BERLIN, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Volkswagen must reduce staff headcount to get its costs under control and restore competitiveness, managers told staff representatives in a meeting at the carmaker's Wolfsburg headquarters on Monday.

"With many of our pre-existing structures, processes and high costs, we are no longer competitive as the Volkswagen brand," brand chief Thomas Schaefer said, according to a post on the carmaker's intranet detailing the discussions at the meeting and seen by Reuters.

Still, the carmaker did not plan to close plants to cut costs, Schaefer added. (Reporting by Victoria Waldersee Editing by MIranda Murray)