This story has been updated to reflect that the Mach-E is also being built in Michigan.
The new Ford Mustang Mach-E has made a huge impression on the public and now Ford is planning to launch the sporty, all-electric SUV in China.
Ford has this week revealed that it plans to build the Mach E in China. in addition to the U.S. The Mach-E models built in China will be sold there and this doesn’t affect its plans to produce the new EV in Michigan. The initiative as part of its ongoing efforts to revive its fortunes in China with new product, including the Mach-E, which was first unveiled in China last year at Beijing Auto Show, Ford officials said.
During the past three years, Ford China has suffered a series of setbacks. But even as it cuts back in other regions such as South America, the automaker has said it was not going to walk away from the market.
The new product offensive has begun to pay dividends in 2020 as Ford China’s sales began to rise in the wake of COVID-19 lockdowns that crippled sales in China just as they did in the U.S. and Western Europe.
During the third quarter, the last quarter for which sales figures are available publicly, Ford said sales increased 25.4 percent. The results also represent a 3.6% increase compared with the second quarter 2020.
Ford maintains the decision to localize production of Mustang Mach-E’s GT performance edition by the company’s Chinese partner will make it the first global auto company to build a high performance capable of going 0-60 in three seconds in China, Ford noted in its announcement.
The Mustang Mach-E built in China will have a range of more than 600 kilometers and incorporate the Mustang’s sports car performance, in an all-electric intelligent vehicle that also fits into the Chinese government’s effort to expand the use of electric vehicles on China’s roads, Ford said.
The Mustang Mach-E for the Chinese market also will feature the all-new, all-electric platform and be manufactured by Changan Ford, Ford said.
The decision to build the Mach-E is part of the company’s effort to deliver its electrification commitment by investing more than $11.5 billion in electric vehicle development through 2022.
The localized production also is a key step in the company’s “Best of Ford, Best of China” strategy “to offer Chinese customers smart vehicles and advanced technologies,” Ford officials said.
Mustang Mach-E will feature a smart cockpit equipped with Ford’s latest driver-assist technologies and infotainment system that gets even better over time with advanced firmware over-the-air updates, Ford said.
It also will Ford Co-Pilot360 suite of advanced driver-assist technologies and SYNC plus intelligent infotainment system will offer L2+ level automatic driving assistance functions, enabling Mach-E drivers to operate their vehicles hands-free on prequalified sections of divided highways, the automaker said.
Ford also will be the first automobile manufacturer in China to offer cellular “vehicle-to-everything” technology in mass production vehicles and will deploy C-V2X in Mach-E to help drivers in China anticipate potential hazards and improve traffic safety, the company said.