FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- General Motors Co. will start building the Chevrolet Cruze at its Opel plant in Poland, a German newspaper reported, drawing a denial from GM.
"There has been no decision made about where the next-generation Cruze will be built," a spokesman for Chevrolet Europe said.
Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung cited an internal production plan as the source of the information in its report.
The paper said on Thursday that Cruze production would begin at the Gliwice factory in Poland at the end of 2014.
GM has already said it will move production of the next Cruze out of South Korea.
Reuters reported in January 2012 that there were talks between management and labor in Europe over whether to shift Cruze production from Korea to Gliwice to lower losses at Opel. This prompted Korean unions to threaten they would "wage a war."
Gliwice would be a natural candidate for budget brand Chevrolet. It is the only low-cost Opel plant in Europe and it also builds the Cruze sibling, the Opel Astra. Both cars could likely be built on one assembly line with a minimum of additional investment.
On Tuesday, German business publication Handelsblatt reported that GM was considering moving a large share of the current production of the Opel Mokka subcompact crossover from South Korea to Spain, citing sources within the U.S. carmaker. Opel has already said it will build the next-generation Mokka in Europe and not in Korea.
The Cruze compact car is Chevrolet's best-selling model in Europe. Sales were up 5 percent to 12,441 units through April, according to data from JATO Dynamics.
Automotive News Europe contributed to this report