HANOI, (Xinhua) -- Vietnam imported nearly 19,700 automobiles in the first seven months of this year, worth 365 million U.S. dollars, posting year-on-year increases of 23.7 percent and 7.7 percent respectively, according to the Vietnam General Department of Customs on Monday.
The under 9-seat vehicles made up a majority, with nearly 9,900 units (up 14.6 percent), followed with trucks with nearly 8,300 units (up 42.2 percent), and above 9-seat vehicles with 338 units (up 2.9 times).
South Korea remained the biggest supplier of automobiles to Vietnam during the reviewed period, with 9,260 units, up 38.9 percent year on year and accounting for 47 percent of the total imported vehicles. Thailand followed when supplying more than 4, 000 units (up 38.6 percent), China with 2,280 units (down 5 percent), and Japan with 1,100 units (up 45.5 percent).
Meanwhile, during the 7-month period, Vietnam sold 59,197 automobile units, up 18 percent year-on-year, according to the Vietnam Automobile Manufacturers Association.
The association forecasts that the country's auto sales in 2013 are expected to reach 110,000 to 112,000 units.