Ford vigorously tests…sunglasses

As part of the release of the new 2013 Mondeo model, Ford engineers have been embracing the fact that sunglasses are cool, and have been experimenting with how they can be made compatible with new car models.

Although it may sound like a tenuous link, it seems Ford believe storing sun glasses in its new Ford Mondeo is an essential micro-detail to get right.

The Ford engineers evaluated more than 100 pairs of sunglasses, from designer shades to the cheap and nasty. After this ‘research’, the engineers were able to get a feel for the kind of shape and size of modern day sunglasses.

The goal of the testing was to make the new 2013 Ford Mondeo saloon able to accommodate 95 per cent of all sunglasses in its overhead stowage compartment.

After collating their stats, the Ford engineers created 3D models of the sunglasses and tested how they fit.

Sunglasses are one of the most popular commodities when it comes to driving and they are among the top ten items that drivers carry in their cars.

The new 2013 Ford Mondeo is definitely something that will go hand in hand with the ‘sunglasses style’ when it comes to going on sale.

The new Ford Mondeo, originally labelled the Ford Fusion when it was a concept, has been given an overhaul in terms of exterior styling as it offers a sleeker appeal with strong bonnet contours and a new Aston Martin-esque front grille.

With its new coupe-like appeal, the 2013 Mondeo will offer stiff competition to the new Kia Optima saloon.

The Mondeo will also be available with a frugal 2.0-litre hybrid engine as well as a plug-in-hybrid engine which returns around 100mpg.

The new Ford Mondeo is expected to be released in the first quarter of 2013.