2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E deliveries are already underway, though a recent supplier issue is holding up that process for some folks. Ford’s first-ever all-electric production vehicle will soon populate the roads of countries around the globe, however, including China. Ford just announced today that the Mach-E will be manufactured in China by Changan Ford for local customers, but this rather important Chinese Mustang Mach-E announcement featured one little error that has drawn some criticism.
Ford’s Chinese Mustang Mach-E announcement was posted on Sina Weibo, a Chinese microblogging website, with a digitized picture of a horse and text declaring 2021 “the Year of the Horse.” However, China’s current zodiac is Year of the Ox, not Year of the Horse (which will happen again in 2026), which caused many to believe that Ford simply made a huge mistake here.
Some criticized Ford for the move, claiming the automaker “disrespected” traditional Chinese culture, while others took it a bit more in stride and joked that perhaps they slept too long and missed the next five or so years. Others speculated that the “mistake” was actually done on purpose as a bit of a marketing trick to get the news of the Mach-E’s arrival in front of more eyeballs.
Ford’s response, however, makes it seem like a simple misunderstanding. “Today we announced that the Mustang Mach-E will be manufactured in China this year, and 2021 will be the ‘Year One’ of our electric ‘horse’,” the automaker explained to the Global Times.
Whether this was an attempt to generate free publicity or just a message lost in translation, well, we may never know for sure. But either way, there’s no denying that more Chinese citizens are aware of the Mach-E’s existence now than they were yesterday.