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General Motors in talks to sell Vauxhall and Opel marques to Peugeot

GM to sell Vauxhall and Opel brands to PSA Exclusive: GM's Opel and PSA Group in merger talks - sources
Dinis Gusmão | 17 Fevereiro, 2017, 00:04

GM has had difficulty turning a profit at the unit and had a tentative deal in 2009 to sell it to Canada's Magna.

GM and PSA already share production of SUVs and commercial vans, a relic of their last attempt to forge a broader alliance, which was unwound in 2013 with the sale of the US carmaker's stake in PSA.

Any deal would have to overcome financial, industrial and political obstacles. Any such talks without their consent would be "an unprecedented violation of all German and European co-determination rights", the two said in a joint statement.

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Spokespeople for Opel and the French government, which holds 14 percent of PSA, had no immediate comment. Peugeot shares were up 3.3% in Paris on the news, close to a 20-month high.

PSA had earlier said that the company was in touch with GM, and the dealings regarding Opel and Vauxhall was towards possible expansion of current projects, which would lead to production of new vehicles from both manufacturers sharing the same platform.

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Since taking over as GM's chief executive in January 2014, Barra has signed off on decisions to quit markets, including Russian Federation and Indonesia, where GM lost money, pull the Chevrolet brand out of Europe, and slash sales to rental auto fleets that long propped up United States market share with little or no profit.

GM boss Mary Barra is reportedly travelling to Germany today together with board member Dan Ammann to talk to Opel board members. However, a devaluation of the British pound and cooling sales in the United Kingdom following the Brexit vote is claimed to have resulted in an added $300 million of unexpected currency losses in 2016, leading to an operating loss at Opel of $257 million past year. Opel has lost money every year since 1999, and has drained General Motors' coffers to the tune of some €8-billion in just the last eight years.

GM restructured its European operations over the past six years, shutting Opel factories in Belgium and Germany and withdrawing the Saab and Chevrolet brands from sale.

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