Vinfast starts in Germany with two SUVs and is planning a plant

Hardly anyone knew Vinfast a few months ago. But only brought the change from Ex-Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller the Vietnamese automaker hit the headlines. Now the Vietnamese confirm that Vinfast from 2025, based on the Tesla model, its own Production in Germany want to build.

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It does not seem that uninteresting for the new electrical manufacturers to manufacture vehicles in Europe and especially in Germany. On the CES in Las Vegas The Vietnamese car maker not only presented Vinfast a total of five new electric crossovers, but confirmed that they are intensively looking for a production location in Germany. The automotive arm of the Vietnamese Vingroup already had its big trade fair appearance at the Los Angeles Auto Show and not only presented its new North American headquarters and the two new electric SUVs VF e35 / e36.

Vinfast VF6 - CES Las Vegas 2022

The smallest VF 6 for the western market is still a long way off. Larger SUVs will be offered first.

Vinfast was briefly run by former Opel boss Lohscheller

Less than two months later, CEO Michael Lohscheller, who switched from Opel to Vinfast, is in the past and Le Thi Thu Thuy, previously deputy chairwoman of the Vingroup, has taken over the regiment. Under the female CEO, there was the next bang of the still young car maker from Vietnam at the Consumer Electric Show in Las Vegas. Up to now, Vinfast was only known to a few experts in both North America and Europe. The Vietnamese once manufactured motor scooters for their home market, then the two Vinfast Lux A 2.0 and Lux ​​SA 2.0 models were added in 2018 under the leadership of former GM managers, both of which were licensed for the discontinued BMW 5-series and X5 models. “We now have a sales share of eight percent on the home market,” said ex-CEO Michael Lohscheller soberly in mid-November about the market, which allows 200,000 new models per year. The automaker was not until 2017 founded and should be involved in the next few years Manufactures in Vietnam, the USA and Germany out to conquer the world. At the CES, Vinfast confirmed that in the future they will rely solely on electric cars, because even on the home market they will immediately say goodbye to the previous combustion models with BMW and Opel genes.

Vinfast VF7 - CES Las Vegas 2022

The VF 7 will also only be available for order in Europe at a later date.

VF 8 and VF 9 should also be successful in Europe

How quickly you can work in Vietnam in addition to the previous financial investment of 5.4 billion US dollars, you can see for yourself at CES 2022 in Las Vegas. The two electric SUVs VF e35 / e36 presented at great expense in Los Angeles were quickly renamed the VF 8 / VF 9 models. So they fit better into the new nomenclature of the other three smaller electric SUVs, which celebrated their premiere in Vegas and thus form a starting quintet. “Four of them should also come to Europe, because the small VF 5 is only intended for Asian markets,” explains CEO Le Thi Thu Thuy and, based on the Tesla model, promises a new production facility in Germany for the next few years. The decision to start a new vehicle production facility will soon be made. After Michael Lohscheller visited several federal states with Le Thi Thu Thuy, the dice seem to have fallen for the state of Thuringia. The Stellantis production in Eisenach – a former Opel factory – is currently fighting for survival. A new vehicle production would be just right for the east German state with its ailing industry. The final decision is still pending, but should be lashed within 2022. So could the German Vinfast vehicle production until 2025 start.

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ZF supplies technology for autonomous driving systems

Until then, however, the Vinfast models will still come to Europe from the domestic production of the still young automobile plant in the Dinh Vu Industrial Park in Hai Phong. All Vinfast models are guaranteed for ten years or 125,000 miles / 200,000 kilometers. The models put on known suppliers – not least from Germany. With Vinfast, for example, the southern German auto supplier ZF is bringing an autonomous level 3 driving system for cars onto the road that can be gradually scaled up. The first models, the two electric mid-range and luxury-class SUVs VF 8 / VF 9 can be ordered with immediate effect and deliveries are expected to take place in the fourth quarter.

Two electric SUVs are the beginning

The Vinfast VF 8 is a 4.75 meter long electric crossover that, like the larger VF 9, is an all-wheel drive from 300 kW / 408 PS / 640 Nm electric motors is driven. From a standing start it goes up to speed in 5.5 seconds and the VF 8 has one electric range of around 500 kilometers. The 5.12 meter long Vinfast VF 9 has a seven-seater With the same drive, thanks to a larger battery pack, a range of 550 kilometers before going to the next charging station. The standard consumption is 17.1 and 17.3 kWh / 100 kilometers. The prices are intended for the Vinfast VF 8 start at just under 44,000 euros and the top equipment is 50,900 euros. Then there is that monthly battery leasing, which should cost 120 euros. The large Vinfast VF 9 costs between 58,600 and 63,000 euros – also plus the monthly battery pack. If you order quickly, you will receive a voucher for EUR 2,500 or EUR 4,200.
Vinfast VF8 - CES Las Vegas 2022

The VF 8 will initially be the entry point into the Vinfast world.

You want to attract your first customers not only with a pleasant design, solid technology and the price discount, but also with an exclusive membership. “We hope that our exclusive VinFirst – ‘Pioneer’s Grantitude to Pioneers’ program will be seen as a meaningful gift for our first customers at the start of a new, exciting year and as the start of a smart and sustainable future of mobility for everyone,” said Vinfast- CEO Le Thi Thu Thuy, who will keep her position as Vice-Chair of the Vingroup.

Online sales and Pininfarina design

Vinfast VF9 - CES Las Vegas 2022

The flagship and largest representative of the Vietnamese brand to date is the VF 9.

Technology and the pleasing Pininfarina design are one thing, market presence is another, and that too is what determines success and failure. In Europe, Vinfast wants to do without a network of car dealers and next to that Online direct sales alone on Brand stores that put the new electric vehicles and probably also scooters in the right light. The vehicles should be delivered to your home after purchase and the technicians also come to the customer for service and try to solve the problem locally.

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