Ford of Europe CEO Stephen Odell says the region’s growing financial crisis has “dented” consumer confidence, but considers sputtering vehicle sales part of a long-term turnaround for the region. He also continues to see a resurgent Russia as a crown jewel on the auto maker’s Eastern edge. “It’s a difficult market,” Odell says of Europe in a telephone interview with Ward’s from Ford’s Cologne, Germany, headquarters. “We’ve characterized it as a slow recovery over the next few years.” ...

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