Rewind to the mid-nineties, to a time where the Spice Girls were shouting about Girl Power, dinosaurs were brought to life in Jurassic Park and Playstations were all the rage, and for Ford, its Mondeo family car was at its most popular.
It was the third biggest selling car in the country, and even referred to in the labour party electoral campaign as a way of describing the type of voter they needed to attract.
Now, nearly 20 years on, and times have seriously changed. The term downsizing and crossover, words not even in the English dictionary back then, have become ever more important to the consumer, not to mention increasing competition.
Yet despite all this change, the Mondeo has remained one of the most popular family cars in the UK. But what is it about the five-door estate that keeps buyers coming back for more?
Well, that's exactly what we're going to find out over the next 12 months. The Mondeo family estate joins the long-term fleet at just the right time.
Blackball Media is expanding heavily into video and what better test for the cars practicality than by being used as a load lugger, carrying kit to-and from-shoots, as well as crew.
It has already played a key role as support vehicle for a Mercedes SLS showcase video shoot in London, where not only did it have to carry a full set of equipment, but it also had to carry four crew members in comfort from Southampton to the capital. Fortunately there were no complaints.
The boot is well shaped and can be extended further thanks to rear seats that fold into the floor, increasing capacity from 537 litres to an impressive 1,728 litres.
Not only was the Mondeo a perfect choice as a support car for the film crew because of its practicality, but it's also pretty economical too.
Power takes the form of a 2-litre diesel engine capable of a combined fuel economy of around 60mpg, but as it'll be spending most of its life ploughing on motorway miles, that should be closer to around 70mpg.
Standard kit is pretty impressive, with dual zone climate control, rain sensing wipers and DAB touchscreen sat nav system.
We've opted for a few optional extras though, including adaptive cruise control, forward alert and hill start assist (£800), Driver assistance pack – with blind spot information and lane departure warning (£525) and an electric sunroof (£525), not that we expect to see much sun this time of year.
Report by Nigel Swan