New Vietnamese automaker bases its first models on superseded BMW and GM platforms.

The VinFast Lux A2.0 sedan and Lux SA2.0 crossover have made their in-the-flesh debuts at the 2018 Paris motor show.

Under the bonnet, the two cars are powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder which, according to Autocar and other sources, is sourced from BMW.

The 2.0-litre turbo is available in 130kW and 170kW forms, neither of which feature BMW’s Valvetronic technology. Both versions are available in the sedan, but only the more powerful variant is available in the heavier crossover.

The BMW connection stretches even further, because the two cars use superseded platforms from the Bavarian automaker.

The A2.0 sedan is based on the previous-generation 5 Series platform, while the SA2.0 uses the old X5 as its base. Both cars come with rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic as standard, while the SA2.0 also available in all-wheel drive.

VinFast says it has taken steps to future proof the platforms, as well as improve side impact and pedestrian protection. While VinFast is initially targeting its home market, these two cars are engineered to be compliant with European regulations.

Both cars are due to enter series production in September next year at a former GM factory in Hai Phong, around 110km north of Hanoi.

Speaking of the General, according to British magazines, VinFast has procured the rights to build the Vauxhall Viva/Opel Karl, which is a very close relative of the Holden Spark, and will be redesigned to fit within VinFast’s design language.

The as-yet unnamed car will be sold as a taxi with a 1.0-litre engine and manual transmission, while a more powerful 1.4-litre model with a CVT will be sold to the general public.

The startup automaker aims to be producing 500,000 cars per year by 2025, and reportedly has an electric bus and electric scooter in the works.

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