Mazda Vietnam exports 25 cars to Laos, more planned

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Pham Van Tai (L), CEO of Vina Mazda and Masahiko Rimmi, representative of Mazda Motor, at a ceremony July 19 to mark the export of 25 Mazda cars to Laos

Vina Mazda, an assembler of Mazda cars in Vietnam, has exported 25 vehicles to Laos.

The cars, which include Mazda 2, 3, and CX5 models, are part of the first batch of a contract signed between Vina Mazda and Mazda Motor in June to export cars to Laos, Dau Tu newspaper reported Friday.

They were assembled at Vina Mazda's plant in the Chu Lai Economic Zone in the central province of Quang Nam.

It is also the first step in a plan to export Mazda cars from Vietnam to some Southeast Asian countries like Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar  where left-hand-drive vehicles are used.

The firm aims to export 3,000 vehicles next year, rising to 15,000 by 2020.

This year it expects to sell more than 3,500 vehicles in Vetnam, accounting for 5.4 percent of the market, and export around 300.

In the first half it sold 1,257 cars, up 56 percent over the same period last year.

Vina Mazda is a subsidiary of THACO group. Its plant in Quang Nam, which cost more than US$20 million, has an annual capacity of 10,000 units.

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