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Griswolds reunite in Ford Mustang Mach-E Christmas ad

Motoring Research logo Motoring Research 21/12/2020 John Redfern
a group of people standing in front of a building: Ford Mustang Mach-E Christmas Vacation © Provided by Motoring Research Ford Mustang Mach-E Christmas Vacation

A new advert for the electric Ford Mustang Mach-E sees Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo reprise their ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’ roles.

The short commercial plays homage to one of the iconic scenes from the 1989 movie. It sees the character of Clark Griswold (Chase) going big with his Christmas lights, once again. 

Thankfully, Ellen Griswold (D’Angelo) and the Mustang Mach-E are on hand to ensure the experience is fully illuminated.

An electri-vacation for 2020

a group of people standing in front of a building: Ford Mustang Mach-E Christmas Vacation © Provided by Motoring Research Ford Mustang Mach-E Christmas Vacation

The original ‘Christmas Vacation’ movie saw the Griswold family driving a 1989 Ford Taurus station wagon. Following the theme of the fictional Family Truckster from ‘National Lampoon’s Vacation’, that Taurus was bedecked with woodgrain exterior trim.

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With no station wagons in Ford’s North American range, the Mustang Mach-E crossover is closest in spirit to the Taurus. Albeit, without any faux wood on show. 

However, Clark Griswold would undoubtedly appreciate the extra performance of the all-electric Mach-E. Even the entry-level version has 266 hp, which should make hauling a huge Christmas tree much easier.

“I dedicate this house to the Griswold Family Christmas”

a car parked in front of a house covered in snow: Ford Mustang Mach-E Christmas Vacation © Provided by Motoring Research Ford Mustang Mach-E Christmas Vacation

Persuading the two veteran stars to reunite for the Mustang Mach-E promotion was seemingly an easy task. 

Chevy Chase commented it is “great to be back for another Christmas with my on-screen family and its rotating assortment of kids – and I have Ford and Mustang Mach-E to thank for paying me to do it”.

D’Angelo added that one of her dearest roles is “playing Ellen Griswold to Chevy’s Clark, my one and only Sparky”. Although she added that “this year the brightest spark is the Mustang Mach-E in the driveway!”

The Mustang Mach-E advert is set to premiere in the USA during a Saturday Night Live Christmas Special on December 22. It can also be viewed on YouTube right now.

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