Vinfast, a new Vietnamese automotive company, will unveil two cars based on the outgoing BMW 5 Series saloon and X5 SUV at the Paris motor show, ahead of launching an all-new electric vehicle late next year.
The as-yet-unnamed Paris-bound models will both be powered by turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engines based on the BMW N20 unit, and offered in rear and all-wheel drive. They will go into pilot production in March 2019, with full production following in September 2019 at a new facility currently being completed on reclaimed land near the coastal town of Hai Phong, 70 miles from Hanoi.
Paris Motor Show 2018 preview
The new models were designed in collaboration with Italian design house Pininfarina. Both companies had begun sketching models in August 2017, and by October had submitted around 20 concept ideas for new models. The final designs were accepted the month after and brought to life in mock-ups by January.