The new company would sell up to seven million cars a year, making it second only to Toyota in the global market.
Vauxhall employs more than 5,000 workers in the UK and there are fears their jobs may be at risk.
Fiat, which also owns Ferrari, is considering combining its car-making operations with GM’s European arm and its 20 per cent interest in manufacturer Chrysler.
This would create a car giant with around €80 billion (£71 billion) in annual revenues, the firm said.
Around 1,200 employees are based at Luton and 2,500 at Ellesmere Port with the rest at dealerships across the UK.
Vauxhall was originally founded in London in 1903. It has been wholly owned by the General Motors group since 1925 and responsible for around 20 per cent of its European revenues.
Fiat Multipla MPV won a host of awards for its practicality – comfortably seating six adults.
The problem with the Multipla was its controversial looks, but its 2004 facelift saw the Fiat go full circle, offering a more conservative design, but still maintaining the innovative six-seating profile.
Inside, the Fiat Multipla is a place of purpose. From the gear stick which is placed to the left of the steering wheel to the handbrake to the right of the driver’s seat, everything has been set out to accommodate the front row’s middle seat.
For a car with such a high roofline, the Fiat Multipla handles quite well.
Fiat’s new models fair better than ever in the reliability stakes.
It’s not an overly well specced car and is available in three trim levels – Dynamic Family, Dynamic Plus and Eleganza. All models get remote central locking, electric front windows, CD player and immobiliser.
The Fiat Multipla is a competent MPV which should be complimented on its innovative six-seat layout..
The Fiat Doblo MPV range is an excellent choice for cost-conscious motorists looking for a flexible and spacious vehicle.
It might be based on the Doblo van, but there’s not much evidence of its roots as a commercial vehicle. And in its 1.3 Multijet Family guise, the Doblo is the UK’s cheapest seven-seater.
The Doblo might not be conventionally attractive, but its utilitarian looks are appealing for some.
The interior is very functional, from the dashboard right through to the rear seats.
The Doblo is likely to be bought by those looking to lug large loads, with the occasional need to ferry up to seven people. The Active and Dynamic models have five seats, while the Family (tested here) adds a third row.
The Fiat Doblo handles surprisingly well, with responsive steering and limited body roll for what is basically a commercial vehicle.
The Doblo is available with a choice of a 1.4-litre petrol, a 1.3-litre diesel and two 1.9 diesels.
The Doblo is built of tough stuff, and it has to be, particularly in its van guises.
If you’re in the market for a bargain basement people and luggage mover which also happens to be a rather good steer, the Doblo is the MPV for you.
British buyers hunting for a family hatch are spoilt for choice. The Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astral dominate the market.
But then there’s the mighty VW Golf, Toyota’s newly-launched Auris and Honda’s sexy Civic to choose from, not to mention the Peugeot 307, Citroen C4, Seat Leon, Kia Cee’d, Dodge Caliber… need we go on?
Now Fiat has unveiled the Bravo to compete in an already crowded market – which can only be good news for the consumer.
The first thing you’d expect from a Fiat is for it to be a bit of a looker – and its no surprise the Italian company sees this as one of the Bravo’s strongest selling points.
Buyers can choose between three petrol engines, the 1.4-litre T-Jet 120bhp model, 1.4-litre T-Jet 150 bhp model and a 90bhp model due later in the year. Diesel fans can choose between a 120bhp and 150bhp 1.9-litre model.
The model achieved to a maximum five star rating following EuroNCAP safety tests.
Overall, Fiat has achieved considerable success in meeting their big aims with the Bravo – beauty, safety and performance.
And in terms of building on the good work begun with last year’s launch of the Grande Punto – the Bravo looks set to be a winner.