updated 11:30 am EST, Tue December 20, 2011
Ford Europe intros USB Music Box accessory
Ford of Europe will soon begin offering an accessory for some of its newer vehicles that will allow drivers to play back music and audio tracks from USB mass storage devices. Called the USB Music Box, it connects to the factory radio's auxiliary input and supports smartphones and MP3 players, recharging them as well. What's more, users can often navigate tracks through the steering wheel-mounted controls.
The USB dongle can be placed in the glovebox, centre console, or armrest cubby. The accessory can be installed in European Ford models that have an auxiliary button, including the 2006-2009 Fiesta, 2006 and newer Fusions, the 2004-2011 Focus, the 2003-2010 C-MAX, all models of the Kuga, 2004 and newer Mondeos, all S-MAX models, and 2006 and newer Galaxy, Transit, and Transit Connect vans.
Ford hasn't said if or when it plans to bring the USB Music Box to the US, although it's less necessary given more frequent additions of USB in the automaker's home country.