General Motors Corp.’s European subsidiary, Adam Opel AG, says it will end exports to Japan from Germany at the end of the year as part of the auto maker’s sharpened focus on select global brands.

"Opel will officially end as a brand in Japan at the end of the year. That is correct," an Opel spokesman tells Reuters, confirming a report in Germany's Handelsblatt newspaper.

The German paper says Opel sales in Japan slipped to 1,800 units last year from an annual peak of about 30,000.

The spokesman says Opel has not actively marketed itself in Japan of late given GM's decision to make Chevrolet, Cadillac and Saab its global car brands.