Vietnamese EV manufacturer VinFast signs its first U.S. dealers
Vietnam-based electric vehicle manufacturer VinFast announced it has signed agreements with its first five U.S. dealers to sell its EVs.
Leith VinFast in Raleigh, N.C., Smith Haven VinFast in St. James, N.Y., Principle VinFast Grapevine in Grapevine, Texas, Hiley VinFast of Fort Worth in Fort Worth, Texas and VinFast Wichita in Wichita, Kan., have signed on with the automaker. They will begin selling the VinFast VF 8 all-electric SUV, with plans to add the VF 6, VF 7 and VF 9 models when they launch in the U.S. market.
VinFast had already been selling in the American market, operating 13 retail stores and service centers in California.
“This is an important step,” VinFast deputy CEO of global sales and marketing Tran Mai Hoa said in a news release, “affirming VinFast’s commitment to expanding its retail sales network and shortening the time to deliver our products to market.
“Collaboration with dealers allows VinFast to quickly bring U.S. customers high-quality electric vehicles, good prices and excellent aftersales policies, further promoting our mission of a sustainable future for all.”
In 2023, the company broke ground in Chatham County, N.C., for its first U.S. factory, which is scheduled to begin production in 2025.
Leith Automotive Group chief operating officer Danny Williams said he is “very excited” to be one of VinFast’s first American dealers and the first in North Carolina, “particularly alongside the VinFast’s groundbreaking automobile manufacturing plant.
“After interacting with VinFast’s executive team and experiencing their vehicles first-hand, we were captivated by the brand and knew it was a perfect addition to the Leith Automotive Group,” he said.
VinFast said it expects to expand its dealer network to 125 points of sale across the U.S.