Feng shui map of the 2013 Ford FusionEnlarge Photo
Car owners go to great lengths to customize their rides. From bumper stickers to car lashes, consumers spend millions of bucks each year to make their vehicles reflect their personalities and improve performance. So it only makes sense that some motorists might want to use the ancient Chinese art of feng shui to improve their cars' harmonious energy flow.
Ergo, Ford has provided a "bagua" -- or feng shui map -- of the nine life areas surrounding your vehicle. According to the bagua at left, your career is located in the car's engine compartment (which seems poetic), your fame is in the trunk (poetic and depressing), while wealth and relationships reside in the blind spots. (It's like they've read our Facebook pages.)
In homes and offices, tidying up these nine life areas is usually a long, complicated process, involving proper placement of special items, installation of mirrors, and hiring a very expensive feng shui consultant. But the underlying idea is that clutter is bad and must be removed -- and given how much time many of us spend in our cars, who can argue with that?
To feng shui a vehicle, Ford also suggests giving it a name and adding special interior fragrances to enhance your relationship to the car. Ford encourages shoppers to choose colors that complement their personality -- shades that tone down Type As or energize hackysack fans. Conveniently, Ford offers an array of ambient interior lighting " to customize the interior of their vehicle based on their mood".
Whether using this map on your own vehicle will improve its energy flow (or fuel efficiency) remains to be seen. But perhaps the bagua will encourage feng shui devotees in the U.S., China, and elsewhere to give a long, hard look at the 2013 Ford Fusion, over which it's laid in the illustration.