Ford announced that a Chinese version of the Mustang Mach-E, also known by some of us cynical scribes as the Mustang Mock-E, will be built in China by Changan Ford.
It had to happen. Demand for EVs in China are reportedly at an all-time high. Time to strike while the iron’s hot, and the pony car EV which we’ve profiled previously, will sell in the PRC just like L.L. Bean, Converse shoes, iPhones, and some Ray-Bans, all iconic American brands made in China. Ford believes the E-Stang will be a home run at the high end of the Chinese EV market, when it hits the streets later this year.
Ford may not be the first carmaker to offer American EVs made in China to the Chinese, but they are the first auto manufacturer to offer cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology in a massed-produced vehicle in China. Using C-V2X in the Mach-E will help Chinese drivers anticipate driving hazards and improve traffic safety, no doubt a problem there as it is here.
The E-Stang is an EV trading on the Mustang’s legendary performance and name. Localizing production of the Mach-E’s performance edition in China is a bold move to boost revenues with a high-performance edition in a foreign country. The GT high-performance edition will be something of an anomaly on the streets of Shanghai sitting alongside Buick Regals and Veranos. Ah, we’re living in a strange world indeed.
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