This new Viet­namese brand styles its cars via pub­lic vote

VinFast taps Pin­in­fa­rina for styling guid­ance, but also polls its po­ten­tial cus­tomers for de­sign in­put

Edmonton Sun - Autonet - - NEWS - Alex Reid

Vietnam’s first vol­ume car­maker, VinFast, de­buted its first two ve­hi­cles at the Paris Mo­tor Show early Oc­to­ber: the LUX A2.0 Sedan and the LUX SA2.0 SUV, Top Gear re­ports.

“It’s in­cred­i­ble. It’s beau­ti­ful. It’s sleek. It’s mod­ern. It’s high-tech. It’s pre­mium. It’s in­cred­i­ble,” in­toned David Beck­ham, who ap­peared on stage to en­dorse the ve­hi­cles.

VinFast has got big plans for its lineup, but let’s talk about the first two it has put out. Both the Sedan and the SUV are pow­ered by a tur­bocharged 2.0-litre four-cylin­der en­gine, avail­able in two vari­ants: 173 horse­power, and 227 hp. Paired with an eight-speed au­to­matic gear­box, they should reach 100 km/h in 8.9 and 7.1 sec­onds, re­spec­tively.

VinFast de­scribes its sedan as “de­fined by ex­cep­tion­ally bal­anced and har­mo­nious pro­por­tions.” The sedan is quite good-look­ing, with sleek head­lights, large air in­takes, and a long hood. A very sim­i­lar face is found on the SUV, which is de­scribed as “mus­cu­lar and ro­bust.”

The de­sign of these ve­hi­cles is sur­pris­ingly well done for a first-time-around car brand, but that’s be­cause they’ve been co-de­vel­oped by Pin­in­fa­rina, which knows a thing or two about good-look­ing cars.

To make VinFast even more in­ter­est­ing, the di­rec­tion of the de­sign was in­flu­enced by a pub­lic vote.

An EV, a city car, and an elec­tric bus are also ex­pected from the Viet­namese brand by 2020.

“Our part­ner­ship strat­egy will en­able us to achieve two cru­cial engi­neer­ing im­per­a­tives: qual­ity and tim­ing,” said vice-pres­i­dent of engi­neer­ing Kevin Fisher.

“We will meet the world-class engi­neer­ing and qual­ity bench­marks we set for our­selves to en­sure we de­liver cars with in­ter­na­tional stan­dards in safety, re­li­a­bil­ity, re­fine­ment and styling. And we will do so hav­ing dra­mat­i­cally short­ened the time frame — to less than two years — to bring our first cars to mar­ket.”

This is a lofty goal for the new com­pany, but we’re ex­cited to see what it can come up with, es­pe­cially with the peo­ple of Vietnam de­cid­ing which di­rec­tion the com­pany should go with each de­sign.

Hand­out/ VinFast

The VinFast LUX A2.0 Sedan.

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