Vietnam 2010: Toyota Innova and Fortuner fight it out
The Vietnamese car market is down 26% in December at 11,198 registrations, bringing the 2010 figure to 112,224, down 6%. The Toyota Innova keeps the title of best selling car in Vietnam in 2010 with 7,419 sales and 6.6%. The Toyota Fortuner, #2 at 6,551 sales and 5.8%, is getting closer every month: only 19 sales separated the two models in December.
Two more Toyotas follow: the Corolla at 5.4% (6.3% in December thanks to the restyled version) and the Vios at 5.2%. The Daewoo Lacetti (aka Chevrolet Cruze) reaches #5 in 2010 with 3.8% of the market, ahead of the Kia Morning (Picanto) at 2.9% and the Daewoo Matiz (aka Chevrolet Spark) at 2.6%. The new Kia Forte is also very successful in Vietnam: #14 in 2010, it is already #8 in December with a very solid 3.3% share.
Full Photo Report, Top10 in pictures, Dec & Full Year 2010 Top 20: click on ‘Read more’ below.
Full Year 2010 Top 10 in Pictures:
1. Toyota Innova (see above) 7,419 sales
2. Toyota Fortuner (see above) 6,551 sales
9. Kia Carens 2,585 sales
Vietnam Full Year 2010 Top 20:
|3||Toyota Corolla Altis||6,012||5.4%|
Vietnam December 2010 Top 20:
|3||Toyota Corolla Altis||787||6.3%||3||6,012||5.4%||3|
Source: VAMA, www.vietnamcar.com
One new model that doesn’t feature in any sales ranking but can been seen very frequently in the streets of Hanoi is the US-built Toyota Venza. This could be the result of private US imports.
In spite of the proximity between the two countries, there are very few Chinese passenger cars on Vietnamese roads. The only model to appear relatively frequently is the Lifan 520. Trucks are a different story altogether, with DongFeng models most frequent.
Note 1: I have added the official sales figures of Daewoo Cruze and Daewoo Lacetti as these are one and the same model, both sold under the Chevrolet Cruze and Daewoo Lacetti names.
Note 2: I have removed all medium commercial vehicles from the ranking. The Kia K2700, K3000 and Thaco, Hyundai Porter, DongFeng, CuuLong and Vinaxuki trucks are the most successful. See VAMA tables for more details.
Note 3: Many thanks to my dear Mum and Dad who took the Ford Everest picture in Ho Chi Minh City in November 2010. I have taken all other pictures featured in this article during my stay in Vietnam in December 2010/January 2011.