Le Hoang Quan, chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, has encouraged Mercedes-Benz Viet Nam (MBV) to expand operations in this country, pledging to offer all assistance.
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Visiting MBV’s office yesterday along with his deputy Nguyen Trung Tin, he praised the German carmaker for its rapid growth in Viet Nam after hearing a report on its business results and investment plans from general director Udo Loersch.
Mr. Loersch said MBV had sold 2,278 cars assembled in Viet Nam last year, a year-on-year increase of 90 percent.
So far this year, it has sold 412 cars, an increase of 246 percent year-on-year.
MBV also finds a place in the list of top ten taxpayers in the country after paying VND398 billion (US$25 million) last year.
It now plans to import completely built units from Germany, including four-, six-, and seven-seat passenger and sport cars. They are scheduled to arrive next June.
Mr. Loersch said: "We have decided to import cars that are not locally produced to diversify our products to meet customer demand. If demand is high for a particular model, then we will make it here."
MBV will invest a further US$20 million in expanding facilities and buying assembly-line equipment to expand local output within three years.
It recently handed over a fleet of luxury cars to the five-star New World Hotel.
The fleet consists of four E200K Avant-garde’s while one more car, an R350L, one of the famous crossover models and the first car MBV will import into Viet Nam, will arrive next month.
Established in 1995, Mercedes-Benz Vietnam is one of the top auto companies in Viet Nam, making both passenger cars and commercial vehicles.