Business secretary Lord Mandelson has moved to calm speculation that Vauxhall's plants could be closed following the beginning of sale proceedings of GM Europe to Magna.
Mandelson said that he had spoken to GM Europe executives after they had picked Magna as their preferred bidder, and that they had reaffirmed their commitment that Vauxhall production would continue in the UK.
"I have in the last 24 hours spoken again to the senior executives of General Motors in Europe and again I have got their commitment reaffirmed to me - as I did previously, in the previous week with Magna - that their commitment to Vauxhall production continuing in the United Kingdom is firm," he told the BBC. "But we've got now to pin down specific plans and specific implications for jobs."
Mandelson stopped short of issuing any reassurances over job losses, saying that Magna had so far been vague both on its plans for the business and the implications for jobs.
He said, "We have to encourage Magna to pin down their commitment here in the UK. Frankly, in contrast to Fiat [a former bid contender], Magna’s business plans were vaguer. At least Fiat was clear."