VinFast is shipping its first SUVs to the U.S., a milestone for parent Vingroup that set out five years ago to bring high-end manufacturing to the Southeast Asian country.
Vehicles were loaded onto a red and white cargo ship emblazoned with VinFast in the northern port city of Haiphong. Nine hundred and ninety-nine EVs will be transported to California and then delivered to customers in late December, according to a VinFast statement.
Ahead of the ship’s departure, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and other dignitaries attended a ceremony filled with patriotic music, performances by famous singers and speeches.
The event underscored the importance of Vingroup’s effort to create a global brand for high-end products to the government.
“These cars will bring Vietnam’s aspirations and pride to the world,” Chinh said.