Hanoi (VNA) – About 335 million USD was spent on importing 15,316 completely built-up (CBU) vehicles in June, down 10.2 percent and 1.8 percent, respectively, against the previous month, according to the General Department of Customs.

Most of the imported vehicles were shipped from Thailand, Indonesia and China.

CBU vehicles of nine seats or less accounted for 67.6 percent of the total imports, or 10,347 units, worth 189 million USD. There were 3,768 imported trucks, worth 88 million USD.

In the first half of this year, Vietnam imported 81,107 CBU units, doubling the same period last year’s figure. It included 54,041 cars of nine seats or smaller, up 77 percent; and 19,127 trucks, up 148 percent.

Members of the Vietnam Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (VAMA) also saw a drop in car sales last month, with 23,587 vehicles delivered to customers, down 8 percent month-on-month.

The numbers of domestically-assembled vehicles and imported completely-built-up units sold in the month stood at 13,365 and 10,222, respectively, down 3 percent and 13 percent.

Toyota topped the list of best-selling brands with 5,127 vehicles, followed by Kia (3,290), Mazda (1,862), Honda (1,550) and Ford (1,284).

VAMA members’ sales totalled 150,481 units in the first half of this year, up 40 percent year on year, with passenger cars up 37 percent year-on-year, commercial vehicles up 48 percent, and special-purpose vehicles up 68 percent.

Apart from VAMA members, other brands were also present in Vietnam’s auto market, such as Audi, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan Subaru, Volkswagen and Volvo, but they have not posted their business results./.