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Tan Chong Motor Holdings has opened its first international assembly plant, and it’s located in Vietnam. The TCIE Vietnam facility, located in Hoa Khanh Industrial Park in Da Nang City’s Lien Chieu district, was officially launched on June 11, and kicks things off with the assembly of the Nissan Sunny (the Almera) for the domestic market.

The launch of the 129,500 sq ft factory comes just under three years after the groundbreaking ceremony took place. Built at a cost of US$40 million, the plant has the capacity to assemble a total of 6,500 cars annually, according to reports.

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A source tells us that the current assembly rate is about three cars a day and comes up to around 1,000 units a year, with production targeted mainly for the Indochina region, though it’s currently only for the domestic market. Meanwhile, the reports add that the retail price of the Vietnamese-market Nissan Sunny will be announced in Hanoi next week, on June 17.

A number of automakers have set up – or are in the process of setting up – local assembly facilities in Vietnam, and these include Mazda, Suzuki and Chery.