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May car sales top last year’s by 45 per cent

The Vietnamese bought over 26,000 cars in May, a 45 per cent increase compared with the same period last year, a report from the Vi?t Nam Automobile Manufacturers’ Association noted.

Of this figure, taking the lead in sales were passenger cars, with 14,039 units, and commercial cars, with 10,312 units, rising 2.2 per cent and 6.7 per cent, respectively. Nearly 1,680 special purpose cars were sold, a reduction of 27 per cent.

The report showed that 19,117 domestically assembled cars and 6,911 imported cars were sold.

Local car-maker Tr??ng H?i Automobile JSC (Thaco) took the lead in the month after it sold 9,960 units, occupying 44.2 per cent of the market share.

Toyota Motor Vietnam ranked second, with 4,277 cars sold, or 19 per cent of the market share. It is followed by Ford, Honda, GM Vietnam and Mercedes-Benz Vietnam.

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By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

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