The VF 8 first appeared at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2021.
At Los Angeles Auto Show 2022 (LA Auto Show 2022), VinFast announced receiving an order from Autonomy for more than 2,500 VF 8 and VF 9 vehicles.
This is VinFast's largest corporate order to date, and one of Autonomy's largest electric vehicle orders, according to VinFast's news release.
In August 2022, Autonomy, ordered 23,000 electric vehicles across 17 different global automakers, including VinFast, to operate its subscription services. At that time, Autonomy said it planned to order 400 VF 8 and VF 9 models and now has officially increased the order to more than 2,500 vehicles.
Customers interested in subscribing to a VinFast through Autonomy can sign up via Autonomy's mobile app and receive the car directly from Autonomy's AutoNation pickup locations or have it delivered to their homes.
"This is an exciting moment for VinFast as our vehicles are about to enter the U.S. market," said Le Thi Thu Thuy, vice chairwoman of Vingroup. "The order from Autonomy is a testament to the trust we have built in the market. Bringing the VF 8 and VF 9 to Autonomy's EV subscription fleet will give consumers yet another way to experience our brand and discover the benefits of our premium smart EVs. Collaborating with Autonomy will also help us quickly achieve our goal of accelerating the electrified mobility revolution and building a sustainable future for everyone."
According to the agreement, VinFast will begin delivering vehicles to Autonomy over the next 12 months, as it starts exporting vehicles to international markets. The VF8 and VF9 models will be first sold in California. The VF8 is schedule to arrive in the U.S. at the end of 2022, while the VF9 will arrive in the second quarter of 2023.
"We are excited to add VinFast to our subscription lineup and help raise U.S. consumers' interest and awareness of VinFast and their luxury electric vehicles through Autonomy's car subscription," said Scott Painter, founder/CEO of Autonomy. "Autonomy’s affordable month-to-month model makes it much easier for consumers to make the switch to an electric vehicle and to consider new brands and models on the market.”
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