The news about PSA Group in talks with General Motors over the purchase of the latter’s European business surfaced last week. Size and scale must be on the mind of the French looking to take over Opel and Vauxhall, and Europe’s overcapacity is a known issue. Should the takeover succeed, surely some factories will have to be sacrificed?

Well, according to reports, Opel’s German factories will survive. German Sunday paper Bild am Sonntag reported that the PSA Group, which makes Peugeot and Citroen cars, has pledged to the German government to continue operating all four of Opel’s plants in the country.

It said that PSA’s general counsel Olivier Bourges told two deputy ministers and an adviser to Chancellor Angela Merkel that Opel would continue as a separate entity within the group and that no German sites would be closed. No sources were specified. The publication added that the takeover deal will likely be signed by March 9 at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

However, things do not look so good for Opel’s sister brand Vauxhall, which is based in the UK. Two sources close to PSA have told Reuters that job and plant cuts were part of the PSA-GM talks, with the two British sites of Vauxhall in the front line. PSA’s CEO will meet British PM Theresa May to discuss the deal amid concern that Brexit could put Vauxhall sites at a disadvantage to Opel’s.

The wire service points out that Germany accounts for about half of GM Europe’s 38,000 staff, while there are 4,500 staff in Britain. Spain and Poland also host Opel factories. A PSA spokesman confirmed that a meeting between PSA reps and German officials had taken place last week. Opel declined comment.