Nissan: Leading Sales Growth in China Among Japanese Automakers

(VEN) - Nissan (China) Investment Co., Ltd. (NCIC) on January 10, 2011 announced its sales performance including Infiniti for the whole year of 2010: altogether 1,023,638 units sold in the China market, a 35.5 percent sales growth compared to a year before. Infiniti division sales doubled with 11,513 units sold. In the year of 2010 Nissan's sales in China became the largest over those in US and Japan.  "This has been a productive year for Nissan in China." said Takashi Nishibayashi, president of Nissan (China) Investment Co., Ltd, "With the product lineup expanding continuously and our increasing investment in China, Nissan will manage to keep our strong momentum in this booming market." Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Company (DFL PV), under the management of Dongfeng Motor Co., Ltd. (DFL), Nissan's joint venture in China, set a record sales at 660,610 units, a 27.3 percent increase compared to the year of 2009. Zhengzhou Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (ZNA), also under the management of … [Read more...]

Car importers look to beat road block

Local car importers are trying to continue business in the face of Circular 20/2011/TT-BCT restricting car imports. Most recently, Kars Haiphong International Company Limited, a wholly foreign owned subsidiary of Kars Motor Group in Vietnam, sent to Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) a record relevant to import of less-than-nine seat Nissan automobiles made in Taiwan into Vietnam. The record carries a proxy given by Yushin Motor Company Limited, a unit having the right to distribute Nissan brand automobiles in Vietnam which is also a subsidiary of Yulon Nissan Motor Group, a legitimate manufacturer and owner of Nissan brand vehicles in Taiwan. It also contains a certification proving Kars Haiphong is a licenced automobile maintenance unit by the Vietnam Register. The company is now awaiting an official response from the MoIT about whether it could import and distribute Nissan automobiles made in Taiwan into Vietnam. Earlier in January 20, 2012 the MoIT responded to a Nghe An … [Read more...]

Hoang Huy cuts deal with Dongfeng to assemble trucks

HCMC - Haiphong-based Hoang Huy Financial Services Investment JS Co. on Thursday signed a comprehensive investment and cooperation agreement with China's Dongfeng Motor Co., Ltd in HCMC to assemble Chinese-branded trucks in Vietnam. The local company will become the sole partner in Vietnam of the Chinese vehicle manufacturer, and is authorized to import, assemble and distribute heavy trucks and dump trucks in the local market. Do Huu Ha (R), general director and chairman of Hoang Huy Co., exchanges the signed agreement with Hu Jianguo representing China's Dongfeng Motor Company - Photo: Quoc Hung In the short term, Hoang Huy will import and distribute Dongfeng's trucks from China for sale on the local market. Then, the Chinese partner will transfer technology to the local partner to assemble Dongfeng vehicles in Vietnam. Dongfeng has more than 40 years' experience in the auto industry. The company has exported its products to more than 58 countries and territories. … [Read more...]

Attractive traditional festivals in lunar January in Vietnam

PANO - There is a saying "The first month of lunar New Year is the month to play and enjoy the festive time." In Lunar January across the country is buzzing with traditional cultural festivities. Following are some big festivals nationwide. Huong Pagoda Festival in Hanoi It opens on the sixth day of the first lunar month in Huong Son commune, Hanoi’s outskirt district of My Duc. The festival offers tourists and Buddhist pilgrims a chance to enjoy the atmosphere of Buddhism and participate in various cultural activities and folk games. Lim Festival in Bac Ninh province It is the biggest cultural festival in the Northern province, held from the 13th day of first lunar month. People come to enjoy the festival and see the performances of "lien anh" and "lien chi" (male and female farmers) who sing "quan ho" (love duets) and other types of songs in pagodas, on hills and in boats, as well as join folk games and competitions. Yen Tu Festival in Quang Ninh province It is … [Read more...]

Vietnamese “Nem” in Central Africa

PANO – "Nem" (Vietnamese fried spring rolls) is widespread among the staff at the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) and local people in the capital city of Bangui. Interestingly, they call the dish in Vietnamese language "Nem" and not equivalent words in French or other dialects. Popularizing "Nem" abroad The people who have been keeping the Vietnamese speciality are a Vietnamese woman and her nieces. Her name is Nguyen Thi Luyen, born in Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi. In 1953, she followed a legionnaire and has lived in Bangui till date. Because of some reasons, she has not returned home yet. "Nem" is a speciality of Hanoi that she took to the African country and frequently presents in her family’s meals. The dish is only a spotlight when her family opens a restaurant here. "Nem" made by Ms. Luyen and her nieces is a popular dish among peacekeepers and local people in the Central African Republic … [Read more...]

People nationwide celebrate the lunar new year

(VOVworld) - On the second day of the lunar new year, Vietnamese people and foreign tourists visited the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum in Hanoi to show their esteem to the great leader. Dao Thi Trang and her family come from Hai Duong province: "I and my family always want to visit Uncle Ho’s mausoleum. People from many places also come here to pay tribute to the national great leader. This is a chance for us to honor our ancestor’s merits to bring us peace, happiness, and prosperity." People queue before going into President Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum In the central province of Thua Thien Hue, people go to the pagodas to pray for peace and good luck. 100 pagodas in Hue city attracted tens of thousands of pilgrims on the 1st and 2nd day of the lunar new year. Venerable Thich Hue Phuoc, head of Tu Lam pagoda, said going to the pagoda to pray for peace is a fine tradition of Vietnamese people. "People go to the pagoda at the beginning of the year to pray the Mitreya Buddha or … [Read more...]

Lion dance: Keeping a cultural identity on Tet holiday

Lion dance on Tet.Photo:Internet (Cinet)- New Year lion dance is an interesting activity with some meaningful and prosperous wishes as Honeysuckle congratulated Professor, second Ganoderma grass, Lan sucking carp gold. Lion Dance is a folk art originated from China, was born more than 1,500 years ago. According to the footprint of the United settle on new lands including Vietnam. Art unicorn dance performances often appear in various festivals, symbolizing prosperity, prosperous, happy and everything in favorable years. Style oldest dance is dancing unicorn. First there are 3 main types unicorn: describe the formation, the formation of aggressive tiger image. Small loudness of his head and phosphate phosphorus depending on the size of the dragon dance. But the scale design, materials, aesthetics depends on the financial capacity of the organization. Lan brought many countenances: White, yellow, red, blue, black. The three most popular lion head is white, red and black. Three … [Read more...]

Tet and traditional custom of the Northern people

(Cinet)-Tet Vietnam is the most special occasion and the most expected holiday of any Vietnamese people. People of Vietnam strongly believe what they do and feel during Tet will follow them in the rest of the year. People in the North and the South of Vietnam have different ways to celebrate Tet. Cinet introduces some characters of the Tet in the North, Vietnam. 1. "Hoa dao" - A special flower of the Northern Vietnam on Tet The peach flower plant grows only in North Viet Nam. It is the special flower of the Vietnamese New Year because of its red colour, which is believed to bring many favourable opportunities throughout the year. Hoa dao represents Tet in the northern Vietnam as its pink colour brights up the somber atmosphere of the northern winter. Northern Vietnamese people prefer reddish-pink or pink blossoms because those hues are harbingers of good fortune. Intensely colored peach blossoms, called hoa dao, are favored by northerners. They blossom in spring, during Tet holiday … [Read more...]

Tet Viet

Tet shopping On pre-Tet days, such markets as peach flower markets, apricot flower markets, mandarin markets, Chinese script markets and antique markets are held only once a year in various localities. Shopping for Tet is a hobby of the Vietnamese. On pre-Tet days, such markets as peach flower markets, apricot flower markets, mandarin markets, Chinese script markets and antique markets are held only once a year in various localities in service of the Vietnamese interest for Tet entertainment. Nowadays, though some city dwellers, influenced by western culture, prefer to use foreign wines and whiskeys, flowers and ornamental fish, peach flower branches, apricot flower plants, mandarin plants cannot be absent from the Tet festival in their houses. It will be a mistake if we fail to mention the script- buying hobby. Before, people often went to the houses of Chinese language tutors, feudal competition-examination laureates or bachelors, asking for Chinese scripts to be hung in their … [Read more...]

Coming to the place of worshiping the great Field Marshal of Phu Land

Tuy An Land has lots of renowned lands and relics like: O Loan Lagoon, Thi Thung Tunnel, Tu Quang Pagoda, Da Dia reef, An Tho citadel. Among these, the most typical image symbolizing the patriotic traditions, the pride of the land and people here is the temple for worshipping the Field Marshal Le Thanh Phuong in My Phu 1 hamlet, An Hiep commune. The annual Le Thanh Phuong temple festival In December lunar calendar, we come the place where there is the tomb relic and temple of the Field Marshal Le Thanh Phuong in Phu My 1 hamlet, in the warm atmosphere of the spring days. The temple lies against the mountain slopes, facing the immense plot of land. On the left is one tamarind tree with three giant tops, one "ma tien" tree whose root is as big as several peoples’ arms covering and one big fruit tree. On the right of the temple is Vinh Phuoc Pagoda, so much holy, the temple’s yard is covered with one "ngu moc hop sanh" tree as old as 350 to 400 years, with 5 trees named … [Read more...]

New historical documentary to be aired

Quang Trung Museum in Binh Dinh Province is one of main backgrounds in the documentary. — File Photo HA NOI — A new television documentary entitled Trieu Dai Quang Trung - Nguyen Hue (Nguyen Hue - Quang Trung Dynasty) is expected to be aired on television. The documentary will be aired to mark the 227th Ngoc Hoi – Dong Da Victory anniversary on the fifth day of the Lunar New Year (February 12). The 18-part documentary has been produced by Viet Long Studio with the film crew of Director Nguyen Duc Long, and script writers Vo Dac Du and Nguyen Trong Tin. "The film covers the life and career of the Nguyen Hue brothers and later the Quang Trung Dynasty," Long said. "They left their native home in the central Nghe An Province to go to Binh Dinh Province in central Viet Nam." Long was born in the central Quang Nam Province, where he witnessed the fierce American war. That inspired him make a historical documentary to pay tribute to the older generation. "I want to … [Read more...]

Vietnamese people celebrate Tet 2016

(VOVworld) – New Year’s Eve celebration were held jubilantly across Vietnam. Major streets in Hanoi were packed with people waiting for fireworks displays in 31 places. A range of art performances were also held for entertainment. Fireworks displays were held in 4 places in HCM city. Pham Thi Hue, an overseas Vietnamese from Australia, said: "The Nguyen Hue flower street looks more beautiful this year. I believe that Vietnam will have a faster pace of integration. This year will be a lucky year for the nation and everyone." A fireworks display was also held in Dak Lak province in the central highlands. Pham Anh Tuan, a resident of Buon Ma Thuot city, said: "I come here every year to watch the fireworks display and to enjoy the spring atmosphere. Everyone was excited." People in Can Tho and adjacent provinces gathered in the center of Can Tho city to watch the fireworks display and enjoy performances by the Hau river. Mai Long Thuy of Can Tho city said: "All streets … [Read more...]

Trendsetter in work: Microsoft’s plans for Vietnam

In 2015, Microsoft Vietnam continued to bring Microsoft’s newest technologies into the Vietnamese market, strengthening relationship with Vietnamese customers in all segments-governmental organs, companies, and individuals alike. Microsoft Vietnam CEO Vu Minh Tri talked with VIR’s Hong Anh about what the latest trends in information technology mean for users and Microsoft Vietnam’s plans for 2016. Vu Minh Tri Microsoft closed 2015 with heaps of success. As the CEO of Microsoft Vietnam, could you tell us what Microsoft’s next step will be to further penetrate the Vietnamese market in the most prominent areas of information technology like mobile, cloud, and social media? The Vietnamese government, businesses, and individuals are all familiar with Microsoft’s products and services, such as Windows, Office, Exchange, Sharepoint, Skype, OneDrive, among others. The popularity of Microsoft’s technologies in Vietnam testifies to the firm relationship … [Read more...]

Ethnic groups to join spring festival in village

A procession at long tong festival of Tay ethnic group, which aims to wish for a favourable weather all the year round and bumper crops. — Photo HA NOI (VNS) — Various ethnic groups across the country will join the annual spring festival to be held at the Viet Nam Ethnic Group's Culture, Tourism Village here on February 10-15. Representatives of the Thai group in the northern province of Son La, the Tay group from the northern province of Thai Nguyen, and the Giay group from the northern province of Ha Giang will perform their traditional spring customs, including Long Tong (Farming), the new year welcome festival and the peace wishing ceremony. Various folk art, games and customs will be showcased during the event, entertaining visitors and offering them a chance to understand the culture of each group. A traditional wrestling event will be organised between 2.30pm and 4pm on February 13. National leaders will join the event and wish the groups the … [Read more...]

Tet Jam – A gift of the Northern people

Illustrative image (Cinet)- Tet jam cake tray becomes sweeter, more meaningful. Tet, almost every family on the table its guests a variety Jam Festival. Prior to entertain them to play, after the house was to gather together and enjoy. Many types of jam is displayed on the 1 tray also desired meaning harmony, reunion and party. Confectionery is one of the tasty snacks Tet. Not only children but adults also love these snacks. Especially jam Year. A tray not only delicious jam Year by external forms that each one carries jams different meaning. Sit somewhere in the world, the familiar image as branches apricot yellow, green cake, red couplets, tray jam Year … whenever mentioning the Vietnamese land to sons think of the hometown New Year. Perhaps only the tray each spring jam becomes sweet New Year, meaning. Tet, almost every family on the table its guests a variety of confectionery, jam Year. Prior to entertain them to play, after the house was to gather together and enjoy. Many jams … [Read more...]

10 biggest real estate transactions in Vietnam in 2015

VietNamNet Bridge – In 2015 major real estate firms in Vietnam sought and conducted many large affairs to acquire "golden land" in the center of big cities. The real estate market in 2015 showed many positive signs. The number of transactions increased in many segments, while the price was relatively stable. According to statistics of 60 real estate enterprises listed on the stock market of Vietnam, total sales in 2015 grew 13%, reaching more than VND37,400 billion. 2015 is also the year of large acquisitions on the estate market. 1. Lotte acquired Diamond Plaza South Korea’s Lotte Group has replaced Posco as the foreign investor in a joint venture which owns and operates the Diamond Plaza, a commercial, office and apartment complex in downtown HCM City. Lotte has joined the management of the Diamond Plaza after acquiring 70% of the project. However, the amount of money the group had spent on the deal was not revealed. The Diamond Plaza was inaugurated in August … [Read more...]

Ministry issues off-road car race regulations

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism recently issued a circular on off-road car racing in Vietnam, including special regulations for the sport. The regulations contain basic health and safety criteria like marking courses and obstacles and ensuring the organisers have sufficient rescue and fire fighting capacity. An off-road car race in Vietnam Drivers will be required to submit a health certificate and unsurprisingly need a valid driving license. During the race, athletes have to wear seat belt, gloves and standard helmet. Cars must be equipped with fire-extinguishers, first aid equipment and rescue clothes. The regulations also have also some requirements about tyres and frames. Written permission is required for such races. The circular will take effect from March 1, 2016. Off-road races were first organised in Vietnam five years ago, however, there were no common official and specific regulations. The races have been held in solocalities, including Hanoi, Lam Dong, … [Read more...]

Ionah Show – A Theatrical journey

The entertainment spectacle Ionah is a one-of-a-kind event in Hanoi. The new show Ionah ("Hanoi" spelled backwards) begins with iconic images of Hanoi an streets, and turns into a surreal and colorful dream journey for its main character, Lady Ionah. The story is set in motion as Ionah waits for her sweetheart and becomes increasingly angry that he is late. Unable to curb her fury, the girl vents her anger with a slap on her sweetheart’s cheek. This act of inflicting pain on another causes Ionah to immediately be punished, as she is hurled into a fantasy world where she undergoes a bizarre journey of soul-searching. Finally, Ionah is able to make her way back to reality in time to transform her slap into a light caress. The show portrays Ionah’s wild journey through spiritual torments with countless images of lively metamorphoses. Delightful imagination is on display through a diverse language of genres including modern dance, theatrical arts, breakdancing and … [Read more...]

Expat Vietnamese director sees ‘treasure’ in home country’s historical flicks

A Viet Kieu (expat Vietnamese) director, dubbed a ‘wizard’ of horror movies, has fully envisioned a cinematic treasure-trove in his home country’s historical wealth, which he says must be tapped into. Despite stumbling in his first attempt to win over Vietnamese audiences in 2001, Victor Vu, a 41-year-old Vietnamese American, has been catapulted to fame in his homeland thanks to several local blockbuster thrillers over the past few years. A film director and screenwriter, Vu is widely known for covering a wide range of film genres and seamlessly shifting between horror, action, comedy, thriller, and romance. As one of the most prolific filmmakers in Vietnam today, Vu brought new life to the stagnant Vietnamese film scene when he entered the industry in the early 2000s. Since then, he has reaped resounding success. His films, including the critically acclaimed romance, 'Toi Thay Hoa Vang Tren Co Xanh' (Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass), have been embraced … [Read more...]

Tourists provided with free wifi service at Huong Pagoda Festival

The Hanoitimes - After Hoan Kiem Lake, Huong Pagoda is the second area in the city of Hanoi, to launch free wifi service. The organising board of Huong Pagoda Festival said free wifi service will be provided for tourists during this year's festival, the longest-such event in Vietnam. The annual Huong Pagoda Festival, which is organised from the sixth day of the first lunar month to the third lunar month, is scheduled to kick off on February 13. Authorities of My Duc district in collaboration with relevant agencies tried their efforts in providing free wifi service in order to create the most favourable conditions for visitors to attend the festival. According to Vice Chairman of My Duc district’s People’s Committee Nguyen Van Hau, the organising board has set up plans to ensure traffic safety, social security and food safety during this year's festival. The board mobilises nearly 4,400 boats participating to provide services for visitors during the … [Read more...]