GM wants to shift some Peugeot production: report

General Motors, which holds a 7 percent stake in French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen, wants it to shift some production to US auto company's troubled German unit Opel, a German daily reported.

In an internal production plan GM wants production of the Citroen DS5 and the Peugeot 508 shifted to Opel's Ruesselheim factory in Germany, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports in its Saturday edition.

A Peugeot spokesman told FAZ the report was speculation, noting that GM and Peugeot are still working out how the alliance they agreed to in February will actually work.

European carmakers, including Peugeot and Opel, are under intense pressure to eliminate their overcapacity.

But with growth slowing in the eurozone, job cuts will become even more politically difficult and shifting jobs between countries a possibly explosive issue.

Peugeot's, which lost 819 million euros ($1 billion) in the first half of this year, announced in July that it intends to cut 8,000 jobs.

GM suffered $656 million in losses in Europe in the first half of the year.

Opel adopted in June a huge restructuring plan, but so far unions have succeeded in keeping the company from cutting jobs and closing any factories despite GM officials that must be the focus of talks under way.

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