CARY, N.C. — If luxury is your modus operandi, then driving an electric vehicle from a new dealership in Cary may be the right move for you.

Vinfast, a Vietnam-based electric vehicle manufacturer, opened its first American car dealership with the Leith Automotive Group on Thursday.

What You Need To Know

  • Vinfast opened its first electric vehicle dealership in America on Thursday

  • This marks a shift from straight-from-factory purchase to traditional car sales lot

  • The Leith Automotive Group partnered with the Vietnam-based carmaker

  • The company plans to build a factory in Chatham County

“We are the first dealer group to get this Vinfast and we are super excited about it,” said McMillen Daniel, a salesman for Leith working at the new lot.

“I’ve always been a big car guy,” he said.

Earlier this summer, the Vietnamese company sent representatives to join state diplomats and politicians to break ground on a future plant that will employ 7,500 workers in Chatham County.

The first day of business breaks a trend from big-name EV makers like Tesla, which prided itself on selling cars straight from a factory and cut out the middleman.

Instead, this symbolizes a shift in a seller’s blueprint to partner with a local dealership in hopes of bolstering sales.

“The VF8+ starts around $51K, I believe,” Daniel said.

The car is full of modern amenities such as bluetooth, driver alerts and braking assist.

Dealership general manager David Coyle said they will be meeting a market demand on two fronts: luxury and environmentally friendly transportation.

“This area has strong EV sales—especially for the luxury brands. With the factory being built just 20 minutes away, we are projecting to have a huge success in this region,” Coyle said.

It’s another reason the 27-year-old Daniel enjoys his craft.

“Getting to interact with people," he said. "I like getting to meet new people every day — hear stories, learn about their life and help getting them into a new vehicle."

The North Carolina Department of Transportation recorded more than 70,000 zero-emission vehicles registered in the state as of early October.