Despite Ford's (NYSE:F) strong 2012 performance being closed out by another good quarter overall, where the company beat earnings expectations and had a particularly strong North American performance, Europe is still the huge anvil weighing the company down. In this video, Motley Fool industrials analyst Isaac Pino tells us why growth in Europe has been so difficult industrywide and why investors had been hoping the company would be able to shake this problem by now.

The relevant video segment can be found between 0:00 and 2:46.

Blake Bos and Isaac Pino, CPA have no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Ford and General Motors. The Motley Fool owns shares of Ford. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.