldwide sales. It may be too early to talk about the exact markets in question, but we could be looking at Europe, where they would be exported straight from a brand new factory located in northern Vietnam.

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VinFast won’t limit their offerings to just two models, as more of them are on the cards. The new Vietnamese car company aims to produce 500,000 units annually by mid-2020s.

Pininfarina was among several styling houses that submitted their designs to VinFast. After holding a public vote, the small car marque announced Pininfarina’s sedan and SUV as the two winners.

It’s unknown, however, whether VinFast will turn to Pininfarina when it comes to other possible future models, or if they will hold yet another public vote.

  • Mike anonymous

    Is ANY thing,. Pininfarina “won’t” design, and or ANYone, Pininfarina “won’t” design for?.

    • designer_dick

      Pininfarina is a business. Businesses exist to make money, so if a prospective customer approaches them to design something and is willing to pay the amount of money required to complete the project, why shouldn’t Pininfarina, as a business looking to make money, design something for them?

      • Mike anonymous

        well of corse they’re a business looking to make money, that’s what business do. I mostly was concerned that just because you can, doesn’t mean you have to.

        Now I DO like these vehicles, they are nice. But I feel (with other vehicles (not the ones form this article) that maybe they shouldn’t). But Hey it’s their business, not mine.

  • Marc Gruben

    The illustrations look really nice, as Pininfarina’s work usually does. Which makes me wish out loud, once again, for Subaru to contact them.

    • eb110americana

      It would be a waste. They would make amazing concepts for them, and then Subaru would make production versions that look like…Subarus.

      • Marc Gruben

        Yeah, I know. I can still dream though. Imagine a Subaru that’s desirable strictly because of how it looks.

  • Thunderbolt

    I hope they get their engines from Hyundai or Toyota, and not some Chinese POS.

  • Dude

    I’ll buy one if the new car smell smells like Banh Mi

    • eb110americana

      LOL!

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