GM is considering building Saturns at its plant in the Belgian city of Antwerp, according to a Reuters report - a move that could save threatened jobs.

According to Belgian media, General Motors planned to cut up to 1,000 jobs at its plant in Antwerp, Belgium's second-largest city.

Earlier this week Volkswagen this week said it would slash about 70% of its workforce at its Brussels plant.

"We have an investigation phase to see if it is feasible to build Saturns in Europe and since Antwerp is an Astra plant then it is one of the possibilities," General Motors Europe spokeswoman Nathalie Van Impe told Reuters.

The Saturn brand includes a model similar to the Opel Astra.

Belgian financial daily De Tijd reported on Thursday that such a move would be at odds with the rumoured job cuts.

Van Impe also noted however that Astra volumes were falling in Europe and the group was mulling options to deal with overcapacity.

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