GM Europe president Nick Reilly has warned Opel and Vauxhall workers of job cuts.

“There is still much work ahead of us and challenging times to overcome. We must work fast to reduce our capacity, while maintaining productivity and quality,” Reilly said in a blog addressing employees cited by Reuters.

The cuts would mean leaving behind friends and colleagues and Reilly said: “This is a tough reality.”

In addition to the cuts, Reilly said seven new products would be launched this year as part of a new model offensive.

Opel has said it plans to cut around 8,300 jobs from its workforce of 50,000. It has plants in Germany, Belgium, Britain, Spain and Poland.

Reilly, who also serves as chief executive of Opel and Vauxhall, and was initially appointed to restructure the company on an interim basis, also said he would announce a new management team soon, according to the report.