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Global star and style icon, David Beckham, supports Vietnamese car company at its world premiere

As VinFast are named the ‘star’ of 2018 Paris Motor Show

David Beckham, helped new Vietnamese car manufacturer, VinFast, reveal its first two vehicles at the 2018 Mondial de l’Auto in Paris. “I’ve always been a car fanatic and it’s a thrill to be here in Paris to celebrate the arrival of a new carmaker on the global stage. The passion that the VinFast team have for these cars is infectious. It’s an inspirational story and I’m really excited to have been part of this launch moment .” He further added “Vietnam is such a beautiful country and I can see how the VinFast design team have been able to bring some of that beauty alive in the lines of these amazing new cars.”

Trần Tiểu Vy - voted Miss Vietnam 2018, was also in attendance as the two vehicles were driven onto the stand in front of hundreds of watching journalists, photographers and videographers.VinFast Chairwoman Le Thi Thu Thuy who opened the press conference said: “The Vietnamese people will be immensely proud, honoured and excited to see two such well-known figures unveiling these first cars from Vietnam in such a high profile setting as the Paris Motor Show. Together they represent our intention for VinFast to be a successful automotive brand both in Vietnam and internationally.””With our ambitious plans to bring these two vehicles to market in such a short time, it was crucial for us to make a big entrance and an immediate impact, and we certainly did that today,” she added.

The LUX A2.0 and LUX SA2.0 exhibit world-class design, developed in partnership with the world-renowned Pininfarina team in Italy and engineering companies Magna Steyr and AVL. Domestic sales of the new cars will be followed in 2020 by the start of exports to international markets.

VinFast were also presented with ‘A Star is Born’ trophy by AUTOBEST for the ‘most exciting new brand at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. The trophy, awarded by a jury of independent motoring writers from across Europe, recognised the fierce, aspirational approach of VinFast in the development of its first two vehicle models and the creation of a modern production complex in in Vietnam.

“What VinFast is doing is extraordinary,” commented Dan Vardie, Chairman of AUTOBEST. “The brand has developed two models and built an all-new advanced facility with mass-production scale in Vietnam within 12 months. Even more impressive is that the plans and aspirations of VinFast are far beyond building a car company; it will contribute to the foundation of Vietnam as an international automobile manufacturing nation. We are delighted to reward the accomplishments of VinFast with the ‘A Star is Born’ trophy – a new category for the AUTOBEST awards.”

“For us, the 2018 Paris Motor Show is about introducing VinFast to the world,” said James DeLuca, CEO of VinFast. “The feedback to our first two models so far has been tremendous. For our efforts to be recognised by such a respected international body of automotive journalists as AUTOBEST is a fantastic reward for the hard work and dedication of everyone at VinFast.”

VinFast’s all-new 335-hectare production complex is nearing completion on a site partially reclaimed from the sea near the major port city of Hai Phong in northern Vietnam, which represents one of Vietnam’s biggest industrial projects ever. The plant will be one of the most advanced in the world employing world-class production equipment and processes to ensure its output meets the most exacting international standards.

Deliveries of the first VinFast cars – a sedan and a SUV – will commence in Vietnam from September 2019. In addition, VinFast is developing a wide range of other vehicles, including electric cars, city cars, electric buses and electric scooters that the company plans to export to international markets in the coming years.VinFast is a subsidiary of Vingroup, Vietnam’s biggest private enterprise, with interests in several market sectors including retail, construction, real estate and education.