in picking out names of car-makers who might improve Vauxhall because there's not exactly a queue forming. What happens in the car industry is increasingly going to be governed by some pretty harsh economic realities, and decisions will be made accordingly.
Vauxhall's fortunes have risen and fallen over the years, but since the late 1990's it seems to have been getting it right - the 1999 sales figures were not far off those of Ford. In 2002 the Corsa was Britain's second biggest selling new car and the Astra was third. In both 2005 and 2006 the Astra was the country's second best selling car.
The company deserves a better future than it's likely to get as the result of a merger, but that's the way the world works sometimes.