David Beckham launches Vietnamese luxury car firm Vinfast
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ABOUT: David Beckham today launched a Vietnamese luxury car firm just days after he dodged prosecution over a speeding charge on a technicality.The former footballer appeared on stage at the Paris Motor Show to give his endorsement to a new saloon car and an SUV from car makers VinFast.The firm, the first ever Vietnamese car maker, claims they are the first vehicles from the Far East to enter the 'luxury' market.' Beckham stood smiling as he held a Vietnamese flag alongside Miss Vietnam 2018 Tran Xuey as the two cars were unveiled to industry experts and motoring fans.It comes just five days after the former England captain wriggled out of a speeding charge after he was accused of driving a loaned Bentley at 59mph in a 40mph zone in west London.He enlisted the services of celebrity lawyer Nick Freeman, dubbed Mr Loophole, who successfully argued that although he accepted speeding, the notice of intended prosecution was not received until one day after the statutory 14-day time limit.He did not attend the hearing, and instead headed to Paris where he celebrated over a £1,300 bottle of French wine with his wife Victoria.Speaking at the event today as he was shown one of the new cars he said: 'So beautiful.'It's incredible, I mean, to create something in such a short space of time is really, it's really incredible, you know, it really is.Vinfast is a miracle for Vietnam.'It's incredible.It's beautiful.It's sleek.It's modern.It's high tech.It's premium.It's incredible.Congratulations.' In a statement released on VinFast's website Beckham added: 'Vietnam is a beautiful country and I can see the beauty of this.'How amazing is VinFast's design team in these amazing cars, and it's an inspirational story and I'm honoured to be here at this important moment.' It is reported that production of the new cars will begin next summer.The factory under construction will be able to produce £250,000 vehicles a year.By 2025, the company plans on manufacturing 500,000 vehicles a year - double the current annual car sales in Vietnam.It will begin focusing on the domestic car market, but has ambitions to expand into the rest of Asia and then Europe.After Beckham was let off at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court last week, Mr Freeman told reporters that his client was 'very relieved with the verdict and very happy with his legal team'.But his let sparked fury, with road safety charity Brake, who said it was 'hugely disappointing' that a 'role model like David Beckham shirking his responsibility and getting off a speeding prosecution on a mere technicality.' Campaign director Joshua Harris added: 'At the speed Mr Beckham was reported to be travelling, his stopping distance would be double that of someone driving within the limit – he should count himself very lucky that no incident occurred and tragedy was avoided.' The 43-year-old was accused of driving the car over the speed limit on the A40 shortly