Over 200 cars were sold at this year's Vietnam Motor Show, the largest number of new car deals in a single fair since the first show was held in 2005, organisers said.

Mercedes-Benz was the top selling brand with over 100 cars sold at the show, followed by compatriot Audi with 28, Land Rover 15, and BMW 12.

The five-day show, which ended on October 27 in Ho Chi Minh City, also drew a record number of visitors, with a total of 153,300 people attending and 50,000 on the final day of the exhibition. The show attracted eight domestic and seven international car brands, the largest ever number of participants in a car show in Vietnam.

First timers to the show included Lexus and Infiniti, the luxury brands for Japanese auto giants Toyota and Nissan, respectively. Lexus models worth billions of dong were on display, including the RX350, GX460, LX570 and ES250; alongside Infinity models QX70 and QX80.

UK's luxury giant Land Rover introduced high end models, including the Range Rover Evoque, new Range Rover and the new Range Rover Sport. The show also featured flagship Audi models including the R8 Spyder 5.2 V10 quattro and the R8 Coupe 5.2 V10 quattro. Mercedes-Benz boasted its lead in Vietnam's luxury car sector; displaying ten high-end models at the event, according to organisers.

According to the Vietnam Automobile Manufacturer Association (VAMA), carmakers in Vietnam sold a combined 9,785 units in September, up 24 percent on the previous month and 28 percent over same period last year. Of the figure, 4,070 were cars and 5,715 were trucks, up 32 percent and 19 percent month-on-month, respectively.

In a statement released earlier this month, VAMA said that if the recovery continued, the association would maintain its forecast of 109,000 units for the year compared with the original forecast of 100,000.

Meanwhile, Vietnam imported 3,000 CBU (complete built unit) cars worth 58 million USD in October, according to the General Department of Customs.

The figure brought the total of car imports in the first ten months of the year to 28,000 units worth 551 million USD, up 30.1 percent in quantity and 12.9 percent in value over the same period last year.-VNA