VinFast is, by all accounts, not a particularly serious automaker. Sure, lots of its cars are genuinely nice-looking machines, but that curb appeal starts to wear off whenever you actually climb behind the wheel — the vehicles are simply not ready for prime time. In fact, relatively than address these faults, VinFast seems intent on barreling forward.
The corporate is shuffling its C-suite, stepping into dealerships, and allegedly having critical influencers arrested by Vietnamese authorities — really, doing every part except improving the one automotive it actually sells within the States. Now, having learned seemingly no lessons from the launch of the VF8, the corporate desires to enter the extremely competitive midsize pickup market with its recent VF Wild concept.
The VF Wild, which debuted at this yr’s CES alongside the teeny VF3, is an all-electric pickup geared toward the midsize market — a segment which already holds the GMC Canyon, Chevy Colorado, Ford Ranger, Toyota Tacoma, and Honda Ridgeline. Despite the promise of an electrical Tacoma to come back, no manufacturer has yet put an EV on sale to fight for those highly prized buyers.
Perhaps VinFast thinks that features will make the difference, with its guarantees of an all-glass roof, cameras rather than side-view mirrors, and a bed that seems to increase on top of the rear seats after they’re folded down. I wouldn’t personally count those features as a selling point after they come from an organization that can’t make reliable turn signals, but perhaps I’m asking an excessive amount of.
VinFast says the VF Wild’s design is “inspired by the flowing motion of a superhero’s cape within the wind.” It would take a superhero, relatively than a pickup truck, to show VinFast’s prospects around here within the States. It would take an entire league of them.
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