VinFast Unveils Vietnam’s First Cars Ahead Of Paris Show Debut

VinFast, Vietnam’s first car company, has lifted the veils off its two Pininfarina-designed cars set to debut at this years’ Paris Auto Show.

The sedan and SUV models have been designed for the company’s home market based on a selection made by the Vietnamese people. VinFast gave the people of Vietnam the opportunity to influence the styling direction at the very beginning of the design process one year ago.

More than 62,000 people chose from 20 design sketches submitted by four major Italian car design houses. While ItalDesign’s sketches initially won the contest, Pininfarina was appointed to further develop and complete the designs.

Labeled as premium products, both cars feature very similar front ends sporting a chrome V emblem at the center of the grille, a horizontal chrome splint that merges with the LED DRLs, sleek headlights, and an asymmetric chrome element.

Highlights of the sedan’s design include the generous wheelbase, long bonnet, and horizontal body lines, while the SUV has a more muscular, sporty appearance.

There’s no information on powertrains, but we assume VinFast will provide more details on October 2, when both the sedan and SUV will debut at the Paris Auto Show. That’s when the company is expected to announce the names of the two models as well.

Following the world premiere, both cars will be introduced to the Vietnamese public by the end of this year. Exports to international markets are planned in the coming years but we don’t know which regions VinFast is targeting.

VinFast is a brand owned by VinGroup, the largest private enterprise in Vietnam. Besides the sedan and SUV, the automaker says it’s developing electric cars, city cars, electric buses, and electric scooters as well.

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  • Bash

    I like what I see, would loved to see some interior renderings or schematic shots.

  • TheBelltower

    Well, huh… I do not hate this. It’s not going to set the world on fire. But it looks like a solid effort.

  • gbmike25

    Dayymn … they are actually sharp looking, nice!

    • Bo Hanan

      The profiles are. The front and rear clips look like transformers.

  • Miknik

    Well that looks better than 95% of the cars form China, and some established brands too. Credits to Pininfarina., who still haven’t lost all their talent…

  • RDS Alphard

    At least they know what people want, crossover.

  • RDS Alphard

    I wonder if they would made a Diesel powered one?

  • Marc Gruben

    Nice looking cars, terrible brand name. Very curious to see what the powertrains are. If the build quality matches the looks and the prices are reasonable, VinFast has a good chance at succeeding. On another note, these designs make me wish Subaru would contract out to an Italian design house.

    • KareKakk

      Indeed… the days of Giugiaro and his Subaru SVX are gone, sadly.

  • Dude

    Pretty cool

  • Nihar

    I wonder if Vinfast can help Chrysler. They have the styling for it.

  • MarkoS

    They look great.

  • sidewaysspin

    Impressive and don’t look half bad either, kinda bmw’ish.

  • Jerry Hightower

    Not bad looking! Better looking than a lot of what’s out there actually!

  • Karl

    Very credible first efforts! Wish more American car companies would hire companies like Pininfarina to help with their cars designs.. I am really liking these…

  • DR.FUNK

    Very nice rookie effort.
    Make them at least hybrid…and there should be some sales there.

  • Dennis James

    A lot of cues from BMW/Mercedes/Volvo, but at the same time they give their designs good proportions and also a bit of personality, unlike the Chinese copycats.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Somewhat derivative but not terrible. When you clinic, you often get less exciting designs.

  • Harry_Wild

    The VinFast SUV looks very upscale in design to the point that it could pass as a BMW midsize.

    • Randy Terpstra

      Being based on BMW platforms certainly helps 🙂 .

  • Targeting Vietnamese market and launch their car in Paris Auto Show, sure.

  • Liam Paul

    I do if they will build it here, I will buy it here

  • Spurious Squirrel

    The SUV looks rather similar to the gen 1 BMW X3, grills remind me of 1990″s Vauxhall’s…

    • Randy Terpstra

      Both the SUV and sedan are based on BMW platforms Power will come from license built BMW 2.0L engine.

  • DJ

    Wait ! The best of the automotive design houses could only come up with a Camery with ugly front end ?

  • KareKakk

    Well, FCA brands have a century of heritage in the basket and can/have evolve their designs from that. Vinfast starts with absolutely nothing in the rear view mirror and even do public polls in order to make a car that is visually pleasing for the locals, even if going the rather “safe” route and hire italian designers with decades of experience, as did the japanese and koreans in their early days. Can’t help feeling the ‘nams are doing something very right here.

    • Thanh Nguyen

      You’re right. Vietnamese consumers are not sensitive to brand name’s signification or how its sounds like Westerners. Vinfast decided to play safe to target for domestic market at first launch. Two models are basically rebodied based on previous BMW 5-series and X5 SUV. Power will likely come from a modified version of the BMW N20 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo engine, a block that VinFast is licensed to produce. They already signed a deal with SIEMENS to work on electric model. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f7ce929d6c9bce2b37091c58b46e6a6fd51600c111aa8be734dac707d0c6fe94.jpg

  • Tumbi Mtika

    They’re nice…but they kinda look like Renaults.

  • adbt20

    Looks nice! I find it refreshing to see classic proportions with relatively low belt-line and taller windows.

  • MarketAndChurch

    That side profile of the sedan is one of the best proportioned I’ve seen on any midsize sedan. Reminds me previous generation E and S classes, and with a little imagination, maybe even a previous generation A6 or A8. Well done.

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