One question has been batted around in every car-maker's board meeting and every motor industry forum that's taken place over the past few weeks: if Ford really is selling Jaguar and Land Rover as a pair, who's buying?
Although preliminary bids for the British brands were submitted two weeks ago, Ford has yet to make public the identities of the bidders.
The names of several companies have leaked out over the past week, and Autocar has collected them below. We put them to Ford, but a spokesperson declined to confirm or deny their veracity. This is the most definitive list so far, however – and should make interesting reading for anyone with a stake in Jaguar or Land Rover's future.
The Tata Group
A highly diversified group of Indian companies that makes trains, power stations, commercial vehicles and cars, as well as engineering them for other firms.
Tata Motors is perhaps best known in the UK for producing the infamous CityRover, and now for planning to produce the £1500 'Lakh car'. It's well known for big takeovers, having acquired Daewoo Commercial Vehicles and Corus Steel over the past three years.
"Our bid is at an exploratory stage, and may not lead to anything formal."
It seems odd that a company known for bringing cheap cars to the masses would want two premium brands, but Tata's a varied and growing outfit, and may well want a foothold in the UK market.
Mahindra & Mahindra
Another large Indian manufacturer already present in five continents and rapidly expanding into the global market. Best known for utility and 4x4 vehicles, Mahindra is introducing an SUV to the US market in 2008. Could either be preparing its own bid, or preparing to team up with Tata.