Vietnam's auto sales up 31 per cent in first four months of 2022 as Covid-19 cases comes under control


HANOI, May 13 (Xinhua): A total of 132,865 units of automobiles were sold in the Vietnamese market in the first four months of this year, up 31 per cent year on year, according to the Vietnam Automobile Manufacturers' Association.

Sales of domestically assembled automobiles surged 38 per cent to 79,442 units, while those of imported ones rose 22 per cent year on year to 53,423, according to the association's monthly sales report released Thursday.

Car parts shortage along with the expiration of the registration fee slashing policy by the end of May are expected to make the automobile market more volatile in the coming months, local experts said.

In 2021, 304,149 units of automobiles were sold in Vietnam, up 3 per cent year on year, according to the association.

The country spent nearly US$8.7 billion importing completely-built automobiles and components for assembly last year, posting a year-on-year surge of 36.2 percent, according to Vietnam's General Statistics Office.

Vietnam recorded 2,227 new Covid-19 cases on Friday (May 13), down by 1,723 from Thursday, according to its Ministry of Health.

Among the new infections, only one was imported and the rest were domestically transmitted reported in 53 provinces and cities.

The Vietnamese capital Hanoi was the pandemic hotspot with 495 new cases recorded on Friday, followed by the central Nghe An province with 123 and the northern Phu Tho province with 120.

Also on Friday, health authorities in the northern Bac Giang province reported 443 previously detected Covid-19 infections.

The newly reported infections brought the total tally to 10,693,141 with 43,063 deaths in the South-East Asian country.

Nationwide, as many as 9,344,029 Covid-19 patients, or more than 87 percent of the total infections, have so far recovered. - Xinhua

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