Frankfurt: General Motors' German unit Opel could slash 3,500 jobs as part of a plan to cut costs and relaunch as an independent company, GM Europe head Carl-Peter Forster told Bild newspaper.
Staff reductions would hopefully not exceed that figure at Opel, which employs around 25,000 workers in Germany, he told the daily on Wednesday.
To survive, Opel needs around 3.3 billion euros ($4.17 billion) in state aid from European governments to save jobs and keep plants open, the company has said.
If Spain, the UK and Belgium contributed, the German government would have to shoulder 2-3 billion euros of aid, Forster said.
Opel makes cars in factories across Europe, including in the Spanish city of Zaragoza, Antwerp in Belgium and the UK's Ellesmere Port. It also has plants in Poland and Russia.
Following the relaunch, Opel could post up to 5 per cent return on sales, Forster said. Opel posted profits until the autumn of 2008, when it was hit by the global economic crisis.