At least one Mustang Mach-E was officially delivered to first customers in China on Sunday, December 26, Ford Motor said today in a release. The locally-produced Mach-E is being sold via Ford BEV’s tiny network of 25 direct-to-customer stores located in major Chinese metropolitan markets.
Among the customers is ad executive Jin Zhang, who will use his Mach-E as a family vehicle. China, of course, is actively discouraging displays of wealth given the sharp disparity among Chinese incomes where only a small number of people can afford to purchase a new vehicle in what remains the world’s largest auto market. The price of the performance SUV along with the names and number of other customers were undisclosed by Ford. (AutoInformed: Ford to Manufacture Mustang Mach-E in China; Ford Motor Recalls All 2021 Mustang Mach-E Crossovers)
Mustang Mach-E, is Ford’s first global SUV built on an all-new, all-electric platform. It is manufactured in China by Changan Ford for local customers. “As part of Ford’s late-to-market electrification strategy, Mustang Mach-E “will set new standards in style and performance in the Chinese high-end EV market when it becomes available in China later this year,” AutoInformed said last January.
Ford claims it will also localize production of the Mustang Mach-E’s GT performance edition in China, which could be a first by a global automaker to locally manufacture high-performance editions. The GT high performance model will adopt a front and rear dual-motor layout, joining the 3-second club with its impressive 0-100 km/h acceleration capabilities.
Elsewhere the Mustang Mach -E is decidedly high tech. The newest generation of Ford Co-Pilot360 advanced driver-assist technologies and SYNC+ infotainment system will offer L2+ level automatic driving assistance functions, enabling Mach-E drivers to operate their vehicles hands-free on pre-qualified sections of divided highways. How this works in China remains to be seen. In addition, the SUV supports all FOTA updates, including for vehicle controls, to freshen the driving experience with improvements and new features delivered over-the-air.
Ford is the first automobile manufacturer in China to offer cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology in mass production vehicles and will deploy C-V2X in Mach-E to help drivers in China anticipate potential driving hazards and improve traffic safety and efficiency.
Ford has announced an electrification commitment with investments of more than $11.5 billion in electric vehicle development through 2022. The localized production of Mach-E in China is a step in the company’s “Best of Ford, Best of China” strategy to offer Chinese customers industry-leading smart vehicles and advanced technologies.
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