Amid all the talk of closures, layoffs and currency problems in the UK last week, there was one small piece of good news for the country's motor industry.
As the Rover situation slid further toward industrial disaster - and speculation grew that Ford may stop making cars at the massive Dagenham plant in east London - GM's Vauxhall division announced a 189 million (A331 million) investment package for the UK.
Vauxhall will spend 32 million at its car plant in Luton to prepare for the next Vectra, while sister plant IBC Vehicles will invest 130 million to become a dedicated commercial vehicle plant to produce medium vans for Vauxhall, Opel and Renault in the same town. Finally, 27 million will be spent at the Ellesmere Port plant near Liverpool to transfer production of the Frontera sport-utility from IBC.
'These moves are significant,' said Vauxhall Chairman and Managing Director Nick Reilly. 'The investment gives us the potential to increase shifts, and helps the prospect of maintaining employment in the future.
'Despite the high level of the pound which continues to put a substantial strain on our manufacturing business, the UK continues to be a good place to manufacture.'
The Luton plant investment will allow Vauxhall to build cars over two floors rather than the current four floors - using short, flexible conveyors instead of the old single line.