VinFast is Vietnam’s newest and most ambitious car company and has revealed the new four-door Sedan and SUV it’s going to show off at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.
Designed with the help of Italian styling house Pininfarina, the two new cars show VinFast’s “world class design language” that it says is influenced by Vietnam’s “proud and dynamic beauty”.
They’re also both a modern type of ‘people’s car’. Early on in the design process, VinFast opened up voting to the people of Vietnam, to choose on their favourite design concepts from 20 sketches.
ItalDesign’s concepts won the public vote, and these have since been developed and completed by Pininfarina.
Both cars have a long wheelbase, with the Sedan boasting a long bonnet and classic three-box saloon look. The SUV is bolder and more muscular, for a purposefully sportier appearance.
Both cars share a ‘V’ grille, and the running lights blend into a chrome feature line that creates an italic ‘F’ motif. This should hopefully help people not to confuse it with a new Vauxhall.
“The strong, distinguishable design, enhanced by elegant lines and refined details, gives our cars several distinctive highlights,” explains David Lyon, director of design at VinFast.
“First and foremost, these emanate around the V logo in the grille which references the country of Vietnam, as well as the Vingroup and VinFast brands.
“In conjunction with Pininfarina, we have carefully sculptured each body line to express the natural beauty of Vietnam and the warm-hearted and dynamic characteristics of its people through a modern and world-class design language.”
VinFast’s ambitions are bold. By presenting its cars at the Paris Motor Show, it will become the first car maker from Vietnam to take part in an international motor show. The cars will go on sale in Vietnam at the end of 2018, with other international markets planned for the coming years.
The firm, based in Hai Phong, northern Vietnam, is also planning to launch a range of electric cars, city cars, electric uses and even electric scooters.