GM's Barra promises investment for lossmaking Opel

General Motors CEO Mary Barra speaks during a press conference at the Opel car factory in Ruesselsheim, Germany, on Jan. 27, 2014.
AP Photo/Michael Probst

RUESSELSHEIM, Germany - New General Motors (GM) chief Mary Barra is stressing the company's support for its struggling Opel subsidiary in Europe.

Barra said it was "no accident" that her first overseas trip was to Adam Opel AG in Ruesselsheim, Germany.

She said "it was very important to reinforce in person my commitment and GM's commitment to Opel."

Barra said Opel's Ruesselsheim assembly plant would be the site for an all-new vehicle that for competitive reasons she couldn't name. Opel lost money last year but managed small growth in its EU market share to 6.8 percent from 6.7 percent.