VinFast VF8 flops in its US debut

The first VinFast VF8 deliveries were made to customers in California earlier this year, and Canadian deliveries are expected to start next month. Ahead of its Canadian debut, media were recently given the chance to get the behind the wheel. The embargo on those first-hand experiences expired yesterday, and the reviews coming out show the car is possibly the worst to be released in recent memory.

The vehicle did not even make it out of the launch event without issues.

Per Motor Trend’s Scott Evans, the VF8 had issues at the launch event. Here are just a few of the issues that he found while driving the vehicle:

  • The turn signal would not always work and made a very annoying sound.
  • The HVAC system would blow cold air below 80 and hot air above 80, no matter the setting. While one of the V8s would automatically reset the climate back to 80 when powered on.
  • When put in reverse, the car shudders.
  • The parking brake does not release until you step on the accelerator.
  • When creep mode is disengaged, the vehicle will roll away in gear.
  • Suspension dampening is terrible, and steering response is nonlinear and inconsistent.
  • The vehicle was pulling to the right on flat surfaces.
  • When put in sports mode, the steering is over-boosted and is almost uncontrollable.

While Mack Hogan of Road & Track had this to say:

The VinFast VF8 has the worst body control of any modern car I’ve ever driven. Over a 90-minute drive, the 5600-lb SUV never stopped bobbing, swaying, and bucking, producing near-constant head-tossing motions. Riding in the passenger seat, I became car sick for the first time in years.

So, one could say the VinFast has a lot of work to do, and it is unclear if the company plans to go back to the drawing board or push forward with what appears to be an utterly horrible vehicle.

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