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PSA Group says it is exploring acquisition of GM's Opel

  • FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2014 file photo CEO of General Motors Mary Barra speaks during a press conference at the Opel car factory in Ruesselsheim, Germany. French automaker PSA Group said Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017  it is in talks that could lead to acquisition of GM's Opel division. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)

    FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2014 file photo CEO of General Motors Mary Barra speaks during a press conference at the Opel car factory in Ruesselsheim, Germany. French automaker PSA Group said Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 it is in talks that could lead to acquisition of GM's Opel division. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • An Opel car, in front, is offered for sale by a Peugeot dealer in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. France's PSA Group, maker of Peugeot and Citroen cars, says it's exploring a takeover of Opel, General Motors' money-losing European business. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

    An Opel car, in front, is offered for sale by a Peugeot dealer in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. France's PSA Group, maker of Peugeot and Citroen cars, says it's exploring a takeover of Opel, General Motors' money-losing European business. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2012 file photo, a Peugeot, left, and Citroen cars are parked in Paris. France's PSA Group, maker of Peugeot and Citroen cars, says it's exploring a "potential acquisition" of Opel, the money-losing European business of General Motors Co. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2012 file photo, a Peugeot, left, and Citroen cars are parked in Paris. France's PSA Group, maker of Peugeot and Citroen cars, says it's exploring a "potential acquisition" of Opel, the money-losing European business of General Motors Co. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, File)  (The Associated Press)

France's PSA Group, maker of Peugeot and Citroen cars, says it's exploring a "potential acquisition" of Opel, the money-losing European business of General Motors Co.

PSA Group said in a statement Tuesday that it was exploring "numerous strategic initiatives" that would expand the existing cooperation between the two companies, and that an acquisition of Opel was one of them. PSA Group and GM are already involved in several joint projects in Europe.

GM has endured years of losses at Opel, its main brand in Europe. It had hoped to reach break-even by now, but last year posted a loss of $257 million for the year.

GM and PSA Group formed an alliance in 2012 but in 2013 GM announced it was selling its stake.