German Governors Say Magna Best For Opel

BERLIN (AP) -- Governors from two key states say the German government leaders prefer Canadian auto parts maker Magna's bid for General Motors Corp.'s embattled Opel unit "at the moment."

Roland Koch and Dieter Althaus said Friday after a meeting that government leaders and governors agreed Magna's bid is the most promising.

Koch said government officials would "concentrate on what is at the moment the most interesting offer, which has come from the Magna group."

German officials have stressed that it is up to GM to choose Opel's investor. Berlin will decide whether and how to lend support to the selected bidder.

Koch is governor of Hesse, where Opel's headquarters are based, and Althaus of Thuringia, where Opel has a factory.

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