FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- Talks between Magna International and the European Opel dealership association, Euroda, have been postponed to July 22, Euroda Vice-Chairman Albert Still said.
Euroda and Magna have been discussing greater dealer influence in a future Magna-Opel group.
Still declined to comment on whether the delay was due to a snag in negotiations between Opel parent General Motors and Magna.
"That would be reading tea leaves," Still said.
A source familiar with Magna's thinking confirmed that a meeting with dealers had been postponed but said this "certainly had nothing to do with how the talks with GM were proceeding."
Another person involved in the negotiations attributed the delay to growing external pressure from government officials for GM and Magna to reach a deal by mid-July for a consortium led by Magna to take a majority stake in Opel.
Criticized by some dealers for lacking the experience in selling cars that rival bidder Fiat has, Magna has been considering whether dealers should have a direct equity participation in the future sales structures.
Euroda itself has offered to buy a stake of about 15 percent in a new Opel for some 500 million euros financed by contributions from its 4,000 members but it wasn't taken up on its offer.
"Magna initially displayed little interest in dealer participation in the production facilities, but signaled in the early discussions that participation in sales was quite conceivable," Euroda said.
GM said on Tuesday it is talking with other bidders for Opel including Belgium-based holding company RHJ International and China's Beijing Automotive Industry Corp.
Press reports say a sticking point in the negotiations with Magna is access to the Detroit carmaker's global technology, which Magna wants to secure on behalf of its Russian partners Sberbank and GAZ.