HAMBURG -- Volkswagen AG has no interest in buying General Motors Co.'s Opel unit because the manufacturers' operations don't fit together, said Bernd Osterloh, the head of VW's works council.
"How would that happen?" Osterloh, who is also VW's deputy supervisory-board chairman, said at a Hamburg business-journalist event Wednesday evening in response to a question. The two German companies use different technologies to build cars, he added.
German publications including Der Spiegel, Die Welt and Auto Bild reported in June that GM may be considering selling Opel.
GM CEO Dan Akerson said on July 27 that Opel isn't for sale, about two weeks after the U.S.-based carmaker said VW CEO Martin Winterkorn was stoking speculation of a disposal. VW replied that Winterkorn's reported comments on Opel had been in response to a journalist's questions.
GM held talks on selling Ruesselsheim-based Opel during the global recession before deciding in late 2009 to keep the unit and its sister UK brand, Vauxhall.
GM's European operations would have broken even in the first quarter without a $395 million charge to goodwill, the U.S. company said in May.
It lost $1.8 billion in Europe last year. Opel's and Vauxhall's combined European market share rose to 7.5 percent in the first half of 2011 from 7.2 percent a year earlier, according to industry figures.