General Motors will merge its Saturn and Opel brands to consolidate production of new models and offer Euro-style vehicles for America and the rest of the world.

The plan is to have all Opel and Saturn vehicles interchangeable by 2014, though production of the first batch of Opel-Saturn vehicles will begin at the end of 2007 in GM’s Belgium plant. There is one exception to the rule – Saturn SUV’s that have been popular in the US probably won’t work in Europe because most buyers will reject the large size.

In an interview with Wards Auto, the president of GM Europe, Carl-Peter Forster, said “from now on, whenever we develop a vehicle, we have to make sure we can export it to the U.S., and vice versa. The idea is to be very flexible.”

Some vehicles, such as the above pictured Saturn Sky, are already being shared between the subsidiaries.