March 12, 2018 / 5:33 AM / 2 months ago

Vietnam February car sales fall 29 pct on year

HANOI, March 12 (Reuters) - Vietnam’s car sales fell sharply in February, declining 29 percent from a year earlier to 12,394 units, according to data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association (VAMA).

Sales in February fell 52 percent from January, VAMA said in a statement.

Dealers said buyers refrained from buying new cars as they were waiting for prices to fall later this year after an import tax on cars from other countries in Southeast Asia is slashed to 0 percent from 30 percent.

Toyota remained the leading brand last month, though sales fell 20 percent to 2,865 units. Truong Hai (Thaco) group, the local assembler and distributor of brands such as Kia, Mazda, Peugeot and Hyundai and a significant player in the commercial vehicle segment, reported a 33 percent decline in group sales to 5,188 units.

Ford’s sales were 44 percent lower at 1,062 units in February while Honda sales fell 8 percent 502 units. Mitsubishi sales rose by 23 percent to 469 units. (Reporting by Hanoi Newsroom; Editing by Sunil Nair)

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