Sometimes it seems as though every third car that you see when driving hoists the famous blue oval. You don't exactly have to look far and wide to witness one. But how is it that Ford manage to embed their way in the hearts of the road user?
In 2016, Ford Motor Company made ~£101 billion ($141 billion). A crazy amount of money off the back of a crazy amount of sales - over 2.6 million vehicle sales in America alone, as well as over 428,000 sales in Great Britain within the year.
The enormous success of one of the world's most renowned motoring companies doesn't have one specific reason - but I can certainly think of a few reasons that help Ford make a few bucks.
The first comes in the form of Ford's broad range of vehicles. The company's website boasts 'a vehicle for every lifestyle', a claim that has quite some backing. For years, the Ford KA has been a popular choice of small car, right through from the 2002 model that brandishes it's hideous plastic-looking bumpers.
The thing is that it doesn't make them any less functional cars - if they didn't work, they wouldn't still be eye-sores on the road 16 years later.
Beyond the KA, there's the compact Fiesta, and the slightly less compact Focus. The staples and long-term flagships from Ford over most of the last decade. As well as the Mondeo for a larger sedan style car, and Galaxy, Kuga, Edge and others fit into a wide category of larger cars, from SUV's to minivans.
If practicality isn't what you're looking for, Ford can still tend to your needs. The Focus ST, or RS, and the Fiesta ST provide slightly more performance based cars, with the Focus ST being one of the most highly demanded hot hatchbacks on the road.
So what there's a lot of different cars? Why is it that the Fords attract attention in the first place? Consistency.
As mentioned before, the Ford KA has been with us since 2002. But it's not the only long term, multi-generation Ford that has been around since the noughties - the Focus, the Fiesta, the Mondeo and the Galaxy are all examples of cars that have been consistently updated and improved over time. Ford has done very little experimentation with the newest implementations of their vehicles, and have kept them just the way that their millions of buyers like them - because of this, when people need a new car the Ford dealership, that inevitably lies around the corner, rushes to the top of the mental list of places to consider.
The lack of experimentation keeps in line with what I see to be one of the strongest features of Ford cars. The design of the cars is objective - they're cars.
When you step in a Ford, it's simple to understand, it's simple to drive, it's comfortable and it works. They're not designed to look sexy, they're not designed to be the fastest from A to B, they're not designed to feel like a spaceship on the inside, they're just affordable cars.
Does this ultimate objectivity when it comes to the design of their cars mean that they have no soul? Well I've been driving a KA+ for a year now, and I can tell you - no it does not. There's no small car that I would rather drive, and I love every moment that I'm driving it. I feel like I can trust it, I feel like I'm in control, it's a truly wonderful car, despite the fact that it struggles to get up steep hills on occasion.
So I guess I'm just another sucker to the motoring monopoly that is Ford, and I don't doubt that they can keep up their dominance on the road for decades to come.
Come the year 2058, there'll probably still be those horrible-looking, plastic bumpered 2002 Ford KAs taunting me on the road. They just wont go away.