Revealing a comeback plan for the new German and British divisions last week, Tavares appeared very reluctant to forecast forced redundancies or plant closures, and suggested the companies could reach healthy profit targets without a need for higher sales, provided all involved - unions, employees, management and governments - were prepared to participate in the task.
In Paris today, Tavares reiterated that there is "a strong intention” to avoid plant closures and redundancies, but said it was imperative that Vauxhall must make money.
“Everyone will have a chance. There is no hidden agenda. I’m not here to restrict people, but to give them breathing space. We understand that the Vauxhall brand warms the heart of the British people. As long as we can make money in the UK, we will be just fine.