May 4 to 7 show to exhibit range of new sports motorcycles and scooters, some of which remain under wraps.
With more than 3.1 million sold in 2016, Vietnam’s motorcycle market grew 9.5 per cent, with the greatest contribution coming from growth in the scooter segment, Mr. Yano Takeshi, President of the Vietnam Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (VAMM), told a press conference announcing the upcoming Vietnam Motorcycle Show at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC) in Ho Chi Minh City from May 4 to 7.
Growing since hitting a low-point of 2.7 million in 2014, domestic motorcycle sales saw a second straight year of positivity, with the scooter segment being the most exciting and accounting for a market share of 45 per cent.
Information on new models to be presented at the motorcycle show has not yet been released, as all manufacturers want to surprise visitors. Some, though, have revealed the special products to be exhibited. Representatives from Suzuki said the Japanese motorcycle company plans to focus on the field of clutch and sports motorcycles in the future.
The aim is to build a personal drive ahead of rivals like Honda and Yamaha. Suzuki will exhibit at least three new motorcycles at the show. The 150cc segment, with the Yamaha Exciter and Honda Winner, will have a new entrant in the shape of Benelli. The Italian motorcycle maker plans to sell the new bike in Vietnam, not just at the exhibition, with a launch date and price to be revealed.
Harley Davidson and Peugeot are two new makers to enter this year’s show, bringing the total to ten. The others are Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Piaggio, SYM, Benelli, Ducati, and Kawasaki.
This year’s show will continue to emphasize sports motorcycles and scooters.
VAMM said that are more than 100 vehicles being exhibited at the show. Space this year increased 25 per cent compared to last year, at about 11,800 sq m. In addition to exhibitors, 55 auxiliary industry brands will also be present. A test drive area will also be available.