Honda Vietnam launches home-built SUV
By Quoc Hung – The Saigon Times Daily
HANOI – Honda Vietnam Co., Ltd. on Thursday launched its Vietnam-made sport utility vehicle CR-V in Hanoi, more than two years after the automaker marketed its first home-built luxury sedan Civic.
The third-generation Honda CR-V combines the comfort of a passenger car with outstanding practicality, according to the company.
The car is currently manufactured in nine countries, and sold worldwide with a total number of nearly 3.9 million units since it was first launched in 1995, becoming one of the most popular models in Honda’s history for SUV model.
“Total sales of 3.9 million units in 160 countries around the world since its introduction in 1995 confirm the leading position of CR-V in SUV market,” he said.
Besides basic advantages of a SUV, CR-V has further advancements in design and performance, he said.
Combined with the 5-speed automatic transmission, the 2.4-liter DOHC i-VTEC engine delivers powerful torque at any speed range to provide comfortable, linear driving performance.
The five-seat Honda CR-V, which comes with three colors of crystal black, polished metal and bold beige, is priced at VND884 million, including VAT. The new car also comes with a comprehensive warranty good for three years or 100,000km, whichever comes first and other after-sale services.
The new CR-V is now on display at Honda auto dealers in HCMC, Hanoi and Danang with sales starting on Thursday.
Gan Kok Seng also said that since introducing the first new-generation Civic in Vietnam, about 11,000 customers have chosen this sedan.
The Honda Civic has become a success story in Vietnam’s auto industry, usually taking the number one position in terms of sales volume.
The five-seat Civic is manufactured at its automobile factory in the northern province of Vinh Phuc, where the company also has two motorcycle facilities.
The US$60-million auto plant is the first automobile manufacturing plant in the country to be equipped with an engine assembly line. The plant is able to turn out some 10,000 units a year.
Honda forecasted the auto market next year will fall by 30% compared to this year due to the economic crisis.