VinFast VF5 EV seen in Malaysia again, now with local number plates – Vietnamese brand launching here?

VinFast VF5 EV seen in Malaysia again, now with local number plates – Vietnamese brand launching here?

The VinFast VF5 has been spotted by Facebook user Akmal Azmi in Malaysia again, this time wearing proper number plates instead of trade plates previously. Could the Vietnamese automaker be planning a launch here soon? This sighting certainly suggests so.

VinFast has already confirmed plans to expand its footprint globally following its initial public offering (IPO) in the United States last year. In 2024, the brand was introduced in neighbouring Thailand and Indonesia, with a selection of models already confirmed for these countries. The Philippines will also welcome the brand after four dealers signed up at the end of May. For now, there’s no official word on when and if the brand will make its debut here.

The VF5 is an electric vehicle (EV) that competes in the A-segment crossover market. At 3,965 mm long, 1,720 mm wide, 1,580 mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2,513 mm, it is slightly larger than the current Perodua Myvi.

In Vietnam, the VF5 is priced from 458 million Vietnamese dong (about RM85k) for the sole VF5 Plus variant, which is equipped with a 37.23-kWh lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery for a range of up to 326 km following the NEDC standard. DC fast charging is supported and will get the battery from a 10-70% state of charge in just 30 minutes.

The battery powers a front-mounted electric motor rated at 136 PS (134 hp or 100 kW) and 135 Nm of torque, enabling a 0-100 km/h time of 10.9 seconds. In Thailand, the VF5 is listed as having as reduced output of 95 PS (94 hp or 70 kW) and less range at 260 km (also NEDC), the latter possibly due to a reduced battery energy capacity.

While the VF5 may retail for below RM100,000 (after rough conversion) in Vietnam, it can’t be sold at that price in Malaysia, even with current import and excise duties exemption, due to the current RM100,000 minimum price cap for imported EVs. We hope to receive more information in the coming weeks/months, but for now, are you looking to VinFast’s arrival here?

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Gerard Lye

Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.



  • I hereby urge everyone who read this not to buy this worst rated car in the whole world. Please spread this message across to your friends and family to save a live. Thank you

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  • A HardSell on Jun 19, 2024 at 1:58 pm

    A segment and at that price

    Will likely ended up like koreans Cars

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    • Bigboytoy on Jun 20, 2024 at 9:59 am

      Only in Malaysia, Korean cars are top sales in other countries. anyway, Malaysia is a small market and segment.

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  • Agent Orange on Jun 19, 2024 at 5:54 pm


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  • Car range is horrible for the price, and it’s in NEDC.

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  • 4G63T DSM on Jun 20, 2024 at 10:55 am

    A reliability and ownership timebomb not withstanding, it would be interesting to see vinfast start selling cars here.

    Even with a significant headstart in the automotive industry, we haven’t managed to penetrate the bulk of SEA market. There was some talk about Perodua selling the Axia as Vietnam’s cheapest car many years ago but that plan didn’t materialise for whatever reason.

    Maybe thier market aspirations has outgrown our budget cars. You can certainly see their appetite for midrange and high end cars there has certainly grown…indicating prosperity in the population in such a short span of time.

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  • Ali-X on Jun 21, 2024 at 12:15 pm

    what a failed monstrosity – fire hazard ? stay far far away from it …

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