General Motors’ head of operations in Europe has suggested job losses at its two Vauxhall factories in the UK may not be as bad as initially feared.
Nick Reilly met Business Secretary Lord Mandelson and the Unite union.
It was the first face-to-face meeting between GM bosses and ministers since the US firm decided not to sell Opel, including Vauxhall, earlier this month.
Mr Reilly said there may be a chance to “quite significantly” reduce the 800 job cuts previously expected.
Canadian car-parts maker Magna, which had agreed to buy Opel, had originally estimated 800 job losses in the UK as part of its takeover plans.
GM has indicated it plans to cut as many as 10,000 jobs in Europe.