Today, industrials editor and analyst Brendan Byrnes discusses recent disappointing auto sales out of -- you guessed it -- Europe. Ford said total sales in Europe for all automakers are set to hit their lowest level since 1994, and sales will probably drop in 2012 for the fifth straight year. Unfortunately for Ford, it's faring even worse than others on the continent in terms of sales right now. Ford sales dropped 9.8% versus last year, while overall industry sales were down 4.8%. Fellow domestic automaker General Motors has even bigger problems in Europe with its more serious overcapacity problems. Check out the following video for more on how Europe is affecting these automakers, and whether Ford and GM look to be solid investments at their current valuations.
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