General Motors' European subsidiary Opel will close its main German plant for longer than expected this summer because of poor sales, Associated Press (AP) reported.

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Citing Opel spokeswoman Gudrun Langer, AP said that the Ruesselsheim factory outside Frankfurt would be closed from July 2 until August 3, two weeks longer than originally planned.

Demand for the Omega (Cadillac Catera in the U.S.) and Vectra models built there had been weak, the spokeswoman told AP, adding that other plants, including those at Bochum and Eisenach and an engine factory in Kaiserslautern, are to work normally.

AP said that Opel began making production and job cuts last December and is counting on help from GM subsidiary Saab of Sweden and GM Italian affiliate Fiat to develop new models, cut costs and reduce losses.

Opel sold 136,000 cars in Germany in the first four months of the year, 2,000 less than in the year-earlier period, AP added.

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