General Motors' ailing European brand Opel believes there is significant potential to cut costs in manufacturing cars by using materials different from its parent, Opel's interim chief executive told a German newspaper.
"GM has global requirements for parts and components that are unusual in the industry. A starter is tested at 40 degrees below zero, just as would be needed in Alaska, otherwise it fails the test," Thomas Sedran told the Tagesspiegel in comments published on Friday.
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"The supplier can only meet these if he uses expensive materials."
(Reporting By Christiaan Hetzner)