You don’t know the name Vinfast? You’re certainly not the only one. This is an up-and-coming automobile manufacturer based in Vietnam. While the company has already had some success with its internal combustion vehicles, at least in the Far East, it now seems to be increasingly focusing on the Western market as well. However, no vehicles with gasoline engines are to go on sale here. Instead, the company will henceforth focus exclusively on the construction of electric cars.
Vinfast makes 2022 the last combustion engine year
The Vietnamese have quite a few plans. For example, Vinfast wants nothing less than to enter 2023 fully electric. At the end of 2022, the company wants to have its last internal combustion vehicles roll off the assembly lines. How things will continue after that can already be seen at CES 2022 in Las Vegas. Here, the manufacturer presented three new e-cars. These are called the VF 5, VF 6 and VF 7, and the naming is easy to understand because the size of the number is also the size of the vehicle.
With the VF 5, for example, an e-car the size of a Skoda Citigo or VW Up is to come. The VF 6 and VF 7, on the other hand, will be more compact. While the 6 is in the same size class as the Renault Zoe, the VF 7 is more like an ID.3 from Volkswagen. However, we don’t know more than size, design and engine type yet. Closer details should surely follow soon, though.
Change at the top
There have been changes not only in the model range, but also in the company’s management. For example, Le Thi Thu Thuy, a replacement for former Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller, is now at the helm of the automaker. Thuy was noticeable that she feels perfectly at ease in her new role. Given the good news, however, one can certainly understand that. After all, Vinfast’s CEO not only had three new vehicles in the pipeline. On top of that, she had a few updates on the e-cars, which were unveiled in the fall of 2021. While these still bore the cumbersome names VF e35 and e36 when they were unveiled, they will henceforth go by VF 8 and 9.
Also, we finally know more about the prices, which will most certainly be higher than those of VF 5, 6 and 7. Those interested in a VF 8 should be confronted with an MSRP of around 36,100 euros in our climes. In the case of the VF 9, with an MSRP of around 49,300 euros, it’s clear that Vinfast is almost aiming for the upper class. By the way, the warranty promise Vinfast makes for its VF 8 and VF 9 sounds particularly promising and anything but usual. These are supposed to be able to last at least ten years and 200,000 km, respectively.
Vinfast reinvents itself
With the change at the top, a breath of fresh air seems to have obviously come into the company. This can be seen not least in the name change of the mid-range vehicles. If you take a closer look at the future goals of the car manufacturer, it quickly becomes clear how the renaming came about. Since the last internal combustion vehicles are scheduled to roll off the production line in 2022 anyway, the letter “e” as it appeared in VF e35 and e36 is useless anyway.
Since this will also shrink the model range, the number doesn’t have to be that high either. The result is the catchy designations VF 8 and VF 9. Here, a promising new player in the field of electric mobility seems to be entering our market. We are curious to see whether the Vietnamese can also celebrate success in this country. Germany should at least play a major role in this. After Tesla, Vinfast is another large e-car manufacturer that wants to produce in Germany.