As bad as European auto sales have been this year, they're about to get worse.
That was the verdict from industry executives gathered at the Paris auto show last week. It marks a sharp turn from other European auto shows since the onset of the continent's stubborn debt crisis. In the past, industry executives said they were feeling little effect from the troubles of insolvent southern European countries.
But at Paris, several executives said the atmosphere reminded them of the 2009 Detroit auto show -- an industry rolling out new models but knowing that it faced a miserable year.