Business secretary Lord Mandelson has pledged to do "everything possible" to save Vauxhall and thousands of UK jobs ahead of a visit to the company's Luton plant today.
Ahead of his meeting with union officials, local MPs and company managers Lord Mandelson stressed the Government's "commitment to continued Vauxhall production in the UK."
He added: "I want workers at both Luton and Ellesmere Port to know that we are doing everything possible to secure a long-term commercial future for Vauxhall."
Lord Mandelson said that he, his officials and the Department for Business were in 'constant contact' with the US and German governments, General Motors in the United States, GM Europe and the interested bidders "to ensure Britain’s interests are fully represented."
Mandelson added: "Luton produces the award winning Vauxhall Vivaro van and soon Ellesmere Port will build the new Astra.
"The Luton plant represents nearly a fifth of the UK light commercial vehicle market. Vauxhall is an excellent and very popular UK brand. Continued Vauxhall production remains a top priority for this government."