Auto sales up 55% last year

Quoc Hung The figure was far beyond the Vietnam Automobile Manufacturers Association’s projection of 210,000 autos made earlier last year, and higher than 180,000 units in 2009 when Vietnam’s auto sales volume peaked. Last year saw sales improving in all segments, with passenger cars rising by 44% year-on-year to nearly 143,400, commercial vehicles by 74% to more than 89,320, and special-purpose vehicles by 105% to almost 12,200. The better performance of the domestic auto market was also contributed by the sales volume of around 71,900 imported completely built-up (CBU) units, increasing 74% against 2014. Of the number of autos sold last year, VAMA members accounted for over 208,560 units, up 56% against 2014. Toyota Vietnam reported sales of roughly 51,250 units including the imported Lexus car, surging 24.4% over 2014. The company’s figure has amounted to around 357,000 in its 20 years of operation in Vietnam. Honda Vietnam delivered over 8,300 autos to … [Read more...]

Contest to build up traffic culture among youths


PANO – The Vietnam Youth Federation in association with the Honda Vietnam and the National Traffic Safety Committee held the final round and awarding ceremony for the contest "Youths with traffic culture" in Da Nang city on January 11th. The organization panel granted the first prize to Tran Thi Van from Kien Giang province, and five second, 17 third and 300 consolation prizes to the runner-ups. Vice Chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee Khuat Viet Hung underlined the important role of the information dissemination work for youths, contributing to minimizing traffic accidents. He also urged relevant agencies to continue working with provinces and cities nationwide to launch more contests and campaigns to improve young people's awareness of traffic safety and traffic law observation. Launched in September 2015, the contest received nearly 25,000 entries of young people across the country, an increase of 5,000 against the previous event. Translated by Van Hieu … [Read more...]

Exchanges to learn about traffic safety for children’s smiles to be launched

An entry for the contest   (HaiDuongnews)

The contest is co-organized by the Education and Training Ministry, the National Traffic Safety Committee, and Honda Vietnam Company. The Hai Duong Department of Education and Training (ET) has issued an official document requiring ET divisions to direct primary schools in the province to launch exchanges to learn about traffic safety for children's smiles in the 2015 – 2016 school year. The contest is co-organized by the ET Ministry, the National Traffic Safety Committee, and Honda Vietnam Company. Primary schools will photocopy exam papers and answer sheets for teachers and 3rd – 5th graders having taught and learnt the program "Traffic safety for children's smiles". Honda Vietnam Company will directly send exam questions to the schools. ET divisions will gather and send the schools' exam papers to the ET Department from January 15 – 22. Hai Duong is one of 12 provinces and cities in the country having implemented the teaching of the program "Traffic safety for … [Read more...]

Honda Vietnam aims for higher sales this year

The new 125cc Air Blade of Honda Vietnam is unveiled at a function in HCMC last week - PHOTO: QUOC HUNG

Quoc Hung Minoru Kato, general director of Honda Vietnam, unveiled the sales target at a function held in HCMC last week to introduce the company’s new Air Blade 125cc scooter model. Kato estimated scooters would account for 54% of total sales and motorcycles for the remainder. This is a big change as more motorcycles were sold in previous years. The demand for scooters in urban areas is seen increasing while many people in rural areas still favor motorcycles. Therefore, Honda Vietnam is focusing on producing and developing models of both scooters and motorbikes to meet the needs of local consumers. Kato said Honda Vietnam has been picked by the parent company in Japan as one of the manufacturers of products for export to markets around the globe, including scooters for choosy markets. The reason is that Honda Vietnam can turn out international-standard bikes at competitive prices. The company has cut production costs as it has increased the localization rate of its … [Read more...]

VR asks Honda Vietnam to publicly recall SH scooters with anti-thief error

The Vietnam Registration asked Honda Vietnam to publicly recall all SH scooters with error in the anti-thief system on November 30 (Photo: SGGP)

The Vietnam Registration (VR) yesterday issued its document requiring Honda Vietnam to implement a public campaign to recall all 12,000 SH125i and SH150i scooters with error in the anti-thief alarm system and repair them. According to VR, it has received a written explanation from the company on the anti-thief alarm system of the new version of SH scooters. After scrutinizing related matters, the agency said that the system has not operated in accordance with designed functions announced by the producer. The system has been designed to automatically sound for 10 days after the SH scooter is stolen. However, it has worked only about 10 minutes due to error, which might cause property loss to customers, VR affirmed. Honda Vietnam has violated the regulation on inspection of technical safety, quality and environmental protection in manufacture and assembly of motorcycles. Efforts by the company recently to mitigate issue and prevent from opening a public recall campaign seemed … [Read more...]

Honda Vietnam ordered to recall hi-end scooters for ‘smart key’ error


Honda SH scooters on sale at a shop in Vietnam. Photo: Huu Danh Safety regulators have ordered Honda Vietnam to recall a large number of scooters under its luxury brand SH, due to an error it the smark key system. Earlier, Honda Vietnam only made private calls to tell buyers to take their vehicles to dealers for repair, local media reported. After receiving complaints from consumers, Vietnam Register, the state agency that oversees vehicle safety, inspected the scooters and demanded a report from the company. A representative of the agency, who requested anonymity, said officials did not accept Honda Vietnam’s "internal handling" of the case. Honda Vietnam has to launch a public campaign to recall SH scooters to fix the error, he said. Earlier, many owners complained that the anti-theft system on the vehicle became inactive within 10 minutes, instead of 10 days as claimed by the company. The error involves more than 12,000 Honda SH125 and SH150 vehicles manufactured from … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s top 10 tax contributors named


The list of the largest tax contributors in Vietnam last year and a report on the country’s tax environment were released in Hanoi on November 27 by Vietnam Report, which rates businesses and products and services. The Top 10 are Viettel, PetroVietnam Gas, MobiFone, PetroVietnam, Vietinbank, Honda Vietnam, Vinamilk, Samsung Electronics Vietnam, Unilever Vietnam, and Vietcombank. This is the second consecutive year Viettel has topped the list. Four enterprises appeared for the first time: Unilever Vietnam, Samsung Electronics Vietnam, MobiFone, and PetroVietnam. The total tax paid by the 1,000 largest tax contributors (V1000) was VND82.344 trillion ($3.66 billion), a 2.34 per cent increase compared to the previous year and accounting for 10 per cent of State budget revenue. The 100 largest tax contributors contributed over VND50 trillion ($2.2 billion), or 60 per cent of contributions made by the V1000. There were 460 foreign enterprises in the V1000, or 46 per cent, who … [Read more...]

Thailand says ‘highly likely’ it will seek TPP membership


Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak gestures during an interview with Reuters at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, September 21, 2015. Thailand is "highly likely" to seek membership of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) but would first need to weigh up the impact of the free-trade accord on its export-led economy, a deputy prime minister said on Friday. The pact currently has 12 members and would slash tariffs in a bloc comprising countries from Canada, Australia and Japan to Mexico, Vietnam and Chile in a trade area of 800 million people worth about 40 percent of the global economy. "Thailand is highly interested in joining TPP ...," Somkid Jatusripitak told a news conference in Tokyo. "Chances are high that Thailand will seek to join TPP." Somkid, the country's economic tsar, said the government was analyzing the impact of joining the trade deal, particularly on sensitive issues like agriculture and pharmaceuticals. "We need to convene specialists and gain … [Read more...]

Honda, Vietnam Register at odds over SMART Key issue

Quoc Hung Honda Vietnam last month announced on its website a part replacement campaign for SH125 and SH150 scooters equipped with Honda SMART Key. The replacement campaign comes after it found an error relating to the smart anti-theft system which is designed to make the alarm automatically go off and sound for 10 days in case the scooter is stolen. But the system works for 10 minutes only. Such a part will be replaced free of charge at Honda’s authorized dealerships nationwide. Honda Vietnam also affirmed the minor error does not put riders at risk and violate national technical standards. Nonetheless, Vietnam Register disagreed and requested Honda Vietnam to recall the affected scooters. Vietnam Register has met representatives of the firm many times to discuss the issue but the manufacturer has insisted on a repair through customer service. The local news site VnExpress on Wednesday quoted Vietnam Register as saying that it will require Honda Vietnam to recall … [Read more...]

Honda Vietnam requested to recall 12,000 scooters


The Viet Nam Register has requested Honda Viet Nam to recall 12,000 SH scooters, produced from August 19 to October 6 this year, due to an error in the anti-theft system software. The Viet Nam Register explained that the error will increase the risk of losing the asset of the customer. Honda introduced its latest SH scooters with the latest anti-theft system software (Honda SMART Key), which will be sounded automatically for 10 days if the SH scooter is stolen. However, due to an error in software, the system worked only for 10 minutes. Honda Viet Nam has discovered the problem since October 6. The company proposed to fix the problem through customer service, which has been announced on Honda Viet Nam's website since October 26. However, the Viet Nam Register disagreed with this solution and requested Honda Viet Nam to recall all 12,000 SH scooters. A representative of Honda Viet Nam told VnExpress online newspaper that the company will report to the parent company in Japan … [Read more...]

Vietnam may halve prices of small imported cars from 2019

The price drop in

The price of small imported cars may go down sharply in the next four years given the adjustment in taxes levied on them following the commitments of Vietnam to join multiple regional and international free trade agreements, local media reported, citing the information provided by the Tax Policy Department in a recent press meeting. imported cars with engine capacity smaller than one liter is due to the exemption of import tax and the drop in special consumption tax, according to news website VnExpress, citing calculations by the department under the Ministry of Finance in the meeting on Tuesday. The prices of such small cars may go down by 42 percent compared to the current rates, VnExpress quoted Pham Dinh Thi, head of the Tax Policy Department, as saying. According to the latest report submitted to the National Assembly earlier this week, the finance ministry expects a drop in excise duties on imported cars with engines of two liters or below following the economic … [Read more...]

Telecom, IT sectors top list of Vietnam corporate taxpayers

The telecommunications and information technology sectors have been the leading corporate taxpayers on a list of 1,000 leading corporations, accounting for 18 % of total tax payments this year. According to the so-called V1000 profile, released on October 14 by the Vietnam Report Company (VNR) in co-operation with the General Department of Taxation, total corporate tax of the enterprises reached VND82.3 trillion (US$3.65 billion), posting an increase of 2.34 % from last year and accounting for 10 % of the total State budget. Of these, the top 100 corporate taxpayers contributed VND50 trillion (US$2.2 billion) to the State budget and accounted for more than 60 % of the total 1,000 businesses. The financial sector took second place with 76 enterprises contributing 14 % to the total. The food, beverage and tobacco had the highest number in the list with 110 businesses. However, the sector's tax contribution to the V1000 was only 11 % of the total. VNR said 229 State-owned enterprises … [Read more...]

Honda and Samsung among biggest taxpayers in Vietnam: report


A Honda factory in Vietnam. Honda is one of the biggest taxpayers in the country. Photo: Thang Trinh Of all the country's 1,000 top taxpayers in 2014, 460 businesses were in the foreign direct investment sector, according to an annual survey released by Hanoi-based Vietnam Report on Tuesday. The FDI sector accounted for 37 percent of tax revenues, compared to a 45 percent share of 229 state-owned enterprises in the list. The private sector came third. The combined tax payments increased 2.34 percent last year to more than VND82.34 trillion (US$3.64 billion). That was equivalent to 10 percent of state revenue in 2014. More than 60 percent of the payments came from the top 10, which included three foreign companies Honda Vietnam, Samsung Electronics, and Unilever Vietnam. Honda was the only foreign name in last year's top 10. Military-run telecom giant Viettel topped the list for the second year. Information technology was the biggest taxpaying industry, with 46 companies … [Read more...]

Positive automobile market trends

A THACO car (Source: VNA)

Vietnam’s automobile sales in September amounted to 21,366, up 32% from the same period last year, according to the Vietnam Automobile Manufacturers Association (VAMA). The figure marks the 30th consecutive upward trending month for the market, which is forecast to continue to rise in the last quarter of this year thanks to a number of incentives and automobile exhibition events including the ongoing VIMS 2015 and the Vietnam Motor Show 2015, which will take place at the end of this month. The Truong Hai Auto Corporation (THACO) continued to make up the largest portion of the automobile market with 7,357 cars sold in the month, up 75% from the same period last year. THACO Deputy Director General Bui Kim Kha said his group aims to expand its network to 120 showrooms across the country to realise the yearly target of selling 40,000 units this year. THACO was followed by Toyota with 4,670 cars and Ford with 1,888 units, up 25% and 36% from the same period last year, … [Read more...]

Traffic safety month launched in Ho Chi Minh City


More than 2,000 young adults kicked off an action month to spread the safe driving message on September 19— pledging to make this the safest month ever in Ho Chi Minh City. Throughout the month, youth will be sponsoring activities to raise awareness about how to keep young drivers and passengers safe on city streets and the importance of wearing safety helmets. At the event, representatives of five Departments of Education and Training in the southern region signed commitments with the Ministry of Education and Training to implement goals to ensure traffic safety. In addition, Honda Vietnam distributed free of charge more than 2,000 helmets for city youth at the ceremony. According to statistics of the Ministry of Health, each year 1,900 children are killed in traffic accidents across the country, accounting for 24-26% of total children deaths. Source: VOV … [Read more...]

Its youth traffic safety month in HCM City

(VOV) - More than 2,000 young adults kicked off an action month to spread the safe driving message on September 19— pledging to make this the safest month ever in Ho Chi Minh City. Throughout the month, youth will be sponsoring activities to raise awareness about how to keep young drivers and passengers safe on city streets and the importance of wearing safety helmets. At the event, representatives of five Departments of Education and Training in the southern region signed commitments with the Ministry of Education and Training to implement goals to ensure traffic safety. In addition, Honda Vietnam distributed free of charge more than 2,000 helmets for city youth at the ceremony. According to statistics of the Ministry of Health, each year 1,900 children are killed in traffic accidents across the country, accounting for 24-26% of total children deaths. … [Read more...]

August auto sales jump 45% y-o-y

A promotion girl poses next to a luxury car at an auto exhibition in HCMC in this file picture. Auto sales jumped 45% in August versus the same period last year - PHOTO: HUNG LE

Quoc Hung However, August auto sales went down by 10% compared to July, according to a report of the Vietnam Automobile Manufacturers Association (VAMA). VAMA said 10,300 passenger cars, nearly 7,170 commercial vehicles and some 760 special-use vehicles were sold last month. Of them, domestically-assembled autos accounted for 13,500 units, down 10% month-on-month, and imported completely built-up (CBU) autos totaled over 4,730 units, dropping 11%. Auto firms said vehicle demand was sluggish in the lunar month of wandering souls in previous years and that people usually boosted vehicle purchases in the month earlier. More than 20,300 autos were delivered to customers in July, soaring 61% over the same period last year. August saw a strong year-on-year increase in auto sales as auto firms offered discounts and extended warranty periods for the vehicles sold as well as a lower registration fee in HCMC. Buyers of cars in this city last month saved VND9 million (US$400) as the … [Read more...]

January-August FDI approvals surge 30.4%

An employee of Honda Vietnam is at work at the company’s motorcycle factory in northern Vietnam. According to FIA, foreign investors   have pledged a total of US$4.5 billion for fresh and operational projects in August - PHOTO: QUOC HUNG

Quoc Hung According to the Foreign Investment Agency (FIA), foreign investors have registered a total of US$4.5 billion for fresh and operational projects this month, accounting for half of the FDI approvals in seven previous months and growing considerably against last year’s same period. The August figure has brought total FDI pledges for both fresh and operational projects in the first eight months to US$13.33 billion, up a staggering 30.4% against the year-earlier period. Of which, 1,220 new projects make up US$7.87 billion, up 8.7% year-on-year, while nearly 390 exisiting projects account for US$5.46 billion, surging 82.8% versus a year ago. The strong increase in FDI approvals is credited to US$3 billion registered by Samsung Display Vietnam for a project to manufacture, assemble and outsource high-definition screens at Yen Phong 1 Industrial Zone in the northern province of Bac Ninh. The project whose investment certificate was granted on August 6 is the biggest … [Read more...]

Vinh Phuc Making Efforts to Further Attract FDI


Identifying industry as the spearhead and developing transport infrastructure of industrial parks to attract investment, Vinh Phuc province, over the past time, has achieved initial success. The province has started to develop transport infrastructure in the direction of modernisation and synchronisation with industrial parks and industrial clusters. Along with that are more flexible and open mechanisms and policies to attract investment. Vinh Phuc has attracted the attention of investors and become the highlight of investment in recent time. According to the report by the Department of Planning and Investment, by the end of June 2015, Vinh Phuc province had attracted 785 projects, including 193 FDI projects with the total investment capital of over US$3 billion and 592 DDI projects with the total investment capital of VND43 trillion. Vinh Phuc has synchronously enhanced the quality of human resources, carried out administrative reform, issued several preferential policies, supported … [Read more...]

Honda Vietnam to recall over 21,000 cars

Le Hoang The company said the vehicles with such an airbag defect and assembled at its factory in the northern province of Vinh Phuc include Civic cars made from 2006 to 2011 and CR-V cars in 2008-2011. The total volume also consists of 10 imported autos including 2005-2008 Civic units and 2008 CR-V cars. The cause was identified as the overpressure of the driver-side and side airbag inflators which could lead to malfunction of airbags upon collision. The root cause of the overpressure is still under investigation. Honda Vietnam said it has not got any complaints from customers regarding the defect so far, and added that the error may occur with a certain number rather than all of the 21,171 Civic and CR-V cars sold on the domestic market. However, the company decided to implement the free-of-charge check and replacement of airbags for the aforementioned vehicles. The campaign will take place at all authorized Honda dealerships nationwide and owners of the cars will be … [Read more...]